The Passage of Love

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       Louise heard the familiar jingle of Matt’s keys being thrown carelessly on the counter. She exhaled sharply and marched over to the kitchen.
“Matt, we’ve been married for eight years and it’s the same thing every single day,” Louise blurted out. “And what’s worse…I don’t think you even know me anymore,” she added with a pained expression.
“Weezy, what are you saying?” Matt playfully replied.
“I’m saying I think we need to separate. It’s too monotonous, too many secrets,” Louise admitted, her eyes brimming with sadness.
   “What secrets? How can you just spring this on me with no warning?” Matt exclaimed, his eyebrows furrowing. “Eight years and this is what it’s come to. I gave you everything, Louise, everything. What more could you want?” Matt cried out helplessly.
   Louise shook her head slowly and grabbed a book from her bedside drawer. “I need to leave, Matt. You don’t understand,” Louise muttered under her breath. She grabbed her keys in a rush and fled out the door. Matt stood motionless in the kitchen and a glazed look overcame his face. He had just been promoted to chief editor of the New York Times, but now nothing seemed to matter. He removed his gold ring and threw it at the mirror in fury.
  “My life is nothing without Louise. There’s nothing left to live for,” Matt uttered, his throat closing up from sorrow. He grabbed his keys and ran to his car, leaving a small note on Louise’s dresser.
       Matt drove around for hours until he arrived at the exact cross-section where he had first told Louise he loved her and she had reciprocated. The red light glowed ominously as Matt gazed at it in a stupor. His heart beat faster and a bead of sweat rolled down his crinkled forehead. He abruptly slammed his foot on the accelerator and closed his eyes for a split second. As soon as he closed his eyes, he realized he made a mistake. He didn’t want to die, for he had too much to live for, too much love for Louise! He opened his eyes abruptly and saw Louise coming straight at him from the right side, her eyes stricken with terror. Right before the impact of their two cars, Matt shrieked, “Louise, I’ll always love you!”
  Matt braced himself for the inevitable crash, but instead of the crash of metal he heard a woosh as her car appeared to glide through his. For a split second, Matt looked over and saw Louise sitting in his car, with the familiar black pencil skirt and red heels he admired. And her smile. So innocent, yet so alluring, with her favorite red lipstick she applied so liberally. Matt reached out to grab her hand, but she was instantaneously on the left of his car now. Matt and Louise both quickly pulled over to the side of the road and cried out of amazement.
“Did that just happen?” Matt cried out in disbelief.
Louise gave a curious smile and replied, “I’ve read such things are possible, but even I am having trouble wrapping my brain around this!”
Louise laughed and jumped into his arms. “Matt what were you doing? You could’ve been seriously hurt,” Louise remarked with a serious tone.
“I know, I just couldn’t imagine life without you in it. You’re my pride, my joy, my Louise,” Matt replied with a half smile.
   Matt and Louise returned to their cars and drove home, thinking over the shocking events that just took place. When they returned to their familiar white-fenced home, they embraced lovingly, and then Louise retreated into the house. Matt stood outside for a while and listened intently to the soft creak and sputter of the neighbor’s sprinkler system. He walked over to Louise’s car and found a single book sitting mysteriously on her passenger seat, upside down.
    Inside the house, Louise saw a note from Matt and read it, her heart beating fast. It read:
“My dearest Louise,
 There is no joy in this world that will ever surpass the feeling I felt when you agreed to spend the rest of your life with me. I hope you know I love your entire soul and would love you no matter what.
   Matt”
Louise’s eyes grew wide as she gasped with realization, “It was love all along…”
    Outside, Matt flipped the book over and read the title: “Tunneling 101.” Matt was intrigued and flipped through the pages with curious fingers. He came across a section that read: “This potentially dangerous type of tunneling can only be achieved when two people love each other more than life itself. Unlike fear, which carries the lowest frequency, love expresses the highest frequency in existence. When the energy of intent is combined with the high frequency of love, particles can be taken from a point in time and space back to zero point, and then to another point in time and space. Zero point is the unified field of energy from which all matter originates before it expresses itself into specific matter in time and space. Because love has such a high frequency, meaning it has the most energy, particles of love may contain the energy needed to surmount a barrier it normally could not. Note: this type of tunneling is extremely unlikely.” Matt saw Louise’s notes in the margins questioning, “Does he love me as much as I do him? Would Matt think I’m crazy for wanting to do this? Does he know of my love for physics?” Just then, Louise pranced out of the house with Matt’s note gripped tightly in her hands, as Matt turned around abruptly with the book in the palms of his hands.
  
 
 
*Note from author: This is a science fiction story, do not try this at home!      

About the Author: 
Haley is a senior in high school, and is currently taking physics as an elective.

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