How a Year Can Break a Heart (Or Just Before the End, What Do You See?)

Eli had thought that just before the end it would be like they portray in the movies, like people recall after escaping the precipice of death. In the course of a second, your life flashes before your eyes. The moments you never thought to savor come back to remind you of their existence in the sparks of your brain. Or you encounter the light—its all-knowing, white blindness saving you in its envelopment.

But this was different.