Cafe de l'etoile

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Two old friends meet at a cafe to discover that their dreams are not as perfect as they'd wished them to be.

Submitted: August 13, 2009

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The black suit and skirt striped with white lines and bought from the most luxurious shops in the state; the diamond necklace shining like a star in a clear night around her neck; the black heels equally as splendid as every other thing she wrapped her body in' were probably the only things which could catch the eye in her. Her features had nothing remarkable about them, nothing to attract your attention or at least to remember when her name was mentioned. However, you could never guess the actual age of Gracey. Her jet black wavy hair and amazing figure which would make her a model had she the virtue of a beautiful face, made her seem, though a thirty four year-old lady, in her mid twenties Gracey walked in to the café heading towards the seat she had been occupying every Sunday morning for years now, as it was the only day off she had. She sat down, put on one leg over the other and got a book out of her white trendy bag which matched her shoes as to entertain herself while having her cup of hot coffee. While doing that, she noticed a figure standing right in front of her yet she didn't bother to lift her eyes off the book as to see who was it \"It must be a waitress or so\", she thought. But when that figure didn't go away, moreover it started staring at her, she was obliged to put her book down her desk and see who it was. In front of her stood a somewhat full woman with beautiful green eyes surrounded by few wrinkles and had a curly brown hair., which looked a bit untidy. The woman was not to be called \"charming\" or \"stunning\", based on the way she looked for neither word did fit.\" Fairly pretty\" would do her justice. The eyes of the two women met, one's eyes were full of astonishment and the other's full of amazement until these few seconds of long staring in each other were interrupted by Gracey saying \"Excuse me, do I know you\". The woman said \"your name is Gracey Milgrove right?\" Completely startled that a total stranger to her whom she met in such a strange situation could tell her name, was Gracey that she forgot to answer the question and focused more on the woman's face hoping to recognize her. The woman thought she was wrong and looked embarrassed. \"Well, looks like you are not her. Sorry for bothering you\". She turned away and was about to leave but Gracey grasped her arm, after having some suspicions of who that woman might be, and said \"I am Gtacey, and you must be Sheryl Mellow, right?\" the woman turned back to Gracey with her eyes glittering of happiness and joy \"oh God! You really are Gracey, I thought I made a complete fool outta maself by poppin' up like that to someone I thought I didn't know and ask 'are you Gracey?!' \". \"God, after all those years I finally get to meet my best friend form college. Wow, it is unbelievable; I mean we haven’t seen each other for almost thirteen years. I forgot to ask you, how could you recognize me that easily, it took me forever to know that it was actually you\" Sheryl, back then in college, was the most beautiful girl your eyes could ever behold. Her complexion was fair and clear with a little blush on the cheeks that would drive any one to think that she was putting blusher. Her hair, a crown put on her head to enhance her charm and make her more dazzling was its wonderful sparkling curls going down her face to bewilder those who are around her. Gracey could not believe that the once fascinating Sheryl Mellow was now nothing more than an average woman who would arouse no interest on meeting her. \"Hun, you look as if you were frozen in time, nothin' has changed in you, except for, you know the too formal suit you are wearing. It looks nice, though\" \"Are you gonna stand like this for a long time, come on just pull yourself a chair and take a seat, (pointing towards the empty seat in her table)unless of course you are embarrassed of the great crowd of friends I am sitting with\" On the sarcastic comment of Gracey, the two women laughed. Sheryl did what she was asked to do by her friend and sat with her on the table and for the first time, the other chair on Gracey's small table was occupied. \"I've been visiting this place for a long time\", said Gracey, \"but how come it's the first time for me to see you here?\" \"Simply cuz it's ma first time to enter that place. You see my kid was rea……..\" \"Wait just a second\", interrupted Gracey, \"you have a kid\" \"Well, two actually. The first is Howie, he's ten and he looks just like his father and the second is Alice, a 5 year-old adorable little angel\" \"So you got married, became a mother for two and i know nothing of it. Really, I've missed out on a lot\" \"I see nothing surprising in that, most of the women go ahead and make a family after they finish their education\" On what was said, Gracey sighed. She was always humiliated by almost all her colleagues for being that old and not married. Although she knew very well that whoever mocked her for that was nothing but jealous for she had accomplished in her age what most of them could not do in a life time, sometimes she reproached herself for giving up her life for the sake of being \"someone\" in the world. At a younger age, seeing that marriage, as she thought, the inevitable end of any ambitious woman, she was resolved not to ever marry. Any woman in this world gets married and makes a lot of kids but not so many make their way to success. She didn't want to be like any other woman; she wanted to be special and unique. Now, having grown up to experience what the word \"loneliness\" meant, she keeps dreaming of herself in the arms of a person she would give up her life for, covering her with tenderness and love, making her fly to another world, a world where she is queen and he is her king, a world where \"happily ever after\" had an existence but eventually she would wake up from her fancies to find herself once again alone feeling the bitter coldness of life going through every bone of her body with no one to give her the warmth she craved. \"And what have you done with your life\", asked Sheryl, \"you always said that you would never get married and I see you didn't\" \"You began to freak me out, are you a psychic or what? How did you know that I am not married? I know I used to talk a lot about not getting' married but you know people change. They become more mature and realize that when they said they would never do something they were out of their minds\" \"I know that people change but Gracey, you were always the person who would go there and take chances and do the unexpected. You always loved to go against the flow. Besides I didn't know that you were not married from all that. For God's sake! Just look at you, you look so young and healthy and take a look at me, the classic housewife and you can really see the difference. \"So, are you happy with your life?\" After one minute of reflection, Sheryl replied \"you asked the question I'm afraid of, and I have to answer it. Sometimes when I look at the faces of my children and find them happy, I feel like I own the world, but some other times I feel that I am a mere shadow of a man and his children, I feel totally insignificant. I imagine myself in my funeral and people are talking about who I was, what else are they gonna say but 'She was a good mother and wife?' I just wanna achieve me as much as I wanna have a family\" \"I guess the last thing you said fits us both ' I wanna achieve me as much as I wanna achieve a family'. You know, they keep on wondering 'doesn’t she ever get tired of working?' I work as twice as anyone in the office not just because I wanna be successful as they all think, but because I go there to my house and find nobody waiting for me\" \"You can always go there and make a family, but as for me it's a hopeless case. I can never go there and find a job, my husband won't let me do it, my kids won't let me do it. Unlike you, I'm stuck forever\" \"It's not as easy as you think. Do you imagine that after spending all of your life on your own, it’s easy to let someone enter it? As much as I want it I'm so afraid of it\" Sheryl took a look at her watch and jumped out of her seat \"oh God, I must go right now to take Howie to the doctor. Sorry Gracey for going like that. See ya\" \"oh ok, see ya too\" said Gracey spiritlessly watcing Sheryl as she went away. She took her book and continued reading.


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