And just like that, all the wounding words came off her mouth. She never wanted to hurt his feelings but she intended to say it, all of it – the apparent paradox of not wanting to hurt someone but actually doing something that would hurt them. It was a sudden flash of emotions. And in a split second, it seemed like everything came to a halt; the surroundings turned out mute and dark, and the people vanished into thin air. It seemed like, for an instant, nothing existed– including herself.