Love Story: The Last Page
December 17, 2015
Epilogue To us, it feels like a new story starts here. It’s not that it wasn’t still confusing or messy at times, it really was. I mean, it still is! But it wasn’t a question of if there was an “us” anymore. That much was clear. We still didn’t go to Spain together. I spent two tortilla and café […]
Love Story: Page 16
December 4, 2015
Page 16 September 2006 – The Universe There I lay. By myself, in the dark, in his bed. Still, spent and a little shaky from the emotional upheaval of the day. As I stared at the ceiling, the events of the day, the month, the year – the years – seemed to vanish, a torrent […]
Love Story: Page 15
November 28, 2015
Page 15 September 2006 – Bonn, Germany I had a notebook with me, on the airplane and for the next few months. It was supposed to be a travel diary, but ended up mainly filled with chicken scratch hostel addresses and contact info for all our Amazing New Friends, whom I would never speak to […]
Love Story: Page 14
November 21, 2015
Page 14 October 2005 to September 2006 – Toronto, ON / Bonn, Germany I think we only wrote one letter each. Paper letters, I mean. Mine was a long, disjointed cadavre exquis of personal essays, flitting through homemade lino print stationary, looseleaf and sketchbook paper, various pens, highs and lows over the course of several days […]
Love Story: Page 13
October 23, 2015
Page 13 October 2005 – North York, ON We didn’t speak for a week. Or, that’s how I remember it. Actually, it was an extremely long day and a half, filled with crazy-making one way conversations in every foreseeable permutation.
Love Story: Page 12
October 19, 2015
Page 12 October, 2005 – Toronto, ON For the next three weeks, we spent every free moment together. I would sneak in the minimum for school, skipping any class that didn’t technically require attendance and arriving at the remainder fresh from my bike, late and starry eyed, coat flapping and apple in hand.
Love Story: Page 11
October 16, 2015
Page 11 Late September, 2005 – Toronto, ON We met again the next day, Saturday. Neither of us recall what we did, Achim’s journal only says that we talked non-stop. “Elena has the ability to bring out my words, so that even I am surprised,” he wrote.
Love Story: Page 10
October 11, 2015
Page 10 Late September, 2005 – Toronto, ON It was autumn, the beginning of my final year of undergrad. I was two years out of a tough relationship, had some solid heart friends and felt like I was finding my feet. I lived on the 19th floor of a high rise just off campus and had […]
Love Story: Page 9
October 9, 2015
Page 9 Six Years – Canada / Germany Achim flew home and dealt with his broken hand. Started university. I spent the summer counselling at summer camp, playing soccer, going to the beach. I went back to high school. I tucked those early summer days away safely, a sweet memory that I didn’t dare to imagine would […]
Love Story: Page 8
October 8, 2015
Page 8 June 2000 – All over the place, Nova Scotia There are no pictures to remember that visit by. Achim left his camera at the Tim Hortons by the airport, and I guess none of the rest of us thought of taking any. And these were of course the days before cell phone pictures.