She was turned away from him, and he felt her distance. He closed the gap between them, reached out, and caressed her cheek. No response.
He felt anger welling up inside. “You wouldn’t be here without me!”
He was being childish, but how was he to reach her?
*In Ovid’s poem Metamorphoses, Pygmalion was a sculptor who fell in love with a statue he had created.
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