This could be one of the many futures I have. I couldn't tell anyone how it will go, and there are some things in it that can happily be different, but there are some things in it that just need to be there.
Hey, where has everyone g--
YOU NEED TO GET OUT! WE'VE RECEIVED A 'SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE'!
Who thought that a 'silent alarm' was a good idea!!!
On Friday Dan was at work, getting on with things as normal, writing up notes after a meeting he'd just had
Yay! We finally got a place together. This is the start of our futures with each other
Since it was lunchtime the canteen should have been busy, but for some reason it was empty
Hey penguin, we've got to make sure we can get your beautiful paintings up on the walls somewhere
Near the canteen doors, he bumped into a generic 50+ year old white man and asked him a question
That sounds great, I'm so proud of the work you're doing and how hard you work
The guy interrupted and said that he shouldn't be here anymore because a silent alarm had been raised. He told Dan that he had to get out of the building as quickly as possible
PHD Super Smart Award
Dan ran past the open desks and out into the car park. If he hadn't bumped into that guy, who knows whether he would have left the building
You look gorgeous tonight. I'm so lucky to be with you
Sat outside in the car park, Dan closed his eyes and thought about how this could have ended. What would he have done if he knew today was his last day. And all Dan could think about was how the last 7 weeks had hurt the person he loved, and how he might never have the chance to go on adventures and live a beautiful life with her.
Here's the new place. Let's settle in for the night and make it our own tomorrow
Dan thought about how much he loved this woman. He thought about how little it mattered where he was going to be, as long as he was with her. And he thought about how amazing it would be when they could finally move in together, just like they'd always wanted
Dan thought about how great it would feel for them to design and decorate their own house/flat with each other for the first time
He thought about how happy they could make each other, coming back from work every day into the arms of the person that made them feel special
He thought about how incredibly proud he would be of her when she finally completed her research (no doubt with flying colours too!)
You're amazing! I'm so proud of you!
He thought about how they could celebrate each others achievements and how beautiful those moments would be
He thought about when they'd move onto the next place and start a new adventure, meet new people and experience new things
He thought about what the next stage in life would be. He hoped it could include a dog, but if he had a cat that loved him it'd be just as good and definitely a lot more practical
He thought about all the amazing places in the world that he'd like to take her to, and all the places he'd like to be taken. All the places he'd like to go and spend the best time with her
He hoped she'd be able to make one of his life dreams come true and find it funny when he called her his little hobbit
He thought of the day when she said yes
He thought about how unbelievably stunning she'd look on the wedding day at the church in Spain. There is a high probability he would cry. He'd wonder how he ever got so lucky.
He thought about when they'd have their first child. A little girl named Adelie
He thought about the beautiful little family they could have together with 3, or 4, or 5, or 6 children
He thought about showing them the world and mum and dad providing everything they'd need to prosper and be good, kind and successful people
He thought about growing old and living out a happy retirement with the woman of his dreams, still travelling the world and watching the kids grow up
Sat outside in the car park, Dan thought through all of this. He thought about how awful the last few weeks had been. He thought about how he'd hurt the person of his dreams so badly that these dreams of the future might never be a reality
Dan knew he'd messed up. And even though he didn't realise it at first, and even though he's still working on things, he knew he regretted everything that had happened. He hated the words that they'd exchanged, he hated the pain they'd caused each other and he really hoped they could move past it. He wished he'd told her all his fears and all his favourite memories before now
He wished he'd told her about the things he was grateful for. And he wished he'd told her how beautiful she is and how much he loved her every single day. He knew it'd take time for her to heal and forgive him. But he hoped she could find it in her heart to have faith in him once again. Because if they could push through this, they be the strongest couple on the planet. He is sorry. And he really, really loves her a lottle.