Strange meeting with a stranger

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

Unable to understand my feelings towards a stranger, I dare to tread an unknown path..

Thanks for stopping by..this is my first ever piece of writing on the web.After reading ,pls leave a comment on how you liked it .. obviously i hope these will be nice ones.. but the ones aimed at improving my writing/storytelling skills are also most welcome. Thank you and have a good time reading it!

Time runs faster than u imagine.. u blink and you’ll never get that second back which has just passed by.. OMG.. Am I too late? .. Will I ever make it.. Another 2 seconds lost.. blink..Oh.. This is the wind I sensed few years ago. The spring of 2009.. Beautiful like heaven. ..the time when things were all innocent and beautiful. My little black dress just looked perfect with hair shining in their pompous do. The extravagant earrings showing off with stilettos worth a life sacrificing for.. the black and silver bracelet swinging up and down with the nervous movement of my arm…nervous , yet excited..I could hear my heartbeats in the noisiest Page 3 party of the town.

I felt like a total stranger.. an educated girl with a middle class upbringing.. invited to this paparazzi dominated party by the most gorgeous guy in town.. who I met through a matrimonial website. But I was never such a girl.. how could few days of chatting on the net pull me to a stranger … I didn’t know him properly ,neither had I seen how he looked.. we hadn’t exchanged pictures! But he seemed intelligent and had a brilliant sense of timing his good humor.. Good enough to get me interested!. I was trying to search for him, my eyes scanning the crowd from a distance , trying to match off the description he had shared with me. With an anxious look in my eyes, I stood at the entrance, shifting from one foot to the other delicately balancing on my stilettos. With one shaky hand, I lifted a few hair strands backward.. told myself I have to be brave and straightened up. If I could come this far, then it`s worth giving ita try.

I entered the party to encounter a few drunk men ogling at me , winking at me as I passed by. I came across a few decked up old women , reveling in their past glories and trying to show each other down by displaying their wealth. Eeks.. do I fit in here? I looked around.. Where could he be . Broad shoulders with 6 ft height.. Athletic built and a charming smile.Then,I saw someone from a distance.. Standing with a few men and women making a polite conversation.. is it him? i wasn`t sure .. but fits in the description pretty well.Do I go to him directly or make him see I am there so he could come up to me. Hmm.. As I was lost in my own thoughts, I heard someone greet me in deep baritone from behind. I turned to look. He was 5`8 with medium built. Twinkling expressive eyes. Appeared extremely confidentand was completely at ease with himself, which was an immediate pull for me. Had a pleasant disposition but compared to `my’ guy, he was just somewhat mediocre.

Not wanting to sound rude, I returned the hello with a polite smile.

`New to this place, eh?’

`Yeah, first time’ I blabbered

‘Ah , I see. Something to Drink?’

`Well, no thanks. I was actually looking for someone. Thanks for offering’

`Hey , no problem. I am Jack. I know most of the people here. I can help you find the person you are looking for.. but I am kind of dying of dehydration , was just going to pick up a drink .. the one that most people will read about in tomorrow’s newspapers.. maybe you can try one too, its harmless and tastes divine!’

`Sure’, I said little unsure of myself and followed him as he wove into the crowd with practiced ease. I kept bumping into people as I tried to keep pace with him. Something in him made me like him. Jack appeared so much like a gentleman, polite, persuasive yet not so aggressive or desperate.

`Cheers’ ,we both said to each other and took the heavenly sip of what they call this.. divine drink. We started talking as we sat at the table nearest to the bar, under the open sky in the brilliantly lit garden, laughing merrily at his funny and even not- so- funny jokes. The wind was nice and slightly chilly. He kept pointing to a few people telling me about their background, and when they`d look at him, he`d wave at them like he `s known them since in his nappies. I was feeling more comfortable now ,getting to know the place wasn`t a big deal after all. They were all human, as much as I was. Oh and many people came to meet Jack.He was polite to make a small conversation with them, but he never lost sight of the fact thatI was with him. He introduced me to all of them as his new friend and they all made gracious comments on how I looked. I kept blushing and received all compliments with not so much of ease. I wasn’t used to so many compliments!

