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Tommy is relaxing at home when there is a knocking at his door. He is reluctant to open the door initially, being confused and apprehensive as to who it is who would be calling at such a late hour. He brings himself to open the door where he finds Evie, his best friend, stood rain-soaked, pale, tears rolling down her cheeks. However she is not looking at Tommy, she is looking straight past him.

There are pictures of Evie and Tommy, all over Tommy’s flat, varying from school photos, to family events and birthdays, to recent photos, to her wedding. Tommy brings Evie in, sits her on the sofa and brings her a blanket and a towel. Tommy attempts to talk Evie round, but she remains unresponsive: she is there in body, but not in mind. Tommy notices the ring on her finger, and flashes back to a time when they were much younger, perhaps 19 or 20, with Tommy attempting to express his feelings for Evie, however he is interrupted by her revealing that she has met a guy – her soulmate, and they have begun dating. The story flashes forward to her wedding day, she is thanking Tommy in a wedding toast: for all he has done for her, for being there for her through all the years. Tommy is smiling, but tears well up in his eyes as he knows he will never be with Evie. He excuses himself from the dinner hall where the toast is being made and we see his emotions being let out on a balcony outside, under the starry night sky.

The story comes back to present day as Tommy takes his eyes away from the wedding photo, he carries on attempting to talk Evie out of her trance, asking about Mark – her husband, and where he is, if anything had happened. Evie slowly comes round, and whispers that her husband has left her. She raises her bloodstained hands, we realise she did not let him go.

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