THE NARRATIVE ARC

My First Breakup Wasn’t What It Appeared To Be

Hindsight and experience have a way of putting things in perspective

Edward Anderson
The Narrative Arc
Published in
5 min readJun 8, 2024

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During my senior year of high school, I took on more than I could chew. I went to school full-time and had a job where I was working nearly 40 hours a week. On top of that, I took college courses on Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings. As if that weren’t enough, I also had a full-time boyfriend.

Chip was a great guy. He understood that I was busy and found ways to make sure that we got to spend time together. And he ensured that I understood that he loved me. I did my best to reciprocate.

When my stepdad died, he came over and helped with as much as he could. He would play with my younger siblings to give me a break. At mealtimes, he would either cook for the family or he would run out and grab something from a local diner for us.

“You’re too good to me,” I said.

“You deserve the best. I’m here to make sure you get it,” Chip said.

After getting through the holiday season, I was exhausted. With everything on my plate, including grieving, I felt like I had no energy. I was encouraged to go to the doctor, who advised me to take a vacation. As if he already knew what my…

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Edward Anderson
The Narrative Arc

Edward has written hundreds of acclaimed true crime articles and has won numerous awards for his short stories. His most recent book is Barbenheimer.