I don't normally remember my yesterday's fortune cookie, no matter it got everything right or wrong. Sometimes, I'd save one fortune which I wish to come true. But most of time, I will forget about the wonderful fortune the next day.
However, I do remember one fortune cookie which got everything wrong.
It was almost 10 years ago when I was dating a boy who I wasn't really love. He was a very nice guy, tall, long legs, handsome, from a rich family and young. Almost everything a 20 something girl can ask for. I thought I might grow on him when he showed interested in me. I was in a weird relationship at that time with another boy. The boy that I actually really do love. But he started as my rebound guy, the guy who pulled me out from a previous terrible relationship, a guy who was a friend-with-benefit and a guy who is very realistic. He was fun, handsome, carrying and have the qualities that I don't have. As for me, a dreamer and a woman, I fall in love with him after 3 months of being together. However, he had a girl back home, a girl who he wasn't sure if they were still together or not. He needed to find out. When the summer vacation came, he jumped on an plane and went home for 2 months. I asked him if I could be his girlfriend if he and that girl didn't work out, and being as realistic as he could, he answered me with "not sure" when I dropped him off at JFK. My heart sunk when I heard his answer. I wasn't sure if I wanted another relationship which I would be the only one who is trying.
During the 2 months apart, we kept in touch. I asked him time to time about being together officially, but the answer was always uncertain. Then, the another boy came. "Why not being in a relationship that someone actually loves me more than I love them?" I asked myself and then quickly give up on waiting for the boy who might not love me back. But, me and another boy just were not make for each other. I think after couple weeks of dating, we both know that we were not right for each other. But, I didn't want to break up with him for some stupid reasons which I don't even remember now. We kept our relationship for a whole semester, on and off, tangled between the boy that I loved.
We went out to The Little Kitchen, an up-scaled Chinese restaurant in Westport sometimes before we eventually break up. The dinner must be very ordinary because I don't remember a thing about it. But when the fortune cookie came, things changed. I opened mine which I don't remember what it said, then he opened his. He read it and then had this weird look on his face. He was smiling but more like a bitter smile, an awkward smile, an embarrassed smile. I took his fortune and read it, here it is, simply and loud: " Your true love is in front of your eyes." What a lie. I thought to myself. It was so wrong that even he didn't believe it. I don't remember what we said afterward, but I am sure we didn't look at each other with sweet smiles and warm feelings. We both knew, we were not in love with each other at all. And, for sure, I was not the true love of his life. We break up after the winter.
How can a fortune cookie be right when everything else is wrong? Just like how can one person be right in a relationship when the whole relationship is wrong.