Make way for our fifth entry to the ‘And then…’ contest. Just reminding, 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…
She couldn’t believe it! After all these years of being incognito, she finally saw him here! He seemed to have ripened with age! It had been 15 years since she had last seen him. She wasn’t sure if he had ever seen her. Not to say that she hadn’t tried. She had dropped her pencil box like a million times in class, smiled coquettishly at him, tried to embellish her school uniform (stretching the limits of permissible in the bargain) in an effort to stand out of the crowd. For him. She could have batted her eyelids in Morse code, for all the attention he gave her. And now here he was. He was still effortlessly stylish, impeccably dressed and oh-so-handsome!
She opened her purse and rummaged through it for her face mirror. She opened it, checked her make up and then turned it a little sideways to catch a glimpse of him. He was chuckling away to glory, presumably watching a movie. The dimples! How had she forgotten about them? They seemed to have gotten deeper with years, and age seemed to have done him more good than evil. She saw his eyes flicker to her mirror and a frown formed on his face. “oh shit” did he see her? Now what was she to do?
She took a long deep breath, reminded herself that she was no longer a school girl, had one look at her impossibly packed appointment diary to boost her ego, and coaxed herself that she could handle it. She turned around, smiled her most confident smile, and tried her hand at some light hearted banter primarily to find out whether he remembered her
“hey there, anything good on the telly?” (wow, really what an opening line! I might as well have asked about the weather outside)
“um…not really. Just the usual, the weather report being the most interesting” he smiled a wry smile.
“not really a movie buff are you?” (strike one) 😦
“I do like movies, but I preferred it when movies were more than formula, dumb attempts at stilted conversations, and more about intelligent dialogues and meet cutes. (strike off strike one!!) 🙂 what about you?”
“More’s the pity”
“Any recent movies that caught your eye?”
“Yes actually. I’m a director“
“wow! Really? Made anything I heard about?”
“if you’ve heard about ‘Pin the tail on the horse‘, then yes”
“Wow! You made that one? Wow! Saw that one with my wife, quite enjoyed it. I must say, you’re quite talented. I can’t believe I’m talking to Liz Preston! Pleasure to meet you!”
“Actually, the pleasure’s all mine. It has been a while.”
“I’m sorry have we met before. I have this feeling I’ve seen you before”
“Remember Liz Blair? The adenoidal girl in ninth grade?”
“Liz Blair? Wow! It really is you? You seem so different! Wow! You’re going on the list of my most prestigious alumni! Lizzie, is that you really? How many years has it been? How time flies!”
“Its been fifteen years! And yes, time does fly!”
And then they lapsed into conversation trying to bridge the 15 year gap. Anyone who saw them talking could never have guessed that this student- teacher duo had barely spoken to each other while in their schooling years. Boy! Does fame make the world a kinder place or what! But don’t tell that to Liz Preston!