The professor said, “ Who among you are in a relationship?”

At that point, less than a half of the class raised their hands. After all, the possibility of us being involved in such kind of relationships may be at low level than most who do not devote themselves in the art of bonding on the atomic level.

“Good.” As he saw the obviously few number whose faces are now as confused as those of the majority. “ Do you know the second law of thermodynamics? Oh yes, you there.”

“ The 2nd law of thermodynamics states that a process in an isolated system could only be spontaneous if it has a total entropy which increases over time.”

“And hence, my dear ladies and gentlemen,” he looked at us in a dramatic pause, “ is why when two persons lose themselves in the isolated world called romance are they bound to descend into chaos which eventually leads to break-up as time flies.” 

Silence. Then a wave of ‘oows’ and ‘aaahs’ broke out among us. 

She remembered that now suddenly. It was an amusing thought and one might say, an amazing opening for a Physical Chemistry class. She laughed at the idea of the spontaneity of chaos applied in romantic relationships at that time.

 

Up until now, of course.

 

She looks at him — extrovert, overly positive and every inch different from her — fading from view. She should have known. She remembered the thermodynamics alright. She thought they would go down like precipitates forming or gas being released in a chemical reaction. She thought she’ll see the end of them like indicators changing colors and she could find away to battle it.

“And to what I said at the beginning, don’t worry. Thermodynamics, after all, is a different area from kinetics.” Their professor added at the end of the class.

The descent to the pits of chaos was indeed spontaneous. It was foolish for her to believed that it was not happening when in actuality, it was just agonizingly slow.

 

        They lay at the rock bottom after the fall, not realizing it.

         Until she turn around. And found him no more.

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