Short Love Story--Until Next Time Sweetheart

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Dulles International Airport

Washington D.C.


Ryan, a 16 years old teen, is saying goodbye to an "almost girlfriend" at this International Airport in Washington D.C. Her name is Bertha, a 17 years old girl from Prague, Czech Republic. She was in the States for over a year with her parents. They were scheduled to go back to their country today. Ryan made it on time to say goodbye, and quickly asked Bertha's Parents to have at least five minutes with her:

"Bertha, I just want to tell you how much I'm going to miss you and..."

"Ryan, you... you helped me to improve my silly English and.. huh, I'm going to miss you so much!"

"Is my first time I'm gonna miss a girl like you. I don't understand it. Why you have to leave just like this?"

"Ryan, our visa was granted for 18 months. I told you that, from the very beginning."

"My mom was right. I did mature with you Bertha. Even though you are older, I did grow... we got along so well..!"

"I feel like crying too, Ryan, as I did all night. Never wanted to say goodbye to a 'friend' like you..."

Bertha's dad, Bohdan, a Chemical Engineer, came over and told Bertha in their own language that it "was time to say bye." Passengers were already boarding the British Airways flight bound to London, and then heading to Prague after a four hours layover.

"Sorry Sir! Can I give your daughter a hug?" asks Ryan with an almost broken heart. "Sure! You did treat my daughter with respect and like a lady, and me and wife want to thank you!" replied Bohdan shaking Ryan's hand.

One Year earlier...

It was the week before Labor day. A sultry September signaling the long summer that just passed us by. It was the first day of class on a Thursday morning; Ryan was walking to his classroom and within the minute noticed this tall and skinny girl. A brunette with a different look. Her jeans were worn out and her sneakers looked certainly foreign. She did catch up with him and smile back, but didn't say a word. "That was the first time I saw Bertha," said Ryan to his mom Janette while he was cleaning his room at home . Luckily enough, Bertha and him ended up in the same classroom on that second floor. The teacher was informed of her situation through a written note, and introduced her to the whole class. "I want you guys say hi to Bertha, who doesn't speak English very well, but will be willing to catch up with us..." That was it. Bertha was held one year back and ended up on 9th grade with Ryan.

A Week Later...

Like a pact made in heaven, both met again at the bus stop. They found out that they were living two blocks away from each other. She would hold her books against her chest and would smile like a child looking down like Princess Diana; nervous and clueless at times.

Her communication skills were worse than thought. One morning before boarding the School bus, Ryan said, "Hi" and she blushed and responded awkwardly, but when he wanted to ask her more questions, she would try to use her hands and think twice or maybe thrice, before putting together a single sentence in her head. .

"My English short..." Those were her first words to Ryan, who did smile and understood that unexpected barrier from the very start. "That freakin' barrier," as he would recall later.

"I gotcha Bertha!"

"Gut chat? please... no make this ###..."

"Oh sorry, Bertha. You need to practice it with me every day!"

"American English every day, right!"

Two different worlds that were making an initial connection with a smile... and two heart beats.

As the days went by...

They would end up walking home together after stepping out of the school bus. Little by little Bertha began to understand that Ryan was really a blessing, because some chicks were ready to give her an "initiation."

"Don't worry Bertha, you are not stupid... is just, you are in another world, " said Ryan, while Bertha would try her hardest to twist her tongue and lips to mimic a new pronunciation. "You make it so easy Ryan. I told my momma Olga, that you would walk me home, and that you won't cause me problem," responded Bertha with a softer voice.

Three Months Later...

Bertha was into Biology but was also interested in American History and Literature. She would surprise Ryan with her daily improvements.

"My father Bohdan is so proud of me. He told me that I'm as smart as he is. But, he would love to see me become a doctor, because our Grandma died at a concentration camp."

"Cool Bertha. You are doing better than that 'sorority of haters.' I'm telling you, just keep studying harder and you might be as famous as Oprah, or this Nadia Comaneci..!"

"She was Romanian, and I'm Czech, Ryan!"

"Sorry Bertha. I don't know much about eastern Europe. Did you read my lips?"

The unexpected

Ryan's Mother didn't Get Along With Bertha's Mom...

Yup! for some reason they never clicked as future or potential mothers in law. Bertha's mom would speak a broken English with a terrible pronunciation. It was official, Ryan did have to stop hanging with Bertha, as suggested by his own mom later. Bertha was devastated. She even went with her mom Olga to ask Nancy, Ryan's mom, to "please change your mind!"

Ryan's mother didn't like them from the very beginning! The reason? Her grandfather was in Normandy and died on eastern European soil. He died in what it was called then Czechoslovakia.

"You see this window young girl?" said Nancy to Bertha pointing to a second floor window of her complex condo. "Yes ma'am," replied Bertha scared and a little sad. "If you don't leave my house with your mom, you will be flying through that window; now you both have to leave my house!"

Two hours later Bryan, found out that it was over. He was downtown trying to get Bertha a nice set of earrings. He was in schock. He wanted to die. "How could you mom... ?"

Bertha's desperate move...

Two weeks later Bertha took a drastic decision; she waited for Ryan behind a tree. The tree where both carved, "Ryan ♥ Bertha" inside a heart. She knew he would take a walk to the nearest park, just to jog and keep himself in shape. It was 9 a.m. on a beautiful Saturday morning. You think she would try to stab him? Nah! that was left for a Halloween night. She had a bunch of papers with her and headed toward Ryan.

"Hi Ryan!"

"Hey Bertha, hi! Long time didn't see you!"

