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heartbreak

This week’s dilemma is as follows:

You and your best friend, Mia, have been friends since you were little girls. You’re unfailingly loyal to her, and cherish her friendship more than anything, and vice versa.

When you are both twenty years old, Mia meets this terrific guy (let’s call him Christian), who you are wildly attracted to. You of course do your best to hide how you feel about him, but it’s hard.

Mia and Christian are very happy, but every now and then, you feel a certain chemistry between the two of you, whenever you’re alone with him. You can’t tell if you’re just imagining the mutual attraction, so you try to avoid being alone with him as much as possible.

A couple of years later, Mia and Christian announce their engagement, and you are utterly devastated. You feel incredibly guilty about the way you feel about him, and being around both of them becomes increasingly painful, so you start staying away from both of them.

You can hear the pain in Mia’s voice whenever you make excuses to not hang with her, but you just can’t help it, their happiness is killing you, and you can’t bear the way you feel.

A year later, Mia and Christian break up, and the wedding is cancelled.

Mia is devastated. Apparently he told her that he couldn’t marry her because he was in love with somebody else.

You give her all the love and support that she needs, whilst dealing with your own secret sorrow, and try your best to put Christian out of your mind.

Six months later, you bump into Christian whilst shopping, and he asks if you want to have a coffee with him. You assume he’s probably dating somebody else, and you refuse because being around him is as painful as ever.

Months later, you get a phone call. It’s Christian, and he wants to speak to you.

You reluctantly agree to meet with him, fearing that he wants to get back with Mia, and wants to use you as a route to her.

When the two of you meet, he tells you that he’s been in love with you for years, and wants to know if you feel the same way.

What do you do? Do you make your feelings known and agree to go out with him, knowing that Mia will probably be heartbroken, or do you refuse him, knowing that it would be the hardest thing that you’ve ever done, but Mia’s friendship is too important for you to mess up.

What do you do?