Some love is forgotten, some is forced to be left behind….
Sarah was back in Sacramento and she had plans.
She did stay for few more days after the whole event as she wanted to give herself time to sink in the whole episode. The turn of events had left her flustered and she wanted to bring her mind and soul to peace before returning to the mayhem.
Whatever her intentions were, she definitely seemed to have found a new zeal towards life. She had decided to focus on her career to keep her mind away from floating in different direction. Next few months were busy for her. Her plan was to move out of the city and in order to achieve that she would definitely need a new job. After a rigorous search, her prayers were answered and she got one offer in San Francisco. It was a perfect opportunity for her to look forward and find out what life has hidden for her in the mystery box.
She got busy with all the arrangements.
It was a bright spring morning. It was green all over again and everything looked new. Her bags were packed and she was ready to leave. She had no energy to drive and was in no mood as well, so she had booked a cab. Her cab was waiting for her. She was doing a final check on the apartment when the phone rang. Sarah picked up to answer. “Hello.” the voice from the other end said. She knew this voice very well. How could she forget her Edward’s voice. She immediately hung up the phone. She could not believe that he called after what happened in Tahoe. She was blank and was processing what just happened, when the phone rang again. She didn’t answer and it went to the voicemail. She could hear the tremble in Edward’s voice. “Hi Sarah, I am sorry. I am sorry for everything. I never knew how you felt for me. I want to meet you once. I need to talk to you. Please call me. Please.” Sarah was shivering with disbelief. She was trying to move forward but life was pulling her back. She felt all emotions at once and to let it out, she screamed loud until her voice cracked.
She had to decide whether to return the call or just leave without a goodbye. Sarah stopped for a moment and picked up the receiver. Looked blankly at the phone and dropped it back. She deleted the voice message and left the apartment without looking back. She got into the car, gave a last look to the building and waved goodbye to the place where no one cared about her anymore. But she doesn’t care about that now, as her mind was somewhere else.
Sitting in the backseat of the car her mind drifted towards her past, her never ending feelings for Edward, her craziness to be with him. After all, he was her first love and its not easy to forget one. But she did more than just not forgetting him and Erick found out. One day while cleaning the apartment to give her a surprise, he accidentally found a file. He was adjusting her work table to make some more room when a key dropped. He searched the entire table and found a little keyhole in the back of the table. The key slipped into it without any effort. Erick turned it to the left and to his surprise, a little hidden drawer opened in the right inner corner of the table. And there it was, a little white file with all her dark secrets. This file was a tracker which kept all the information about Edward. She had been stalking him for all these years with outside help. She knew about Jane. She knew that Edward was married to Jane and they have a daughter together. On the page with his marriage information, she had quoted “That’s the thing about destiny, it happens whether you plan it or not. But destinies can be re-written. I will write mine and yours, my love.” After all these years gone by, she was still madly in love with him and wanted to be with him. She knew Edward would be in Tahoe City for his conference. It was not a coincidence that Edward ran into her that day in the coffee shop. She knew that he will be there. Sarah knew everything or atleast her subconscious did.
Tears streamed down her face. Her love for him was true, she knew that. She had dreamed endless times about the day he would also loves her. Life would be so beautiful. But something changed that day in Tahoe City. The day she saw Edward with his family outside the hotel. He was so happy. They were so happy together. All these years she had been waiting for this moment to express her feelings but something stopped her that day. She couldn’t do it. She could not imagine ruining his happiness, even if that meant that they will not be together ever. That was the moment she knew that she would never see him ever again in her entire life, but he will be her love forever.
Her mind was so busy in her thoughts that she didn’t realize when they reached San Francisco. She lowered the window glass and a cool breeze of spring hit her face. She felt so fresh but at the same time, she sneezed. Her cab driver, Philip, looked at her through the rear view mirror and smiled. He was a handsome gentlemen with a funny looking hairstyle. He had been concerned about her throughout the road. After experiencing the first sneeze, Sarah rolled up the glass and sat back. She finally reached her destination. Philip helped her to take the bags to the apartment which was on third floor. “Thank you so much for all the help”, Sarah said. He replied, “Pleasure is all mine. Here’s my number. Please let me know if you need any help around the city.” Taking the card from his hand, she said, “Sure” and smiled.
San Francisco turned out to be her best decision. The place was beautiful. Her job was super exciting. Hospital staff was very friendly and everyone loved her. She made some new friends at work and settled faster than she had thought. She had called Philip for help and turns out that he is a school teacher in the city and drives car for fun. They became good friends. She was in love again, only this time she fell for her new home. Her walks in the city’s street became more frequent and she was finally at peace…with life, with herself, atleast for now.
Was she really at peace? Did she really got over Edward? What turn her friendship with Philip take?
What was Edward trying to tell her?
To be continued in next chapter…
Author : S