This prompt is about the others in the romance couple’s lives DURING the break-up. Inlaws, best friends, co-workers siblings, the kids and other immediate family. Anyone who has connected with the couple and is expected to choose sides when the relationship ends. What we want to see (in 400 words or less) is how “the others” feel or is changed by the ending relationship, and what they see as the strengths/weaknesses of the couple. We want to live the romance through a second party. (This is not a love triangle.)
Jaeden couldn’t wait for Sandra to come home from college for the summer, mainly so that he could hang out with her boyfriend, Dylan. Sandra had been dating Dylan since they were Juniors in high school, and Jaeden thought of him as a brother.
When Sandra drove up, he ran out to meet her. She hesitated to go in and tell her family the news. She grabbed her overnight bag and slowly walking to the door with her head down until Jaeden met her. Even though she and Dylan broke up a couple weeks ago, she hadn’t wanted to deal with telling her family while she was trying to study for exams.
“Hey sis! Welcome home”, he smiled as he grabbed her bag.
“Hey Jay”, she answered in a mumble.
“We planned a cookout tomorrow to welcome you and Dylan back. Mom talked to Dylan’s mom already to invite him”, Jaeden informed her.
Had Dylan not told his parents either? Surely if he had, Dylan’s mom would’ve told her that they broke up when she called to invite him.
“What did Mrs. Saunders say when Mom invited him?” Sandra asked curiously.
“What do you mean?”, Jaeden asked.
She looked at Jaeden trying to figure out break the news gently. He was so excited about the cookout.
“Jay, Dylan and I broke up a couple weeks ago”, she blurted. “He must not have told his mom either or she would have said something about him coming to the cookout”. There was no subtle way to do this, for either of them.
“What?”, Jaeden’s face fell. “But what about us hanging out? You know how boring it is around here. Dylan makes things a little more bearable, at least for the summer.”
Sandra felt bad for Jaeden. She knew how much he looked forward to having Dylan around.
“I’m sorry Jay. Maybe he will still come over to hang out with you. You two have been friends for a long time. I’m sure he won’t leave you hangin’”, Sandra said, hoping it was true. “Besides, now you and I can hang out more too. It’ll be fun”, she tried to convince him while convincing herself.
Jaeden was speechless. His whole summer had just crashed before him, but he felt bad for Sandra too.
“Sure”, he said with as much enthusiasm as he could muster. “Fun”
Word count 393/FCA