by Teodora Kostova
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I went to war, running away from myself. I came back in pieces to find out who I really was.... It took me nearly 10 years, two tours in Afghanistan, and losing a leg to come to terms with who I really am. Two years after coming back from war, I can say that I'm finally content. I'm as fit as ever, my prosthetic leg allowing me the freedom of moving and exercising as if nothing has changed. I own a small bakery in the center of Cambridge, and I have a loyal circle of friends that I can always count on. And yet.... Yet, there's something missing. A part of me craves the intimacy, the deep connection to another human being. But another - bigger - part of me is terrified of letting anyone in. My internal conflict didn't stand a chance when I met Jay. He stormed through my defense walls like a hurricane, wrapping around me with gentle force until I had no choice but to surrender. Surrendering has never felt so good. Will Jay want to stay when he sees the real me? When he sees the nightmares and insecurities clawing at my soul? My name is Amir Gopal and this is my story.