Life had been one way for Melanie for so many years, she wasn't quite sure how to go about making the necessary changes required to live for herself. She knew she had to, and also that she wanted to, she just didn't really know how. With the help of good friends she was slowly getting it all figured out.
She wasn't looking for a relationship, or anything that even remotely resembled one. She was not ready for all that came with that whole situation.
Sometimes, what we want, and what actually happens, are two separate things. Life rarely goes as we expect, or want. Cosmic forces are at work that end up leading our lives down paths not previously explored.