“Have you ever fallen in love?” The question startled me from my reverie.
“Have you ever fallen in love?” His eyes remained fixed on the sunset, always staring straight ahead. I thought for a moment. Had I ever fallen in love? I had been with numerous people in the past; some for a few years, others a matter of days. But did I fall in love with any of them?
“I… I’m not too sure. What does falling in love feel like?” My question seemed to irk him. He sighed and looked down, shaggy hair hiding his eyes.
“It’s hard to explain.”
“Try. Try for me.” It was then that his eyes, his eyes filled with storms and pain and something else I couldn’t place, met mine.
“Falling in love…” He hesitated a moment, eyes fixed once more to the blaze on the horizon. “Falling in love is like walking a paper thin line above oblivion. You don’t know what’s at the bottom, so you do your absolute best to remain on that line. Sometimes you meet certain people, people that make you lose your balance, people that make you pitch towards that void. But you hold back, regaining your footing… and sometimes the person that tripped you is lost to the void. They tried to pull you down with them, but you wouldn’t let go of the line.”
“That doesn’t sound very nice. I thought love was meant to be a nice feeling.”
“But it is nice,” He whispered. The world around us was so still. Just us, the burning sky and the unknown beneath the deathly thin line we walked. “Love is nice because one day you’ll meet that person. That person that you fight with, that you cry with, that you laugh with. That person that sticks with you no matter what. That person that wriggles into the darkest corners of You no matter how hard you try to keep them out. That person is your person. And one day, the void doesn’t seem so scary anymore. You take that leap,. You dare to trip your person up, dare to pull them down with you. And sometimes they let you. And you fall together. So I’ll ask again. Have you ever fallen in love?” His eyes burned into mine, burned hotter than any star. I said nothing, simply took his hand and stepped into the void. Limbs tangled, we fell. Fell into oblivion.