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“Hey Dad, how do you tell somebody you love them? I mean, when you really love somebody, with all your heart.”

“Are you in love?”

“No! Well, I don’t really know.”

“It’s quite an easy feeling to identify. Do you look at him all the time and, when he isn’t there, you can’t think about anything except him?”

“Well...yes”

“Well, go and see him. Tell him you like him and that you’d like to invite him to come round for a fruit juice. Or to go somewhere else! I’ll come with you if you like.”

“He doesn’t drink fruit juice”.

“Hot chocolate, then.”

“He doesn’t drink hot chocolate.”

“Cold chocolate, then.”

“He doesn’t drink…”

“It doesn’t matter! The important thing is that you spend time together, chatting, talking about things, and that you eventually tell him how you feel about him. There’s no shame in admitting your feelings, you know. Because if you don’t tell him, at some time or another, you could regret never saying what was in your heart. Just imagine if tomorrow, for some reason, he changes school. Or even worse, he moves to the other side of town. Or of the world! Then, my darling, you would be very sad… Imagine if he decided to build a rocket, leave Earth and go to a different universe. Oh, you may laugh, but it might be possible in a few years! Or imagine he decides to settle down on another planet in another solar system! You’d look really clever then because you’d never have any chance at all of going to visit him. Well, maybe in the school vacation, I suppose. But because it would take you several years to get there, you’d only be able to go in the very longest vacation, the one you get after the age of sixty. When you’re retired. You know, like Granny and Grandad. Now don’t you tell them that I said they were living on another planet, eh, that’s not what I meant. Even though I could have done… Especially Grandad. Anyway, my darling, that is true for everyone you know or you meet, whatever you feel about them. Believe me.”

“You’re right… eh Dad…?”

“Yes, honey?”

“I love you.”

Translated by Wendy Cross

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Mo'olelo pokole · ago
Beautiful rendering of an intimate relationship with a child. Moving and sentimental. I truly enjoyed your story...keep writing.
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Jérémy Riou · ago
Thank you Mo'olelo ! :) I'm glad you liked the story !
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