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1.
it took me six years, one promise{dream},
three secrets
and four little words dropped like a bomb
for me to realize that Mili Shukla
was not special.

2.
mili has this way of entering into your life
out of nowhere, like a Tennessean storm,
and disappearing like the last minute of a sunset.

in sixth grade, Mili was the first one to decide
she was old enough to cuss. I always made fun of her for
being short, but now I think she grew up more than all of us.

mili doesn't eat a lot, but she swears she knows she's thin.
she also swears she knows she's loved, but once
she spent an entire lunch crying in the bathroom.

when Mili really, really laughs, she closes her eyes
and hunches in on herself like she can still feel the weight
of the world but in this moment, she's choosing to forget.

3.
"we'll be best friends forever, right? No losing touch with each other,
or fights or anything. Best friends. Right?"
"best friends. Pinky swear."

4.
when I cut myself, Mili was the first to realize something was wrong.
when I lifted my sleeves to show her the scars, she replied
"i already knew. I just wanted you to tell me, so
maybe I could help."

when I starved myself, Mili was the first person to tell me
that weight didn't make me ugly, and
"i'd trade my metabolism with yours in a heartbeat if
it would make you feel perfect."

and when Mili told me her biggest, greatest fear,
i didn't even need the 'don't tell anyone'. I just said,
"mili, you will never ever be alone, trust me."

5.
"i'm moving to India."

6.
it took me six years, one promise {dream}
three secrets and
four little bombs disguised as words
for me to realize that Mili Shukla
is not special.

7.
Mili Shukla is the fucking sun.
People on Paper 6


Here is the list of things Mili will forget, in order.

1. The cafeteria chairs we spent hours fighting over
Only to find gum on the bottom.

2. The Tennessean storms that come out of nowhere
And leave you drenched and laughing.

3. me.

4. The snowflakes we tried to catch on our tongues.
You called it science, I was convinced it was magic.
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MattVoscinar Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student Writer
This is fucking incredible.
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ChocoCoatedLemons Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
That last line was gorgeous.

I hope she doesn't forget - good people are so hard to come by.
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Lacewinged-Beauty Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012   Writer

I love section four. And that last line: Mili Shukla is the fucking sun - so, so powerful.
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WhisperedInsanity Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Student Writer
Wonderful. Just beautiful. Like.. I can't describe how much I love this. It makes me want to cry. I'm so sorry<3
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Concora Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012   Writer
Such stunning work. :heart:
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silverwing2822 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
This is beautiful. I hope you get to give this to her someday and realize she probably never forgot.
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breezypixy Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Beautiful and bittersweet. :)
I think she'll remember more than you think. I know I have.
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winterkate Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Student Writer
Oh God, love, this is beautiful. And I'm so sorry.
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Jujutsu Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Holy hell, this is a great piece. Very powerful, very true to your heart. Very well done.
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kandykitten1994 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
:(
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