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2,900 Miles

Long Distance Relationship

By dhian syahPublished about a month ago 3 min read

Jessica and Ethan had been together for almost two years when life decided to throw them a curveball. Jessica got an amazing job offer in New York City, a dream come true for her career as a graphic designer. The only catch? They lived in San Francisco, and Ethan’s tech startup was just taking off. Moving wasn’t an option for him.

They both knew this opportunity was too good to pass up, but it meant facing the dreaded long-distance relationship. They spent countless nights talking it over, weighing the pros and cons, and imagining life apart. Eventually, they agreed to give it a shot, hoping their love was strong enough to bridge the 2,900 miles between them.

The first few weeks were tough. Jessica was busy settling into her new job and apartment, while Ethan was swamped with work back in San Francisco. They missed the simple things: cooking dinner together, spontaneous movie nights, and those lazy Sunday mornings. Facetime and texting became their lifelines. They’d video call each other every night, sharing stories about their day, laughing about silly things, and sometimes just staring at each other, wishing they could reach through the screen.

As the months went by, they found their rhythm. They started sending each other care packages—Jessica would surprise Ethan with his favorite snacks and little notes, while Ethan sent her quirky postcards and cute trinkets. They planned virtual date nights, watching the same movie while on a call, and even cooked the same recipes together from their separate kitchens. It wasn’t the same, but it was their new normal.

One of the biggest challenges was dealing with the time difference. Ethan was a night owl, which helped a bit, but there were still moments when one of them was half-asleep during a conversation. They learned to be patient and understanding, knowing that being present for each other mattered more than the perfect timing.

Visiting each other became the highlight of their lives. Every few months, they’d save up and book flights, counting down the days until they could be in each other’s arms again. Those weekends were magical—packed with activities, deep conversations, and just enjoying each other's presence. It was always hard to say goodbye, but those visits kept their connection strong.

One evening, after nearly a year apart, Jessica called Ethan with big news. She’d been offered a remote position, allowing her to work from anywhere. She was ecstatic, but also nervous about what Ethan would think. Without missing a beat, Ethan suggested, “Why don’t you come back to San Francisco?”

The excitement was palpable. They immediately started planning, dreaming about the life they’d build together again. Jessica’s last few weeks in New York were a whirlwind of goodbyes and packing, but the thought of being with Ethan kept her going. When she finally landed in San Francisco, Ethan was waiting at the airport with the biggest smile and a bouquet of her favorite flowers.

Reuniting was everything they’d imagined and more. They fell back into their old routines, but with a newfound appreciation for the little things they used to take for granted. Cooking together, movie nights, lazy Sundays—they all felt like precious gifts.

Their time apart had taught them resilience, communication, and just how much they meant to each other. They realized that while long-distance had been challenging, it had also strengthened their bond in ways they never expected.

In the end, Jessica and Ethan’s love story wasn’t just about surviving long distance; it was about thriving despite it. They proved that no matter the miles, real love finds a way to keep hearts connected.

Short StoryPsychologicalLoveHistoricalFan FictionAdventure

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