He was long gone before she could know. She had moved on with her life. Why wouldn’t she? Their break-up was mutual. They decided to remain in touch but even though she tried to, he couldn’t.
The two souls, who once thought they were tied for life, were now so far apart, moving in asymptotic paths that even the tiniest possibility of them coming back together seemed impossible.
But they did. I’m sorry they didn’t get back together but they did meet. The universe probably wanted to prove someone wrong. Only to end up knowing that their asymptotes were perfectly made.
She held her new born baby in one hand and a shopping bag in another. They crossed paths. She noticed a familiar face and with a little bit of dither called out for him.
“How have you been?”, she asked.
“I’m good. Doing well. What about you? Who’s this little angel?”
“Ah, she’s Celia. My daughter. She’s just five months”
“Oh, my God. She’s so cute!”
“Yeah, she is. So, you’re staying here? Working?”
“Yes. Tour. I roam around. Nowhere in particular actually. It’s been two weeks since I’m staying here”
“Oh, I live here too. Down this street”
With a little bit of hesitation, she formed the words she wanted to ask since the very beginning of the conversation. “And your wife? I mean, you’re married right?”
“Haha. Do I look like one?”
She didn’t know what to say. It’s been a long time since they broke up. Why isn’t he still married?
He noticed her expressions, her face fading. He wanted her to know that she wasn’t just a relationship to him that went bad. She was more than that. More than she could imagine. And that, seeing her happy made him happy. He held no grudges. He had no reason to. He couldn’t fake it though. He had to say it.
“I cannot marry”
“Because the girl I loved, I could love is not meant to be my wife”
“But we broke up, Adam. We discussed that we weren’t possible.
“But does that mean it’s possible with someone else? Not for me, Jen”
“But why?”, she asked hopelessly.
“Because the girl I loved? She wasn’t just a star to me. She was my whole damn sky”
“It’s okay. You take care of yourself and this little angel”, he could manage a grin and walked away.
But, she couldn’t. Maybe, she was faking it all along. Now, it seemed like the one who actually didn’t “move on” was Jennifer.