Like Clockwork the sun rose and the sun set. we called it clockwork because it happened and never changed. he laughed and she would laugh. i thought it was natural. she left and it broke my heart just the same as if i’d been the one she’d left behind. he laughed and i would laugh. i treated him just like the father he pretended to be, but as if the word’s meaning needed to be confirmed, he left and it broke my heart just the same as it did then when she left him for a new world. they laughed and we would laugh. a lot like clockwork, the time came and slowly each one left. the sun set.