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No Love Left Undone by Sid Aakowa Narrated by: Sid Aakowa Nebish Fahmid as Thomas Veronica Vavie as Sheila Sam Tecle as Justin Devonna Munroe as Sheila's Mom
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Thomas had stuck beside Sheila, as her best friend, since they were in elementary. Even when they first met one another as kids’, he felt there was something special about her. She was always the prettiest, most spirited among their group of friends. Unfortunately, the perception she had of her own self was much different. She didn’t recognize her own beauty and didn’t seem to like herself very much. Sheila was raised in a home where she was often made to feel small. She had suffered multiple forms of abuse by extended family and early boyfriends, and ultimately, she blamed herself. Thomas lived to make Sheila feel better. As kids’, she would find herself crying on his shoulder about the fact that her parents’ were arguing again; in adolescent years, it was a trusted adult who’d forced himself on her or a boyfriend who had cheated. As they got older, the emotions that were the seed of friendship, matured into something more adoring. It happened gradually, and unknowingly to both of them, but it was undeniable – they had fallen in love. Well, at least for Thomas, it was undeniable. Sheila, on the other hand, would not succumb to those feelings. She actually made a more fevering attempt to keep her distance, and it became awkward to even look at each other. Soon enough, Sheila started to pull away, and Thomas knew he needed to do something, or maybe lose her forever. He finally verbalized to Sheila what had been obvious for some time, and she reacted angrily. “How can you say something like that?! You’re in love with me? Come on, dude!” “Shelia, I know you feel the same,” Thomas begged. “No, I don’t!” she started to cry. “We’re just friends! Why would you ruin that?! I have a boyfriend anyways.” “Yea, who treats you like crap, just like every other guy you’ve dated.” “This time is different. Justin actually cares.” “Come on, do you really…?” “Just leave me alone, alright?! I don’t feel the same way. We’re just friends, ok?” Sheila walked away, leaving Thomas with a pit in his heart and stomach. He feared the feeling would never fully heal until Sheila found the courage to love him back.
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As difficult as it was for him emotionally, Thomas decided that being in Sheila’s life, as a friend, far outweighed the importance of pursuing a relationship. It took a few weeks, but Sheila warmed up to him again without the romantic implications. She eventually wanted Thomas to meet her new boyfriend to gauge him, as she regularly requested of him in the past. Justin was everything Thomas figured he would be. Sheila always chose the same type of guy: rough around the edges, good looking, and a charmer. He knew what to say, and what to do, to make Sheila feel good. Upon meeting, on the surface, it would seem believable that Sheila really did like, maybe love him, and Justin actually did seem like a decent guy. However, in his gut, Thomas felt there was something about Justin that wasn’t right, which he couldn’t quite put his finger on. Maybe it was the fact that at dinner, Sheila was practically asking for permission to speak. Justin ordered her meal, and Thomas waited for her to speak up and say that she didn’t even like pasta. Instead, she forced herself to eat it just to please him. When dinner was over, Justin told Sheila to go wait in the car while he and Thomas ‘had a talk.’ “Talk about what?” Sheila light-heartedly huffed. “It’s ‘man business’, baby. Don’t ask too many questions,” Justin answered nonchalantly. Thomas’ mouth dropped, hardly able to believe Sheila could let anybody talk to her like that. She bit her tongue and went to lean against his car. “So, I know that you and Sheila have been good friends for a long time, but I can take over from here,” Justin said. “Take over? What are you talking about?” “Come on, bro. It’s so obvious you’re into her. She’s my girl now, and I don’t appreciate some other fella, who I know likes her, in the picture. You gotta understand. How’d you feel if you were in my shoes?” Thomas wanted to lash out, but for Sheila’s sake, he knew he couldn’t. He tried to remain calm. “Is this what Sheila wants?” “She wants me. We’ve talked about it a few times and she understands where I’m coming from. I can’t lie…she told me that before I came in the picture you said you were in love with her. Is that true?” Thomas looked past Justin at Sheila and he felt betrayed. “If she has something to say, I think she’s gonna have to say it herself,” Thomas said taking a step towards where Sheila was. Justin put his hand out on Thomas’ chest to stop him. “It’s final. Maybe she would say she still wants to be friends, but that’s just to spare your feelings. She wants to be with me, and this is how it outta be.” Thomas clenched his fists, wanting to fight, but it would likely be a fight that’s in vain. Sheila had already set the stage for him to lose regardless. Justin walked back to the car, and said a few words to Sheila. She reacted negatively, arguing and looking over at Thomas with desperate eyes. Justin needed to physically wrestle her into his car and they drove off.
