Title: A Good Man
Character/s: Gwen, Lancelot
Summary: Modern Gwen needs to break up with Lance.
Word Count: 539
Prompt: 301, Heartbreak
Author's Notes: :)
Gwen took in the scene around her. She’d never been in this particular café before—it was close to Lance’s office, not hers. He frequented it, she knew. That’s why she’d proposed they meet here, so he’d be more comfortable.
She really hated to be doing this, but she didn’t have a choice. Not really, anyway. They’d been together so long, since their first year of uni, seven years ago. But it was time. She’d fallen out of love with him. She wasn’t quite sure when it had happened, but it had been growing stronger over the last few months, after she’d started her new job. Her new boss was, well, attractive and extremely nice. And she had a thing for nice men. It’s why she’d been attracted to Lance.
Speaking of Lance, she saw him enter the café. He spotted her quickly and waved then walked to the counter to order his drink. Once he had it in hand, he came over and sat next to her. He kissed her on the cheek and settled himself in the chair. “So what did you want to talk about, love?”
Gwen frowned. She hadn’t thought that he’d want to get right to it, but there it was. There was nothing for it but to lay it out on the line. “Lance, I . . .”
He noticed the serious look in her eyes and turned sober. “Is there something wrong?”
“Actually, there is. I feel like we’ve been growing apart these last few months, and I just don’t want to hurt either of us by staying together any longer.”
“Are you . . . are you dumping me?”
She laid a hand atop his, but he jerked it away. “Yes, I guess that’s what you’d call it.”
“But Gwen, why? I thought we had something great.”
“Oh Lance, we did have something great. We had so many good years together. But this job is pushing me in new directions and lately I’ve felt kind of stifled.”
He threw her an accusing look. “It’s your boss, isn’t it? You’ve been seeing him.”
“No, I haven’t been seeing him. I am attracted to him, but he doesn’t see me that way. I’m just his employee.”
“I don’t believe you.”
Gwen sighed. “Lance, I’m sorry. It really is just a combination of things that caused me to fall out of love with you. But it’s happened and I don’t think we can make it work anymore.”
“You don’t love me?”
“No, I’m sorry. But you’re a great guy and I’m sure you’ll eventually find The One for you.” She stood. “Look, I’ve got to go. Please know I’ll remember our time together with fondness always. Goodbye, Lance.” She managed to walk away and out of the café without looking back at him.
It was never easy breaking a good man’s heart. But she honestly did believe he’d find someone for him someday. He was just too good of a man not too. She hoped it would be sooner rather than later, so he could heal faster. She squared her shoulders and began her long walk back to work. She’d need the walk to work through all the ramifications of what she’d just done.