Ker stands there in the hut, watching as Phong packs his belongings. His arms are wrapped tightly around himself, and unwanted tears sting his eye. The days leading up to Phong leaving to America went by much too fast. Neither left each others sight for even a moment. They were always together. But, now the horrible day has come where Phong must leave to America. Ker doesn’t want Phong to leave, of course, but Ker knows he must. America is a place for a better future for Phong. Phong doesn’t deserve to live in such a horrible, war torn place. Phong zips up his backpack and places it over his shoulder. He stands up straight, and walks to Ker. He leans down to press a kiss to Ker’s waiting lips. Ker closes his eyes as tears finally slip from his eye. "Ready to go, Phong?" Ker forces himself to question. Phong nods reluctantly, and moves to take Ker’s hand in his own, giving it a soothing squeeze. He doesn’t want to go. He doesn’t want to leave his precious, darling Ker behind. But, he knows he has no other choice but to go. "Let’s go then," Ker says weakly, […]

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