“The normal kind of love. The ordinary love. That kind.” he explains taking a sip of his soda. Kevin sinks in his seat looking at his friend in disbelief.
“I knew you were dumb. I just didn’t expect it to be this much bro.” he says.
“What’s wrong with a conventional relationship?”
“What the hell is a conventional relationship?” I nod in agreement. Kevin had a point, what kind of love is that?
“It’s the ordinary kind of love,” a feminine voice answers dragging her seat to our table.
“I feel like we have created a small crusade. I’m not a people person, so you guys can go on.” I’m about to stand when Kevin grips my hand firmly.
“Steph, meet Alison. Brody’s girlfriend.” I sit back down. He does have a girl after all.
“She had excused herself to the ladies around the time i butted into your talk. Plus, she’s my ex girlfriend. We broke up.” more juice. They seemed okay though. Were they still friends?
“Why are you here with your ex? You know the law. Exes can’t be friends.” Kevin, the spokesperson to my dumb thoughts. Maybe we were friends after all.
“A conventional relationship has all the above. There’s PDA, there’s dates, there’s affection. There’s everything related to a relationship, even break-ups. Its so normal. No drama.” he ignores Kevin.
I blink at his ignorance and explanation for lack of words. Any words.
” You thought my type of love was a joke at first.” I turn to Kevin.
“I am so sorry Steph. I really am. Alison. Please tell me he’s not serious.”
“That’s Brody for you. As long as the community points out what’s normal in a relationship, he has no problem.” she explains twisting the cork of her bottle of soda harshly.
“Better than acting too perfect and too mature.” he counters.
“So you’re not friends. To make this less awkward, we’re not councilors either. So you can get a booth and talk things over, preferably somewhere we can’t hear you. Steph and I have important issues to talk about. Don’t we?”
“We do?” We didn’t, he may not want to listen to Brody, but i wanted to know how Alison wanted to be loved.
“What’s your type of love?” Might as well grow a back bone to cut the tension between the two. If roles were switched, Collin would be biting my head off.
“There isn’t a specific type. You can’t circle everything you want from a guy with one word. Like excuses. No, love is a book with contents in it. It has chapters and sub topics in it. So i can’t limit what i want from a relationship, specifically from my guy in one word. What about the rest? “
She was right. Sure, I wanted concern from a relationship, but that’s not all i wanted. Kevin wanted one without excuses, but had other things in it. Brody was still figuring out what he wanted.
” Didn’t i play according to that book? Where did i fall short? If i can’t know, I’ll never be a better man. You have to tell me.” Brody’s voice is so soft, he’s either about to cry or he’s choking on his soda.
“So you want the type that involves communicating. You want your partner to speak up when you fall short and you’ll speak up when they do. That kind?” Kevin has graduated to love expert one point o.
“Yes, because how can I fix something that I don’t know about. How can I work towards becoming someone I can’t describe? All you had to do, was talk.”
“Doesn’t change the fact that I’m right.” she takes a hold of his hand and squeezes it. It’s the, ‘we’ll talk about us later‘ gesture and he seems to catch on fast because he smiles at her and nods.
“There’s consistency, something people don’t have and end up breaking each other. There’s concern, there’s talking, there’s even religion. All these things are under love. You can’t just pick one and think that you will have solved everything, no. Love is all about everything. So my type of love, is the entirety of it. Because until i get exactly what love means and what it requires, i can’t live right. Sure, there’ll be excuses, but love corrects mistakes as well. So that’s my type. ” she gets comfortable in her seat and sips on her soda slowly.
Neither one of us have said a thing because we know she’s right. Today I’ll want concern, tomorrow I’ll want trust.
” I never thought about it that way. I was too fixed with one thing. Maybe i haven’t been loving, if i have, I’ve been loving wrong.”
We all nod, agreeing with Brody. Maybe we’ve been liking not loving. Love is a whole other field with a whole lot of components. We were still figuring it out.
” Well, to falling in love. The genuine type of love “ Kevin raises his glass of juice and as our mug, glass, can and bottle click, smiles form on our faces.
This marks the end of this chapter I guess, there’s more to come, but this marks the end of ‘This type of love’. So have you been loving or liking? Have you been loving wrong? Am i making any sense? Talk to me…Stay tuned for episode 2. Please share your thoughts.