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Amanda Verlander is a UTPB sophomore who is taking an online course.

Amanda Verlander is a UTPB sophomore who is taking an online course.

Amanda Verlander is a UTPB sophomore who is taking an online course.

Amanda Verlander, Guest Writer

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Elena awoke to the birds chirping outside her window. She quickly arose from the bed and pulled back the curtains. As the sunlight filled the room and rested on her face, she starred out into the sky. The white puffy clouds were a picturesque scene, there was a slight breeze. As the breeze passed into the window, Elena could smell the fresh morning air and a hint of cinnamon from the local bakery. In the extreme distance she could see a dark puffy storm cloud passing by, but there was no chance of it coming near. Elena saw more dark clouds and how distant they seemed and knew she made the right choice. A little closer in she could see two butterflies fluttering together in the quiet spring morning. Elena sat there just staring out at nature’s beauty for a few minutes before hurriedly getting ready to leave. Once outside, Elena decided she should walk to work rather than drive. It was so warm and inviting. The sun shone down and you could clearly see the morning dew on the grass. The flowers were starting to bloom and the morning glories slowly opened to reveal their magnificent blooms. Elena took a deep breath in the air. It was was crisp and the flowers smelled amazing. She couldn’t help but feel like a little girl again as she twirled around. There were a few stray animals enjoying the sunshine too. As Elena approached her office she noticed two squirrels playing tag with each other. She smiled internally as she walked inside the building. That was the first time in a long time that she had smiled.

In the next town over was a much different scene. Roberto awoke to a chilly draft coming in from the window he left open the night before. He slowly got up and slammed the window closed. How could she do this to him? he asked as he looked out the window. The clouds were dark and full. He knew it was going to be a rough day. As he started to walk away from the window a lightning bolt flashed by. “Oh great, rain” Roberto said as he rolled his eyes. The thunder clapped loudly and made Roberto flinch as he walked into the bathroom. Roberto grabbed his keys and started out the door for work. He had a bit of a commute and this storm wasn’t going to make it any better. Once inside his car, Roberto noticed how the temperature had dropped even more. The rain clouds were dark and they looked like waves crashing down around the town. There was no sunshine able to get through the darkness. It was almost as if the sun didn’t rise. The wind picked up and the rain started coming down across his windshield. Roberto’s wipers could barely keep up. The exhaust from the cars only made the driving conditions worse. The exhaust fumes rose from the ground at a rapid pace fogging the car windows quickly. Between the darkness, rain and exhaust the only visibility was the tail lights of the car in front of Roberto. As he sat in traffic waiting he couldn’t help but think how horrible things were; how could she just leave him. Roberto was angry at everyone. He felt like a fool, how could he do this to himself. How did she find out?

As the day went on Elena thought of how the night before went. She was sure she made the right decision. The picture of Roberto’s face as she confronted him with the compelling evidence against him came to mind. Elena laughed, thinking of the way he couldn’t find the words to explain. She knew he was shocked. Elena was heartbroken but she was freed, the relationship was finally over. The pain from the heartbreak was much easier to deal with than the pain of hearing Roberto’s lies.

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