Summary: One by one they left him, increasingly cut off, alone, in the silence and the dark, until only touch remained… touch, and pain.
Reasons for Reccing: This story has stuck with me for years. It's powerful, painful and concludes in a way that's realistic and not sugarcoated. This author is well known for writing intelligent stories and her tastes cater to a trope I adore: hurt/comfort. This story is plot-rich and well-characterized, with a definite understanding of the intricacies of emotional relationships.