"Jeez, what did I do now?"
David sat alone in his apartment asking himself this question over and over again. Kelsey was angry at him again; this was their second major fight in their six-month relationship. Two months earlier, Kelsey had blown up at him for making contact with an ex-girlfriend of his from two years earlier online.
"Amanda and I were just catching up!" he had said. "I hadn't talked with her in two years! And she's engaged to Roy--why on earth would I even THINK of trying to get back together with her?"
"I don't know! Why don't you tell me that?!" Kelsey had raged back. "And why didn't you tell me? Why did I have to find out from her when I saw her post on your Facebook page?"
"'Hey Dave, nice chatting with you'?" David had asked. "How does that imply any kind of affair?"
The two had seemingly moved past it when Kelsey finally dropped the issue. But now, David had angered Kelsey again when he had backed out of a lunch date. He had been getting over the flu and was still feeling very exhausted, but Kelsey didn't buy his excuse.
"I suppose you're getting together with AMANDA again, aren't you?" she said in an angry e-mail. "Or do you just not want to be with me anymore? I really wish you'd be honest with me!
This was a day earlier, and she hadn't contacted him since. David had replied to her e-mail and begged her to forgive him, but no response. Now, David was wondering if all the drama and stress was truly worth it. He knew that this relationship couldn't continue as it was, or else it would end in either a disastrous breakup or with him having a nervous breakdown--or possibly both.
But at the same time, he loved Kelsey with all his heart. Besides Amanda, she was really the only woman who he truly felt comfortable with. She had always tolerated his awkwardness and insecurity while many other women looked at him as a hopeless loser--or worse, "just a friend". Plus, at six months, his relationship with Kelsey was his longest-ever with anybody. And they had many good times, and many common interests.
David decided that, since e-mailing didn't work, he'd give her a call. He picked up the phone and dialed Kelsey's number.
As the phone rang, David's heart began pounding. What was going to happen? Were they going to repair things? Or would Kelsey explode on him again?
"Hello?" she suddenly answered.
"Hi, it's me," David replied.