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Truth or dare

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When you know it’s love

Not sure if you remember this particular episode on Friends but it was one titled “The One With The Truth About London” in its season 7 — which revealed how Monica and Chandler actually got together.

Turns out that Chandler wasn’t Monica’s first choice that night. She wanted Joey and he wasn’t available while Chandler was there instead. So they hooked up and they have been together ever since. Some would even say they were meant to be. Until Chandler found out that he wasn’t Monica’s first choice and he went to sulk in Central Perk cafe.

[Scene: Central Perk, Chandler is sulking on the couch as Joey enters to talk with him.]

Joey: “I don’t want you to be upset.”

Chandler: “How can I not be upset? Okay? I finally fall in love with this fantastic woman and it turns out that she wanted you first.”

Joey: “Yeah, for like half-an-hour one night. Chandler, she wants you for the rest of her life! You’re so lucky! Look what I missed out on by not being there! Although you know what? It could never have worked like you guys did …

“‘cause you guys are perfect for each other. Yer know, we look at you and … and we see you together and it just … it – it fits. Yer know? And you just know it’s gonna last forever.”

Chandler: “That’s what you should say.” (Smiles.)

Joey: “What?”

Chandler: “When you’re marrying us, that’s what you should say.”

Awwwwww, it was such a happy ending about two people who were brought together by fate (and destiny) and overcame the odds to be in a loving, lasting relationship.

Which led me to a scenario …

Let’s say someone plays Truth or Dare with you and it’s your turn so you chose to tell the truth. Just like in a scene from Big Bang Theory (season 4) when Penny, Bernadette and Amy had a girls’ night out.

They ask: “Why are you still hanging out with her much even though you broke up?”

Someone else agrees. “For two people who claim to be no longer a couple, you spend an inordinate amount of time in each other’s company and talk to each other a lot,” they say.

Maybe you’d reply: “Okay, look, just because we’re not seeing each other any more doesn’t mean we can’t be friends. I mean, she’s great.”

And if they ask “Then why did you terminate your relationship?”

What would you say? That you don’t know? That she got really serious, and you weren’t ready for it?

So my question to you is this: “How would you react if, in the future, you become ready for it, and I am unavailable, because someone else has realised that I am — to use your words — a great person to be with?”

What would you do then? Or in fact, what would you do now? I’d like the truth please.