A long long time ago there was a perfect boy who was handsome, tall, and good at math and soccer. And there was a not so perfect but funny girl who was good at writing and soccer also (as a goalie). When the boy had started to give hints that he might like this girl the girl was very happy because he had caught her eye since the 1st day of 4th grade. But the girl’s father had to move to a foreign land because of job reasons and the girl had to leave the boy and everything she loved far behind. The girl only shed one silent tear on the airplane (corny I know lol).
When she arrived in this foreign land, things were very strange. On the 1st day of 6th grade she brought 80$ (all the money in her broken piggy bank that she had exchanged with her greedy uncle) to the cafeteria because she wasn’t sure how much food would cost here. She also embarrassed herself because she kept saying “pommes fritts” and pointing to the French fries she wanted. Within 6 months the girl got out of ESL because she had read 9 books per day to learn English. However because of late night reading in bed (secretly under the moonlight/with flashlight under covers AND a shirt by the door crack- because her light had to be shut off at 9pm), she also now had glasses ;(
Anyways, the girl held onto the image of the perfect boy for 10 years and didn’t speak a word to or date any other boy. The only time her love might have flickered was in her accounting class when she spotted a boy who reminded her of her favorite childhood book “pippi longstocking”. This boy was pretty hot and was always the 1st to finish his accounting work. But the real reason she became interested was because despite getting an A in the class (of course) she always seemed to be the last to balance the #’s while the boy would be playing with his friends. One time his friends were being obnoxious and flicking little papers through imaginary soccer goals and this boy told them to be quieter and to leave the girl alone. But she didn’t know this boy at all and being abnormally shy, the girl never said anything, not even thanks.Years later she is glad the boy has found true love so soon and wishes him the best.
The girl immersed herself in activities like tennis, DECA business club, drawing, piano, etc. because life at home was a nightmare on almost a daily basis. All she knew was that tears were for weak people and that she had to keep on smiling. The girl’s mother tried to force her to go to church every Sunday but the girl was tired of putting up a a façade of the perfect family.
She applied to 2 colleges and when the 1st deferred and then rejected her, she took the only route she could and attended the 2nd (and only other) choice.
Then one semester the girl got the chance of her lifetime: to travel back to her true home and to tell the perfect boy that she still loved him. But she didn’t have enough $ to travel there and she found something more worthwhile in the country where she studied abroad. She found real love for the 1st time and it was real because it was reciprocated and he liked her for who she was (though the boyfriend didn’t tell her he loved her until NYE lol).
She hadn’t felt that joy in 10 years and invested too much too soon. Once the semester was over, she came back to the foreign land and thought that the long distance would work. By this time, she had to take another semester even though she was supposed to graduate early with honors— all because she had a little too much fun the months before and let her lifelong goals slip a little.
But it turned out that the boyfriend was right and that absence doesn’t really make the heart grow fonder; in this case, it only made the heart ache so much more. She wrote to him asking him what exactly they had become and he told her the cold truth: that they did not have a common future because he was there and she was here. She politely replied thanks; even though her heart was shattered into a million pieces on that day. Now she is grateful to him because he had always been more mature and wiser and had foreseen the future. They are still very good friends.
Fast forward a couple years later: the girl had worked on it, believed that He had saved her in a miraculous way, and now had a really strong sense of faith. She also had one relationship during this time where she did not feel love for the boy but felt safe because she knew he’d never break her heart. They are no longer friends because the girl knows that the boy won’t forget for a long time and her life is already full of complications, as usual. She even gathered the courage to tell another boy that she might like him a little but he told her that they were better off as friends. She laughed and wasn’t sad because this time, she had become a stronger person, wasn’t as serious, could accept the truth much faster, and was also glad that they could stay good friends
the end...or not? When one door closes another window always opens :)