An empathy passage through Hazel Grace’s(Character in ‘The Fault In our Stars’) mind after she reads Augustus Water’s letter:
I do, Augustus.
As you had once said before, it’s a privilege to have my heart broken by you.
I always thought that I was the grenade; that I was going to hurt everyone that knew me when I died. Turns out, it was you. But… you’re not a grenade. As much as it hurts, I wouldn’t change our little infinity for anything in this world. Whenever I’m going to see your grin and your blue eyes in photos, I’m going to feel an aching pain. But that can never make me… un-love you.
I, uh, also have an idea what’ll happen after I die. I saw how your parents reacted. How sad and lost they looked. But they were still proud to call themselves your parents. That’s what’s going to happen when I die. My mom will still be my mom; she’ll still be together with my dad; and most importantly she’s going to have a life and move on. She’s currently writing a paper to counsel suffering families. Yes, death of a loved one will hurt as long as we’re alive but we have to move on.
Just know Augustus, that the time we spent has been carved into my memories. I will never ever forget your selflessness. Even in your final stages you thought of me, as these letters prove. I know you wanted to do something important in this world and believe me, you did. Even though it’s coming to an end, you changed my life. You… saved me from myself, if you please. I guess, that makes you my hero, huh?
I love you, Augustus Waters, and I always will. You were the one person that helped me achieve my lifelong dream. You gave me my sequel.
I love you.
Thank you for barging into my life and breaking my heart.