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.

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Love at first sight – though cliche, is it true?

The feeling of love is hard to describe and harder to understand! I saw him on the first day of my graduation college and though I did not realize it then it was love at first sight! After 8 long years I married him; we visited Singapore & Malaysia for our honeymoon. My first step in Singapore and I was in love with this place… We decided to move base to Singapore and a over a year ago we landed here, since then I have never regretted or changed my first impression of the place We work hard through the five weekdays and then party harder over the weekend, we often reward ourselves with short trips to places like Bintan, Batam, Langkawi etc. we shop like there is no tomorrow basically we are leading a happy and satisfied life.

Yesterday just like any other ordinary weekend, we went shopping, this time it was City Hall once there our general routine is that I would go to Raffle’s Link while Ashu would walk over to Funan Digital Mall. Yesterday Ashu insisted that I accompany him to Funan, he wanted to buy a Mac Book Pro and he said that I should be with him since it’s a big purchase he had been planning for it for around six months now, his plan was to buy it for 12 monthly installment so that we do not feel the pinch and it was like a mini-dream to buy the Mac Book so I thought what the heck let me just go!

Once there we entered Harvey Norman and since Ashu wanted to check out Mac Book Pro we reached the Laptop section it was there that I saw her, it was a weird feeling, I never imagined I was capable of feeling like this, the smooth texture the bright pink sheen, it was magical, its cliché but yes it was love at first sight all over again – I tried to hide my excitement when Ashu asked me what was I hiding I had no answer.

I was confused, what had happened to me? How could I feel this! I just tried to suppress my feelings but it was like an urge – I just wanted to possess her, I was dumbfounded and lost. Suddenly Ashu held my hand and we walked out of the store I could think more clearly now – and I was surprised to know that I had already passed denial and I just had to have her. I was now thinking about how I would say this to Ashu. He will so repent bringing me here.

We went to the top floor and now we were at Challenger, we walked around there checking out the deals for Mac Book and my eyes were like searching for her, I was ashamed of myself – how could this be! I was still in disbelief we took the escalator down and while moving down I caught a glimpse of her again – that pink color! I refused to go down and just walked towards her I wanted to see her more closely! Ashu obviously did not suspect any wrong because he too, just like me, did not imagine I was capable of this feeling – less did he know his happiest moment wasn’t going to turn out exactly as he imagined.

In the next 10mins we were on our way back to Harvey Norman since Ashu decided that that was the best deal and we were there again. I felt like it was destiny there she was again sparkling in pink and silver and I found myself eye to eye with her in that moment I knew it… I walked to Ashu and I said “I know we never thought this would happen and I feel extremely ashamed while saying this, but Ashu I want the Pink Sony Vaio and I want it right now!” Half an hour later we were at the billing counter, Ashu still confused while swiping his card not for 12 but 24 monthly installments! While I smiled away to glory with my first ever personal laptop the Pink Sony Vaio… Come on I know I’m mean but not so mean – of-course Ashu got his Mac Book Pro too.