The music was getting louder and louder and it was getting difficult to hear each other. The blaring music brought in me a craving to throw my shoes off and get to the dance floor. Oh how I longed to dance as they played my favourite number. I was hoping he`d ask me to the dance floor ..i kept looking at him .. hoping he`d probably get the hint.. but he didn`t. Oh, what a waste to the lovely music. I sat humming the tune as the music played and he kept looking at me with either an amused expression or was it adoration, I couldn’t make out.. I was too engrossed in my music.. bu ti could sense something magical happening.. what was it , i couldn`t make out.I swayed from side to side as my hair went swung side to side with me and the mist on the glass rubbing on to my face as I brought it closer to feel the cold..

Then the DJ called out to everyone and yelled .. ~` Everybody on their feet, let`s dance the night out … its 12`o clock and the night is still young !let`s rock it people !!!!!’

I froze to my seat. 12`o clock! The reality hit me.. I have been here with this stranger Jack for the past 4 hours and run past the deadline my parents had set for me for returning home. I considered myself another Cindrella who was not allowed to stay out beyond mid-night but I was luckier than Cindrella `coz I had doting parents and siblings who would get me anything in this world I asked for. In fact, after I started earning , I could buy myself a swanky car which I drove myself.. but to drive at night all alone in this unsafe city full of eve teasers and dacoits.. I wasn’t too sure. Fear gripped me , whether it was out of not being able to find my guy , whose name I didn`t even know by the way or having spent time with a stranger which I really enjoyed ,surprising myself I was capable of doing that or was it thedelay in returning late at night.. I just couldn’t make out.

Without another second , I dashed out, mumbling a quick `I gotta go, its late’ and rushed to my car and within seconds I was driving at 80 kmph to 100 kmph .I could hear him call out after me..` hey Cindrella.. wait..tell me your name at least.. wait.. let me help..’. I didn’t bother to anwer. Half the route was still lighted and was populated with light traffic. As I wove into the streets toward my home, it was dark and the roads were nearly empty. With a thumping heart, I sped off and was relieved to see the entrance to my home. I sighed with relief. I had called up mom on my way back and told her I would reach in 30 minutes. I didn`t have to ring the bell. She received me with sleepy eyes. I said polite thanks and good night and dashed to my room.

I sat in front of the mirror, the events of the evening running past like a movie. Then,out of nowhere tears started to form in my eyes and before I knew what was happening, I wassobbing. How could he make a fool of me? After all , he was the one to invite me to the party and I was there for four hours , four long hours. He said he shall be able to find me and we were to meet after 3 months of chatting on the net. We weren’t fooling around as we were no longer teens. We had both subscribed to this dating website and hence, this had to be authentic. This can`t go wrong. No it just can`t. But.. it just did. He was nowhere to be found. I made a fool of myself by going to this party which he invited me for and never showed up himself.I wasn`t sure if the guy I had seen at the party was this guy only.I had thought it better to meet at a crowded place than to meet one to one in a secluded restaurant with a stranger. Hence, agreed for the party.But what did I just do, spent the evening with another stranger who I didnt know anything about. I enjoyed his company is another thing, but surely this was`nt me.Oh god, what`s happening to me?

Maybe he sent an apology on the website. Yes, he must have. I quickly got on to the net and waited for the site to open. Each second seemed like eternity. Finally, it did. Oh, there is a message. I quickly opened it.I hoped to see something like- hey I am so sorry I couldn’t make it as I had something urgent to attend to. It was an emergency and nothing less than that. But this wasn’t from him. Oh ,I couldn`t believe it . He could be so insensitive and rude. No message , no apology and it seemed now I was a victim of some cheap game or a prank someone was playing on me. I was hurt.Three months of chatting had brought a few emotions in my heart even as my mind had guided otherwise. I had started thinking about him most of the time. It was tough to gulp down the reality. I felt choked. Didn’t know when I fell off to sleep cursing him , or maybe myself for believinghim.

