love.

“Why did you hire me, then?” I asked.
He turned his face to me. “Because you walked in, and I thought to myself that I had never seen anyone as beautiful.”
I lowered my eyes to the chessboard.
“I knew when I met you that we weren’t the same, you and I, that it was an impossible thing what I wanted. Still, we had our morning walks, and our drives, and I won’t say that was enough for me but it was better than not being with you. I learned to make do with your proximity.”

And The Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

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