I love the idea of falling in love and everything that comes with it. I love sharing my life with the person i love, share my laughter and my tears. I love the idea of friendship with the person I fall in love everyday. I love to travel the world with nothing but love, visit places, fall in love with them and see the beauty of everything with the person I love. I love, Love.
Claire is a writer that never really embraced the idea of being one. She’s a writer that only writes her emotions, she wites real stories, no rules just experiences and lessons. She’s a lover of art in whatever form it may come. She wanders the world, no rights and wrongs but just the experience, the lessons that she will learn out of doing what she really wants to do, what makes her happy without thinking about the norms. But inspite of wanting to find her true happiness is the pressure of wanting to make everyone around her happy. And it started to break her. It started to make her so frustrated about everything.
John is a cool guy. He goes to places to have fun, well, just like Claire, he tries to find happiness but for different reasons. He’s that typical full-time corporate guy and a part time party animal. His life is simple. Just like how everyone does it, how everyone faces it. He lives by the norms, makes mistakes too but believes that it should always be what the society dictates to be right that should be done. He has the power to influence people, the power to put smiles to everyone around him, but he knows, there is still something missing. Something, that in his several years of existence, he is not sure what it was.
These two characters, both from different worlds, from different cultures, will eventually find what they are looking for in the most bizarre way.
Two decades ago, they both were just kids. Playing in the streets; do not even have the idea of what the world has to offer. Just like any other kids would do, they were friends and piss each other off once in a while but never did the day end that they are enemies. They had always been friends, pissing each other off in the simplest, childlike ways.
A typical love story, they were separated in time. At that point, they were kids. They do not know the feeling of how it was like to be separated from each other. As kids, your playmates come and go. They can be here now but gone tomorrow. And their games continue without realizing that their favorite friend is gone.
Several years has passed. They both remember how it was like to be with each other. But they have forgotten who they were with. Yes, faces look familiar, the memories are there, but the names, the names have been forgotten.
While they were growing up, Claire has met a lot of people. Fell in love, disappointed, fell in love again, got her heart broken but never completely shut her off from everything that happens for a reason.
John, we may not know what really happened to him all those years, but he was growing up. He was experiencing life, lost his way but managed to come back. When you move to a completely different place where you grew up, there will always be a part of you that will lead you back to where you came from. The places, the experiences, the people, we do not know. But there is this one person he know from his heart that he once knew but never was he able to figure out who that person is. The name sounds familiar. The memories are still a blur, but he knows that there is something about this girl he’s completely unaware of, but it was the beat in his heart that he knows, “I know this girl”.
Claire never really remembered everything from her childhood. She was invisible. She was no one. She has this incapability of getting attached to people, of remembering memories. It must be what experience has taught her; everybody leaves and an attachment will just give her pain and so she believes that there really is no need for an emotional attachment. People come and go.
At some point in their lives, because of the power of the internet and social media becoming a way of life, they once again met. At first, it was as simple as hi and hello, how have you been doing. But the constant communication brought them together. Closer.
It was not their plan to become a couple. They never really wanted it for several reasons:
1. The distance. They live several miles away from each other.
2. The thought that he/she is not just any random guy/girl he/she met at the bar, at a party, at the beach. He/she is a family, so special, so fragile.
3. They have a past that could create chaos, that could create trouble and that could lead to hurting each other. That could lead to disappointment. And they know, He/she is the last person he/she would want to hurt.
But it happened. No matter how hard they tried to stop the feeling of falling in love with each other, it happened. The feeling was so intense that they were not able to control it. And so they agreed:
“Maybe it won’t work out. But maybe seeing if it does will be the best adventure ever.”
As they go through each day as a couple, they were surprised to know how they were able to make the relationship work. In spite of the distance. In spite of their unsupportive friends. Well, no one really believes that a long distance relationship is a good idea. How could you call it a relationship when two people were not even together?
As for them, it’s working because they were both trying to make it work.
Days and weeks. Phone calls, video calls, doodles. Like any other long distance relationships, they became so creative in finding ways on how to make each other feel how special the relationship is to each other. Everything is just in its right place, except for the distance.
People say, no one would really know if it is really working not until you see each other. Not until you have spent time together. Not until you saw how bad one could become when fighting.
A year has passed, and the day has finally come. They will see each other.
Cold sweaty hands, heart beats so fast. What is going to happen if I will be a disappointment?
They both thought that their differences will bring them apart. An introvert and an extrovert, let’s see if they can make it work together just like how they had made it work when they’re not.
Fights, ugly ones.
But their love has always brought them back together.
“I never thought that this day would come. That there will be you and me. Who would have thought that your gradeschool seatmate will become the most important person in your life? Who would have thought that you will be spending the rest of your life with that little boy who knew nothing but take your pencils and eraser everyday? Who would have thought that inspite of the distance, we were able to make this work? Who would have thought.
It was almost three decades ago when I met you. We were just kids. And now we’re here, about to make a promise that we will always be beside each other, to support each other, to fight for each other, to fight together and to survive life’s battles together. Even when we were just beginning to rebuild that friendship that we once lost, I have already started building my dreams with you in it. I have started to see the future and you’re in it. I already saw myself grow old with you.
I love you. I love every piece of you. I love your imperfections. My life with you all these years is an experience that is just too beautiful to put into words. Today, Im giving you myself, please take my heart. I will not ask you to not break them because I know loving someone so much can always break someone’s heart. Im giving it to you anyway because I know, you’re the only person who has every right to break it, because you’re the only person who can. Time is not always kind, and I can’t expect everything and everyone to be on our side, but I am taking the risk. I am taking the risk because that’s how you should love, and I know, and I can feel it every day, that you really did love me, from the beginning.
Let us grow old together. Let us begin building our lives together. Let us continue to share wonderful experiences together. I will hold your hand so tight that I promise I wont let you lose your way back to me.”
Wedding bells. Wines. Birds. Smiles. Laughters. Cheers.
Claire is a writer with the wildest thoughts. She transforms everything into art. She dreams, she imagines.
The truth is, their story never ended that way. It was all just an imagination. The story has ended. The book has been closed. And they lived happily ever after, separately.