6 Jul 2013

The Home


‘Ssh I know. Don’t say a word...’ removing his gloves, Peter softly covered her lips with his cold trembling hands and stopped her before she uttered another word. It’s been almost 10 years now that he left. And today he came back again for her.

She hugged him tight the moment she saw him, for she was afraid of losing him again. The touch of him after so many years revived her memory so fresh and alive. It was like everything happened yesterday...

‘Come let’s go for a walk...’ he took her hands gently. Peter and Elizabeth started walking along the riverside.

‘The river looks serene more than any other day, isn’t it?’ She asked.

He smiled. They seated in the wooden bench and facing the calm river at that silent hour. The moonlight reflected in the river and made the water to glow in gold and silver. She felt that it was a perfect scenario to fall in love with, where the shimmering moon romances with the calm river. A little far away they saw a young couple carelessly entwined in each other's arms kissing passionately, without aware of their presence. She smiled shyly at Peter.

'Thanks for bringing me here, dear... Feels so refreshing..', she smiled, 'Its been so long we strolled like this, hand in hand.. just you and me... Sigh.. I missed those days.. Pete, I am so happy today and I feel I am reborn’

He looked at her wrinkled grey eyes and cupped her cheeks in his trembling hands, adjusted her stole and planted a soft kiss on her forehead and smiled.  ‘You look really beautiful today...’

'Hah, you always say that. Now I know you have poor eyesight...' she chuckled, nudging him and leaned against his shoulder. This was the day she hoped to arrive, all these years. For he's here now, she could feel the long lost warmth and comfort, after a decade.

Closing her eyes, she thought about their past. The day when he proposed to her kneeling down, singing her favorite song. It happened in this very same location. And later one day, sadly this was where he left her in misery. She tried to recollect what made him to leave her. Tears rolled over her cheeks.

‘I missed you...’ she whispered softly.

‘I missed you too, babe...’ he wiped her tears gently.

‘I never expected you would do such a cruel thing to me. How could you leave me, Pete?’

‘I am sorry dear. I never meant to do it. But whatever it takes.. from now on, I will never leave you. I swear.’

The thought of being reunited with him brought her much delight as she could feel the true love in his eyes and his hug. Nothing more she needed but his closeness.

He covered her with his long overcoat and pulled her closer to him. She opened her mouth to say something. ‘Pete..’

'Don't say anything. Now I am here...' He looked at her eyes.

‘I love you, Liz... I never stopped loving you... I have been waiting all this while for... umm..’ 

He stood and weakly knelt down before her asking for her hand and hummed the tune in his cracked voice, ‘...You say it best... When you say nothing at all....’, her favorite song. She giggled like a little girl happily while he leaned to kiss her pale dry lips. It reminded of their first kiss. But now this one true kiss brought her back alive... ‘I love you too, Pete...’ 

They sat there for long time in silence, cuddling and just feeling the comfort of each other, enjoying the serenity.

‘Shall we go home? Its getting colder.’ she asked in shivering voice after an hour.

‘Hmm...’

They both reached the street where their house was located.

‘Liz, don’t trip down. No need to hurry.’ He laughed as she was trying to walk with unsteady steps. ‘You may need this..’  he handed her the walking stick he was holding.

She pushed that gently aside and laughed, ‘That’s for you, Old man.’

‘We must go home before it’s too late. Dave and Anne must be worried. Pete, you know they missed you a lot.’

‘Liz. wait’, he paused, ’I can’t come.’ He gazed at her.

‘Oh dear, they will be happy to see you again....’ she sounded worried.

Still holding her hands, he asked, ‘Come with me...'

'We almost reached our home. Let's go in..’

Standing outside the gate, they could see through the glass window, their son and daughter talking with their relatives and friends in the living room.

‘Look at them, they seem worried Pete.. they must be looking for me.’

She almost reached to open the gate when Pete called her from behind. ‘I want to show you something, Liz...’

The feeling of being with him was the only one she craved for all these years.

‘I will come now but only when you promise me to come back home. What do you say?’ she demanded childishly.

He nodded. Then they walked past their house and stopped at the other end of the street. It was too dark and the cold wind blowing at their faces. She was confused for standing in front of that huge building holding the name ‘Harley Trust’

‘Why did you bring me here now?’

‘I’ll show you... Come inside...’ He tried to take her in but she was reluctant to walk in.

‘Its so dark here. We better go back to our children. I don’t know what they are doing without me. Let’s go home, Pete.’ she wept.

‘Trust me, don’t you?’ 

She followed him holding his hands, afraid to step into the darkness.

They entered the building. No one was there. They saw a man working inside the security office but he didn't seem to notice them in the darkness.