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In the least, Thomas was expecting that Sheila would call him to apologise on behalf of Justin. He wanted her to say that she completely disagreed with everything he said, and they could still be friends. However, nearly two weeks passed and Thomas had not heard from her. It was heartbreaking, to say the least, and he fell into a slight depression. He was mad at himself for feeling sad about Sheila because the whole thing was so dumb, really. To get bogged down with something like this when he was still so young? He figured she had moved on with her life, and so, so should he. But he just couldn’t. Late one night, he sat alone at home, watching movies in the dark. He heard his phone chime. It was a text message – from Sheila. “Are you home?” the message asked. “Yea, why?” he replied ecstatically. “Can I come over?” “Right now? It’s almost 2am.” “Can I, or no?” “Yea of course. How long?” Almost immediately, his apartment buzzer sounded. “Hello?” Thomas said into the intercom. “It’s me,” Sheila said, sounding as if she was crying. Thomas buzzed her in, and when he opened his front door, she was looking at the ground. She attempted to walk by him without making eye contact, but he looked closely at why she was hiding. “Shiela, is something wrong with your face?” She finally looked up and, indeed, her left eye was badly swollen. “Me and Justin had a fight,” she said. “Justin did this?!!! I’m gonna kill him!” “No! No, please. Just…leave it alone. It was my fault.” “Are you kidding me?! How’s this your fault?!” “I just need a place to sleep for tonight.” “Why can’t you go home?” “My Mom kicked me out of the house. I moved in with him.” “Why didn’t you come to me? You could’ve stayed here for a bit.” Sheila sighed. “Please, can we talk about this tomorrow? I’ll tell you what happened, but not now. I’m so tired.” Thomas had a spare room, so he set her up to sleep there. He helped her with mixed emotions. In the past weeks, he’d considered he might never see her again and so he missed her, and here she’d fallen right back into his lap. Yet there was so much he wanted to say, but was unable to express because of the circumstances. He slept in the living room that night. In the early morning, he heard his front door open and close. Sheila had left without her promised explanation.
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Unfortunately, Sheila and Justin’s ‘fights’ became normal. She often found herself at Thomas’ apartment when it got bad, begging him not to make it known to Justin that she was with him, since it would make things worse. Each time Sheila came over, with a black eye, bruised hip, fractured finger or other ailment due to escalated arguments with Justin, Thomas seemed to successfully convince Sheila that it was time to leave him. However, she’d always end up going back. It was only by chance when, one day, Thomas was at the mall and happened to see Justin. He was walking quickly towards the movie theatre, probably because he was late. Thomas decided to follow him, knowing it would be a rare opportunity to see how he and Sheila interacted in public. Maybe he shouldn’t have been surprised when waiting for Justin was not Sheila, but another girl. Justin leaned in to hug and kiss her, and that’s when Thomas lost his cool. He stormed over and tapped Justin on the shoulder. It took a second for Justin to recognize Thomas, but when he did, his face went flush. “Oh, hey buddy,” Justin forced aloud. “Who’s this?” Thomas asked, motioning at the girl. “Nobody…just a friend.” The girl gave Justin a dirty look. “Oh…Sheila knows about this ‘friend’?” Justin became visually agitated. “Yo, why don’t you just mind your own business, bro?!” “Sheila is my business!" "Just mind your business! Keep it movin'," Justin warned. Thomas had every intention to call Sheila as soon as he got home and tell her what happened. When he got in his car to drive home, though, his phone rang. It was Sheila. “What happened?!” she asked in a panic. “Huh?” Thomas asked dumbly, thinking it was impossible news could travel so fast. “Justin just called me and he’s pissed off! What did you say to him?!” “I ran into him at the mall, Sheila. He was with another girl! I confronted him about it.” “H – he was with another girl? Who? Did you find out her name?” Sheila said, sounding as if she might know of her. “I don’t know… some short, brunette. He said that…” Sheila hung up the phone. Thomas tried again and again to call her back, but to no avail. Had he known where she lived, he would have gone there. Something just didn’t feel right.