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The eagle flies with the dove

When you can't be with the one you love, you might as well love the one you're with, especially if the one you love shows approaching zero indication that they want to be the one you're with, and especially if the one you're with is worthy of your love.

Then, of course, the one you're with becomes one of those you love, especially if you're not looking while it happens. But are they ever the actual one you fell for to start with? No, never. Can you love them as much? Maybe. It depends. Do you love them the same way? Never. They're different people.

But what happens to the one you love while you're busy loving the one you're with? Can you still devote the time it takes to try and get there to be with them? Can you maintain what relationship you do have with them? Would they resent the fact that you've started to love the one you're with?

Tricky stuff, this love business.
Gone away, gone ahead,
Echoes roll unanswered.
Empty, open, dusty, dead.
Why have all the Weyrfolk fled?

Where have dragons gone together
Leaving weyrs to wind and weather,
Setting herdbeasts free of tether;
Gone, our safeguards, gone, but whither?

Have they flown to some new weyr
Where cruel Threads some others fear?
Are they worlds away from here?
Why, oh why the empty weyr?

-- "The Question Song", Anne McCaffrey
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