Contemplating the differences between "sleep well" and "sweet dreams"
"The phrases are as different as the people who utter them. The simple realist shows he cares with the words 'sleep well', said with the most exceptional of intentions, of course. While the poet, the romantic, the artist... uses 'sweet dreams'.
And she can feel the difference.
There is no superior way, of course. Both make their love known on their own terms. But still that difference hangs there, heavy enough to make her long for the words 'sweet dreams' to carry her to sleep once more. She doesn't even dream, actually.
At least, not anymore.
But maybe if those words were somehow there again, she could. She doesn't sleep well either, but that has less to do with the words and more to do with everything else around her.
If only it was the words that could make a difference.
She knows better than that. The words are merely a reflection of the person that said them. He is what keeps her from dreaming, because she can no longer dream of him. He keeps her from sleeping even, as he fills her thoughts with notions both dark and wonderful. He that ceased to exist long ago still haunts her every night...
His touch is replaced by the coolness of the blade, his words by the sweet stinging sensation, his love by eternal bleeding, a bleeding of the very soul. His 'sweet dreams' replaced by tears.
The tears that stop long enough for her to read 'sleep well', before they resume, more bitter than before.
As she contemplates the difference, the people and their parting words."