My very first love. She was on a self-destructive path and, despite how much I loved her and how good I was to her, I realized that the only way to help her see the need to change her life for the better was to let her go. Many, many years later we ran into each in the street and she hugged me like she was hugging a long lost friend. She turned her life around and thanks me for being the reason why :)
That sounds a little Bronte`
No....why didn't you ask them out when they were available.