It was not a long conversation, for minds had already been made up. There was a boat leaving, and he wanted her to come with him.
He stressed there was no time to waste, that he needed to leave as much as he needed her. They could get married he said, when they got there, start a life together; she had never been a risk taker. Her parents begged her not to go, fearing the journey as much as the destination, and instead of following her heart she listened. The boat left on a beautiful day at noon, and she thought to herself how unfit this kind of weather was for what was about to occur. She did not cry, my grandmother, because she thought it would make her appear weak. She did not say very much as the love of her life boarded a boat. She did not say much as he told her he hoped she would join him some day. She did not say anything when he said goodbye. Perhaps she was angry, perhaps she had felt abandoned, but none of it mattered as the final whistle blew and she was forced to step off of the platform. As the boat became smaller in the distance, she watched, covering it with her finger as it became a speck in the distance. The warm breeze kissed her face, and she marveled at how little the world changes around you when everything seems to be falling apart. She never forgot about him, not for one day, it’s how I know about him at all. There is such a complete sadness; she used to say, when you can pinpoint exactly where your life could have changed, and exactly where you refused to let it.
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Oh. This made me misty. I love the last line. Such a beautiful piece of writing.
Thank you 🙂
Wonderful short story… just perfect ending too, unpredictable. My mind was going in a completely different direction.
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This resonates perfectly in the feels!
Lovely piece. 🙂
Thanks Mamta, glad you enjoyed it 🙂
Well I know that feeling, not so much with a person but with a once in a lifetime opportunity, Maybe 28/29 years ago, opportunity to live and work in Canada was turned down, fear of the unknown, fear of risk, girlfriend and so the opportunity passed.
This is the kind of story that would make a wonderful, tear-conjuring movie. Beautiful.
Totally captivating story!
Your work is so good. I often times find myself shifting between the two perspectives you often portray. I guess that just goes to show how conflicted I am on my own emotions at the moment haha.
I think we all put something of ourselves in everything we read, that’s the beauty of it isn’t it? Glad you enjoyed it 🙂
So true. It’s tough when you put yourself so far in and you get lost. Thoughts are an incredibly intimidating realm to get lost in. But life is the journey of finding yourself, isn’t it? Now I’m just preaching to the choir 😛
I was half expecting for one of her paramours to step out from a rectangular shadow as the ship sailed into the azure.
Beautiful writing! Sad but inspiring. I loved it.
thank you 🙂
That is such a beautiful story, full of emotions. Well done, as always 🙂
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I have goosebumps, Miri! I truly believe that it is better to take chances and follow my heart, even when it seems impossible.
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WOW. That is a lot of punch in a small package. Now I want to try one of these. (oh no!)
thank you 🙂
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Amazing piece. Loved the last line. :’)
thank you 🙂