His Joke

The rain pattered down heavily, soaking her wet completely. On normal circumstances, she would’ve run out for shelter but today was not her favorite.

She was hurting and under the downpour, she wanted to hide her tears.

It was agonizing. To see the man of her dreams in the arms of another woman, it was a pain she wasn’t ready to feel yet. Still, there was nothing she could do. They were in love and she’d already lost her chance even before she tried to grab it.

“What the fuck are you doing there?” a familiar voice cried out. “Come back inside. You’ll get sick!”

Like her, he had no umbrella to shield him from the rain. She slowly turned around, looking at the man she had unfortunately fallen in love with.

“I want to tell you something,” she said.

She knew it was too late. But she wanted to do it. End the misery once and for all.

The look that crossed his face screamed outright rejection but she said it anyway.

“I’m in love with you.”

He blinked, seemingly taken by surprise. She’d already played his possible different reactions a thousand times in her head but the one she received threw her off.

He laughed. “Sorry, but I can’t love you like that. You’re my friend. But really, you love me?”

Every part of her body tensed. Here came the rejection she so expected. Yet, it didn’t numb the pain.

Mustering a grin to save face, she said, “Dream on. I was joking.”

Then she walked past him, never sparing glance. Tears welled up and streamed down her cheeks.

Her entire body froze when his reply came, almost above a whisper.

“So was I.”

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