”I have 2 tickets for the fun fair tomorrow, if you
are free, can I pick you up by 3?”
Still I never knew how I managed to say a yes and
get inside my home. Yet again Ellen dragged me back from my dreams, but this
time with his phone call. Only he is capable of that. Sigh!
“Cathy … wow what took you so long to get back home?
Usually you’ll be back home by 5 minutes max. It’s almost three-quarter hours
and got I got worriedly sick about you.” He was laughing, insanely.
I was happy to hear him laugh, and then I realized
the reason and had to barge in to talk; Julie was laughing in the background.
“El, EL ELL! ELLEN! Shut up!! Shhh …” He grasped for
breath when I made my move, “Jeff is truly amazing, and does he know me?
Because when you introduced us, you were like well you know her.”
“Oh! That … He was the person who took all your
calls when I was in the hospital there and even before that blast I’ve told him
about you.” Sounds C.O.O.L.
“Sergeant Major? Was that Jeff? Why didn’t it strike
me earlier! And El, on favor! Ask Julie to stop laughing … man seriously both
of you! And hey we are going to fun fair tomorrow!”
“You mean Major and….” And the conversation
continued for another hour or so, until I finally slept over the phone.
It was around noon when I finally woke up. In the
next few hours, my whole wardrobe was on the floor. I was searching for a dress
to wear, Julie joined me too. After an hour and half of varied confusions, I
finally settled in for a yellow frock. I tied my hair up, and let curls fall on
my shoulder. Since it was a Sunday, the work stress was most minimal, after
discussing about our business, Julie left. It was exactly 3 o' clock when my doorbell
chimed. An army officer, no wonder is so punctual. Dancing down all the way, I
opened the door. He was standing there, behind him was the sun, illuminating
him. He wore a blue jean and a cream tee, he had gelled his hair. After the
usual talk, we left for the fair.
For a month from then, my life was a living
paradise. We went out every other night. As days passed by, we got closer to
each other. It was a silent tug by fate; I fell in love with Jeffrey. Yet, I
never knew if he had those feeling for me. His eyes bloomed with care every
time he saw me. But, he never said a word about love or commitment. He didn’t
define the relationship we shared. Out of the blue, he started talking about
leaving the town, to serve the country, yet again. He had received a call to
resume duty in sometime. It was the last thing I wanted to hear. I knew he had
to join the service again and he was on a vacation. But then he wanted to leave
the town - PERMANENTLY; he didn’t tell that but I could sense it in the way he
(to be continued)
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