Endless Love

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic

Just the two met alone.
They talked as they sat next to each other on the Sunday train which carried them from the lake beach to the city. He purposely didn’t hurry to the underground; instead, he helped her to her seat on the bus. He asked for her phone number and she handed him her business card.
All week at work, she tried to imagine his face, but she could only remember his strong masculine hands. He could only remember her intensely smiling, grey-green eyes. She waited for his call, yet she forbade herself to think about it.
He finally called on Saturday afternoon. He showed up with a bottle of red wine, a box of chocolates and a bouquet of daisies. When they finished their tea, he walked over to her and kissed her hand.
“I really like you, but I know what you’re thinking.” The young man looked into those eyes that he thought of so fondly. “You are thinking that it's been a long while since you were 16 and I'm definitely not your first. You believe you need to play the game and wait a couple of weeks so that I don’t think you’re easy prey. Well, I’m telling you that you have to decide now or never.”
The next morning they drank coffee and ate toast with cheese.
The next Saturday she went to see him, arriving with a chocolate cake. While they waited for the kettle to boil, she went to wash her hands. Out of curiosity, she opened the door to the cabinet above the sink to look for any traces of a female presence. She didn’t find any. Her head began to spin with excitement and she had to sit on the edge of the tub to keep herself from falling. When she was finally able to compose herself and her giddiness subsided, she returned to the table for her cup of tea.
In the morning they had coffee with a slice of the cake she brought the day before.
From then on, they began a routine: the first and third weekend in the month was spent at her place and the second and fourth at his.
Six months later, he approached her with a surprise.
“I negotiated my salary at work and I bought us two tickets to the sea for ten days. We’re leaving in two weeks!”
The ten days passed like a dream for the both of them. Upon her return, she admitted that she enjoyed herself, but she was also quite tired. He too was tired but enjoyed himself.
Fast forward to years later, and the “young” couple are now retirees and are still not ready to change their habits. Their first ten days of every month they live at her place and the second ten days at his. The last ten days are spent with her waiting for his call every morning to say, “Good morning!”, and him waiting every evening for her call to say, “Good night”.
And the years continue to go by.
June 2016

Submitted: September 28, 2019

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Wouldn't it be curious if this was, to an extent, autobiographical. A window into a charming and unusual romance in a crafted nutshell.

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