Some stories are well written, some are just well read….
She could sense that the chaos of this ever breathing concrete jungle is driving her crazy. If she continues to scurry alongside this mess, she will lose it this time. Sarah stormed out of the hospital building, got into her car and started driving without knowing where to go. She just wanted away from everything, all the pain, tears, harassment, sadness. She took the highway which would take her out of the city.
Lot of thoughts flooded into her head as she took the road to Lake Tahoe. She didn’t even realize why and how she took that decision to go to the Tahoe City. It was 9:30 in the night when she reached there. She knew the hotel she wanted to stay in. She had always stayed there during her past visits. This was her favorite getaway but her busy life didn’t allow her to come here in past several years. Drive from Sacramento to Lake Tahoe and the painful day had exhausted her completely, she threw herself on the bed and slept.
Next morning, Sarah woke from her sleep by the knock on the door. It was room service with the tea. Sipping her tea she decided to go out to buy some clothes and other essentials. She got ready and left for the nearby shopping area. Breathing the fresh air and silence of the surroundings made her feel better. After shopping, she went to a nearby cafe to start with the book she had just purchased and a cup of coffee. She took a table outside and waited for her order while enjoying the beauty of the place. As she took the first sip, she saw a familiar face across the street. He smiled at her, waved and started crossing the street walking towards her. As he approached her, memories from her past flashed in front of her eyes. Edward, her childhood friend who was also her first love was standing in front of her. He hugged her and sat across her. “How have you been, Sarah? Haven’t seen you for so long? Did you forget your old friends?” She was speechless for a moment, but realized it soon and replied with a smile, “I am doing fine. I know, It’s been long. How are you?”
Edward had never known about Sarah’s feelings and was really happy to see his old friend. During the conversation, he told her that he is there for a conference and would love to meet her before leaving for Los Angeles. They decided to meet for dinner the same day. “I will pick you up at 7.” he said and left.
Sarah opened the door after listening to the knock and found Edward standing there. He still looked the same. Eyes full of passion, smile that brightens the room, face so calm and peaceful that would melt anyone’s heart. He had grown more handsome with years. They went to a small restaurant by the lake and spoke about their childhood days. They decided to go for a walk near the lake under the moonlit sky.
He held her hand and finally asked, “What’s wrong, Sarah? Is it okay if I ask? We know each other since childhood and I know there is something bothering you. I have never seen you this quiet.”
She shrugged, “It’s nothing, Edward.’ He said, “You know you can share anything with me. You might feel better.” and patted her hand. She had never been able to share her feelings with anyone, but Edward. She looked at him and smiled. “I am going through a rough patch in life. I know I will recover but right now I am not in the place I really love being.” She took a little pause and continued to pour her heart out. Her voice was trembling with pain, “I was in a relation with someone. Erick, he works with me in the same hospital. We were really happy together. Everything was going great until one day. I returned home after my shift and all his things were gone. He had left me a note accusing me of things I had not done. I tried to talk to him about it but he didn’t respond. We work together and so it becomes more difficult. It is heart breaking to see him there all the time. And now…” Her big blue eyes were filled with tears. She controlled them and continued, “he has started humiliating me in front of others. His taunts, meaningless words crushes me. I feel like a fool of being with that man for two years.” Edward wrapped his arms around her. She couldn’t control and big drops for tears rolled down her cheeks. She did not even realize when these words came out of her mouth, “It was very difficult for me to put an end to my feelings towards you. It took me years to get over you. I had never thought that I will have go through that ever again in my life. But my fete..” She suddenly stopped, realizing what she has done. He was still holding her, but there was an expression of disbelief on his face. Sarah freed herself from him and ran without looking back. Edward stood there looking at her as she vanished in the dark of the night.
It was late evening when she came out of her room next day. Still in shock and angry at herself for what she has done. She had lost her friend once in past, but now she was not ready to lose him again. She decided to tell him everything, that how she felt about him, since when she started seeing something more than just a friend in him, every single thing. Having all these thoughts, Sarah walked down the street towards Edward’s hotel.
Reaching the hotel, she saw Edward walking out towards his car which was waiting for him and she started walking fast to reach him. But her feet froze when she heard that voice. Yes, she was right, that was Jane coming out of the hotel calling his name. He looked back and smiled at her, taking her in his arms, he kissed her. A little girl around three years, came running and hugged them. Edward picked her up, gave a little kiss on her cheek and put her in the car seat. Doors were closed and without looking back Edward drove away.
Sarah looked at the car till it disappeared in the distance….
Who is Jane? Why didn’t Edward tell Sarah about her? Does he also have feelings for her?
Why did Erick broke up with Sarah? How did her lost brain decide to come to Lake Tahoe?
To be continued in next chapter…
Author : S