Surprisingly, Laura showed up at the store the next day. Charles was speechless at first, didn’t know whether to smile or give her a friendly hug, so he decided to wave.
“I’m sorry!” he apologized, smiling sheepishly.
Then an awkward silence fell between them. They looked at each other, then at the ground, then around the store and back at each other, smiling uncomfortably the whole time.
Finally Laura decided to speak up, “I’ve been doing a lot of introspection, all these months. Thinking a lot about what you said.”
“Oh… I know I overreacted, right? I’m sorry I shouldn’t have yelled at you the way I did, but I was frustrated! It felt like I was the only one taking efforts and doing what you wanted and you were simply avoiding me, so I-
“I was doing that on purpose” she interrupted him, “because I wanted us to break up. And I want to apologize for that. Bu-
“What?” Charles looked at her in disbelief, “why on earth would you want us to break up?”And then it clicked. Suddenly he felt like he knew exactly why. “Wait… I know! Because you never loved me. You were just playing with my feelings all this while! Gosh I feel like a fool, now. How could you?” his voice was growing louder with every word he said. He could feel his ears getting hotter.
“No Charles, hear me out. I did want us to break up but only because I thought we could never be happy together, you know because of all the differences between us. I mean we have different aspirations and dreams that are poles apart! I was scared that we would never stay together, you know like forever. I was scared you might dump me because I can’t cook or do the dishes or the laundry or raise a family. I… I’m not like you Charles!”
“And neither am I!” he yelled in protest. “But that doesn’t mean it is the end of the world, does it? Laura, I tried so hard to ignore the differences between us, I pretended to love all those things you loved, but you simply didn’t care.”
“I know I didn’t and I feel awful for having done that to you. But I thought that was the right thing to do- to avoid you, to push you away to the extent that you’d break up with me; because there was no way I was going to break your heart ‘cause I really love you Charles. I love you more than you can imagine!
But when we did break up, I realized I couldn’t be happy without you. Each day started and ended with you in my mind. And then I realized I’d messed up everything between us. But now I know exactly what I have to do. All these months I’ve been thinking about all those efforts you were taking and I realized I was wrong. I knew I had to try and make this relationship work, because I love you too much to simply give up.
I gave it a thought, and I’ve come to the conclusion that getting married and starting a family may not exactly be my priority in life right now, but I could try reconsidering especially if you value these things. I guess it’s my turn to take the efforts. I know it’s difficult, but not entirely impossible. We can beat the odds; I mean we could at least try, right?”
“We could.” Charles heaved a sigh of relief as he began to realize everything was going to be fine.
Laura continued, walking closer to him, “I was a horrible girlfriend, Charles, but I promise you, I will try to be a better wife, if you give me the chance to be one.” Then without saying a word, she knelt and pulled out a ring.