“What’s wrong?” Miguel asked as he wrapped his arm around her.
He knew sunsets were her favourite hour. That golden moment when nature seemed at peace, and you could feel serene.
“Nothing”, Adeline feigned.
He read through her reflex reaction that everything was not as fine as she claimed. Her eyes weren’t as shiny as when she really meant that. Other times, he could see the last of the sun’s rays reflect off her glistening emerald pupils. And her smile was genuine. Now she just seemed tired. Or, rather, exhausted. Emotionally.
He perplexed his mind for a minute, wondering whether it was worth asking again, pushing for a different answer.
What he couldn’t tell was that she was restraining herself from saying everything that caused chaos in her head.
She couldn’t figure out how it was all roses one minute, and in a single second, due to a single phrase, everything was upturned. She was upset not only with the way he behaved towards other females – in her presence even – but most of all by the fact that he could hardly identify the problem.
People want to feel they are exclusively loved and valued. Much more so when they’re in a relationship. They want the security that their partner places them above all others, regardless of history or social connections. And it goes both ways. Every kind of relationship needs compromise and concessions. From both. Otherwise the balance doesn’t work.
By the time she decided to say something, the ferry boat had reached the port. And now the time was unsuitable.
He continued as if nothing happened.
But for her it was not as easy.
Silence is hard to keep. But when you break it, you need to be certain that what you’ll say is more important.