Everything Happens for a Reason
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aknier I occasionally remember to write things
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Sad love story. Warning: language.

Everything Happens for a Reason

by aknier

Some people like to say "everything happens for a reason."

But I think that's bullshit.

Was there a reason the love of my life died in a car crash at 23?

I didn't think so. I told you. Bullshit.

Eric and I were the type of couple that beat all the odds.

We made it through long distance. We made it through moving cities. We made it through the death of his mom. Through all the change, our love was one constant I could rely on.

Our routine used to go like this;

I'd wake up at 6:45 in our shitty little bed in our shitty little apartment in NYC.

He'd already be up, of course. He's an early bird.

I used to hate mornings.

I could hardly drag myself out of bed to the smell of the breakfast he was making me.

Now I stumble out of bed right away. There's no use trying to stay longer in a cold, empty bed, all by myself.

I'd go to work, be home around 5:00.

Eric didn't get home until 6:00, so I'd make dinner.

Lasagna was his favorite. I always complained about how much work it was and didn't make it enough.

If he was still here I'd make lasagna every night.

After dinner, we'd watch TV, or play video games, or read our books. Always in the same room.

Sometimes we wouldn't do anything, just sit and talk for hours. Eric was always great to talk to.

I always knew it'd be a great night when he came home and said, "You know, Justin, I've been thinking about something today. "

I'd laugh and say, "What have you been thinking about, love?"

I always called him love. He said it was unnecessarily sappy, but I didn't care. I was in love.

I guess that changed too.

So that's why I don't think everything happens for a reason.

Because my life, for once, was going completely perfectly.

And one drunk driver took it all away from me.

Faster than the beat of a butterfly wing, my life changed.

And I'm alone now.

I miss you Eric. I love you.

But I still think that "Everything happens for a reason" is bullshit.

Unless the reason was to make my life hell.

In which case, it worked pretty well.

Everything happens for a reason.

But you were my reason to live.

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