* * *
“Hey Karan! What’s up dude?”
“Hi Varun,” Karan said hi-fiving Varun.
“Dude, I want to take you somewhere.”
“Where?” Karan asked, confused.
“Just come na, you’ll get to know where when we reach.”
* * *
“I can’t believe you did this to me Varun!” exclaimed Karan. He was indignant. “You went behind my back and told everything to a complete stranger? I thought you were my friend; I trusted you for God’s sake!”
“Karan, these people can help you,” Varun tried to reason with him.
“But why? I specifically told you that I do not want this getting out. Why did you break my trust?”
“I can’t continue to see you like this for fuck’s sake!” Varun shouted, losing his cool. “I see you in turmoil night and day. It tears me apart to know that you’re in so much pain and that I can do nothing to help you.” He was in tears by now. “I care for you too much to let you suffer. The way you’re dealing with this will only make you sad. Karan, I am in love with you and I want to see you happy.”
“I…I don’t know what to say,” Karan stammered. Out of all the things he had thought were even possible, his best friend declaring his love wasn’t one of them.
Varun took Karan in his arms, still sobbing, “Don’t say anything. Just go with this. Please. If you have ever considered me anything more than just a friend, let me help you.”
* * * to be continued * * *