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Short Love Story--Ryan's Hope and Where In The World Was Bertha

Updated on September 12, 2012

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Fairfax, Virginia

The Present

Ryan is 25 now. It's been nine years since he said goodbye to Bertha at Dulles International Airport, Washington D.C. Her name was on his head all day. Today he will heading to Frankfurt Germany. You wonder why? In nine years so many things did happen: At 18 he joined the Armed forces, specifically the Air Force and made several tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. He was already a Senior Airman, and has been through so many casualties and consequential collateral damage during his career. Friends that he met at Lackland's Airbase in San Antonio Texas were gone! Some died in Kabul and others were ambushed during several unexpected confrontations with the enemy.

Dating? Disregard Ryan, over!

When Ryan said bye to Bertha, he was expecting a call from her. But her own father made sure Ryan's cell would disappear mysteriously by the time the made it to Prague. Bertha's father was still upset with both incidental kissing nine years ago.

In some way Ryan didn't want to commit to any one else thinking, thinking Bertha might have given him a call, which never happened.

Why Germany?

Europe was small compared with the states. Czech Republic was near the eastern border from Germany. The Berlin wall fell in 1989 and that cold war was over, unless they never told us. Ryan would be sent to Ramstein Air Base, in the province of Rheinland-Pfalz.


Almost a Miracle...?

How Far Do You Want to Go for Love?

Ryan did remember her first and last name: Bertha Brozek.Yup! That was right! Bryan was taking Networking and Telecommunications; pretty much he knew his way around the net. His feelings got deeper for a reason. He was heading to a country near hers... and that was exciting enough!

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Today he did try again. His account wasn't really that much active. His head was full of memories from the past. Suddenly (there we go again) he saw a profile name from Bonn, Germany. This Bertha Brozek was in Germany and a few miles from the Base. He went into her profile and there she was. Bertha Brozek, 26 years old Medicine student from Prague. He was sure it was her. Time didn't pass for her. "Dang! She even looks better!"

Cologne/Bonn Airport


Ryan made it to Germany in 14 hours. A layover in Paris was perfect to stretch out and get himself some food. His German and French were not good enough to pick up a chick. He didn't care, he was really into his career.

Before departing from the U.S. Ryan did add Bertha's profile to his. There was no time to text or talk. He was supposed to get situated first and then do more research.

That night

Yup! His prayers were answered. He had some real answers! Three nights before Bertha wrote on his wall:

"No, way! Is this you Ryan? I was wondering who wanted to add me from the States. You can write me to my email and keep in touch with me..."



International Graduate School-- Bonn

Life & Medical Sciences (LIMES)

Ryan made to this University, where Bertha, the woman he loved secretly for the last nine years would meet him again. He thought he was dreaming, and yes! She was at the academic counseling area's parking lot, waiting for him.

Ryan saw her from half a block away. It started to rain? Why? He didn't care, he was trembling and almost losing it. Then, reality struck.

Bertha came out of her car with another "guy.". It was Alexis, a Heart Surgeon that was in his early thirties. Alex was already dating Bertha since last June.

"Hi Ryan. Nice to see you again This is my boyfriend Alex, from Cologne," said Bertha kind of holding back emotions and trying to smile..

"Hi ya doing" responded Alex immediately.

"Oh hi there. Hi Bertha and Alex...?" asked Ryan, a little annoyed.

"Yeah, I brought my boyfriend whom I told him about you, and I didn't want to hide anything from him," remarked Bertha with a better English pronunciation.

"Cool Bertha. I was just wondering about you all this time," said Ryan, whose heart was broken into a million pieces, again, 5 seconds ago. He wanted to make it sound better by... by just going nuts and run away, but it was too late. Due to his special training, Ryan made his move:

"Listen Alex, I heard in Germany, you guys are not that jealous and are more open minded. Can you give me five minutes to talk to Bertha?" persuaded Ryan, with a colder voice. That training at Virginia Beach gave Ryan a better grip of the situation.

"Sure Ryan. Bertha trusts me as well... and we don't hide nothing from each other," responded Alex with that unique flamboyant coolness.


Hello and Goodbye?

"Bertha, This was too much for me. I just... I cannot believe you have a boyfriend"

"I know Ryan. This is sad for me too...."

"So you still love me??"

"I cannot say that, and Alex is trying to read our lips. So behave please..!"

"I think is time to say bye Bertha.... you know? There is so much...forget it!"

"I understand Ryan. It was not easy for me either. I have a life and my parents already talked to Alex."

"Thanks for being so honest Bertha. My love just... died today, and I will immerse myself in my career at the Air Force. So I stop the dialogue here and say bye..."

Bertha wanted to say more, but shook his hands and let him go. That was it! Ryan just waved good bye to both, and threw a CD song UP into the air in desperation. Luckily this CD swung around three times and... came down right into this screen:


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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Very well done Marcoujor, you crossed your fingers so well. Actually, we did pray for a better ending for the finale. Thanks Maria! You always showing a warmer side when commenting. Thanks Ms. Sammy!

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Rubi! What would we do without your support? We need to pay you back with a visit! You always make us smile no matter what! Thanks for your words and that "hinting."

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    There you go Glimmer Twin Fan, you said it so right. Deep in our hearts we knew these lovers would get together somehow. You have read the finale by now. Thanks for believing in us!

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Movie Master, now I think you have heard about Ryan. You and Faith, Glimmer TWIN fan and other wonderful ladies, hinted us into a better ending. Who said that women cannot change the world?

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Catching up with Faith's comment. Yeah Faith! The ending wasn't thought of when you left this comment. We knew some ladies wanted a better and more credible ending. Great words of wisdom and perfect to bring down the Lord into the picture. Thanks my friend!

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    Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Oh wow, when I saw there was a Part 3, I knew how behind I was...

    Listening to this romantic song and will still not give up hope.

    Fingers crossed and moving on... Voted UP and ABI. Hugs, Maria

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    Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

    Awww, How sad. Nine years is a long time to think about someone, but i guess it wasn't to be, or was it? I am waiting for the next chapter..Enjoyable ead..Thank you Joseph..

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    Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

    I'm waiting for a next installment now. There is always time and if something is meant to be it will work out somehow.

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    Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi Joseph, the two Savage Garden tracks are perfect for your story - I love them both.

    I'm disappointed they didn't get together, but I hope we will hear more about Ryan?

    Voted up, best wishes Lesley

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    Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

    Yes, if the LORD GOD wants him to have that special someone, He will place her right in his path and His perfect timing. His, the LORD's timing is always perfect. Ryan is doing a great and noble thing right now to serve his country, and doesn't need any distractions right now anyway. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    morning Faith Reaper,

    I think Ryan needs a good advice from an older dude. I wonder myself if he ever found another girl. If you are asking for a finale... sure, there will be one. I certainly hope he finds true love on earth. I think he will take his time and stay busy, defending his country... for now anyway!

    Sincerely appreciated for your comments Faith.

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    Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

    Poor Ryan, Czech girl and he, not meant to be. So, there will have to be the finale, where Ryan finds the One God has planned for him. That would be awesome. Although, sad, the clever manner in which this was written did have a little bit of humor, just they way you phrased certain things. I wanted to watch the video, as I now love Savage Garden from your first hub on the short love story, etc., and I was able to see it, but now something is wrong with my computer and I only can listen to the music, which is fine, but I sure did want to see it. I've seen that actress you chose to play the Czech girl, in some movies, and she is always so beautiful. Wondering will there be a true love in Ryan's life in the future? In His Love, Faith Reaper