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“Bloody lip”

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Our relationship started after we both had suffered serious breakups. I woke up one morning to an emailed picture of her swollen and bloody lip, sent from her mobile phone. She had gone out the night before. Turns out she had seen her ex at a bar, and he kissed her, and she kissed him back. Afterward she felt awful, she made the friend she was with punch her in the face. It is the most bizarre gesture of remorse I think I’ll ever witness.

—Alex

Postscript: It’s now months later and the right side of her lip is still sort of puffy, if you know where to look. It’s her birthday and we’re moving in together.


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“My diary”

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Six months into dating him, I caught him reading my diary. He had discovered that before dating him, I had been with a married man. We argued for five hours straight, but when we both realized neither one was leaving nor giving up, we knew we were in it for the long haul.

—Professor Mary

Postscript: We’ve been married for nine years, we have three kids and couldn’t be happier, although neither one keeps a journal.


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