A conversation, perhaps.

“I’m tired.”

Aren’t we all.

She glared at me. “You don’t understand.”

I don’t. Is that what you are looking for? Someone to undestand?


What do you expect me to say?

“I don’t know. Some inspirational quotes, maybe?”

Right. Inspirational quotes might have come handy at times like these yet I was tongue tied. Things would get worse for her that those words might sound like lies. Besides, being inspirational is not my strong suit.

What do you want to hear?

I looked into her eyes, trying to find the right words to say to a girl who were being shoved responsibilities and burdens that clipped her wings, when others her age are spreading theirs and flying to a future of hopes and light.

“I don’t know. Those ‘be positive’ or ‘don’t give up’ things, perhaps?!”

I smiled. There. You don’t need me or anyone else to say them to you.

“Still, it would be nice to hear it from someone.”

Someday, it will be. I hope.


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