They met up, as they usually did, same time same place. The place where broken hearts meet. However, it only encompassed two people.
They were the broken hearts club. Those two. The only two who were committed to understanding themselves.
That, in and of itself, allowed them to meet each other. They were two people who deserved a true love. One unfiltered and unblemished by society’s ills. A pure love.
They deserved something more than what broke each of them. And, in that truth, they met. The broken hearts club. Where two people meet and will eventually fall in love. Serendipitously.
Adam and Erica were fair skinned. Beautiful people. They were of an elite class yet managed to fall under the spell of lust. A lust which tricked them out of their hearts.
Sheltered from the world, they were unaware of the ills in the world. As they lightly traipsed the landscape and left star dust anywhere they travelled, lust had its way with both of them. Handing them a fresh taste of reality that they’d no sooner forget. Bitter. Raw. Lust.
“I want what the fairytales told me would happen for me,” whispered Erica. She glanced at the night. The darkness littered with stars. She could feel Adam’s warmth. He was sincere and trustworthy, so she knew he’d never laugh at her dreams. Even though she secretly laughed at herself for believing in fairytales.
Adam sighed. He too hoped he’d have what all fairytales promised. He couldn’t admit it to Erica, as he didn’t want to seem soft. Yet, he wanted a family. A stable life. Something reliable. Not just for the moment.
“The stars often tell a story. One beyond our understanding,” Erica lamented.
As they lay, with their backs firmly against the earth. They both, lost in their thoughts, wondered how their lives managed to become so mangled. Out of control.
“I can be your knight in shining armor, you know,” Adam mumbled.
A stunned Erica closed her eyes and sighed in disbelief. She’d known Adam for about six months and he’s never given her any inclination that he was attracted to her. In the least.
Adam became quiet. As if the night would continue to convey his intentions. However, he was overwhelmed by the importance of the moment. Maybe he wasn’t a lover after all. Maybe he wanted to fix broken women. Maybe he fixed broken women as a way to fix something in him.
“Excuse me,” Erica asked! Adam was being extra weird tonight. Their meeting of broken hearts was turning into a surprise ending of the Bachelor it seemed.
“Sorry, I was deep in thought. …..Well, if you don’t mind me. I need to get on home. I have a few loose ends to tie up from earlier. Thanks again for your time and presence. See you.”
“Next time, right” Adam added.
“Indeed,” Erica reached to hug Adam as they usually do to end their lonely hearts club. Broken hearts club.
Adam returned Erica’s hug and rushed to leave that space. He felt the need to free himself from any constraints. Being in Erica’s presence was always reassuring so he was unsure of where the need to forge a relationship with her came from.
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