*Reposting this for Valentine’s Day!*
“Flight no.213 is now boarding from Gate No.22!“
The announcement broke her out of her reverie. She looked around to make sure her laptop bag and purse were on her. Her head seemed heavy – she decided to sleep the minute she settled into her seat on the flight. She hadn’t slept well the past few days – the goodbyes, the packing and the anxiety of moving to a new country had kept her up! Her dream was coming true and yet, she felt like another was ending – she was in purgatory. She watched as people began to queue up for boarding – unsure why she wasn’t on her feet and walking towards them. Hope – she reached for her phone in her jacket pocket – maybe there would be something in the notifications to ease her anxiety. She scrolled through the posts her friends had put on the gram to wish her luck but that one she needed wasn’t in her notifications. It had been 3 weeks since she’d held his hands in her own – wishing for a different ending to their story. It has been her dream to move, his to stay, theirs to be together forever. A lump formed in her throat as she opened their chat window, his last message to her – “Don’t worry, you’ll do good”. As she queued up, she half hoped that like Ross, he’d coming rushing through the bustling airport, screaming her name and convince her to stay. Hadn’t she always swooned at that scene as Rachel let go of her dream Paris job to stay back with the love of her life – her lobster? Why didn’t she feel the same way? Why didn’t she choose him over a job miles away from her loved ones? Was their love not even real enough as Ross and Rachel’s reel love? The last few weeks had been so rushed that she had buried all her feelings deep in the back but now alone, she could sense them rising. Had she really chosen the cold of winter mornings in a new city over warm hugs from her loved ones? As she inched closer to the boarding gate, she felt like she was snapping the tie that had kept her together these past few years, her bond with him. Her phone buzzed, she reached down and saw his name flashing on her phone. Relief and confusion drowned her – part of her wanted him to ask to her to stay and part of her wanted to board the flight to her dream job. She nervously answered the call –
“Babe, I have a feeling you’re going to have a freak out sometime about now – so I’m going to stay on the phone with you till your flight is ready to take off. Did I tell you what happened yesterday? I had the funniest conversation with…….“
He wasn’t her lobster, it wasn’t forever but it was love.
“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” – Robert Heinlein
PS: For people who haven’t watched FRIENDS, the story is that lobsters mate for life and as they age they hold claws and walk around.
Did you like the story? I always read love stories where a relationship ending indicates that it wasn’t love or the love is over. I wanted to write something more real. True love isn’t always about big gestures, giving up on your dreams for the other person, changing yourself – sometimes true love is accepting your different life paths and letting go. Cheesy much? 🙈
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Photos from Google.