Whatever God told him to do, he did. Giving away his shoes, taking punches, befriending outcasts. Even turning his back on love...and on me.
God first spoke to Nate on his ninth birthday. He told him He'd come to give him the gift of eternal life. Nate received the gift with joy, and from that day on vowed to do whatever God told him to do, no matter what the cost.
I was the unfortunate object of his spiritual quest. Nate was determined to be my friend; and while at first all I could see was a boy with his nose stuck in the Bible, before long I found him to be the sweetest companion I'd ever known.
I thought we'd go on that way forever, me tagging along on his crazy adventures, him making me smile. But the day I realized I loved him was the day I knew we were doomed. Romantic love was the last thing on his mind. He was too busy organizing food drives and finding jobs for his homeless friends. There was only room in his heart for One - and who was I to compete with the Almighty of the Universe?
If Nate was destined to love God, then I was destined to pine for him forever.