((I have never gotten a TFiOS prompt, so I’m totally using this. Also this makes me want to curl up in a ball and weep. Also it’s been a while since I’ve re-read TFiOS so I apologize for this being crappy.))
It’s different this time. Her mom and dad are here, again. But so’s Gus, and that’s not something she wants to think about too hard. Because that means he loves her as much as she loves him, and she doesn’t want to think about that. Not now. Not here.
Because this time, she really is dying. This time, there’s no going back. Her dad is crying. Her mom is holding her hand and trying not to. And Gus…Gus is lying next to her, her head resting on his chest, her free hand intertwined with his.
And when everything starts to go dark, when it’s so hard to breathe, when she knows, really know that this is it, she hears, “I love you, Hazel Grace.”
And that is enough. She lets go, slowly, and then all at once, much like falling asleep.