Disclaimer: I don't own Boy Meets World or any of its characters... I think Disney does, right?

Prologue: I Can't Love You

"We said it would never happen to us," Shawn said into the phone. "That the distance wouldn't hurt our relationship."

"I know, Shawn," Angela's voice said from the other end. "But we were wrong."

"I don't want it to be over, Angela. I love you." He sat on the living room floor behind the couch in the tiny, two bedroom apartment that he shared with Eric.

"You'll always have a special place in my heart, Shawn. But please... just let me go... let us go."

"No!" he yelled into the speaker. He then continued in a quieter, yet still emphatic tone, "I know you're scared because you know that once you come back from Europe, we'll be together for the rest of our lives. We've never had a proper handle on this relationship thing, but I know we can figure it out together. Angela, I want you to marry me!"

"Shawn..." she pleaded.


"I can't," Angela said. "I'm so sorry, but I just can't."

"You can! We both can."

"Look, Shawn," she said. "I have to go now. Goodbye."

"No," he said. "I will never let you go."

"Please, Shawn. Please, just say it."

There was a long pause. "Goodbye, Angela," Shawn finally said, feeling both physically and emotionally defeated.

"Goodbye, Shawn," Angela said. He could tell she was crying as she said it, followed by the line going dead. He wondered if she could tell that he was crying, too. He wondered if she cared.