"I want you to read this portfolio and then maybe you won't judge my family. Your mom was really mean to us.."

"It was really hard on us. What is this?"

"Is my father's patent portfolio and its application. So you can live a better life on this United States."

"Yeah, it says...(Classified) and oh...! Cool"

"I came to let you know that we will be leaving next July the 3rd."

"I don't need this proof of your father's skills Bertha. I mean..."

Bertha came closer and kissed him. Ryan didn't have time to react and let himself go. They missed each other so much! They were crying. Ryan wanted to clean her tears but, it dildn't help. Bryan look up into the sky for answers and hit the tree with a fist. "Ouch, modaah!"

Back to Dulles Airport

The Present

Ryan wanted to hold her tight as a girlfriend, but their secret love affair was coming to an end. Both cried and eventually embrace each other and kissed. Bohdan came over and pushed Ryan to the floor!

"You are not my friend anymore," said the Bohdan.

"Dad! Why did you hurt him!"

"Sorry Mister! We didn't mean to kiss..."

Airport security noticed the incident and were about to call the Police. Ryan composing himself said, "Hey! guys I just fell. He didn't do anything."

Bohdan took her daughter and they started to pass security to board their plane. There was no turning back. Olga told Bohdan off and they had to leave now!

That was it. Two lives being separated by fate and a little of bad luck!

Ryan broken hearted walked away from the Airport, back into his normal life with a song in his mind:


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

For the most beautiful Love story. I am cryin. Blessings to you. Debbie


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Joseph such a beautiful love story and I indeed and crying to an the end of there tragic fated story. Thank you for writing and sharing too. Have voted up and shared of course.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Oh, how devastating is this, to love and be loved, but to be torn apart is very heartbreaking for sure. This is sad but still beautiful, as love is divine. I really love the video, she has a very lovely smile and he well . . . enough said. LOL I love, love, love your short love story! In His Love, Faith Reaper


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kj force 4 years ago from Florida

Lord De Cross...Beautiful story of young love..however..this is only the beginning of a long arduent of love...so many more will fall by the wayside...just part of growing into adulthood...enjoyed the sad,but true words...thanks..have a good week-end


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hi Debbie, I appreciate your visit and your heart! You always touch me with those comments. Hope you are having an inspirational week. Glad you stopped by.

@Jannine, Thaks to you too! Your support and unconditional follow is truly appreciated. You are a wonderful teacher. Hope your girls get that talent from you. Yeah! This inspiration was written after midnight. At times we think this story has been told before, but is here with our own inspiration. Thanks!

@Faith Reaper, dearest friend. So sorry if this story touched your heart. Ispiration comes from vivid moments from the past and from experiences that were told. Sincerely humbled by your commenting. God bless you too!

KJ, yeah! we learn as we grown. Most of us have lived and survived through broken hearts. You always check on us, and we thank you! You have a nice weekend!


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

A relationship which crosses borders always takes a huge amount of tolerance and understanding. Unfortunately, both parties just want to "win". It's hardly just about two people alone, but involves relatives, and to an extent, friends as well, who are just rushing to give opinions. A sweet story!! Shared.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

A modern day Romeo and Juliet... Or West Side Story...

I am holding out for a sequel...LOVE rules, LORD!

Voted UP and ABI. Hugs, Maria


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Maria, we will work on the sequel and you will be surprised. The tale will take Ryan to another world and he will have to make a decision. Thanks dear!


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

What a beautiful and sad story. Off into the sunset as they say...I wonder how many unfinished love stories there are in this world. Good read on a rainy afternoon.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I loved this story Joseph. It is a beautiful reminder that we all are connected eventhough we don't always speak the same language. Love knows no boundaries. Thank you...


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Loved this. A wonderful love story. Passing it on.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Such a beautiful love story Joseph - voting up

I'm off to the sequel....


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Glimmer Twin Fan,

Thanks for reading us. Your feedback is truly appreciated. There wouldn't be writers without a moral input from our readers' approval


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Always exploring,

Always exploring, You are so right. Our first pioneers spoke different languages beside English, and then little by little American English settled into what is today. Love doesn't know barriers indeed. Even Viking and Normans met in a clash of cultures, where love was around for sure. Thanks!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Morning Gypsy Rose Lee, Thanks for reading us and checking if we are still alive. Yes, we are here! This story is based some some true events and, well, the tale continous. We invite you to read a sequel that will surprise so many. Thanks!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Morning Lesley, or Good evening on that side. Yes, this story came right to us, like begging to be told. As I said, is based on real events, and the tale can take us all over the world. Much appreciated for reading our work my friend!


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Finding love is not that easy, and this beautifully told story echoes the sadness of what happens, how it feels, to have it torn from you. I want to say, “thank you for my tears.” I hope this story continues.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Genna East, your words really touch deep. In order to write heartfelt stories we need to experience some moments in life that are not taught in the books! The story continues, of course!Thanks for your support!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

How tragic! It is like a Rumanian Romeo and Juliet. I look forward to reading the ending. Don't make us wait too long! ;)


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Thanks Tammy!! Just look at the links! there are two more hubs to read lol!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

What a beautiful story Lord and here's to many more to come.

Enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Thanks Eddy. This inspiration was recreated from a true story. So you can figure things are really connected in the plotting . Much appreciated for your comments!


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Ann1Az2 4 years ago from Orange, Texas

Great story. I enjoyed it, but it was sad. It held my interest to the very end.

Great job and voted up.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Ann1Az2, really surprised by your visit. This story is based on true events, and the ending is not written yet. Glad you enjoyed this story.

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