He had to break up with Judi. It was going to be very tough because she was such a sweet person. They had a good relationship. He cared deeply for her but he wasn’t in love with her. It was Livia whom he loved. It had always been her, ever since high-school.
He had called Judi last night to tell her that he needed to see her today. She could tell from his voice that it was very important. “I’ll be home around tomorrow afternoon,” she said. “My shift ends at three.” She was a nurse.
It was three-thirty. He had a half-hour to kill. A part of him wanted to quickly get this over and done with but another part wished he could put it off longer. If only he had known that Livia had feelings for him, then, he wouldn’t have been in a relationship with Judi. All these years wasted when they could have been together.
Well, there was no point dwelling now on what could have been. The fact was, Livia and he were finally going to have the relationship they both wanted but first, he had to end the one he had with Judi. Sighing heavily, he got to his feet and walked to his car.
Judi stood at the window, looking out. She couldn’t explain it but she had a bad feeling that something was wrong. She could hear it in Darren’s voice. Whatever it was, it sounded very important.
When Darren got there, they hugged but they didn’t kiss. He followed her into the living-room but remained standing when they got there. She sat down on the sofa, her hands clasped tightly on her lap.
“What’s wrong, Darren?” she asked him, her heart pounding as a feeling of dread came over her. His expression was so grave.
He cleared his throat before saying quietly, “Judi, you and I have been together for a long time and you’re very important to me but I have to end our relationship because there is someone else.”
Judi felt the color leave her face and her hands began to tremble. “There’s someone else?” she managed to say.
“Who is she? Do I know her?”
“Livia? You mean the friend who came to MNKY HSE with us?”
“I-I thought you two were just friends and old neighbors.”
“We were but we realized that we had feelings for each other and that if it hadn’t been for someone we knew, we would have become more than friends. We would have dated each other since high-school” He explained everything to her. “So, you see, if it hadn’t been for Simone, Livia and I would have dated each other. I had no idea that she was attracted to me and she had no idea that I was attracted to her. We each believed that we weren’t the other’s type so we never pursued a relationship.”
“And-and now you want to break up with me so that you can have the relationship you have always wanted to have with her.”
“Yes. Judi, I’m sorry if this hurts you.”
“If this hurts?” she exclaimed. “What do you mean, if, Darren?”
“I shouldn’t have said, if. I’m sorry. I can see that it hurts.”
“Of course it hurts. It hurts that you want to be with another woman. It hurts that you and I aren’t going to get married and have children–all the things we used talk about before–before Livia came back into your life.”
“Judi, the last thing I wanted to do was to hurt you like this. If things had turned out differently, you would have met and fallen in love with another guy–“
“But, they didn’t. I met you and fell in love with you, Darren.” Her bottom lip trembled and she choked back a sob which caught in her throat.
Darren watched her ashen face and the tears running down her cheeks. He felt really cut up about it and longed to take her in his arms and hold her for a while. “I wish with all my heart that I could have spared you this pain.” He realized that if Livia hadn’t been in the picture, he still would have broken up with her because he didn’t love her.
She buried her face in her hands. “Please go.”
“I’ll always remember the good times we had,” he said before he turned and walked out of the living-room and out of her life.
As soon as she heard the door close, Judi burst into tears.
Source: Kids Health