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once upon a time, there were a girl and a boy who were friends.
they were not just friends, they were the best of friends. he treated her with so much respect and love, that she couldn't help but love him right back. he pushed her in ways she had never been pushed to think, feel or do, and she found she liked the challenge. he accepted and loved her no matter what, even when she told him her dirtiest, darkest secrets and things got all dark and twisty, which didn't really happen all that much.
things happened. life happened. they slowly grew apart as their lives took different directions. they didn't talk or have any contact for several years. she still worried for him, prayed for him, and wished a beautiful life for him. she let him go, because letting go opens doors, clears the path and makes room for good things to happen.
every now and then, when she would fall in love with someone, she sometimes wished she could tell him. tell him she was in love, happy, scared, excited and just talk things out with him. when it didn't work, she wished he was there to hold her, make her laugh after crying, tell her it was okay and that the risks of love really are worth it in the end. she missed him during those times and so many others.
years passed. he found her again one day, and when they talked it was as though no time had passed. the friendship was still there, the comfort, the easiness, the not-having-to-work-to-make-it-work, the love. it was all there, just like they had left it.
only now, they were grown-up with experiences that helped them not be afraid. they could talk about their fears, hopes and the possibilities. it was scary, but the thought of not having these conversations was more scary. and in the end after the conversations, they found it wasn't scary at all, but more like being wrapped and hugged in an old, comfortable blanket, softened by age and familiar.
they were more accepting of each other. things that once seemed so important just fell away and the really important stuff rose to the surface and stuck. their frienship wasn't perfect, in fact little things sometimes drove them crazy, but not for long. soon they would be laughing again.
their friendship was a rock for both of them. it was a measure of all other friendships and relationships. both knew it was something rare, wonderful, strong and not to be taken for granted. they knew their friendship was meant to last no matter what happened between them and for that they loved each other all the more.