It’s not the loving that hurts this girl;
it’s the understanding of it for what it is, that it will
never be returned in the same way, that threatens to destroy her.
But to unload the words - “I love you” - on an
innocent party who didn’t ask for it, to reach across the
dark space and touch him - it’s like the world she knows
could end if she dared speak these words, dared make such a