The never-ending sinus infection stole the end of National Novel Writing Month from me. My goal was to tell the story of Michelle and I during the month. Once the month ran out, I wasn’t sure what to do. Should I move on to the next project? I was tempted to do that but I hate leaving something unfinished. So, I’m going to publish a couple of more posts and get our story to a good stopping point before moving on. (Feel free to go back and look if you need a reminder of where we are.)
2011 rolled in and life went along as usual. Michelle and I continued to hang out. I got to know C better. Honestly, although I was probably just biased and a tad bitter, I couldn’t see what was so special about her. She wasn’t an awful person. I just couldn’t picture them together.
By the summer of 2011, Michelle had begun to confide in me about some of the issues they were starting to have. Now, if I had been one of those trifling chicks, this would’ve been the point when I could’ve thrown salt in the wound. I’m proud to say that I stayed in the good friend lane. I supported Michelle when she needed and encouraged her to work through the hard times.
However, when I was with my confidantes (and you know who you are), we discussed me being patient because a breakup was imminent. Don’t get me wrong… we weren’t sitting around sending out bad vibes and casting spells are anything. It was just that based on their relationship experiences, they could see the writing on the wall.
And, they were right. By the fall the engagement was over. It’s hard to be happy when your friend is in pain but I couldn’t help but look forward to all the possibilities.
I gave Michelle space… it would’ve been tacky to pounce on her like a wounded gazelle. After what I felt was an appropriate amount of time had passed, I took to Facebook to drop a few hints. You know how it is… sappy quotes, links to love songs on Youtube, etc. Of course I never mentioned names or tagged anyone but Stevie Wonder could see what was going on. Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” was on repeat for the entire month of December.
Christmas came and went which meant my birthday was around the corner. Michelle told me that she had the whole day planned. It would be the beginning of a weekend that I would never forget.