Dilemma 15 (Change)

She had one of the best work weeks of her life. She returned to what she loved to do most in the world which is, write. Between doing freelance work for various magazines and producing creative pieces for what she hopes to be one day a book of short stories, her professional life was on the right track. Her personal life, on the other hand, has hit a whole new low.

Every time she sees him she realizes that he’s changed more and more since his promotion a few months back. She’s known him for years and he has never been more critical or distant. As she watched him criticize everything from their surroundings to their friends, she saw the man she liked fade right in front of her eyes. The change was evident in the way he spoke and not only to her, his views on life and his general air. He was there, but he wasn’t really there. His smile, his tone and his touch were the same but different. She conversed with him, she smiled and flirted hoping to grab his attention or at least a glimpse of his old self. Alas, all her trials were hopeless. He had to leave them earlier than usual, without making any excuses.

The night however wasn’t over for her. She talked and laughed and causally flirted with her friends as she always does. But events took an unfortunate and unexpected turn, when she randomly and radically hooked up with one of her friends. Minutes later the news spread within the group like wildfire; leaving her, an outcast, feeling embarrassed and alone. She was ashamed of her behavior and could no longer stand her friends judging looks. Even though they knew as well as she does that they didn’t actually have sex, they weren’t very pleased with her somewhat promiscuous conduct. With all those factors surrounding her, she left feeling humiliated and wondering why she had even done that.

Early the next morning her best friend appeared at her doorstep.

“I came to make sure you weren’t as miserable as you left us last night,” she said.

“Oh, don’t worry I am.”

“It’s going to blow over and everyone would’ve forgotten what happened in couple of days, so don’t beat yourself up over this. For right now, though, I want you to get dressed, because I’m taking you out for waffles and coffee and that new place across the street I heave it’s fabulous.”

“Fine. Only because I know you and I know that I don’t really have much of a choice,” she responded with a smile.

Knowing that no one can cheer her up more than her best friend; she did as she was told and the two were on the street a few moments later.


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