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Love and failure

Failure in love is not the end of everything.

By HendirisPublished 2 months ago 3 min read

John Miller was an ordinary man living in the small town of Maplewood. He worked as a carpenter, crafting beautiful furniture with his rough but skilled hands. John was content with his simple life, finding joy in the little things – the warmth of the sun on his back as he worked, the sound of birds singing in the morning, and the satisfaction of a job well done. Despite his modest means, he had a heart full of dreams and a s

In contrast, Elizabeth Harper, or Liz as she was affectionately known, came from one of the wealthiest families in Maplewood. The Harpers owned half the town, their name synonymous with luxury and influence. Liz was everything John was not – elegant, sophisticated, and used to a life of opulence. Yet, despite the glaring differences in their bac

Their relationship began as a fairytale. Liz was captivated by John’s genuine nature and the simplicity of his world. She loved the way he saw beauty in the mundane and admired his unwavering integrity. John, in turn, was enchanted by Liz’s grace and the kindness she showed to everyone, regardless of their social standing. Their love blossomed against the backdrop of the 1920s, a time of both economic disparity and social change.

However, as their relationship deepens, trains begin to appear. Liz's family, especially her parents, disapprove of John. They had bigger plans for him—uniting with someone of equal social status, someone who could increase their wealth and status. Liz also begins to feel the burden of her family's expectations. He started to worry about his future.

The internal conflict gnawed at John. He was acutely aware of the economic chasm between them. Despite his love for Liz, he felt inadequate, plagued by the thought that he could never give her the life she was accustomed to. His friends, especially Tom, his best friend, tried to support him. Tom encouraged John to pursue better opportunities but also warned him about the possible futility of trying to bridge the gap.

Liz's parents were tireless. They subtly, and sometimes not so subtly, reminded her of what she had left behind by being with John. They introduce her to rich suitors, each more prosperous than the last, hoping she will see the folly of her ways. The pressure became too much for Liz. He begins to believe that love alone may not be enough.

One night, Liz confronts John with her fears. “John, I love you,” she said, her voice shaking. “But love alone cannot build a future. My family wants me to marry someone who is my equal.

John's heart broke. He always knew this moment might come, but the reality was more painful than he imagined. “Liz, I can't compete with them,” he answered, his voice heavy with sadness. “I can only offer my love.

Their relationship crumbled under the weight of societal expectations and personal insecurities. Liz, torn between her love for John and her family’s demands, made the heartbreaking decision to end things. John was devastated. He withdrew into himself, focusing on his work to numb the

As the years passed, John slowly rebuilt his life. He poured himself into his craft, creating pieces that were not only beautiful but also reflected his journey. His work gained recognition, and he found a new sense of purpose and fulfillment. He realized that his worth wasn’t defined by wealth or social standing but by his character and the world.

Liz married a wealthy suitor chosen by her parents. Her life was filled with luxury, but she never found the same joy and authenticity she had experienced with John. She often thought about him and the life they could have had, filled with love and simplicity.

In the end, John found happiness not in riches but in self-acceptance and contentment. He understood that failure in love was not a defeat but a lesson in resilience. His story was a testament to the idea that true happiness comes from within.


Years later, as John sat in his workshop, surrounded by the fruits of his labor, he felt a deep sense of peace. He had loved and lost, but he had also grown and thrived. The pain of his past had shaped him into a man of depth and wisdom. He smiled, thinking of Liz, hoping that she too had found her own version of happiness. And in that moment, he knew that he was exactly where he was meant to be.


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  • Esala Gunathilake2 months ago

    Well done on your story.

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