Goodbye to How Things Used to Be

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Tonight was the final night of Summer. The final night we'd have together before our lives changed forever. I'll be heading off to NYU in the morning while he was headed to UCLA. We'd been best friends our entire lives. We grew up together, reached each milestone together, but tonight will be where it all ends.

Now, I'll have to learn how to live without him. The thought alone made my heart beat faster with anxiety.

"Hellooo. Earth to Macy," he laughed waving his hand in front of my face.

"Oh, uh, sorry," I laughed shaking my thoughts to the back of my mind. I shouldn't be worrying about the future, not tonight. There'd be plenty of time for that tomorrow.

"You okay?" Ethan asked looking over at me.

We were in the treehouse we both shared since we were eight years old. There was a huge oak tree that sat in between our two houses, so our fathers decided to build us a joint treehouse.

"Yeah, I'm fine," I lied keeping my gaze up towards the night sky. If only a shooting star would fly across the sky and I could make a wish. I'd wish for this night to never end.

"You're lying," he said. "Tell me what's up?"

"After tonight our lives are going to change forever," I whispered. "We're not going to be Ethan and Macy anymore, we're just going to be... us."

He sighed turning on his side to look at me. "I know, but we'll still be best friends."

"You don't know that," I shook my head. "We're going to be thousands of miles away with our own lives and new friends. New experiences. New everything."

"That's part of going to college, Mace," he sighed. " There's nothing wrong with that. But one thing that won't ever change is that you're always going to be my Macy. My best friend, my first love," he whispered taking my hand.

A year ago, Ethan and I took our friendship to the next level. We were the school's "hot" couple because everyone knew about us and how close we were to one another. We were happy together and in love. We thought we'd be together forever. We'd be the boy and girl next door, who got married and had a family of their own.

A real-life love story.

But then we realized our dream schools were on opposite sides of the country. Because of that, we decided to we would end our relationship at the end of the summer. That way we'd both have the same opportunity to have a true college experience. At the time we made that decision, I knew it would be hard to say goodbye, but now that the time was here, it was harder than I imagined.

"And you'll always be mine," I whispered looking into his eyes.

He placed his forehead against mine as we savored our final moments together and watched the sun start to rise.

He placed his forehead against mine as we savored our final moments together and watched the sun start to rise

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