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Once upon a time, there was a girl living in a small town by the ocean. She was just an ordinary child who grew up without any siblings beside her. Her parents weren’t always available so she would usually rely on her friends for support and advice (especially about boys). This girl was extremely caring and patient.

One day, she was walking by the ocean with her friends when they came across a tall, rather handsome guy playing basketball with some friends. Her friends were the ones who first noticed him and “casually” ran towards him. He was a very kind and outgoing individual who didn’t mind having a group of girls suddenly approach him out of no where. The friends started talking to him, trying to introduce the two and anticipate for a connection.

“Hey, I’m Kevin”

This all happened so fast that the girl didn’t even know how to respond.

“Um.. Hey… I’m Carla”

… And that’s how it all started…

As time went on, Carla and Kevin became really close friends. Best friends even. They trusted each other with everything. But, there was one thing that Carla never told Kevin. Ever since the day they met, Carla has always secretly been thinking about Kevin, and about them one day becoming a couple. Carla thought that Kevin might have thought about her the same way, but was always too afraid to ask.

One late afternoon, Kevin and Carla were outside sitting on a stack of hay when Carla drew all of her courage to ask if Kevin liked her as more than a best friend. Kevin was taken by surprise by the unexpected question. It took him a while, but he finally responded…

“Sorry Carla… I’ve only thought about you as a friend… My heart is with my childhood friend, Beth…”

Carla was devastated by Kevin’s response but replied with decency.

“Oh, ahaa! That’s totally okay with me… I mean, we’re pretty great as friends anyways right?” She laughed it off, but they both knew that things were going to change.

That night, Carla thought about every situation that has led her to believe that Kevin was feeling the same way about her that she did for him. “I don’t like you” are the four words that kept resonating in her head. “I don’t like you, I don’t like you, I don’t like you”. These four words started turning into “I will never like you” and “You will never be Beth”.

Over the next few months, Kevin and Carla barely had a conversation together. Things were different now. Carla knew Kevin’s true intentions and it devastated her… Eventually, they started slowly talking again and remembered why they were so close to begin with. For the next 2 years, Kevin and Carla were constantly talking about school, friends, and life in general. In the back of her mind, she always knew that Kevin was interested in Beth, but in the back of her heart, she always believed that he was the one for her.

One night, Kevin and Carla were sitting on a bench, listening to the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks. The sky was filled with twinkling stars with a big bright moon in the middle of it all. Carla was crying about a fight that she had gotten in to earlier that day with her best friend. Kevin was trying the comfort her by assuring her that it wasn’t her fault and that if her best friend truly cared about her, then she wouldn’t stay mad at her.

“She will understand” he said.

As Carla wiped off the tears in her eyes, she looked up into the night sky.

“What a beautiful night. There are so many starts out!”

Kevin turned to Carla and said “It is beautiful.. Just like you.”

Surprised, Carla turned to Kevin with a look of confusion and a bit of anticipation.

“It took me a while to realize, but you’re my star Carla..”

Carla’s heart was beating through her chest, unable to say a single word… That is when he lifted his hand to her cheek and kissed her under the night sky.

 

~ “If you love someone, set them free. If they come back, they’re yours. If they don’t they never were”

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