They were sitting on an old rusty bench, admiring a sunset of a sun that never came out that day, when suddenly he decided to interrupt their sleepy silence, saying:
-“I don’t believe in God!”
-“Don’t you?”, she asked carelessly without removing her eyes from where she was looking .. she kept looking forward.
-“Well. Now I have nothing to say. I am not in a the mood of talking. And it’s your life anyway”, she said with a cold, monotonous, non-faltering voice and kept looking forward.
He was surprised because this one wasn’t her .. simply. She used to discuss him .. to argue with him .. to agree .. to disagree .. to, at least, look at him! She was used to that .. so was he!
-“That’s weird! Are not you gonna ask me: Why? and start a new discussion with me?”
-“Why should I ask you? You have already done that for me? You have just asked .. All what you need to know is an answer for the question!”
-“That’s somehow right!”
-“Well. Life is so cruel. People are bad .. Wars are everywhere. You believe in God, but if there is God, then why there is so much misery in the world.”
Coming out of her silence and keeping that FORWARD-LOOK she said:
-“Life is not meant to be good .. or in other words: not meant to be just good .. there is good and there is evil .. This is the life .. Being good all the time means that we are in Paradise .. and being evil day in and day out means nothing but being in hell .. and we are in none of them .. we are in the real, ordinary, normal life where elements of the 2 previous worlds combine to form our days and years .. and Life! Have you ever read fairy tales?”
-“And what were the main elements of them?”
He paused for a while and said: “Prince and Princess.”
She lift her eyebrow and looked at him with blame: “Come on .. Think big!
-“Then I will go for Good and Evil ! Is that right?”
-“Bingo .. Good and Evil .. This is the spirit !”, she said during clapping her hands in a childish way ..”In every fairy tale, there is a mighty fight between Good and Evil .. No matter how long this fight will continue .. No matter how mean and strong the Evil is, Good, somehow, makes it to the end and finds its own way to defeat Evil and overwhelm everyone with happiness. You agree?”
-“Yes .. Sure. But what does that have to do with any thing?”
-“By what do you think such tales are inspired?”
-“Reality.. Life .. But why do we have to go through all that misery? Why do we have to suffer?”
She sighed .. paused .. then said: “We travel along way to get to out destination at the end .. we go through misery to know how to enjoy the taste of Good .. to learn how to miss the Good .. to embrace that Good when it comes .. we go through misery to deserve the Good waiting for us at the end of the journey.”
-“So you thing we have to wait till we get to that happy ending”
-“We will get to it .. It’s just a matter of time and patience .. and work .. Don’t ever think we will get the Good without hard work.”
-“We should work and wait.”
She looked at him wondering and said: “Wait for what?”
He didn’t expect the question: “For what we were talking about at the very beginning maybe!”
-“Which was ?”
-“I .. I don’t remember ..”, he smiled.
She laughed and said: “That’s good .. That’s good!” and kept looking forward.