This is a story, plain and simple. More accurately, it is the beginning of a story. Some of the names may be familiar but it is only to make it easier for the reader. Let’s start with a young man, his name is Emilio and he has just arrived home from a long day at work. As he comes through the door he notices the blinking light telling him there is a message on his answering machine. He pushes play and a familiar voice from his past fills the room.
“Hi Emilio, its Sandra. Listen, there’s something I need to talk to you about but I’d rather say it to you and not your machine so could you please call me back when you get a chance? Seems like its been ages since we’ve talked. Anyways, just give me a call when you can, k? Ok, talk to you later, bye.”
Sandra and Emilio dated for a few years a while back. After the breakup communication had slowly decreased to the occasional e-mail. The fact that she had taken the time to call and the anxious tone of her voice let him know this was important. At the time, the breakup had caught him by surprise and he found himself torn between his desire for her to return and his will to move on. However, in the time sense, Emilio had managed to move on but something in him allowed a gratifying sense of victory to overtake him. Emilio allows himself to think that she has realized her mistake and is about to ask to be taken back. Sardonically satisfied with this thought, he recites the words he’d been wanting to say for a long time.
All of a sudden you’re looking for me, to speak of the past and go out for dinner.
It seems you missed me after all and you weren’t happy with your other half.
All of a sudden you start to realize who it is that knows how to make you happy.
But you forgot, that when you left, I was just like you, free to choose.
And there was someone who gave me everything, everyday,
who would talk to me and fill me with loving words.
Yes, there was someone, that while you were living your separate life,
bravely helped me take charge of mine and won me over.
And to that someone, during a night of interminable delirium,
I gave my love, my body, my soul, my mind and my being, in a way you’ll never know.
All of a sudden you break into tears and you say you could never forget me.
But it slipped your mind that when you left, I was just like you, free to choose.
You forgot to say goodbye and there was someone who filled my days and nights with a new hope.
You forgot to say goodbye and you left my heart open for a new love.
She gives me so much and you let me go and didn’t think about me. Now you can’t live alone without me.
(Mark Anthony’s “Y Hubo Alguien” is the translated song here). As the song finishes, there is a knock at the door…
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