The tone of the story captured the feel of the picture very well. I was hesitant about the "No HEA or HFN" tag, but honestly, I dunno, oddly enough I felt hope at the end of the story. Antho was just just so content that it's hard to feel any differently, no matter what ended up happening. Buuuuuut I hear a rumor there is more to come and I cannot wait to get a continuation of these guys (both to hopefully get a little HFN action and to find out more about our mystery man). Like I said, I actually felt hopeful at the end, but not knowing what would happen, that first paragraph killed me.
My name is Antho, and I love you.
You don’t remember me.
I’m going to leave this for you where you’ll find it, in that long black coat you wear with all the secret pockets. It might take you some time, but I don’t mind.
I watched you kill my boss. Then I watched you fall.
I think I maybe loved you as early as then. He was an asshole.
But that’s not really what I need you to know.
You’ll need to read these words one day, and I hope you believe them:
You are not alone.
You forgot me three times, and every time, we started over.
Maybe I’m already dead. Maybe you killed me like you said you would.
I loved you even when you forgot me.
And― for a little while― you loved me back.