“All I wanted to do was take her on a romantic walk to the duck pond gazebo,” Matthew, a Virginia Tech student, says. “I didn’t think it would end the way it did.”
February 14, 2017 – a day of love and happiness turned into heartbreak and fear when the Duck Pond gazebo collapsed, as it could no longer stand to listen to the shitty romantic conversations of Valentine’s Day couples.
The Duck Pond gazebo is one of the most romantic places on campus and a common spot for couples to profess their love for one another. Many an engagement, even weddings, have taken place on this gazebo. But Valentine’s Day takes the brunt of the romantic action.
“The gazebo has been standing for many years, but we always make sure that it is structurally sound and sturdy before February 14th each year. A lot of dates take place in the gazebo, and we don’t want anything bad to happen,” a VT construction worker told us.
We weren’t able to reach Jay and Bey for comment.
Despite the quality checks and various repairs of the gazebo in preparation for V-day, no one could fix the emotional bruises lying within the wooden boards. After standing alone year after year listening to the sappy words and lovey-dovey whispers slip from the lips of Virginia Tech couples, the gazebo finally had enough. At around 7:00 p.m. on February 14, 2017, the gazebo plunged itself into the pond, dragging down with it three VT couples. Only minor injuries have been reported–they remain only love sick.
Construction workers salvaged some of the boards from the pond and reconstruction has begun. Till then, couples are forced to find a new romantic location on campus that will hopefully stand strong under the physical and emotional weight of sappy couples.
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