Sweaty and tired from their evening jog, they sat on the bench of the garden and talked!

She sat there staring at nothing in particular while he looked at the children play. They were quiet for a few moments until she finally spoke.

She – You know, sometimes, the most courageous thing is to say ‘no’.

A sad smile played on her lips. He looked a little confused but didn’t dare interrupt.

She – It is easy to just give in. To let down your walls and let it enter! But it takes all your self-control to say no.

He finally understood and patted her gently on the shoulder. It gave her a little comfort.

He – It’s going to get easier. It definitely will!

She – I doubt it. I can feel the ringing silence that it has left, everywhere I go. I can see it in the darkest gloom and in the brightest lights. It haunts my dreams. It makes me fear social gatherings. It follows me around like a constant, annoying shadow. It whispers things into my ears. It tells me to do things I’m not supposed to do and I don’t know how much longer I can hold against it.

He – Think about the results you’ll attain in the end. The other side of the tunnel is going to be much brighter.

She – Is it really? I think this was the worst decision I’ve ever taken. I always knew giving up chocolate to lose weight was a bad idea.

Author: Zainab Haji

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