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The ridges of the cap felt rough against his palm. He could feel the twist negotiate with his skin, tugging, attempting to rip as he turned determinedly, refusing to compromise with the cool metal or it's smooth, damp glass counterpart, but forcing his side of the argument until he obtained victory with a pop, the sound of air exploding in freedom from it's amber prison. A small trail of smoke flowed openly from the bottle, following it's captor out into the open, and merging with the open world to become one and nothing.

His left palm opened and the cap fell to the ground, once an important part of the proceedings, no longer needed, no longer useful and therefore irrelevant to the world. It could not be re-purposed, or replaced on the bottle, and so it was rejected, sent in a tumbling fall to it's lonely resting place among the dirt and cigarette butts which lined the gutter of the small road. It stayed, humbly, and watched as the bottle it had so long shared a union with, had so long been one with ambled carelessly off in the hands of his aggressor.

The bottle barely remembered it's former mate, knowing now the feeling of wind inside it. Fresh air and new life, the crispness of a new life-force filling it, mingling with it's insides, and a firm powerful grip wrapped around it's outsides, comforting it as it sweated cautiously, in fear of this new world of experiences.

A movement then, and the bottle came to his lips. Any lingering traces of it's love was long forgotten as it embraced the mouth, and tongue of it's new mate. Feeling it's condensation mingle with the salty sweat which wandered down his face toward his mouth, and the tender scratch of his calloused lips against the rim which had formerly been compressed by firm metal of an entity he had now let go forever. It was perfect, and it lingered in the moment, swooning as it was brought back down from his lips, lost in emotion. It's insides swished and swirled against it's delicate frame, and it felt sick and overwhelmed and wonderful all at the same time, longing to once again embrace him. To fel his lips lock around it's body, and his hand carefully hold it's body, protecting it from harm. It longed to make him moan as it gave away its insides, letting them flow out of it into what it now knew was it's true, impassioned love. It's cause, it's future, it's forever.

He raised the bottle to his eye and gauged its body, its sweat, and its volume, craving its inside, and grunting with frustration as he noticed he had already almost emptied it. The bottle cried for him to take it. To own its insides, to take everything he had within and to know that it would give all that it could to him. A rush filled it as he felt the swing, the rise to the man's lips, and the last of it's soul tumbled out into the warm lips. There was an emptiness now. A wholeness in it's emptiness, a feeling of purpose derived, and the joy of causing satisfaction to its one true love, but an emptiness none the less.

He raised the bottle again, gauging its emptiness, and noticing not its smooth beautiful form. Its curves and lines and sweet refreshing dampness. Ignoring its beauty and complexity and seams and noticing only its emptiness. Noticing only its basic purpose had been served. He had had his fill of this moment, his need for the bottle had subsided now that it was empty and had nothing to give.

With a callous indifference, he dropped the bottle. It did not tumble as it fell, it dropped, plummeted, wondering what its sins had been. How it had disappointed its love, wishing he had more to offer but knowing he was empty and used up as it fell to the gravel below exploding in a piercing sob of misery and love lost. It was no longer whole. Its love had left it, in pieces to regret and mourn what had been. It hugged the pavement and sobbed what little sweat and drops of liquid it had left into the ground around it. Dampening minuscule pieces of soil. In the distance it heard the pop of air, and knew he had moved on. He was going to move forward, to use another as it had been used. It would be left here in it's misery, its wholeness gone; its fullness gone. Unable to merge its pieces back together and move forward. Empty. Shattered.

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