I never thought I’d talk with her again, so it was a bit like talking to a ghost.
When I answered the phone, her voice sounded just as I remembered. For a brief moment, I went back and forth between feeling as though I was hearing a voice from another life and feeling as though I had just talked with her hours before. She felt completely alien to me — but she also felt intimately familiar.
I don’t know why she called. She said she didn’t even know. She suddenly needed to talk with me and she impulsively dialed my number.
She’s married now, but she used to love me. That’s what she said, anyway. I used to love her, but she hurt me by pulling away unexpectedly. With no warning or explanation, she changed course. She disappeared from my life and quickly married someone else. I never knew why and that hurt. I assumed it was some fault in me — something that would cause her to choose another man.
Now I finally know the truth — and the truth makes me sad.