"So, are you coming back?", he asked.
I rolled my sleeves and buttoned my shirt. "I don't know."
"I understand. But we can hang around. See, I really like you.." "Don't", I replied.
He frowned and shoved his face under the pillow. "Why? Why don't you let me like you? Isn't it my choice?"
"People like you shouldn't fall in love with people like me."
"And what should that mean?" "That I am not capable of love."
"Let me take care of that", he said.
I looked myself in the mirror and put a purple lipstick.
"I feel like a maniac, an alien. I have been in love and I know how I choke people slowly and eat their peace until they realise that being in love is one thing and being with a total misfit is another."
"Misfit? Oh, you are but people love you for that."
"They love the idea of me. They think I am an art, and a beautiful writer but I am just a struggler who is trying to live. I am no art."
"Everyone is a struggler, aren't they?" "Everyone wants to hide the fact."
"They just want to be strong."
"They're just pretending to be okay. They aren't strong. There is a fine line between the two. Strength comes from within. You don't drown yourself in drugs and drinks to be strong. You try harder to be sober and fight."
"Okay, but misfits are the artists of the world. I don't know", he mutters.
We stay quiet for a while.
"Maybe, I will love you. Maybe I will feel all my bones breaking, but you shouldn't tell me that I can't love you because this is my heartbreak."
I sit down on the bed and kiss him.
"What is it like?", he asks.
"They tell me that all the dreamers, and the artists and the ones who change the world—they're all misfits. But they don't understand me when I behave like one. You see, I am not a Saturday foggy dawn, or a weekend lilac dusk.
"Well, if I keep you, agony isn't any option but a choice.
Let me feel this anguish in its entirety then,
Do not tell me then how much I should love of you." -Rae pathak
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