The Distance Formula


SQUARE ROOT the sum of the x coordinate of point B subtracted by the x coordinate of point A raised to the second power and the y coordinate of point B subtracted by the y coordinate of point A raised to the second power—this is the distance formula. As its namesake suggests, it measures the distance between two points on the same plane. Theoretically, if point B can propel itself to move faster than point A, assuming that they are both in motion, point B will eventually be able to catch up to point A.

But neither of us was just dots plotted on a Cartesian plane, programmed to move mechanically. We may be points, each with our own coordinates, but we were points with flesh, skin and blood, possessing a body with parts that could grow weary. And as if plotting against me, the world had plotted you at a distance so far away, that even if I sped through the South Luzon Expressway at 250 kilometers per hour on a car, by the time I had run out of gas and could no longer hold the vomit to be triggered by a motion sickness which you somehow did not have, I still would not have reached you, not have gotten anywhere even close to being your equal.

Not that we were on the same plane to begin with. F MARIA ANTOINETTE A. MALICSE

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