"Autism & Memoirs of an Old Maid"…C'hele's Story

September 12, 2009

A Short Story

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — C'hele @ 05:45

Standing beside the gasoline pump with his right hand resting on the pump handle, his tousled, warm coloured dark-brown hair hung carelessly over his forehead. Watching his face as she approached him, she could not help but again admire the rugged, angular features of his face. And he found that his steel-like composure was slowly breaking down. He was unable to remove his eyes off of her radiant face as she approached. “Courage,” she kept telling herself. Standing before him, a soft smile was the only thing that accompanied the package that she gently handed him. Re-used wrapping paper was all that she had as she was unable to afford any new wrapping paper. No words were spoken as the gift exchanged hands and fingers slightly brushed. Opening the gift, he found the picture frame broken and split into two. There under the broken glass, was her hand-drawn sketch of the two of them walking hand-in-hand. With tears in her eyes, she apologized and said, “I’m sorry, the cheap picture frame was all I could afford for your birthday. It’s the thought that really counts….right?” Her face reflected horror of the ill-omen of the shattered glass. Not a word emanated from him. He looked down at the broken gift in his hands and raised his eyes to meet hers. The glow that emanated from his eyes made his chocolate-brown eyes look almost gold. Lost in the light, she had a flash-back of a scene from one of her favourite movies, “It’s a wonderful Life.” The situation she was now in, reminded her of the electricity that passed between George and Mary as they shared a phone-call with Sam Wainwright.

His eyes never left hers as he said: “Two souls but with a single thought, two hearts that beat as one.”


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