Alone Again
Alone Again bittersweet stories

aknier I occasionally remember to write things
Autoplay OFF   •   2 years ago
Whoever is writing the prompts wants me to make them sad. "Loneliness?" Okay, bet.

Alone Again

Eating lunch alone in middle school

Being the only one of my friends without a prom date

Spending Thanksgiving in front of the TV because my mom had to work


I guess you could say I was used to being alone

And that night wasn't any different

At first

I was sitting at the bar, waiting for my friend to show up

When she texted that she was "gonna be late, sorry!!!"

I wasn't shocked when 20 minutes later, she "can't make it tonight :( Raincheck?"

I figured I was already out of the house

I'd put on a bra for this

I might as well drink

I ordered two tequila shots

They'd just arrived when you grabbed the seat next to me

"Either you're waiting for somebody, or you're having a rough night"

You said

I just knocked back both shots in response

"Damn" you said

I flashed you a wry smile

You ordered two shots, knocked them back too

"Alright" you said

I smiled for the first time that night

The next morning I woke up in your bed

Not entirely sure what had happened

But you were still smiling at me

So we had coffee at your wobbly kitchen table

And you said "give me your number"

And held out a Subway napkin

Two days later, I was beyond shocked when you called

Nobody had ever actually called before

But I answered

And we had dinner

(And breakfast)

But you kept calling

And I kept answering

And eventually, we moved in together

The thing nobody tells you about moving in together

Is that even though you fight over how to load the dishwasher and who left the toothpaste open

The best part is that you're never alone

You are always home

Or will be home soon

And even if you're not home right now

Your pillow smells like you

And if I'm having a bad day, it's the best smell in the world

You got me used to always having someone there

You got me to forget what it was like to be lonely

Until that March

You left me here, all alone

Your pillow stopped smelling like you

And I was falling apart

I knew it wasn't your choice to leave

But I was alone again

I told you that you shouldn't have taken that job

But when you came home again, I couldn't even be mad about the time apart

I just cried and held you

And you kissed my hair

And pulled out a ring

And you said to me

"This ring represents how much I love you. How much I need you. And how, no matter how far apart we are, I will always be with you. You'll never be alone.

Baby, I love you more than anything in this world. Will you marry me?"

I just nodded

I was crying and smiling too hard to speak

I cried at our wedding too

But so did you, you sap

And now the ring on my finger

The one that matches yours

Is a constant reminder that no matter how long we're apart

I'll never be alone

Never again

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