Every night I coax my beloved to tell me again how she loves me. “I will never choose you,” she says with a steady and a voice that betrays only boredom. 

So many years now, but to my ears it still sounds as brittle as the breaking neck of a tiny bird. 

The mistake is not the reply. The mistake is to ask the question that you have made your whip.

I know I will ask her again tomorrow if only to stay smug in the knowledge that there are some things that indeed, do not change. 

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