Submitted by Mack Jake Romero
The lights burned under a crowd having the time of their lives. The night was young and so were they. It has been 10 years since they last saw each other, around the walls of the so-called “pink school”. Everyone danced to the beat of the sound except a slender and tall but handsome man.
He was quiet as the night and seems to be waiting for someone.
He was looking at the door and every time it opens, his heart starts to race, butterflies fluttered in his stomach. Hoping that it would be her. But every time it wasn’t her, he was starting to lose hope and his chances of meeting her was low.
That thought of not seeing her after all these years suffocates him. He wanted to get out.
He wanted to breathe.
Walking towards the door, it flung open and there she was, the one he has been waiting for.
She was shining like fireworks under the night sky, her eyes danced with the lights and her smile seemed to light up the whole town.
Memories started to race back to him—their first kiss underneath the rain, their first dance, their first date, the first day he saw her in 5th grade. She had changed but it still felt like the very first time he saw her.
Since that day, he knew that she was the one.
He stood there, halfway through the door, frozen still. He couldn’t move nor even speak. The crowd came into a blur with his eyes but her.
“She’s here. She came.”
This is his chance, a chance that can make him happy again, to finally say to her that after all these years, he still loves her.
He gained courage. This is it. This is what he was waiting for since the night he came to their reunion. He walked towards her slowly, practicing what he would say. He stopped when he saw her walking towards him.
“I love you. I still love you.” are the words that echoed through his head, over and over.
But as he was going to continue walking, she then walked leftward to the table where her friends were. She didn’t see him. She was greeted with genuine and big smiles and with words he couldn’t understand.
“I’m really happy for you!”
She raised her hand and a shining diamond ring came into view. He stood there in shock and in pain. The feeling he got was unbearable.
He was too late. She moved on.
He knew that she was the one but little did he know that he wasn’t the one for her.
He forgot that loving comes with pain.
“Get out of here, Jake. Move.” he said to himself. He wanted to go but something felt that he needed to stay.
He just looked at her, not knowing what to do. Then their eyes met. He saw in her eyes that she’s happy, that she’s okay and whole even without him. He realized that she deserves to be happy with someone she loves and loves her back. And that’s not him.
He knew from that moment that it’s time to let go and move on.
Yet he knows that he can’t ever remove his love for her but sometimes loving someone truly is when putting their happiness first and expect nothing in return.
He faked a smile and she smiled back.