He looked at her and smiled. He felt at peace!

She was beautiful in an unconventional way. Her body didn’t resemble an hourglass. Her hair wasn’t always perfectly made. Her eyes weren’t an unusual colour.

She was beautiful in a way society’s standards would never accept.

There was beauty in the way she tucked a stray strand of hair behind her ear. There was beauty in her embarrassment at having messed something up. There was beauty in how she licked her fingers after having eaten something that she especially liked.

She was the most beautiful person he had ever met or even noticed in this much detail.

And so, he looked at her doing her thing and smiled.

A while later, he called her towards him and she hurriedly complied.

He – You know…

She spoke with a confused look on her face.

She – Know what?

He – You’re the quiet center of my life. The escape from chaos!

She looked at him in annoyance and walked away mumbling.

She – These drunkards don’t know when to stop drinking. Me, a waitress, the center of his life? How silly could he get?

Author: Zainab Haji


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