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Love triangle short story

if love is dull

By Moharif YuliantoPublished about a month ago 3 min read
Love triangle short story
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Elara, with her fiery red hair and a laugh that could melt glaciers, had always been the center of attention. So, when brooding artist, Finn, started spending more time with her quiet best friend, Maya, a tremor of unease ran through Elara.

Elara wasn't in love with Finn, not in the way she craved grand gestures and stolen glances. He was more of a comfortable, worn-in sweater – reliable and familiar. But the idea of someone else holding his attention, especially Maya, was unbearable.

Maya, with her paint-stained fingers and a gaze that held the mysteries of the ocean, had always been content in Elara's shadow. But lately, there was a new light in her eyes, a secret smile that played on her lips whenever Finn was near.

One rainy afternoon, Elara found them huddled in a corner booth at their usual bookstore. Finn, usually reserved, was animated, gesturing wildly as he spoke. Maya, her usual quiet broken, was laughing, a sound Elara vaguely recognized as her own. Jealousy bloomed in Elara's chest, twisting and turning.

They noticed her then, their laughter dying down. An awkward silence filled the air, punctuated by the sound of rain drumming against the window.

"Hey, Elara!" Finn said, a touch too enthusiastically. "Maya was just telling me about your new painting project."

Elara mumbled a greeting, her eyes darting between the two. Maya offered a small smile, but it didn't reach her eyes.

The rest of the afternoon was strained. Elara pretended to be engrossed in a book, but her mind was a whirlwind of insecurities. Maya left early, claiming a headache. As she watched her friend walk away, a pang of guilt stabbed at Elara's heart.

When Finn finally walked her home, the rain had stopped, leaving the world washed clean and glistening. The silence between them stretched on, filled with unspoken emotions.

"Elara," Finn began hesitantly, "I need to talk about Maya."

Elara braced herself, expecting a declaration of love, a confirmation of her suspicions. But Finn's next words surprised her.

"She's in a bad place," he confessed, running a hand through his hair. "Her art block is crippling her. And lately, she's been… quiet, withdrawn."

Elara's anger deflated. She hadn't realized how much Maya's struggles had gone unnoticed. Finn continued, "She needs support, Elara. More than ever."

The familiar warmth of protectiveness for Maya washed over Elara. This wasn't about a stolen romance; it was about her friend.

"Of course," she said, her voice sincere. "I should have been there for her."

Later that week, Elara visited Maya. Her normally vibrant apartment was dimmed, the silence heavy. Maya sat hunched over a blank canvas, a deep frown creasing her forehead.

Elara sat beside her, reminiscing about their childhood adventures, silly jokes, and shared dreams. As the afternoon wore on, a flicker of life returned to Maya's eyes. She picked up a brush, dipped it in paint, and made a tentative stroke on the canvas.

Over the next few weeks, Elara became Maya's anchor. They spent hours creating art together, their laughter echoing through the apartment. They talked, confided in each other, a bond they hadn't explored before blossoming.

One evening, as they reviewed a finished piece, Elara noticed a subtle shift in Maya's gaze. "Maya?" she asked hesitantly.

"Elara," Maya said, her voice barely a whisper, "I think I'm falling for you."

Elara's heart skipped a beat. This wasn't what she had expected, not at all. But as she looked at Maya, vulnerability etched on her face, a warmth bloomed in Elara's chest, different from the comfort she felt with Finn. It was a spark of newness, a possibility she hadn't dared to dream of.

Taking a deep breath, Elara met Maya's gaze. "Maybe," she said, a smile tugging at the corner of her lips, "falling is exactly what we need."

The love triangle wasn't about competition; it was about rediscovering themselves and each other. Elara understood that love wasn't a finite resource; it could evolve, blossom in unexpected ways. As Elara leaned in, closing the distance between her and Maya, she knew this was a love story waiting to be written, a story filled with vibrant colors, quiet whispers, and the unexpected beauty of newfound love.

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Moharif Yulianto

a freelance writer and thesis preparation in his country, youtube content creator, facebook

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