Love Sick


So this is what a broken heart feels like?

No amount of ibuprofen will dull the ache in my chest.

After three months of fervent online correspondence, then a romantic week together in New York, snap. It’s over. Just like that.

I stare down at the blank phone screen in my hand before raising my leg to step onto the train heading to the airport. I swallow back every emotion.

The intense love and passion reduced to an echo. Why?

I freeze mid-step, my stomach dropping. Like the strike of a match, it occurs to me. Her missing appetite and lingering nausea. Not signs of being in love. And the clumps of hair on her pillow. Of course.

I sprint the eight blocks to her apartment.

She opens the door, her wet eyes wide and bloodshot.

“I get it now,” I say between breaths before stepping forward, wrapping my arms around her thin frame. I kiss her head, inhaling the familiar coconut-scented shampoo.

She melts into my embrace, her pale skin cool to the touch.

“I’m not leaving you,” I whisper, my heart crumbling at the thought of losing her. “We’ll do this together.”

She nods, trembling. “Thank you.”

Submitted: July 03, 2019

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How can this not be number one? my heart--- i about cried--- this is so beautiful...

Thu, November 21st, 2019 6:44pm


Thank you for your kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed the story and it tugged on your heart.

Tue, November 26th, 2019 12:14pm


Oh how terribly sweet and sad. It made my heart cry a bit but I loved it, it was great to read.

Sun, December 8th, 2019 9:20pm


Thank you! I appreciate you taking the time to leave a few kind words about my story. I'm glad it touched you. ;)

Sun, December 8th, 2019 2:08pm

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