When Will gets tired of fighting a losing battle, Will and Sonny break up and go their separate ways. This is the story of how they grow as individuals and how they grow back together when they meet once again three and a half years later. PaulSon and Will/Neil but WilSon endgame. (A/N: Line breaks indicate a switch between Will and Sonny. Once they meet again, ****** indicates a switch in their perspectives.) Title from Kelly Clarkson’s “Maybe.” Almost 12,000 words.
“Maybe one day we’ll meet again when we’re different people. Maybe then we’ll be better for each other.”
A month after the blow up at the anniversary party, Will finally gets tired of being the one trying to fix his and Sonny’s marriage. Sonny has made no attempt to agree to set up counseling or even to sit down with him and talk things out. Paul has remained in Salem to get to know John and because he flat out refused to go back to San Francisco with his lying mother and Sonny has spent more time with Paul in the last month than he has with him. He has no use for ineffective blackmail and lying anymore and he’s exhausted from fighting an uphill battle with Sonny that Sonny isn’t even beginning to fight. So one day while Sonny is at work, Will calls up Aiden Jennings and requests he draws up divorce papers.
“He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect for more than he can give. Don’t analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there.Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you.” — Bob Marley [insp.]