A Second Shot

Here’s the next entry to the ‘And then…’ contest. As said earlier, I am not disclosing the author‘s name now so that we can have a fair voting. The write-ups would be posted in the order I receive them… Here are the rules & hints and here is The Scene…

Here’s the next entry:

The memories were like snapshot bullets that she had been dodging for years and had finally hit her, square in the face- that face of the man who had once meant everything to her. It was overwhelming! She sat there motionless for what seemed like eternity.  The flight was in the air. She went to the washroom and barfed.

Looking into the mirror she saw how far she had come from those days. Then she had been a smiling girl in her early twenties with the glow on her face typical of those in love. The glow was gone and so was the love. The hair was shorter, sassier. The clothes were no longer t-shirts, jeans and sneakers but smart suits and stilettos. The woman was no longer the girl he had known. The only thing that connected the woman and the girl was the pain that he had left behind- the hurt that had become a part of her life and had never left.

This was probably her only chance. She walked back with a calm face; she wasn’t going to let him go this time. A deliberate trip on the Jimmy Choo and she was on him. He stared at her like he was seeing a ghost and then his expression changed. Straightening up her ruffled clothes, she looked at him and acted like she was surprised. “Matt,” was the only word she said. He looked quite taken aback himself. “Lizzie… Wow! It’s been so long. You look…look so different,” he said.

“Yes Matt. It’s been a while. You look almost the same. Nice meeting you after so long.” He did look the same. The neatly ironed shirt and trousers, the cropped spiked hair and the goofy grin were all at odds with each other but blended so perfectly on him. She wasn’t surprised that she had fallen for him. He ran his eyes appreciatively over her and she blushed. She returned to her seat but they kept talking. He was a senior editor now. They talked about old times, their college friends, work… The more they talked the closer they came; she could see that old look in his eyes. He wanted her back.

The flight landed. He invited her over. It was a cozy apartment. As she was about to go to the guest room to crash he pulled her towards him and looked into her eyes. She was uncertain; did she really want to do this? All her courage almost melted. “I missed you so much. I’m glad you’re back,” he said and leaned in for a kiss. She kissed back and soon they were in a passionate embrace. She broke the kiss and said they’d better sleep. He looked at her dazed with desire and confused. She kissed him on the cheek and went to the guest room and locked the door.

He woke up in the morning and found her gone. There was a note on her bed that read:

“I’m sorry. Goodbye.”

It was his handwriting, the note he had left for her on their bed when he went away.

In a coffee house, Liz sipped on her cup of Cappuccino and smiled. The last laugh was finally hers. And the hurt was gone. She was free.


24 thoughts on “A Second Shot

  1. hey!
    Loved it!!! 🙂
    i love Liz’s character.. she is so.. Awe-wait for it- SOME!
    Amazing twist to the story…
    Sweet Revenge.. 🙂

    • Oh cummon a Barney lover doesn’t need much time to come up with a story and you have a lot of time the submission closes only Oct 2nd EOD – defi scribble up something 😀

    • Hi MI – Welcome to my blog 🙂
      Thnx for asking this question & reminding me that I need to add that section.

      Well the decision process is pretty simple – for now we are not disclosing the name of the authors and once the submission stops i.e. Oct 2nd EOD – People will be asked to vote for their favorite post and the story with the maximum votes would be the winning story… 😀

  2. LOL…I like the ending !! 😀 😀 😀 She IS on a vacation finally ! 😉

    But when we co-relate the title and the story in the literal sense ……ewwwwww ! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

  3. Haha good one! My only concern is if this revenge would affect Matt as much as Lizzie would have wanted. If Matt is the kind of guy I imagined him to be from the story, I think he’d be pleased he got her back, if only for just a night! You should have gone more into their past..It’s a cool idea though, innovative!!

  4. @Vimmuuu: Stop co-relating. You aint very good at that 😛
    @comicbooknerd: Good point there…but well, he didn’t really “get” her for one more night 😀 😉 😉 😉 The author said “She kissed him on the cheek and went to the guest room and locked the door.” she LOCKED the door, clever girl. Am sure the guy got no sleep that night 😀

    • @comicbooknerd: Yea..I agree with Scorpria.. He did not get her at all. In fact, she even gave him a kiss to get him on, but left him at that…and locked the door! 😉 That would have been one hell of a long night for Matt… 😀 There wasn’t even a smooch… a teaser and then a house-full board!!!! That’s revenge enough I guess! 😉

  5. This is on behalf of the author:

    I think the word limit did not allow for too much delving into the past I guess… But yea, the effect on Matt perhaps was not as deep as it was for Liz.. maybe, but I guess something is better than nothing!!! 😛

  6. It still doesn’t make much sense right! I mean, only a kiss is still better than nothing, right?
    And the girl hadn’t planned to meet him; but she happened to keep his note with her. It means she really must have been hurt; that kind of thing doesn’t end with this kind of a “revenge”?
    If Matt had left her with so much hurt, and he was ready to get back in just one meet; that doesn’t say much about him, huh?
    Maybe a character background would have helped the story better.
    Or maybe I just tend to relate more to this Matt 😀 😛

    • you just did your own character assassination (should be character suicide 😛 ) by tending to relate more to Matt… OMG the youth of India… 😛 😛
      cumon now scribble up that write-up and send it to me 🙂

  7. Lol I luurve Liz!!! SO something I’d do 😉
    Arjun, that’s the point! Maybe it didn’t have the same effect on Matt; it wasn’t about Matt – it was about Liz getting back at him and getting over him!
    It was awesome!!! 😀

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