A Fairy Tale
One of the cousins was blue-eyed and brash. He had golden hair and a huge smile. He was older than the curly-haired sister and she loved him. She was certain that he loved her back. The oldest sisters and the older cousins grouped together. They played games and went hiking. They played tricks on the younger cousins and sisters. They were partners in crime and inseparable friends.
One day the blue-eyed, brash cousin with the beautiful smile did something unspeakable to the curly-haired sister. She didn't understand. She was afraid of him. And yet, for many years the sister continued to love the cousin and to believe he loved her.
Many years later someone told the no-longer-curly-brown-haired sister that the cousin didn't love her. This caused her to ache incredibly. The hurt was terrifying. But when she could breathe again, the sister felt lighter. A great weight had been lifted. There existed simultaneously inside of her an immense relief and a gaping hole. The love space she had saved for her cousin was empty.
And now, the sister wonders how to fill that emptiness...the relief is amazing and wonderful, but the void inside gnaws at her. What to do next? How can she proceed? The brown-haired sister is very, very confused...