I was sitting in a local coffee shop when something caught my attention out of the corner of my eye—perhaps it was his laugh, or maybe it was his familiar vibe. When I turned around, I saw him, and for a split second, my heart stopped. Josh—my ex-fiancé, who I had to walk away from because I got too caught up with Derrick, my rich older man—stood just a few feet away from me. He was with a voluptuous blonde with bright green eyes. I could not force myself to turn away, as their presence was just captivating.
A bitter tinge of jealousy burned deep in my heart. It wasn’t the fact that he looked better than ever, but what burned the most was the joy in their eyes. Even at my happiest, I don’t think I have ever experienced such joy. Judging by their body language and the way they interacted with one another, I guessed they were newly dating; their joy and excitement was far too passionate for two people who had been together for years. I put their status at about three months, newly dating.
Although I tried, I could not overhear their conversation, but realized that the blonde was saying goodbye. Their kiss was brief, but you could tell that it was full of love. I sighed and turned away as they said goodbye to each other, and for a second, I wished I was that girl. Instead, I was trapped in a loveless marriage and a mind-numbing affair.
“Cassandra!” said a familiar voice. “I can’t believe it’s you!” His voice seemed eager. “Get up and give me a hug, lady.” As I stood there wrapped in his arms, I sensed a familiarity I once knew. My throat tightened as I remembered the love we once had.
“I must say Josh, I have never, ever, run into an ex before.” I shrugged as he smiled. “I’m glad it was you. How have you been?” I pretended like I hadn’t been eavesdropping and asked about his life, his job, and his relationship. I knew what to expect about that last part—I had already established in my mind that he had only just started dating this blonde woman. But his answer caught me off guard, because I couldn’t have been more wrong…