Something Amazing

By: M. Clarke



“Hi Rachel. It’s good to hear from you.”

“Hey, Becky,” I said softly, trying not to break down over the phone. It was the last thing I wanted to do. “Is Matthew with you?” I thought bringing up Matthew to divert her attention would help, but it didn’t.

She chuckled lightly. “Sorry. Matthew was tickling me. He says hi.”

“Tell him I said hi, too.”

“Is everything okay? You’ve never called me this late before. I mean, its nine o’clock here, but it’s midnight in New York.”

“I…it’s just that. I’m going to take a mini vacation.”

“What happened?” My sister’s voice was concerned. I imagined her getting out of bed.

I tried my best to maintain composure, but her big-sisterly voice—the one that always soothed me and gave me reassurance—made me utterly lose it. Tears burst forth, which she definitely heard. “We broke up.”

“What? Why?” Her pitch rose higher.

“It’s kind of Matthew’s fault.” My lips quivered as tears ran down my cheeks.

I heard a slap and Matthew’s shout. “Ouch! What was that for? You better watch it, Becca, ‘cause you’re turning me on. I don’t care if it’s your baby sister on the phone. I’ll make you come big time. She’ll be hearing Matthew and Becca porn.”

Oh my God! I let out a snort. That seemed to stop the tears for a bit. “Don’t hurt him. He didn’t do anything.”

“I’ll be right back,” I heard her tell Matthew. “Okay, sorry about that, Rachel. What do you mean you and Greg broke up? What happened? Tell me everything.”

Tell her everything? Where do you start when there is so much to tell? “I don’t love him anymore.”

“Are you sure?”

“Becky…remember when you told me about Jenna? How she was going out with a safe guy, but her heart wasn’t really there?”


“I think that’s how it is with me. I just didn’t know it until I saw how Max and Matthew were. When you hear about it, it’s one thing, but when you see it with your own eyes it becomes real. My eyes were opened when I came to visit you. I had loved Greg for the past two years, but I don’t think he’s the one for me; the one I want forever with.”

“As much as I really like Greg, I’m on your side. If you’re not happy with him, then it’s better that you found out sooner rather than later.”

“I want to know what it feels like to love, and be loved, the way you and Matthew love each other. There’s so much respect, honesty, and…passion.” I was kind of shy saying that word, but sex was a big deal in a relationship.

“Did you talk to Greg about this?”

“I did. Greg is a great guy, but there’s….” I couldn’t finish the sentence.

“Well, look. Surely you and Greg weren’t meant to be. You’re still so inexperienced, fresh out of college. You should date around.”

I released a heavy sigh and sniffed. “I know. There’s a part of me that feels relief, and a part of me that’s hurting.” The tears that I’d tried to keep at bay escaped from the corners of my eyes.

“I understand. I’m so sorry. Breaking up is hard, especially when you’ve been together for so long. Want to come visit me?”

“Actually, the reason I called was to let you know that I’m going to Kauai with Stacey.”

“Your roommate, Stacey?”

“Yes. Don’t worry. I’ll make it to your wedding rehearsal.”

“Okay. Do Mom and Dad know?”

“Yes. They know about the break up and my trip. I’m sure they’ll be calling you tomorrow.”

“Thanks for the warning.”

“What are sisters for? Anyway, I’ll let you go. Thanks for listening.”

There was a silent pause. I knew Becky didn’t want to hang up because she was worried about me. The truth was, though I was hurting, I felt a sense of freedom. Was this a temporary thing? Had I made a mistake? I guessed time would let me know.

“Any time, Rachel. Do me a favor?”