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A woman looses the love of her life after an argument and gets taught an important lesson from a voice in the wind.

Kelsey opened her eyes and stared up at her ceiling. She watched the sunlight cast shadows of trees from outside across her room. Staring at the clock on her night stand she discovered that it was 6:30 in the morning. She was never up this early, especially on a Saturday, yet she was wide awake despite the fact that she had gone to sleep only three hours before. She had ended up crying herself to sleep trying to ignore the fact that the spot on her bed next to her where Alicia usually slept was empty. It was practically impossible to ignore because she was so use to the warmth of that extra body and the arm that usually crept sometimes during the night across the bed and wrapped itself around her waist. She bit down on her bottom lip trying to force back the tears that were threatening to fall again. She thought back to the argument. She had replayed it over and over again in the back of her mind trying to figure out exactly how things had gotten to where they were right now.

                It had happened about a week ago on the night of their two year anniversary. They had both gotten dressed to go out with some of their friends to celebrate. Alicia had dressed in a black cocktail dress with her long flowing black hair hanging all the way down to her waist. She knew that it was Kelsey’s favorite dress. She loved it when she wore black because it really brought out the color in her emerald colored eyes. Kelsey remembered thinking how beautiful she was as she watched Alicia apply on her make-up in the mirror. She had walked away from the bed where she had sat and made her way over to her and slipped her arms around her waist. She buried her face into her dark hair and breathed in the scent of cucumber melon. She had been using the same shampoo since high school. She reached up and brushed the hair away exposing the light brown skin of her neck which she proceeded to place tiny kisses upon. Alicia had giggled and tried to push her away arguing that she needed to go finish getting dressed herself because their friends were waiting but it was pointless, they ended up being over an hour late anyway.

The night was perfect. They went to their favorite restaurant to eat and then afterwards went to a club. After having a couple of drinks and laughing over funny old stories, Alicia had grabbed her hand and pulled her out onto the dance floor. Kelsey wrapped her arms around her neck and proceeded to bury her face into her hair again. ‘I love you,’ she had whispered into her ear. She had pulled away and out of Kelsey’s arms when she heard her reply ‘marry me.’ That’s where things went downhill and they ended up getting into one of the biggest arguments they had ever had which followed them all the way back home. It wasn’t that Kelsey didn’t want to commit it was that she just didn’t feel the need to have a piece of paper expressing how she felt. Putting up an expensive charade and going through all that work just to change your last night and put a finger on your finger, followed by a lifetime of a non-existent sex life with a crap load of annoying children that she wasn’t even sure she wanted yet didn’t really appeal very much to Kelsey. She knew that if she walked down that path then Alicia and her would one day end up hating each other and would eventually have to go through the nasty process of filing for a divorce. She thought Alicia had understood this but as soon as she had pulled away on the dance floor and said no, she had gotten angry and accused Kelsey of not wanting to spend the rest of her life with her.  A three hour argument followed which ended with Alicia stating that if Kelsey didn’t love her enough to really commit then she was wasting her time and maybe she should leave. She packed up her stuff the next day and moved out to stay with a friend. Kelsey heard a few days later that she had bought a one way ticket to go back home.

                Kelsey wiped away the tears that were now pouring down her cheeks. She pulled her covers off of her and climbed out of bed. There was no way that she was going to go back to sleep now. She was about to head to the kitchen to fix herself some coffee when her phone rang and her heart skipped a beat. She was disappointed when she answered it and found a man’s voice on the other end. She had hoped that it might have been Alicia.

                “Oh hey Mike, it’s kind of early for you to be up isn’t it? I was just about to…” She was cut off by him saying her name and from the sound of his voice she immediately knew that something was wrong. “Mike, what happened?”

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