Chapter 2 - Life goes on .. Until ..
My business was booming; buying houses, refurbishing
them and selling them to people. Since it was the post war period, housing was
an immediate necessary, especially in my town where nature was at her best.
Many of the war survivors were settling down in our town. However, the
situation was grim in the northern province of the country- the war scenario had
not faded yet.
(Previously in the Story)
Ellen Parker was my best friend, right from my high
school days; he was the reporter with the NATIONAL TV. The channel sponsored
him to go to the war front in the northern frontier; he was to report live from
there. It freaked me out. He survived a bomb blast- splinters struck him deep
on his right leg. The channel called him back from the front. However, his
injuries were bad. The war not only took away his health but also his charm and
his way of happy talking.
Julie Hill and I were partners of our real estate
firm. She had a great artistic hand and she played with colors with an ultimate
ease. Julie was Ellen's fiancée. Their marriage was postponed because of his injury;
the situation was grim around me. She was mentally a strong woman - good for
her. Unfortunately I could not see things through her eye.
being really depressed both of us thought we‘d host a party. It will include
all our friends and his new friends from the war. We planned to host the party
in our newly re-furbished house. Dual advantage, I thought, Ellen will be happy
and it will be my surprise gift to Ellen and Julie that evening. Thus, the
party preparations started in full swing!
Finally, it was the party night. Ellen was dressed
in a black tuxedo. Julie was in ivory cap sleeved full length evening gown
clutched her slender frame. I wore a black spaghetti chiffon V-neck dress. Our
dress code was always Ellen and me in the same color while Julie would be in
contrast. Ellen was cheering up a great deal; he was having a fantastic
evening. Later that evening, he called me and whispered pulling me close to him,
“Cathy I’m going to introduce you to my friend, a very young charming gallant
officer at the army. You are gonna love him” I laughed, but with the serious
look on his face, my mind tuned on to the red-alert frequency.
“Oh! Not that,
no… no no! I told you, I do not want a man in my life, at least for the time
being. First is your wedding. I’ll ….”
“Shhh… “He silenced me with a finger on my lips. “ Cathy,
look at you. I need to take care of my little girl’s life since she isn’t
planning to take her own actions”
“El, are you trying to set me up? DON’T try your
tricks with me.” and glared at him
He chuckled and pulled me close to him. If anyone
would have noticed, they would have realized that he was literally dragging me
like an over enthusiastic school kid. Just in case I would have uttered one
more no, he would have even carried me all the way. Oh! In fact, Julie did
notice this, which I came to know about later that evening – she was all on
Ellen’s friend was standing near the bar; showing
his back to us. He was wearing a black tuxedo. Ellen tapped his shoulder.
(to be continued) ...
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Chapter 6 - Reality Strikes Hard
Chapter 7 - The Wait
Chapter 8 - All Was Well