Tuesday, October 7, 2008
For Now And Forever - II
Josh strolled silently towards the river. He could hear the water flow.... dancing to its own rhythm, flowing like an elegant performer, reflecting turbulence and tranquility in tandem.
He spread a sheet right next to THE tree, alongside the river shore and cozied it up with a warm blanket. He lay there staring blankly at the sky, seeking something, without blinking. He closed his eyes for a while, trying to recall what he was searching for, trying to capture what it was that felt amiss.
He opened his eyes to a dark night sky with a thin crescent moon. It was clear and sparkling with stars, exactly what he wanted. He smiled and closed his eyes again trying to go through his plan once again.
She looked at him mystified and asked him "And why are we here?”
They used to come there often but NEVER in the middle of the night. Unlike every weekend that they spent together catching up on movies, talking, driving, backpacking, trekking, cooking, kissing, cuddling and making love... this time he chose to drive her to the place where they had met for the first time. This was exactly where Tanny, her 10 months old pug, was rescued from drowning in the river by a handsome stranger - now her best friend and her perfect mate too.
He smiled at her. "Come here! Sit down and wait"
She quietly sat next to him speculating why he was being so secretive. It was so unlike him.
Just then, the spark in her tangential view took her completely by surprise.
"There!" she shouted, gesturing so swiftly that her head nearly hit the tree.
A band of luminous white glow shot overhead and vanished, so ephemeral that it seemed scarcely an afterimage on his eyes.
A second meteor emerged in the sky - like a line drawn with fire, uncanny in its absolute silence. "Another!" she pointed in amazement.
That is when she realized that it was a meteor-shower night. Soon the stars were flying their magic dust across the black sky. It looked like as if golden and silver water sprays were cascading downwards from far away in the sky leaving a trail of sparks. The sky looked like a gallery of bright flash bulbs falling one by one as silver stars wriggled and swam away from the sky in a silent mesmeric dance.
He knew this was the moment and so right under the spectacular celestial light, he held her hand and said "Grace, I love you"
She looked at him as hot tears rolled down her cheeks, wetting the collar of his shirt. She knew what she wanted to say but she did not expect her dream to realize so soon. It all seemed like a reverie, an illusion... she was at loss of words. She felt like she was in a trance. A thousand thoughts ran through her head in that one second and she stood there perplexed with her tears flooding her eyes.
Standing up and gathering her sobbing body into his arms Josh said "Sugar, I just want you... right here... just like this... next to me always!" He caressed her cheeks, wiping her tears away. “I love you honey, I really do"
The warmth in his words melted all her fears away and she laid her head on his chest, pressing her head into the crook of his neck. He enveloped her in his arms without more ado and placed a soft kiss on her delicate cheek, entwining his hands into his soft brown hair. He smiled and said "Oh now look what you did to my Gracy! You smudged all her kohl... not fair"
She smiled softly up at him "Josh… I love you too!"
…and they lay their watching the cosmic down pour in its full glory.
He opened his eyes again; he had found what he was searching for. It was this moment that he wanted to relive - the most precious moment of his life – the most cherished and the most haunting. He had never felt so much love in all his life.
His vision blurred as he lay there reliving the most joyous moment of his life once more - sans Grace, sans love – but the down pour deep inside his heart.
More from the series - For Now and Forever:
For Now and Forever - I: If Only...
For Now and Forever - II: PS: I Love You
For Now and Forever - III: You've Got Mail
For Now and Forever - IV: Shall We Dance
For Now and Forever - V: A Lot Like Love
For Now and Forever - VI: As Good As It Gets
For Now and Forever - VII: Gone With The Wind
For Now and Forever - VIII: Message In A Bottle