You've skillfully packed a lot of emotion into a very small word count, but don't stop there. I adored the last line and I'd love to read a novel where broken things are beautiful. Because haven't we all been a little broken at some point in time?
Fantastic story. And I loved the wabi-sabi / kintsugi references. All the more so as that philosophy, those same themes, and kintsugi as a metaphor for the strength and beauty to be found in imperfection and the mending of what once was broken, are at the core of the novel I'm currently constructing. It was wonderful to see them used so perfectly here. Just beautifully written all round. Thank you for sharing!