Few weeks passed and still no message from him. I wasn`t talking to anyone about the party or about relationships. I was only concentrating on my work. I worked hard somuch that I stared getting home late. I would still hope against hope that he might have had some problem with internet or he might have had to go traveling abroad for some urgent work. But still ,no sign of him. This was disgusting.

Few weeks had turned into a year. Now I was used to being on my own. Friends, colleagues and family kept asking me about my plans to get married. Kept giving unwanted advice on timely marriage and advantages of settling down in time. The disadvantages were obnoxiously exaggerated. I heard them all coz I loved thembut just couldn’t get to marry the Tom, Dick And Harries of the world which people kept suggesting. Heart in heart , I kept longing for thatsomeone I didn`t really know.. or maybe , I DID know. .who is it I was wanting to meet.. the guy I was supposed to meet at the party or was it Jack? Jack! Then it hit me, maybe I was missing Jack. I had had such a good time wth him but the moral side of me refused to believe it.

I was excited today. It was a Saturday and I was going to meet my friend from kindergarten who had just returned from abroad. As I sat in my car enroute to meet her, I rolled the windows down . Put on some lightmusic and started driving. I sensed the same wind which brought back memories of the party a year back .. the memories of Jack. I slowed down my car and saw a nice garden across. I pulled over and parked my car to the side of the road est to the garden and just shut my eyes. Breathed in the lovely breeze and flowery scent of the garden. This was feeling beautiful after very long..Few minutes passed by, and then suddenly I woke up to a familiar voice. .

Submitted: April 10, 2010

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Thank you for your wonderful words. Surely encouraging. Would soon come up with what happens next;)

Sun, April 11th, 2010 6:41am

Kat Ryder


Mon, April 12th, 2010 2:58am


Thanks Kat!

Wed, April 14th, 2010 10:07am


This is nice! I wonder what happens, so this still has a next chapter? Why is it a short story then? :] xx

Mon, April 12th, 2010 12:26pm


Thanks ! Well, depending on the responses i get, there shall or shall not be a next chapter. Maybe then i change it to a novel or something.. let`s see how it goes. But your comments are really encouraging!Thanks again!

Wed, April 14th, 2010 10:09am


If there's a next chapter, please do update me. :] xx

Mon, April 12th, 2010 12:27pm


Sure, I will. Thankx:)

Wed, April 14th, 2010 10:05am


Hey! I liked your story! I felt so sorry for her- being stood up like that D< But Jack seems nice so I hope he comes back into it all ^_^ Well done :3

Wed, April 14th, 2010 6:45pm


Thank you so very much.. for reading my story and liking it too!It definitely makes me very happy.. Many Thanks once again!

Thu, April 15th, 2010 10:00am


Very good. Your setting is awesome and you build the tension nicely. If you do another chapter I'm sure it will be as fabulous as this one.

Wed, April 14th, 2010 7:55pm


Thanks so much..Your comments are really really encouraging and mean a lot to me! Thanks again, will definitely attempt another piece of writing as well!:))

Thu, April 15th, 2010 10:04am

Practically Enchanted

Nicely written. I would encourage you to definately continue to write. I agree with above comments. YOu did a nice job building the tension.

Fri, April 16th, 2010 10:21pm


Thank you so very much!Happy to read your views!

Fri, April 16th, 2010 11:41pm


Excellent start!!! I enjoyed it......and definitely think you should keep writing. Turning it into a novel would be really good, more people follow the novels!!

Fri, April 16th, 2010 11:34pm


Thanxaton.. am glad you enjoyed it.. would definitely consider converting it into a novel!

