Slow Dancing in a Burning Room

Originally posted on my blog here:
It’s a cold December night, John looks to the stars above him while also trying to keep his eyes focused on the road.

“I love the stars, don’t you?” he hears. He quickly glances to the right to see his girlfriend, Julie, smiling at him somewhat awkwardly.

“Yeah…they’re so pretty,” he says, feigning enthusiasm.

A lot is on John’s mind at this point, he could care less about how many stars there are in the sky or how many fish there are in the sea, there’s only one thing on his mind: His relationship with Julie. John had met Julie three years ago in a guitar store, of all places. John had simply come in to buy a new acoustic after his old one had been stolen when he caught a glimpse of Julie for the first time, completely in awe of her beauty. Her long blonde hair coupled with her piercing blue eyes was too irresistible; he knew he couldn’t let her pass him by. He approached her, and the minute the two locked eyes, the song “Slow Dancing In a Burning Room” by John Mayer began playing over the speakers in the store. From that day on, the two were seemingly inseparable, and gradually fell for eachother more and more until they felt they were undeniably in love. John remembers Julie telling him the minute the two locked eyes for the first time, she fell for him immediately, and from then on “Slow Dancing In a Burning Room” was “their song”, so to speak. The song, being one of Julie’s favorites, had been brought up in numerous conversations between the two. Julie had always wondered what the actual meaning of the song was, while John secretly knew that the song was about a nasty breakup, but didn’t have the heart to tell her. He knew that the song had a much deeper meaning between the two of them, and that no matter what the love they shared would never end.

That was then, however, and now after several months of fighting and brief periods of estrangement between the two, John suddenly begins having second thoughts about their relationship. Although he might care about Julie more than anything in the entire world, he knows that deep down their relationship cannot be fixed in the state it’s in now. He feels like now, Julie doesn’t even recognize him anymore, and their relationship has become so bitter that he can’t keep apologizing his way out of his actions. He knows that no matter what he does, if they stay together any longer, their relationship is doomed, and he loves Julie too much to put her through any more pain, and deep down he feels like he doesn’t deserve a girl like Julie. John made up his mind prior to taking Julie to their favorite nightclub that this would be the last night the two of them would be together. He feels as though Julie can sense something’s up too, as she now seems a bit confused with John’s silence.

“Babe you all right? What’s on your mind?” she asks.

“It’s nothing babe, I promise, just know that I love you and always will,” John says, staring deep into her piercing blue eyes. Julie smiles as John finds a parking spot.

  “We’re here,” John says.

The two find a place to sit at the bar. Julie begins egging John on about how much she wants to dance, and John agrees but only after he’s had a few more drinks. Julie scoffs at John, calling him selfish. She storms off into the crowd on the dancefloor while John stays sitting, dismayed.

“What’s her problem? Calling me selfish…who does she think she is?” John says to himself.

There’s some commotion nearby between a couple of drunks, John simply dismisses their stupidity. Suddenly one of the drunks begins throwing punches, and soon an old fashioned bar room brawl occurs. John begins thinking that he should find Julie and leave, as something like this rarely happens in that particular club. As security tries to break up the fight, one of the drunks throws a bottle through the air, nailing one of the power outlets and shortcircuiting a nearby lamp causing a small fire. That small fire, combined with the amount of alcohol nearby, particularly on the floor, eventually causes the fire to grow and pretty soon the entire place is on fire. As everyone begins evacuating, John frantically searches for Julie. He eventually finds her knocked out on the dancefloor, having been nearly trampled to death by the sheer amount of people evacuating. John is able to revive her and the two make their way to the exit…only to find it covered in flames. They soon realize they’re the only ones left and there’s no way out as the nightclub has no windows and only one door out. Just before the two can start panicing, they suddenly freeze, as a familiar sound has found its way to their ears.

“It’s not a silly little moment, it’s not the storm before the calm…”

It was their song, the nearby jukebox was still working despite the fire. John, completely disregarding the situation they were in, guides Julie to the dancefloor.

“I believe I owe you a dance,” he says with a smile on his face. Julie, completely disregarding the situation as well, smiles back as John reaches his arm around Julie’s lower back while Julie reaches hers around John’s shoulder. They lock hands and lock eyes, their bodies begin swaying back and forth to the music. John soon begins thinking about the past few months, and although he knows he can’t truly make it up to her, he feels like he needs to say something.

  “Babe…I’ve said some pretty bad things to you over the past few months and I-” he begins.

“No, John, don’t even say a word,” Julie interrupts, “I haven’t been the best to you either, and you had every right to get upset at me, it wasn’t your fault, and truth be told I don’t deserve someone as amazing as you. I’m sorry for everything I’ve said and done to you, and you’re anything BUT selfish.”

John couldn’t believe what he was hearing, and just like that all of his prior doubts of their relationship began fading away, as now given their situation, he realized there wasn’t a person on earth he’d rather be with than Julie.

“Jewels…I love you so much,” John says. He softly kisses her neck as the two embrace, the flames burning around them are nothing compared to the flame burning between them.

“You know…I think I finally understand the meaning of this song now, do you?” Julie asks as her head is rested on John’s chest. After a small pause, John simply smiles and says “…don’t you think we oughta know by now?”

Julie lifts her head up as John looks down into her piercing blue eyes one last time. Those were the eyes he had fallen in love with all those years ago. The two kiss passionately as the fire consumes the dancefloor, their hearts and bodies becoming one inside the flames.

He was the one she always dreamed of…she was the one he tried to draw. Rather than having to go through the pain of ending a doomed relationship, they rekindled their love at the cost of their lives. They met their end slow dancing in a burning room.

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