lenore walked calmly into the apartment to jhons room, everything was silent except for grunting and soft rustling behind his bedroom door. it was just the same as she left it except colder as if the ac had been left on all night. the door was slightly ajar though she didnt leave it like that, pushing on the door even the hinges made no noise as if they had been oiled recently, lenore crept in quietly peeking around the edge hoping beyond hope that everything was fine. jhon was turned in the blankets bunched around him while he was sweating heavily, the pillow under him seemed soaked in sweat. "jhon?" lenore called, cautiously lenore walked over and touched him gently on the arm and he was burning up, jhon was sticky? at lenore's touch jhon rolled over and groaned into his pillow as though the touched caused hi pain, lenore recoiled quickly not sure if he was awake or not. " he's dying in a manner of speaking" a voice of black velvet whispered fro behind her, lenore spun quickly throwing her hands out in defense but finding no one there and hands free of purchase. "so im going mad" lenore said looking back yearnful at jhon, " i promise you are not my dear, but if you truly care for this man, end him while he is of the living." the voice said from behind again but there was no point in turning around. "why must he dye?" lenore wondered aloud "jhons never hurt anyone, how do i even know this is right. i dont even know what to do!". "lye in bed with him and hold him, call 911 and tell them he's dying. put the phone on the side table and pull him into yourself, be strong for him" the voice cooed. nothing would happen if she was just crazy, so lenore followed the instructions of the voice in her head. crying lenore talked to the dispatcher "no i dont know cpr, and we dont use drugs. he's dying and i dont know what to do!" sobbing lenore flung the phone across the room hearing " calm d-" before it the dresser. lenore climbed into bed with jhon and while she sat up put his head to her lap facing her, jhon who had been burning up seconds before was slowly becoming still and cold, lenore put her hands through his silky black hair combing it down. lenore's tears were streaming down her face and tapping lightly against jhons mouth and cheek, feeling him shake beneath her lenore kissed his lips one last time till jhon moved no more. his lips were soft and wet from tears and sweat with sweet musk, lenore leaned back staring at him through blurry vision. lenore blinked hard to clear her eyes and thoughts of this insane affair, when she opened them lenore was looking at jhon starring at her through bloodshot eyes.