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Susan looked up from her book to glare at whoever was blocking her light. But when she saw her little sister looking timidly at her feet, she frowned and placed her book on the table.
"You alright Lu?" Susan asked, worriedly.
"Susan, you know a lot about love, right?"
Lucy's question totally caught Susan off guard. Lucy wasn't as naïve as she used to be, but why would love be of concern to a thirteen year old?
"I guess I know a fair amount…why, do you think you're in love?" Susan saw that her question caused Lucy to deeply blush, and to stutter when she answered Susan.
"I-it's not me, but…um…I um…I have these friends, you see?" Lucy looked up at Susan, waiting for her sister to nod until she spoke again.
"Yeah, and these two friends…two guys…well, they need help. But I don't know how to help them" Lucy bit her lip, obviously frustrated.
"Are they in love with people who don't love them back? Cause if so, there really isn't much you can do. You can't force people to fall in love, Lu" Susan smiled at her sister, hoping the advice would calm her. To her surprise though, Lucy got even more frustrated.
"No, that's not the situation. The person they love, loves them back. They're very scared though" Lucy said as she nervously twirled a piece of her hair around her finger.
Susan was really confused at this point. If the person her two friends loved, loved them back, what's their to be afraid of? 'Well, it could be a commitment issue' Susan thought as she looked at Lucy.
"Are these two afraid to commit to each other?" Susan patted to an empty space on the sofa, trying to encourage Lucy to sit with her.
But Lucy didn't budge, and with her hands shaking she said, "No, that's not the problem. My two friends, these guys…they um…they love…each other. A lot"
Susan almost believed she heard the clicking noise as everything began to make sense. Lucy wanted to help her two guy friends who were in love with each other.
Susan wasn't really sure what advice to give. She could proclaim the power of love, and that if these two gentlemen loved each other, then no one should stand in their way.
But Susan wasn't sure if that was the best advice. In this time, two fellows who loved each other would be treated horribly. Friends, family, everyone they know and love could possibly turn on them. It would be heart breaking for the two guys, to lose that many people. Not just people would be lost either, but their school and work would be affected too.
Lucy stared at her sister, nervously waiting for her advice.
"Alright Lucy. I want you to say these words to your friends, alright?" Susan waited till she had her sister's full attention.
"To love is nothing...to be loved is something...to love, and be loved is everything. Do you understand what that means, Lucy?"
"I think so Susan, yes. Thank you" Lucy said as she walked away lightly, as though the weight of the world had been lifted from her shoulders.
Susan smiled at her retreating form, glad she was able to help. As she picked up her book, Susan wondered who these two guys might be.
Although, she did have a pretty good idea.