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Recess Love

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When Billy and Emma were just second graders, their lives revolved around one thing: Recess. That twenty-minute break in the school day when they could escape the boundaries of structured learning and just be kids. But, little did they know, their favorite part of the day would eventually lead to something even more magical.

Billy was a shy boy but always wore a smile as big as the sun. He liked to play on the swings, always trying to touch the clouds with his small, scuffed-up sneakers. Emma, on the other hand, was not shy at all. Always sporting two tightly braided pigtails, she loved to boss the boys around during games of kickball. Emma also kind of liked trying to touch the clouds from the swings, but she decided not to once she saw that Billy enjoyed it. After all, how could anything Billy liked be fun?

One day, while Billy was reaching for the clouds, the impossible happened – he touched them, or so he thought. In reality, his worn-out shoelace had caught on the swing, and he went tumbling to the ground with a loud THUMP!

Emma, who was busy ‘leading’ a kickball game, heard the commotion and turned to see what had happened. There was Billy, lying in the dirt, with his world literally turned upside down. He started to whimper, “My shoe…” he pointed at the swing, which had his shoe dangling from it.

In a surprising twist, Emma felt a pang in her heart. “Hey, why do I care?” she thought, but she did care, of course. Running over to Billy, she helped him up and retrieved his shoe from the swing. “Here,” she handed it to him, avoiding his gaze.

From that day, Billy and Emma’s playground experiences changed. They would steal glances at each other and sometimes even share a swing. The rest of the kids had a new game to play now — teasin’ Billy and Emma about their newfound friendship. But the two of them didn’t mind; they had each other. In fact, they secretly enjoyed the teasing as it was their secret language of love that only they could decipher.

Months turned into years, and years into decades. Billy and Emma both grew up, but their friendship remained intact. And that 20-minute recess break morphed into a lifetime of love, laughter, and being there for each other.

Today, Billy and Emma are no longer those second graders figuring out their feelings on the playground. Instead, they’re getting ready to say their vows in front of friends, family, and of course the one special guest – the old playground swing that first brought them together. As they walk down the wedding aisle together, they can’t help but think back to when their recess love story began. Who knew what seemed like a usual school day could change their lives forever?

But, there’s still a mystery to be solved. Can adult Billy finally touch the clouds in the sky without tumbling down? Or will Emma change her mind and join him? Those second graders might be all grown up, but the child within them is excited about what’s to come, just like they were excited about that 20-minute recess break. Is it happily ever after? Well, for them, it’s just the beginning of the next chapter – a chapter full of love, new missions, and memories in the making. One can only guess what they’ll get up to next.

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