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The Most Tragic Love Story I've Ever Known So Far (The One That Got Away... Forever)

This is the most tragic love story I've ever known... so far.

(Warning: I Killed My Friends and It Thrilled Me and Walden and Hyde (and Other Short Stories) spoilers ahead.)

 

His Story

 

He is a good mate, not afraid to verify the suspicions of his best friend. 

 
The writing’s on the wall, dum-dum. Gina Watson’s still not over you.
— Chapter 7: Unabashed Bromment, "I Killed My Friends and It Thrilled Me, Chapter"
 

Despite being an accountant who deals with money figures every working day of his life, he prefers the simple things in life.

 
Bros of the same feather shopped in the same outlet together, but not us. Stepping out from the cab, my best friend, Francis, looked like a poorly-paid personal assistant next to my slim fit dress shirt and pair of Bengaline pants. Why he didn’t fancy the types of clothes I liked, I didn’t really know. Based on our looks, one would assume that he was the graphic designer and I the accountant.
— Chapter 2: Torch of Fettuccine, "I Killed My Friends and It Thrilled Me"
 

He is a fan of long lost lovers reuniting after years of separation.

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I’m a fan of long-lost lovers reconciling after many years. It’s very romantic.
— Chapter 2: Torch of Fettuccine, "I Killed My Friends and It Thrilled Me"
 

Her Story

 

She was the beautiful leader of a high school group of seven average plain Janes.

 
Do you mean why did pretty me become friends with those nothing-special girls?
— Chapter 50: Lorraine Ysabel and the Seven Dwarves, "I Killed My Friends and It Thrilled Me"
 

She married a fat businessman but remains curvy, beautiful, and curvy. 

 
Another woman arrived at our table. She wore a tight, silver dress outlining her shapely curves. A pearl necklace wound around her neck, matching her pearl earrings. Her golden hair was tied in a bun, exposing her pink cheeks and delicious neck. Her bright red lips pouted a little before they moved to speak.
— Chapter 13: Confident Children, "I Killed My Friends and It Thrilled Me"
 

She has preserved those curves despite giving birth to two sons.

 
And why does that warrant you asking for my presence? Because of you, I had to ask our driver to pick up Feliciano and Fernando from school instead of doing it myself. I am a hands-on mother, in case you have some stereotypes of rich women in your head.
— Chapter 48: Farewell, Francis, "I Killed My Friends and It Thrilled Me"
 

His Story, Deeper

 

Before he became an accountant, he wanted to be a painter.

 
I drew cobalt suns and tangerine seas,
vermilion mountains and pewter bees.
— Scarlet Forever
 

He's so romantic he made a vow under a constellation.

 
One night under Cetus, we made an oath
of scarlet fidelity for us both.
— Scarlet Forever
 

He has become quite the ladies' man in pursuit of what he lost.

 
All these naked bodies bumping with mine
are devoid of spirit, nary a sign.
— Scarlet Forever
 

Her Story, Deeper

 

She's infidel.

 
She opened her small, pink notebook and scanned for a page. She wrote his name, her name, and the date, each in a different column.
— Mrs. Vaughn and the One That Got Away
 

She kills men by sleeping with them.

 
She grabbed his chin and devoured him with a kiss.
— Mrs. Vaughn and the One That Got Away
 

The one that got away slipped through her fingers.

You remind me of someone special, the one that got away. He’d look like you if he was your age.
— Mrs. Vaughn and the One That Got Away
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Their Story

 

After many years of not bumping into each other despite sleeping under the same sky, they finally reunite.

 
Lorraine turned to my best friend. ‘Apparently old feelings never die, right, Mr. Francisco Dioli?’
— Chapter 13: Confident Children, "I Killed My Friends and It Thrilled Me"
 

Their love for each, even after years of separation, still remains.

 
I tried, man, to forget her. I dated many girls, some I told you about, some I didn’t. Some tame. Some wild. Some wilder like Sandra and Dana. But they cannot make me forget about her. There are some things we just can’t move on from, even if we want to. But I settled into forever thinking about her but never seeing her again, until Arthur’s charity party. I didn’t know he had connections to her.
— Chapter 47: Cetus the Whale, "I Killed My Friends and It Thrilled Me"
 

But will they get back together again?

 
I stepped inside, Lorraine behind me, both of us not caring whether it was rude to trespass in somebody’s house. We bore great news for Francis and trespassing was the least of our concern. I turned on the lights and Lorraine got a better view of Francis’ place for the first time.
— Chapter 48: Farewell, Francis, "I Killed My Friends and It Thrilled Me"
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Can she still remember our marigold?
For sculptures and paintings, has she gone old?
Or should I be ready to remind her?
’Francisco-Lorraine Ysabel forever.’
— Scarlet Forever

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Francisco and Lorraine Ysabel's story is told in more detail in Walden and Hyde (and Other Short Stories) and concluded in I Killed My Friends and It Thrilled Me