Officially notified, she sat down at her desk, staring without seeing. There was something she had to do, but she couldn’t figure out what it was. This was all wrong, and they were expecting some sort of response. Her eyes roved across the items on her desk, on her shelf next to it, pens, notebooks, should she write in a notebook? Stab into an artery with one of the pens?
She stopped at the little bottle of Higgins ink. Unopened, purchased for some creative urge that was never satisfied. She carefully tore the top of the box and pulled the bottle out by the rubber dropper. The others shifted, uncomfortable at her silence but unwilling to break it.
She grasped the bottle with her left hand and turned the dropper lid with her right. Not that old, then. It opened easily. She squeezed hard, forcefully, then closed her eyes and released. The full dropper was pitch black, the liquid form of a vaporous emotion. She cupped her left hand and let the drops of darkness fall into it, splashing, filling her palm, small spraying dots marking her white desk.
The dropper went back into the bottle. She put her hands together, floating the ink evenly across her palms, like she did with her moisturizer every morning while Adam was in the shower. Adam would not be in the shower tomorrow. She pressed her hands to her face and pulled the color of hollowness across both cheeks, her forehead, her eyelids, scrubbing it in. The outside would reflect the inside. This was right. This was what she was supposed to do.