Sitting by the river, the girl moves a bit closer to me as she begins to speak:
“Oh Andreas, isn’t this the most beautiful sunset? I am so glad we came here to enjoy this moment together.”
But then I cannot resist:
“Honey, it’s actually not a sunset. The sun doesn’t set or rise. We are the ones moving, as our planet orbits around the sun and rotates around its own axis. This creates the impression of the sun moving, when in reality it is the fixed point in our solar system.”
Another pause, after which I add, maybe with too much hauteur in my voice:
“But I thought everybody knew that.”
A few seconds pass before she looks at me with sad eyes, gets up and walks away, never to be seen or heard of again.
These stupid sunsets ruin everything.
(This story also appeared in Medium. – Hier gibt es diese romantische Geschichte auf Deutsch.)