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meet•ing, mē’ting, n. A coming together
He was going to a party when he saw her.
The door to her dorm was open, and she was studying. Listening to the radio and idly singing along. He liked her voice.
He came back later, half-drunk, and her door was closed. He knocked.
She answered, wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with ‘I failed the Turing test’ and sweatpants. She looked half asleep.
He asked for her number. She was too tired to be astonished that someone liked her and he was too drunk to say much more. He got the number.
date, dāte, v.t. dat•ed, dat•ing, Informal. To have a meeting, or regular meetings, with a person of the opposite sex
She went to parties with him.
She was horribly out of place. She refused to drink, wore unisex T-shirts and baggy jeans. When she tried to do something with her hair, a ponytail.
He tried to make her have fun. He danced with her. He got drunk as she watched and laughed.
She didn’t like the parties, but she stayed for him.
love, lǝv, n. A strong or passionate affection for a person of the opposite sex
He soon learned that she was a whiny clingy drunk.
He brought her back to her room. He cleared the textbook, notebook, Merriam-Webster off her bed.
Kissed her forehead, told her he had to leave. She cried. She claimed she needed him.
He didn’t want to leave. He didn’t.
She didn’t know until she woke up beside him.
lie, lī, v.i., lied, ly•ing. To express what is false or convey a false impression
She hated that he partied so much. She wanted a night in.
She went to bed early. He could stay with her and have fun later.
He never told her what he was doing, but she knew. Waking up to an empty bed.
She never told him that she knew.
Hiding it was easier.
other, ǝth’ǝr, a. Different or distinct from the ones mentioned or implied
There was no other.
He wasn’t her type. She was pretty but that wasn’t enough for him.
They could change. They wouldn’t change.
It was easier if she had just accused him of cheating.
fight, fīt, v.i.. To resist or oppose
She brought up the problem at a party. Hoping they could quietly go their separate ways.
He was drunk. She hadn’t counted on that. He shouted at her.
He hit her.
She refused to speak to him after that. He was sorry and he told her. Not expecting her to accept the apology.
sad, sad, a., sad•der, sad•dest. Grieving
He missed her.
She wasn’t right for him.
Had to move on.