Chloe and Olivia sat at the kitchen table, sipping on their Metropolitans. They had been friends since college, and they had been through a lot together. They had seen each other through breakups, job changes, and even the occasional existential crisis.
"I can't believe we're still friends," Chloe said, taking a sip of her cocktail. "We're so different, but we just work."
Olivia laughed. "I know," she said. "But that's one of the things I love about our friendship. We challenge each other to think differently."
They finished their cocktails and sat in silence for a moment, enjoying each other's company.
"So," Olivia said, finally, "what's new with you?"
Chloe shrugged. "Not much," she said. "Just work and the usual."
"How's that new project going?" Olivia asked.
"It's going well," Chloe said. "It's a lot of work, but it's also really rewarding."
"That's good to hear," Olivia said. "I'm glad you're enjoying it."
They talked for a while longer about work and other mundane things. But as the conversation went on, Chloe started to feel a little uneasy. She couldn't shake the feeling that something was wrong.
"Olivia," she said, finally, "is everything okay?"
Olivia looked at her in surprise. "What do you mean?" she asked.
"I don't know," Chloe said. "You just seem... different."
Olivia sighed. "Okay," she said. "I'll admit it. I'm not okay."
Chloe's heart sank. "What's wrong?" she asked.
"It's my relationship," Olivia said. "I'm just not sure if it's working anymore."
Chloe put her hand on hers. "I'm so sorry," she said. "Is there anything I can do?"
Olivia shook her head. "No," she said. "But just talking to you helps."
They sat in silence for a while, holding hands. Chloe didn't know what to say. She had never seen Olivia so down before.
"I'm just worried about what the future holds," Olivia said, finally. "I don't know what I want to do with my life."
Chloe squeezed her hand. "That's okay," she said. "You don't have to have it all figured out right now. Just take your time and figure out what you want."
Olivia smiled weakly. "Thanks, Chloe," she said. "I needed to hear that."
They finished their dinner and talked for a while longer. By the end of the night, Olivia was feeling a little better. Chloe was glad that she had been able to help her, even if it was just a little bit.
As Chloe walked Olivia to her door, she said, "I'm always here for you, you know that."
Olivia smiled. "I know," she said. "Thanks, Chloe. You're the best."
They hugged each other goodbye, and Olivia went inside. Chloe watched her go, feeling a sense of relief. She was glad that she had been able to be there for her friend when she needed her.
As Chloe walked back into her house, she thought about what Olivia had said. She realized that she was going through a similar thing. She was also worried about her future and what she wanted to do with her life. But talking to Olivia had helped her to realize that she didn't have to have it all figured out right now. She could just take her time and figure it out as she went.
Chloe smiled. She was grateful for her friendship with Olivia. She knew that she could always count on her, no matter what.