My first post to this community (or any community for that matter). Also this is based very loosely on a real life experience.
Can you blame the girl for falling?
The attentions of an older man, middle-aged, aren't something a 20-year old girl-newly-woman would consider. She's never been told she's beautiful; that's only in the movies. He may not intend to get so deeply involved, but the naive innocence the young woman had, had to have reminded him of his own once-innocent youth. Made him want to believe he was never so badly scarred by another woman. Made him want to believe that he could love a woman half his age. Made him hope, wish, want to believe he wouldn't, couldn't hurt her. She was new to it all, showed an enthusiasm to learning everything he knew. She gave him way too much, way too soon, way too fast. But that was how she was. Can you blame the man for falling? For awhile he actually believed he'd be with her, wanted her, loved her. In doing so, she actually loved him, wanted to be with him. That's when he realized he'd made a mistake. He fooled her, inadverdently tricked her, by lying to himself. Damage done, took three months to end it. A slow, torturous crumbling of communication, trust, love. He pulled away, stopped the affection; a coward's way out. The 22-year old woman might as well have been thrown out the door, it might have hurt less. Now she thinks back, hindsight always being 20/20. She never knew that she had always known it wouldn't last. She wonders if he's tricked himself into thinking he's falling again. Maybe he's fallen for real now. Or maybe he's succumbed to his bitter past, to turn into his percieved self: a pitiful old man. As for the 24-year old woman-newly-girl, she looks forward to falling again, but maybe make a softer landing.