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  • 5:30 a.m. The alarm will not buzz for another 30 minutes.

    Am I half awake or half asleep? We are spooning, the warmth of our bodies—skin on skin—is intimate and routine, our preference.

    I start to roll over, and you reach for my hip to hold me in place against you. It is an unconscious, loving and intimate act, spiritual and soulful.

    Resting there, neither of us moves until the alarm goes off and the day begins.
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