Divided – a short story


Accessories (Photo credit: N.L)

We meet every day. Same time. Same place. Our eyes meet and hold each others gazes. You smile whimsically and tuck a loose strand of hair behind your ear in that cute way I love so much. I grin and mouth a kiss at you.

Your eyes shimmer as you wrestle with your emotions. You struggle and just about manage to swallow that lump in your throat and return my smile with a weak one of your own.

I want to reach out and touch you but I can’t. Something separates us. Divides our worlds in two. You’re near but far away and far away but near, one of those confusing paradoxes of our lives.

You hold out a handwritten message. “Come back soon” it says. I look at it for a moment, close my eyes and nod gently, trying to hold back tears. I reply with a message of my own, “I miss you so much”. We sit and stare our soundless tablets.

A bell rings in the distance. My time is up. I rise and wave goodbye, chains jangling in my hand as I do so. You lean over to give me a kiss goodbye.

And then the screen blacks out.



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