We all sat around the campfire, the sky was Deep Ocean blue, and pine trees surrounded the clearing telling all the stories hidden underneath our skin; each telling a story that has never been shared. “It was a Thursday afternoon, we met at a cafe, usually busy but that day was very quiet. She sat there watching the streets and she was glowing like an angel, damn she took my breath away!” he made a choking sound trying to breathe and we all laughed at his joke. “ahh, her hair was a nice shade of brown, it looked pretty and fluffy at the same time, just want to snuggle into her hair and sleep.” the girls made a cooing sound, cheering and urging our homeroom teacher to continue.
«She caught me staring at her, and laughed. I felt my ears went bright red, before I knew it; she had already walked up to my face. My coffee spilt and I screamed everyone laughed» how you screamed?” a student asked, “well, errr…. Add a scream of a man being pulled by the beard, and a child riding a roller coaster.” he intimidated the scream, and I basically laughed till my cheeks were sore.
“You look like you just saw a ghost-
Her name was Rea, but her voice was…damn. We chatted till evening, and the manager gave us macaroons, she was like my other half. We met up almost every day, became my best friend I ever had. My other brothers were jealous of me having her, and usually joked that we are husband and wife. But we laughed it off, once were the joke went a bit far, I hugged Rea and yelled -mine!- she blush so bad like a tomato I didn’t realize what I was doing, jeez, but I thanked them anyways for the joke”
“Our relationship became deeper, from best friends to lovers. We loved each other to the point we argue for each other. The quarrels we made were funny; my bros laughed and cheered us on… Which wasn’t really nice, but they supported us for everything we done, and I thanked them for that. Rea was very kind, and loved to laugh and hug, I was adorned with her smile, and it’s like a drug. She comes to my house almost every day, she would leave some clothing if she has to go to work early, because my house was closer, she was like family. One time I took her out to dinner for her birthday, even though my family wanted quality time with her, whom they did for most of the time, I bought a ring, and asked her to be my wife.”
The boys were whooping loudly thinking how manly and the girls squealed with delight, wishing it will happen to them too. I sat beside him, looking at the teacher’s face bathed in the fires warmth. His eyes reflected all the memories and emotion he had, a sad smile and he stared into the distance.
“She said yes and cried and the whole restaurant was clapping, I didn’t know that I proposed a bit too loud. A chef came out with champagne and we ate to our hearts content, we went back to my house and told them the good news of my proposal, after a few family hugs and congrats, I drove her home, and kissed her happy birthday.”
“All went well. We got married, and had a child; he was a handsome boy and named him Aidan. It was the happiest moment of my life, having a family was no exception of my love. I loved my son so much, Rea told me I might’ve spoiled him too much and not her, until one day…
The whole class suddenly went quiet. The mood turned very stiff.
“She… Died so suddenly when I was away shopping, the doctors said that it was a undiagnosed breast cancer, it ate her away.. Aidan was crying when she laid there not breathing…. I have never felt so scared, and so….heartbroken, I cried to sleep and feared waking up every morning not being able to see Rea’s smile again. Aidan changed as well, he grew quiet, and didn’t asked for anything, just to sleep with me in my bed to remember Rea’s scent.. We’ve kept everything that belonged to her like treasure. Everyone that was dear to her attended her funeral the next three days…”
He began to tear up a bit, and everyone was very pitiful for the teacher, some were even crying. I broke the silence by speaking up.
“but, its best to remember everything you and Mrs. Rea has done, and still love Aidan as well, isn’t it?” he looked at me stunned, and smiled. “Goodness, Jane you sure know how to stone people. ” the atmosphere was lifted, and all of us began to smile. The teacher spoke to himself, I can hear him.
source: extracted from common sense (book)
written by Lawrence Okon