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With each quickening step she started to wonder why she was storming off. So he made an idiotic comment. So what? It didn’t make him an idiot.

She was at the top of the overpass. What was she doing? How was this going to end? She didn’t even know where she was going. Impulsive anger drove her feet to move. Her body simply followed.

He was several paces behind unbeknownst to her. Bewildered by the sudden turn of events, he hung back trying to think.

“First of all, this woman is crazy. You say one little thing and suddenly she accuses you of being a chocolate lover and takes off. Who does that? Or did she call me a chocolate cake? Suddenly my French isn’t so good. Either way, what does she think she was doing? She must be mad because she won’t turn around. She has to know I’m following her. Like I would go to the family get together without her! Please! I’m not even part of the family yet. And trust me, after this little outburst I don’t how much I even want to be anymore. The engagement is off!”

Still he followed. She still remained oblivious to his presence.

Loud slaps on the pavement broke into her thoughts. Her footsteps veered to the right allowing the speed walker to pass on the left. The slapping continued at the same distance behind her. She slowed. So did the slapping.

“Pass me already,” she growled in her mind.

Nothing.

Angry thought after angry thought drove her feet all around the lake. She had almost talked herself into forgiving him. Almost.

Her legs were sore and her steps were becoming labored. Her house was in sight. As she crossed the driveway to the door she glanced behind her. Was that him? He followed her? All the way around the lake?

He walked closer and it was obvious he had followed her silently. Her anger rekindled and she firmly shut the door behind her.

“She looked right at me! Then walked into the house! Fine. I will just have to go for a drive. This woman is insane.”

He made it to a local gas station. His phone rang but he refused to answer. Two can play at this game.

He picked out some candy. Chocolate. It only reminded him of her accusations. He searched desperately in the back of his mind for a translation. The phone rang again before his mind could land on anything.

“Chocolate lover or chocolate cake? Why did it matter so much? It’s not like I said she couldn’t like vanilla. Of course she took it that way. Then stomped around the lake ignoring me. Turn around woman!”

Her heart was not racing from the impromptu hike. The more she thought of how she stared right at him walking toward her house before shutting the door in his face basically, the more she regretted it.

“So he likes chocolate. It’s not a deal breaker. I’ve destroyed everything. He won’t answer the phone. What have I done?”

The swelling tones of a mysterious soundtrack grew louder.

Turn around, every now and then I get a little bit lonely and you’re never coming round
Turn around, every now and then I get a little bit tired of listening to the sound of my tears (answer your phone!)
Turn around, every now and then I get a little bit nervous that the best of all the years have gone by (we’ve only dated a couple of months and this is our first fight but I still think the best of all our years have gone by)
Turn around, every now and then I get a little bit terrified and then I see the look in your eyes (why did I shut the door?)
Turn around bright eyes, every now and then I fall apart
Turn around bright eyes, every now and then I fall apart

Turn around, every now and then I get a little bit restless and I dream of something wild
Turn around, every now and then I get a little bit helpless and I’m lying like a child in your arms
Turn around, every now and then I get a little bit angry and I know I’ve got to get out and cry (or walk around a lake)
Turn around, every now and then I get a little bit terrified but then I see the look in your eyes
Turn around bright eyes, every now and then I fall apart
Turn around bright eyes, every now and then I fall apart

And I need you now tonight
And I need you more than ever
And if you’ll only hold me tight
We’ll be holding on forever
And we’ll only be making it right
Cause we’ll never be wrong together
We can take it to the end of the line
Your love is like a shadow on me all of the time
I don’t know what to do and I’m always in the dark
We’re living in a powder keg and giving off sparks
I really need you tonight
Forever’s gonna start tonight
Forever’s gonna start tonight

“Hello?”

Once upon a time I was falling in love
But now I’m only falling apart
There’s nothing I can do
A total eclipse of the heart
Once upon a time there was light in my life
But now there’s only love in the dark
Nothing I can say
A total eclipse of the heart

He finally answered the phone. In low guarded tones they apologized and made up. She asked if she could see him again. He came right over. They hugged it out.

They married on schedule. And neither remember what the fight was about. Maybe she called him a chocolate lover and maybe she called him a chocolate cake. The details don’t matter. Now they laugh about their first fight. They learned to communicate better. And she learned to turn around.

Years later their youngest child heard Bonnie Tyler’s song on the radio. She asked, “Is this even a real song?”

Yes honey, not only is it a real song but it reminds us of a real story. Now we laugh about it.

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