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Last updated: June 2, 2023

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Gabriel Knightwood

Romance Whisperer, Writer

Scarlett had always been a woman who knew what she wanted. And what she wanted was a successful career in journalism that would take her to the top of her game, and maybe even win her a Pulitzer one day. She'd worked tirelessly for years to make that dream a reality, and it had paid off. She was now one of the top reporters for a major news agency – a young, driven, and ambitious woman, with little time for anything else.

That is, until she met Evan.

As an artist, Evan was everything that Scarlett wasn't. He was free-spirited, passionate, and followed his heart wherever it led him. They met at an art gallery one humid summer evening, and the rest, as they say, was history.

He was different from anyone she'd ever met. He didn't care about her career, nor was he intimidated by her success. He saw her for who she was, beyond her professional ambitions; he saw the real Scarlett, something she hadn't even been aware of herself. He inspired her to see the world beyond the news headlines, to find the beauty in the mundane, and to live life with passion, rather than just report on it.

Before she knew it, Scarlett had fallen hard for Evan, and he for her. They were an unlikely couple, but somehow they just worked. They spent every moment they could together, exploring the city, having adventures, and laughing until their sides ached. Scarlett had never felt happier.

But of course, no good thing lasts forever.

One day, Scarlett received news that turned her world upside down. An opportunity had arisen for her to move across the country, to a new city, and take on a new role as editor-in-chief of a news outlet. It was her chance to really make her mark in the industry. It was everything she'd ever wanted, but it came with a price – leaving Evan behind.

They didn't want to end things, and so they tried long distance. For a while, it worked. They called each other every day, sent gifts and letters, and even arranged to meet up as often as they could. But soon, the distance felt heavier than ever before.

Scarlett had always been terrible with technology, and she had a habit of losing her phone every other week. They'd gone from seeing each other every day to barely hearing each other's voices. They started having misunderstandings, getting jealous of each other's friends, and wondering if the love they had was worth the sacrifice.

Evan's creative block didn't help either. Without Scarlett by his side, he found it hard to create. His paintings became darker, and his once-safe space turned into a nightmare. He couldn't shake the feeling of loneliness, no matter how hard he tried.

It wasn't long before Scarlett found herself feeling the same way. Despite her success, the lack of Evan by her side made her question whether she'd made the right decision.

One day, in the middle of yet another argument, they came to a realization. They needed to see each other. They needed to be together – in person.

It was then that tragedy struck.

Evan's best friend had died in a car accident, leaving him devastated. And Scarlett realized that if she didn't go to him, she might lose him forever. So, she hopped on a plane and flew across the country, back to the man she loved.

She found him broken, but still there. They held each other for hours, both crying, both feeling the weight of everything they'd been through. But in the midst of the heartbreak and healing, they found their way back to each other.

It wasn't easy. There were still arguments and tears and misunderstandings. But they worked on it. Together. They learned to communicate better, to be more patient, and to never take each other for granted.

And, as they say, the rest is history. They moved in together, and Evan's creative block disappeared. He started painting again, but this time, he had more colors, more life, and more love in his work. Scarlett's job was still demanding, but she now made time for the things that really mattered – like Evan. And they made sure to never let the miles between them grow so wide ever again.

The ending is ambiguous – who knows what the future holds for them – but to Scarlett and Evan, it didn't matter. So long as they had each other, and their love, they could face anything.

True love, after all, can conquer all – even when it seems impossible to hold on.