She said she had read somewhere on the internet that maybe we call soulmates soulmates because their atoms were close together when the universe was created, and their bond keeps them coming back together. Just like the planets and the stars and the galaxies are moving, our atoms were once within an infinitely small place and now they are still moving too, only with legs. Perhaps our atoms were by each other at the very beginning and that’s why we can’t stay away. It’s not any of the cliche love stuff. It’s science, she swore.

I saw the mischievous twinkle shine in her smiling eyes, and for once, I chose to believe.

“One day,
whether you are 14
or 65
you will stumble upon someone
who will start a fire in you that cannot die.

the saddest, most awful truth
you will ever come to find––
is they are not always with whom we spend our lives”
Beau Taplin, Hunting Season

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