‘What’s that so urgent you wanted to attend when no one’s here, shall we call that guy?’

‘No let’s not disturb him...’

They went inside further and reached the back side of the building. His sight fixed at the east end of the huge backyard...  

‘Now you are here...’ She turned her head to see what he was staring at...

She was dumbfounded at the sight...

In the loving memory of

A Wonderful Husband 
& Father

Peter Harley
May 15th, 1976 
Sep 1st, 2043


Next to him..

In the memory of...

Loving wife, mother
& grand mother

Elizabeth Harley
March 5th, 1978
June 7th, 2053

She now could picture the scene of her family looking sad and dressed in black, mourning.

She also remembered the accident which took Peter away from her at the bridge above that river and left her immobile for the past 10 years.

He held her hands tightly, ’Welcome home, Liz...’


This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.


46 comments:

  1. outstanding!
    Rat, you are a very good story teller.. The suspense revealed at the end left me in awe

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    1. you think so? lol.. well that's really encouraging words coming from a wonderful story teller like you Ashwin. am so happy to see your comment here.. :D

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    2. of course it was neat and the suspense was well maintained.. you didn't allow me to guess anything. the flow was good and the twist was excellent! :)

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    3. hmm.. am glad its coming from you.. :)

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  2. Wow!! I didn't expect this...sad twist...

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    1. now that i am happy you found it a good read. thanks you so much, Akash :)

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  3. Oh my Rat!!!!

    Outstanding....i was thinking that probably the man would be a ghost...but ur climax was unguessable...plus, it was so poignant, so painful, so unique and so loveable.....it was a masterpiece Ratty.... you deserve a cheese for this one

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    1. oh, cheese..! big happy smile seeing your comment. thanks a lot ratty.. :D

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  4. Wow Wow..That is really a nice one..The Twist at the end really loved it
    BTW I also love the Song 'When You Say Nothing At All'

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    1. thank you Harsha. its my favorite song too :) :)

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  5. wow .. meera .. this one is beautiful .. you hold the nerve till last :)

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    1. :) happy you liked it Ankur :)

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  6. A very touching tale... A tinge of sadness for the family for losing a loved one.. and a touch of happiness of two souls united

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    1. thank you Shrikant for your lovely comment :)

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  7. woww! i dnt have words to appreciate you! really beautiful!

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    1. thanks so much, Anju. means a lot to me :)

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  8. I got goose bumps at the end. I loved your characterisation too.

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    1. glad to know you loved it.. thanks for the read, Sunita. keep visiting :)

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  9. Wonderful and sad. I like stories with a twist.. preferably unexpected. and yours just delivered that. Good one Rat.

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    1. thank you for your lovely comment, Ankita. :)

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  10. A well scripted story with a interesting twist ... a nice read ...

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    1. thanks Aziz. good to know that you liked it :)

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  11. Very well written Meera! Your words hold attention till the end.

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    1. thanks for the read, Indrani :)

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  12. It gave me goosebumps...it was captivating and the sudden twist in the end made me shiver..
    Very well written :)

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    1. am glad it made an impact. thanks for dropping by :)

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  13. It was beautiful...the end made me all sad though!!
    Loved it!!

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    1. thank you for your feedback, Kriti.

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  14. bahut achi likhi h...awesome..mind blowing no words yar..fantanbulous..speechless

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    1. thank you so much Bhawna. welcome to my space :)

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  15. you dont know what your stories let us to feel...
    a complete awesomeness...
    too good

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    1. :) happy to know it made an impact on the readers. thank you Naina. :)

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  16. Mind Blowing !! Outstanding !! Fabulous !! My vocab is too less to praise you for this wonderful story Meera.You made me so emotional. This is so touchy and so nicely narrated :)

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    1. am glad you liked it much, Jack. thanks for your kind and encouraging words. :)

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  17. Hello rat
    No idea that you still remember me..
    After a long time, a long long time i came here again and read all of your posts..See this story..I saw you are maturing my dear friend...As a writer, portraying life in its various angles, i like it
    My best wishes and thank you for making me happy :)
    syd

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    1. Hey Sid.. i am surprised and happy to see you here after a very long time.. i'm glad that you remembered me too and came here to read my writings, in your busy days. i am so delighted with your comment. I must admit it was your words once motivated me to write regularly. and also i must say.. thank you for making me happy too. :)

      wishes.. :)

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  18. Very well written. Loved it to the core :)

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  19. I loved reading it SOOOO much meera! :) Keep writing such wonderful stories! More power to you :)

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    1. Thank you for your wishes, Jaseema. welcome to my space :)

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