Fri, April 16th, 2010 11:42pm


Sat, April 17th, 2010 6:39am

Graeme Montrose

Great build up, nice setting, well written, great work teriffic start to something wonderful

Sat, April 17th, 2010 1:16pm


Many thanks.. will ensure I live up to expectations for making my future writings equally interesting!Definitely flattering !

Sat, April 17th, 2010 11:21pm


nice (: keep me updated please
it's really interesting
liked it (:

Sun, April 18th, 2010 2:19am


Heartfelt thanks Jennifer. Am glad u enjoyed the story :) Will surely keep you updated!

Sat, April 17th, 2010 11:32pm

Donna Cavanagh

Very nicely written. Keep it going. The story is inviting and romantic and I hope you give us an update soon.

Mon, April 19th, 2010 5:08pm


Thank u...thanks a lot!Surely would update you :):)

Sat, April 24th, 2010 3:11am


Sat, April 24th, 2010 10:37am


I love this its very good! I hope you continue on with the story. Keep me updated!

Sat, April 24th, 2010 4:12pm


Thanks for your lovely feedback..would keep u updated surely !

Sat, April 24th, 2010 9:39am


heyyyyyy!!!!!!! wonderfully written lemme know when you add next episode

Tue, April 27th, 2010 5:51pm


Thanks a lot Jinisha! Will surely keep you posted!

Thu, May 6th, 2010 10:53am


OMG I'm sooooo sorry It took me forever to read your story.
I just been busy and didn't want skim thru it... Because i appreacite peoples writing.

In a happier note your story is amazing I like how it's So detailed you can practically picture it in ur head. And I don't know if this might be part of your insperation for your story but it seems like alot of people go thru this situation when they think they meet
the one thru facebook or myspace or whatever datingsite thing. And people just end up dissapoint of the outcome.

Your story is written amazingly and I really hope you keep writing your story :)

... And I hope it's Jack who's voice she recognizes!
? ? ?

Wed, May 5th, 2010 7:25am


Great to get your feedback.. am very happy you liked it ! Yeah , such experiences are susceptible to taking ugly turn in real life if not tackled properly but here it is just romance with a non-cliched touch :) !!! As for whose voice she recognises.. hmmmm.. well,well.. you shall soon know !lol!Keep tuned in !

Thu, May 6th, 2010 10:58am



Interesting, well written and presented. Fanciful as well. Enjoyed both it's tenor and tone. Remarkable! For it's down-to-earth realism and romantic mystery.

Gave it an "I Like It" vote. Well deserved.

Thank you for becoming a fan. Most appreciative.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Sat, May 8th, 2010 10:23pm


Thank you so very very much for your candid and such a bright and happy feedback. Your comment definitely means a lot to me!Am very happy you liked my story !Hopefully I get someone to publish my stuff some day too :)

Mon, May 10th, 2010 5:18am


Sun, May 9th, 2010 2:44am


Hey that was truly interesting lol:) I loved it completely,I wanna know more what happened after that. I mean things are pretty unclear and I hope you do post further coz,I really wanna kno,
anyways thanks for inviting me to read this one.its really good.Keep me updated if you do post further:) byeee

Sun, May 23rd, 2010 11:31am


Thanxaton! Am so glad u liked it. . :) :) Will prob post soon . . And ya, Of course am gonna keep all my fans, well wishers, critics updated. . And can assure u, u wont feel let down :) Happy Reading !

Mon, May 24th, 2010 3:38am


Beautifull job!! your a good witer!! :D why didnt he talk to her at the party! that A-hole. lol. Or was he the guy she met at the party?? Argh!! i have to know what happens!!lol. Update soon Pweaseee!! xxx

Thu, May 27th, 2010 8:10pm


Thankuuu!Thankuuu! lol.. well well.. maybe .. maybe not..u shall know soon.. will surely keep you updated !

Sat, May 29th, 2010 2:40am

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