When they were friends, she asked him, "What do you think is the most important thing in a relationship?" "Trust", he answered. She said, "For me, it's love."
A few months went by and now they were in a relationship. From the smitten with each other phase, they were in a possessive for each other phase. That day, they were talking on the phone at 3 am. But then, she got another phone call from her friend. This guy was her best friend for years. They shared everything with each other which is why she said goodnight to her boyfriend and picked up her best friend's call. They talked about his problems at office and how much he missed his ex-girlfriend and how much he wanted to leave the country and do what he loved. After an hour of listening and talking and assurances, they both slept. After a few minutes, her boyfriend called to ask who she was talking to. What she dismissed as being cute about his possessiveness came to bite her late.
Every time, she talked to her best friend, he had a problem. Every time, she would go to his home, he had a problem. So much so that he started stalking their online 'last seen at'. They fought all the time. She wondered how she was okay with him flirting with every girl but how it was not okay for her to just talk to her best friend.
After a couple of months, there was less romance and more jealousy. Their relationship felt more like work and less like comfort. True love should be able to overcome everything. It should be like a bird flying higher, not like a bird in a cage. And when it starts to feel like a bird in a cage, there's nothing much left to say.
For him, he didn't want to lose her because of his insecurities. But, he failed to realise that he was clobbering her. It isn't a comprise if it comes at the cost of freedom. For her, she was never restricted to do anything and now that she was, she became someone she was not. The butterfly became a caterpillar. And the moment she decided to change for someone, was the time she didn't choose her first.
Now, when they were in a relationship, she asked him, "What do you think is the most important thing in a relationship?" "Love", he answered. She said, "No. It's trust."
And she walked away because she had to save herself because no one else would.