The Cake Was Not A Lie

, , , | Romantic | August 26, 2013

(It’s Valentine’s Day. The bakery that I work at is flooded with couples on dates. At the end of my shift around seven pm, I’m about to leave when I notice a girl sitting alone, staring at her cell phone while crying.)

Me: “Miss, are you all right?”

(She looks up to see me, and quickly tries to hide her tears.)

Girl: “No. Nothing’s wrong. Was I bothering anyone?”

Me: “No, I just heard you crying and I thought you were having a problem.”

Girl: “No, I’m fine. Don’t worry.”

(It is obvious that she is upset, but I don’t want to pry it out of her. As I begin to walk away, I hear her crying start to pick up. To try and cheer her up, I go to the counter and buy her one of our cupcakes. With the cupcake in my hand, I go to her table and place the cupcake in front of her. She takes a moment to look at it, and then looks at me.)

Girl: “What’s this for?”

Me: “You just look like you need something to cheer you up. It’s on the house.”

(I smile at her, which she returns with her own smile. I proceed to turn around and walk away, but she stops me. She points to the seat, prompting me to take it. I sit down and listen to her story. She learned that she’s pregnant, and wanted to tell her boyfriend of four years. However, she was dumped via text message because he didn’t believe the baby was his. The further she gets into her story, the more she cries. At the end of the story, she is completely in tears.)

Girl: “I just… I don’t understand. We’ve been together for four years. Why would he do this now?”

Me: “I’m sorry for what happened, but that’s life.”

Girl: “What?”

Me: “I don’t mean to sound like an a**, but that is unfortunately how life works. You think you find that one thing that makes life special, only to find out in a rude awakening that it isn’t true.”

Girl: “That sounds a bit like experience.”

Me: “Yeah, I’ve been through two relationships already. In both of them I was dumped. It was painful, but I just kept believing that there would eventually be someone for me. I just stopped trying to look. I promise you that you’ll find someone just for you.”

(The girl is dead silent, trying to process everything I’ve said.)

Me: “Listen, if you don’t really have any plans, do you want to go see a movie or something?”

(Her eyes go bright and she smiles. I take it as a yes, and proceed to take her out. We spend three hours together, watching a movie and getting to know each other a bit more. I take her home and she surprises me with a kiss on my cheek before she jumps out of the car without a care in the world. That was five years ago. We’re now married with beautiful twin girls.)

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