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Once upon a time in Slovenia

Once upon a time there was a boy and a girl. He was Latino with olive skin, she was European and as pale as a ghost. He was travelling around the world, she was sitting at home wasting time.  Against all odds and destined by the magic of  internet,  he ended up under her roof.  But funny enough, those days she wasn’t sitting around wasting time, she was a busy bee. So, they didn’t spend a lot of time together, maybe few hours in total. But it was quality time filled with mutual teasing, laughter, sharing travel stories and deep debates about how he would be the best husband to her (like he claimed). She laughed a lot.

On a beautiful sunny day she took him to the bus station. They hugged tightly with awkwardness in the air, like they were supposed to kiss. But they didn’t beause this is not another romantic movie where they kiss in the rain. After all, it was sunny.

He left. Soon enough he reached out to her, constantly insisting she pays a visit across Europe. One day, destined by the magic of internet again, they spent few quality hours talking to each other, teasing and laughing. In one particular moment, she noticed a beautiful black and golden world map on his wall. She couldn’t hide her enthusiasm about it. BTW her b-day was in 2 days. A not so happy day in the calendar of her memories, so she doesn’t celebrate for years.

So oddly enough, she received a package right on her b-day. Curiously she opened it up. A scream followed after she discovered a beautiful black and golden world map. She hates surprises but, against all odds, he managed to put a smile on her face.

Soon, he reached out again, wishing to see her before planned. He had 5 days off  and a will to come wherever she wanted. They made a deal pretty fast – sLOVEnija, meeting point Ljubljana.

The bus was late but he greeted her with a big smile even though himself was waiting for hours in hot Ljubljana. Same scene again – they hugged tightly with awkwardness in the air. A sunflower in a pot peered out from a brown bag he gave to her. Cause, she adores sunflowers, especially in a flower pot.  Because you grow flowers, not cut them.

Was she giggling like a teenager? Oh yeah, she did. While walking, he revealed reasons why he liked her, reasons other guys saw as flaws. „Guess they are not all the same“ she thought.

When they finally arrived to their accommodation, she noticed a king sized bed. Shit – was reaction in her mind. Why did he invited her here, what does it all mean? They lay down to get some rest. Cause of excitement she actually couldn’t sleep the night before, with thousands of questions running through her head. Of course, she never told him that. While she was half asleep, she gently stroked her hair. Suddenly, he kissed her neck. Butterflies in her stomach woke up. And like in 50 shades of grey, he kissed her with great passion. Fucking butterflies just went completely crazy.

While walking around Ljubljana in a beautiful summer evening, they held hands, listened to street musicians, ate Chinese fast food and a big ice cream. They kissed like in the best romantic scenes. Butterflies were still flying as crazy. She laughed a lot.

But actually, she didn’t find him physically attractive at all, so those goddamn butterflies were really getting on her nerves. And she doesn’t like surprises. She didn’t wish for a reaction like that. But against all odds, miracles do happen.

Next stop – lake Bled and the best bus ride ever. She lay peacefully in his lap, each listening to their own music while now and then staring into each others eyes in silence. She was disgusted by herself and the cheesy romantic moment. Cheesy romantic room, romantic walk around the lake and a huge romantic fight that followed before bedtime.

In the morning they made love for the first time. Beause it’s always great the morning after. Riding bikes to the waterfalls, touching and kissing each other was the way they spent their day. She made him a romantic dinner with candlelight and wine.

Next on itinerary – Kranjska Gora and romantic feel of woods, fresh air and villa where they stayed. Romantic bike ride to nearby Italy and a huge fight in the middle of a parking lot. Romantic silent treatment when she finally cycled back few hours later. The bed was cold.

Smell of freshly baked pie and tea with a silent treatment still on the side was how she woke up. It was time for a group hike trip. In spite of everything, he cared about her and her health condition, made sure she drank enough water and didn’t go down hill. He was proud when she made it to the top.

She prepared a healthy lunch followed by another of his romantic scenarios. This time, under the shower. The bed was warm.

Dawn came too early as the day of goodbye. She watched his sleepy eyes while he prepared hot chocolate. Against all odds, she thought, there might be something here. Came to realize, she hasn’t felt like that for whole nine years.

Few hours later – Kranj. A strong hug. A kiss. A goodbye. She wasn’t sad, she was happy. She had hope.

Quickly communication became short and rare. Two months later, when she grew some balls after few glasses of alcohol, she sent him an e-mail wondering what had happened. Was pretty simple – he was just not that into her. Dude, WTF? How did she go from being in this crazy romantic movie to being in her own tragic comedy she didn’t have a clue. Despite everything he’d said and done, the table turned around. Suddenly, she was the one wanting something and him nothing.

She wished she could hate him,  she wished she could tell everyone what an asshole he is. But she couldn’t. All she could do was – drink a bottle of wine and hope that the memory of him would disappear as fast and easy as the wine.

P.S. The sunflower died too.

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