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"What do you suppose is on the other side?" Cindy asked Kevin.

Kevin thought the same thing about Cindy's heart. He stared at her, and got lost in her large eyes. He waited patiently for her to speak more words; the sound calmed him. The wind blew slightly, causing strands off hair to fall over her face, which she quickly brushed aside.

"Don't know," Kevin said.

"Why don't you find out?" Cindy said.

He'd do anything for her. He reached out, grabbed the door's ring handle, and opened it. He entered the room, only to find it empty, with white walls, and another door, exactly like the one he entered on the other side.  Above the door was a sign that said:

Exit From Whence You Came

"That's weird," Kevin said aloud.


The door behind him shut. He tried to open it, but it was locked and sealed tight.

"Cindy!" he yelled. "Cindy!" He banged on the door, but she never answered. "I'm trapped in here!"

Thoughts ran through his head. One kept nagging at him. If he was trapped in the room for the rest of his life, he'd die in there. He'd die without ever telling Cindy that he loved her, that their friendship was more important to him than anything, that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. Why'd he let his fear of rejection hold him back? Why didn't he just take a chance?

But he wasn't trapped. He had the other door in front of him. He ran over to it, pulled on the ring handle, and opened it. He walked out into the open air and Cindy stood there waiting for him.

"So what was in there?" she asked.

He didn't want to delay. Any hesitation might allow the fear to set in.

"Cindy, I love you," he said.

Her face said it all. She didn't speak any words, just stood there with a blank expression on her face. Then, she walked over to Kevin and put her hand on his shoulder.

"Oh, Kevy," she said. "I love you, a friend. That's what you meant? Right?"

He tried to enter her heart. He took a chance at the unknown. But her response was no different from the sign he saw in the room. He ended up right back where he was.

"Of course," he said, trying to hide the hurt filling his veins. "Of course."

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