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A Friend Indeed
Ellie looked up at him with sad eyes. "You make it sound so easy," she smiled shyly, turning away. "It is," Chris replied confidently. "You just have to tell him what you told me. That he is a rotten, self-centred, vain, giant walking ego." "But, it's just not that simple," she sighed. "I..." "You what?" he challenged. She frowned. "It used to be so different. He used to be so good. We used to be so good. Everyone said we were the perfect couple." "Things change. You're not married to him you know," he smiled encouragingly. "Look, I've gotta go to my lesson. But catch you later, yeah?" She nodded and gave a weak smile as he left. She felt rotten dragging Chris into this. He had become her best friend, but didn't really know it. Men never really understand things like proper friendships. A boy friendship was all about dangerous dares, sharing jokes and talking cars. Girl friendships were more supportive than fun. You had friends so you could talk about stuff and not worry so much. But things change. She'd come to terms with the fact that when you're younger you have girlfriends to play with and share secrets with, but as you get older and boys come on to the scene this changes. When you get a boyfriend he becomes your bestfriend and you do everything together: homework, walking to school, going to the cinema. And your friends accept this because that's what happens. Then in a couple of days - or weeks if it was a really strong relationship - you would break up and go running back to your friends. Who would welcome you back even though you had deserted them. But as you get older it becomes much more complicated. Relationships last longer and get more in-depth. The friends aren't always there to return to, and then what? "Best friends don't really exist anymore," she sighed to no one in particular. "Only boyfriends." Who'd have thought her mum had got it right when she'd say 'It's more important that the man in your life is your best friend, than some flash hottie'. Ellie used to think that
this was just her mum's excuse for marrying someone as ugly as her dad, but she was starting to understand. Anyway, regardless of all this, the problem still remained. Alex was different. He no longer reached for her hand or kissed her playfully or even barely spoke to her anymore. Good old Alex. Every girl's dream boyfriend. Her dream boyfriend for the last three months, two weeks and five days. But now he had turned into a nightmare boyfriend. It was like mental cruelty what he was putting her through. If she didn't end it soon he probably would anyway. But she was scared to dump him. What would happened to her? She'd be alone. No friends, no one to go out with, no one to phone up constantly and chat for hours with, no one to think about, no one to dream about. This wasn't quite true of course, she still had some friends, she just didn't know them very well anymore. Whatever happens she would leave Alex. She had to. It would hurt but it was already hurting here and now, something had to change. The next time she saw Chris she was single. He had praised her for it and she had smiled in reply, a painful smile. She looked at Chris and beneath the jolly student front she thought she caught a glimpse of the same loneliness inside him as she felt. A depth to his dark eyes she had not noticed before, but now understood completely. No one could feel whole without having a partner in life. What could a friend offer? Support, warmth, fun, someone to talk to. What can a boy/girlfriend offer? All of this and more. A deep physical bond that fuels your soul. "Hey, you fancy coming to the cinema tonight? My treat?" Chris asked lightly. "Your treat, hmm?" Ellie laughed. "How could I resist?"
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