I stood there,
He looked elegant just standing there
In his brown leather jacket.
His smile plain,
He took a packet of Marlboro cigarettes.
A sudden feel of wrath took over my mind,
How could he possibly light a cigarette in front of a person who has lung cancer?
Cigarettes cause lung cancer.
He could see the upset expression I had on my face.
He said, “Hazel Grace, they don’t kill you unless you light them. And I’ve never lit one.
It’s a metaphor you see,
You put the killing thing right between your teeth,
But you don’t give it the power to do its killing.”
My face went blank.
He had stunned me.
He always finds a way to stun me.
I will always remember Augustus’ Waters perfect metaphor he used to save my life.
(lines from the movie “The Fault in Our Stars”)