The promise

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Stuart moved into his new flat by the end of summer. He was in no haste to furnish it because he was very particular about how he wanted his new […]

Weight of debt

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Stuart started viewing flats in the same neighborhood he had lived in since university. He invited me to the second viewing once he narrowed it down to a few. The […]

Property ladder myth

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In early summer, Stuart told me he would purchase a flat. He had been talking about it before, but I didn’t realize he was that serious. I shuddered—the housing market […]

Women’s right to emotions

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We continued our argument on texts. “I wasn’t sure if you were really moving to Europe” (I never told you it might not happen. You are just making that up […]

Tumble

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After exchanging our love for each other, Stuart was still talking enthusiastically but now more to himself than to me. “I can’t believe I saw that girl over the summer. […]

That feeling

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A few weeks into the new year, Stuart asked me when he could see me again. I was still dazed from the new years together, but it then hit me […]

New Year 2006

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Stuart and I got to know each other better during just five days of my stay. We talked, walked along the river, explored London, kissed, and made love. We laid […]

Relationship day 1

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There was no more sign of hesitation on Stuart’s face when we met at Heathrow. On the contrary, he beamed his dimpled smile and welcomed me in his arms. I […]

Sacrifice and reward

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When I went into the office the following week, Mr. N told me to watch my behavior because people watched and talked. I figured he was referring to Stuart and […]

Another try

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Messaging with Stuart was solace in my stressful life. I was determined to move our relationship forward when we met at the office party in December. I thought I had […]