Prologue 5

I know she wanted me to propose but I couldn't. I'm not ready, at least not for that. I stand at the brink of an ocean of thrilling possibilities, my life ahead of me, and I long to taste and to drink deep, but not whilst fettered to premature promises.

I hope she understands and that she will wait for me. I promised to write, and we will see each other again soon, but I need to do this first. It is right that I follow my dreams, isn't it?

So why do I feel so bad? Her eyes, so big and brown, showed a strange, almost prescient sadness as we parted.

I hope I am doing the right thing.