WOMEN
10/26/2012 11:29 am ET

WE BROKE UP, BUT KEPT LIVING TOGETHER: A BAD IDEA STORY

In June of 2011, Aiden (my then-boyfriend) and I signed our first lease together.

“It’s now or never,” we thought, rushing into cohabitation after less than a year of dating. If only I had considered his cracked clear plastic chalice drinkware or realized his attachment to his wardrobe (that consisted mainly of very, very ugly Hawaiian shirts), I might have reconsidered moving in with him so soon. But we were in love with each other and the townhouse we found in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.: three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, three levels, end unit with attached garage, patio, pretty dark wood floors, and and and…

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