As I looked into her eyes, I felt like I had let her down.
The sparkling glow had left her eyes and all that was left was dull lifelessness.
Although pain flowed through my body like liquid fire, all I could do was look into her eyes.
At first I thought I was looking to see if she could pull through, but she was as injured or even more so than I.
The same bullets that had sailed through my flesh made their way through hers as well.
I wasn't sure what I was thinking when I thought I could shield her body with my own.
I wasn't thinking, I just did what came naturally.
Armor piercing rounds have a tendency of shooting through uninterrupted by kevlar's toughness let alone flesh and bone.
The military who were under orders to fire didn't approach after the deed was done, and all I could feel was the liquid fire of pain but then something more was felt - her touch.
Although her eyes remained lifelessly dull, a few tears formed as she slipped her hand into mine as it lay outstretched in her direction.
With her touch I finally felt as if she understood what went wrong and why I did what I was told not to do.
The best of intentions was what was in my heart, I wanted to make her happy more than anything else.
I just couldn't outrun the obvious truth of my path and it came back to take away the one person I cared for so truly and deeply.
What was my sin that got me and my beloved gunned down by such sophisticated weaponry?
Was it a high profile murder? No.
Was it a flashy public robbery? No.
Was it an official crime at all? No.
Simple, it was that I refused to obey the curfew set by the government...
After several failed 'conflicts' and a few terrorists' attacks, Martial Law was ordered nationwide by the powers that be.
Anyone caught out between certain hours of the night were ordered to be shot on sight.
As her sun-tanned hand grasped at my naturally tanned hand, I knew it was a mistake to break the rules...
However with restricted access made by the government because of my race and country of origin, I had to find creative ways to be with the one I loved.
As darkness slowly started to cloud my vision, I saw the love of my quickly disappearing life mouth the words that made Death's touch feel so very distant -- 'I love you.'...