Cleaved Together


How do you remove every trace? he thought, carrying another box of her junk to the truck and dumping it in.

When they had gotten married, the preacher made a big deal of using the word cleave. He said that married people cleaved to each other, that if they broke apart it was like ripping a piece of wood that had been glued: it wouldn’t split along the original line, but would take some of the wood from the other piece with it.

The preacher even held up a couple chunks of wood to demonstrate, right there in the ceremony.


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