Of Love and Heartbreaks | Vol. 1

“Do you love me?” She asks. After the long, deafening silence that came after they hurled hurtful words at each other.

“I do. You know I do,” he says.

She takes her eyes off him, stares at nothing in particular, carefully thinking what to say next. Finding the strength to ask a question she has had ever since she jumped into this affair full speed ahead. The sound of her heartbeat seems to get louder by the second as none of them dared to utter another word. Until finally she says…

“What about…” she started but her voice breaks. With eyes closed, she says it anyway. “Do you still love her?”

The clock ticked 1… 2… 3…

Nothing

She held herself, braced for impact while fervently hoping the impact wouldn’t happen at all.

The clock ticked 4… 5… 6…

Nothing

Hoping he’d say the two-letter word that would make all of this infinitely better.

The clock ticked 7… 8… 9…

Nothing

Longing for time to stop and snap back to ten minutes before they started yelling.

The clock ticked 10… 11… 12…

Nothing

Wishing she hadn’t asked it instead…

The clock ticked 13… 14… 15…

Finally, he says in a weak, unsure voice.

“I don’t know if I’ll ever stop loving her.”

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Iris

“Do you still love him?” Iris was asked.

She stilled as she let the memories of him consume her. Of the boy who once made her feel alive. The boy who used to be her life.

“No, not anymore,” she lied.