Sniggers reached his ears, even as his arms began to feel the strain of the heavy load on his shoulders. Knitting his mind into a concentrated frame, he held his ground, determined to see it through.
Bob walked up to him, looked at the sweat pouring off his face and said, ‘Jay, you need to give it a rest. That thing looks like it weighs four times your body weight. Why do you do this to yourself?’
Jay’s face creased into a painful smile and he said, simply, ‘For her.’
‘For her? She couldn’t care less for you. Have you noticed how she looks through you? It’s not worth it.’
Shushing his friend, Jay took four painful steps forward and laid his burden at her feet. She looked at him, smiled briefly and motioned to the next in line.
Heart singing, Jay turned around, straightened up and walked back to Bob.
‘I know she probably doesn’t know that I exist. I know that my offering is just one more in the millions at her feet. I know it’s not going to taste any different because I brought it.’
Bob asked, softly, ‘Then, why do you push yourself?’
Turning to look at the Queen Ant, Jay said, ‘For that smile, I would gladly carry a house, let alone a sugar cube. Just for that smile.’
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