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Avon Is a Short Story About a Girl Who Is Drifting Away From Her Partner Due to Distance, Despite Her Best Efforts.

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"In this age and time, I think we've all been a little heartbroken or felt a little distant from our partner. We can all relate to AVON"

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How do people do this, I thought to myself as I tidied up my room.

It has been almost two weeks since my boyfriend sent me a text. I have been here worrying and obsessing over why he wouldn’t chat me or make an effort to call me. He never even asked for my calling number.

I never thought much about it because we had social media and he could always chat me but the chats have stopped coming. I think, in my heart, I knew there was a problem when he stopped sending me text like-

“How was your day?”

“Have you eaten?”

“Are you ok?”

When school ended a month ago for summer break, he had promised that we would keep in touch and face-time all the time. Considering that we were going to University this year and we had both gotten into different Universities.

I had complained and told him that I didn’t want to drift apart from him but he promised me that we would figure it out.

Every time I bring up a problem we were facing, he would say, “we would figure it out”.

I am beginning to think that he was just trying to comfort me. We didn’t figure it out. We never even talked about it again. How can I be in a relationship and I haven’t heard from my boyfriend in so long.

I tried to talk to him. I have tried countless times. My chats just always get opened with no reply or a solemn reply like “yeah” or “cool”.

The last meaning full conversation we had was a month ago, before we parted. Two weeks ago, he sent me a “hi”- out of the blue.

How am I meant to respond to that after a week of radio silence?

I have never been one of those people who was ready to try long distance relationships. Absence made the heart grow colder- not fonder. But, I would have been willing to give it a shot for him.

A few days ago, I sent him a text. Deciding to lay it all out there.

Me: Babe, what is happening to us? I feel like we are drifting and it’s making me insecure about our relationship. I don’t like it. We basically live an hour from each other at the moment but we haven’t seen each other- not even once. What’s going to happen when we are off to University and we are at least two hours from each other? I can’t go through all the pain and worry. I just…just can’t.

Him: We will talk tomorrow.

Tomorrow never came.

Three days later, he sent me a text.

Him: Sorry, I was busy.

I honestly didn’t know how to respond to that so I replied.

Me: It’s fine.

Him: I know it’s not fine, don’t lie to me.

Me: It’s fine, really.

But it wasn’t fine. It was far from fine. I felt dejected and unwanted and lonely. I just didn’t know how to tell him all that.

I could feel my feelings for him fading and I didn’t know what to do.

It’s like I don’t exist to him when we are not together.

That’s the problem.

My mind keeps asking me- IF THIS IS REAL, WHY DON’T WE FEEL A LITTLE BIT MORE?

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