I Love You.
“Have you all taken a look at the exhibits yet?” Timothy asks, “actually no, we haven’t gotten a chance to since we’ve arrived,” says Giselle looking at Jhené, “but after Lola’s speech, I would love to see what all the fuss is about,” both smiling. “Great! We will gladly take you on a personal tour,” Timothy says looking at Stephanie. “Come, come Stephanie!” He claps in command. They all follow behind Timothy exploring the many wonderful displays. While everyone is talking, and laughing with one another, Lola is quiet and not so cheerful. She falls behind, allowing everyone to walk ahead of her not wanting to attract any attention. She stops at the display she and her team created and stands there for a moment. With everything going on, I almost forgot about New York. Although I haven’t made a decision yet, I feel like I’m just playing the waiting game. Everything I decide from this moment on would be for nothing. I haven’t told anyone other than my sisters and getting involved with Eric would just be a waste of time. I would never expect him to uproot his life for me, and I wouldn’t dare ask that of him, but even if he suggested it, I would not want him to. He may want to continue with a long-distance relationship but, I can’t do that either… I guess I shouldn’t bother getting invested in someone if all I’ll be doing is leaving them behind.
“We have to stop meeting like this.” “Huh? What?” She says breaking her train of thought, “hahaha, this is my favorite one you know.” Sam says, “what is” she asks, “this display, it’s my favorite exhibit here.” Lola looks at him, “and why is that?” She asks. “Well, because this one is not like the others, its unique.” “How so?” “At first glance, it looks like one big masterpiece, but if you look closely, each section tells its own story, like they can live separately from one another. They all have their own personality, but when they come together, it creates something new. To create something like this takes a rare talent for sure.” Lola stands there in awe with a big smile on her face, “what?” Sam says smiling. “Nothing, I just always admired your vision, I guess that’s what attracted me to you in the first place,” she says looking at the display.
“You know, the first time we met, I knew you were something special Lola. The way you looked at art was never just on the surface, you looked deeper and somehow found the secrets that lie behind the picture. Another reason why this display is my favorite, is because it reminds me of you.” She looks at him, “anyone looking at this, can see that it is beautiful, but that’s just the one image on the surface. It’s so easy to get lost in that one thing, but anyone taking the time to really see what they are looking at, will notice that there is so much more than what meets the eye, realizing there are layers to its beauty. Looking deeply into this piece, you can see how each section changes the narrative entirely, creating something new making each layer beautiful in its own right. But only those who care enough will look beyond the surface, they’ll see these layers and fall in love with each piece for a different reason,” he says looking into Lola’s eyes.
“Sam,” she says as tears start to form, “It’s okay, you don’t have to say anything, I just needed you to know. From the moment I saw you staring at my painting, I knew then that I would always love you, because the way you looked at it, was the way I looked at you. I don’t expect you to feel the same after everything we’ve been through, but I didn’t want another day to go by without you knowing that I see you now, as I always have.” “Sam… I… I’m moving to New York…”