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As a child growing up on Guam, I loved hearing the local legends. My writer-brain must’ve been developing even then, because I found the story of Puntan Dos Amantes (Two Lovers Point) the most fascinating.
The story’s pretty simple: Boy meets Girl. Boy loses Girl to Spanish Dude. Girl says, “What the . . .. Hell, no.” Then she takes off with Boy while being chased by Spanish Dude and Girl’s dad. The two lovers run through the jungle and over hills, dodging the mob of peeps as they try to get away. But when they got to the edge of the cliff . . .. Well, you can probably guess what happened. But if you want the full story, you can find it here.
On my last trip to Guam, I visited Two Lovers Point. The weather was perfectly warm, with a slight breeze coming off the Pacific. The sun shone as tour buses brought in Japanese visitors. And I was there with Mr. A. We stood at the observation point and stared out at the ocean, a vast expanse of blue that stretched until it met the sky. There was a moment when I couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like to have to choose between living the life you want, or not living at all. Could I do what the two lovers bravely chose to do? The legend does make one wonder!
If you’re ever fortunate enough to visit Guam, do check out Two Lovers Point. It’s an island must-see!