Moving Forward (Red Letter Day Conclusion 2)



Dear Jim,

Thank you for contacting me again.
From what you have said, it is possible that we do know each other.
My name is indeed Jenny, and there are many similarities and coincidences in our histories that warrant being investigated don’t you think?

Is it possible for us to meet?

Let me know.

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Dear Jenny,

Sara and I are so excited, though she thinks I should see you alone first.
I know a convenient place we can meet.


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Two weeks later, in a crowded restaurant, she sat alone at a table by the window.
Her eyes were constantly on the door, watching for a familiar, but older, face.

She felt a gentle tap on her shoulder.
‘Jenny?’ he asked.
She had not seen or heard him approach, and turned in surprise to look up into a pair of blue eyes fringed with golden lashes.
His short hair was blond and straight framing a freckled face, and he stood well over six feet tall.
She did not know him. She had never known him. Or his family.
‘I’m afraid not,’ she said sadly, and turned her eyes away before he could see the tears.

From their recent correspondence, he had been so sure.
They had agreed to meet here, and she was sitting at the table he had specifically reserved over the phone rather than go through some ridiculous B-movie scene involving flowers in lapels, carrying newspapers, or secret coded signals.
She had looked so small and frail, he guessed in her late sixties, the woman he’d hoped was his beloved Jenny.
But it was not she.

He sat down anyway.
‘My name is Jim,’ he began.
‘Yes, I know. But I’m not your Jenny.’
She sighed, adding ‘I was a fool to believe I was.’
She took a sip of water, and looked across at him.
‘I am so very sorry. I really hoped you were LJ, but I should have known. I was just a silly old woman who got a little carried away over a pile of pancakes and the memory of someone’s birthday.’
‘It’s OK,’ he said, taking her hand gently. ‘I guess I got carried away too with the dream. Should have left it alone’.

They both smiled tentatively.
‘But as we’re here, I’d still like to buy you dinner.’
‘I’d like that,’ she replied.

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About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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4 Responses to Moving Forward (Red Letter Day Conclusion 2)

  1. colinandray says:

    That’s better …………… but is that it? I think you have left a loose end which should be addressed. My preference is either they arrange a dinner date and he is a “no show”, or the letter comes back as undeliverable! šŸ™‚

    • Maybe there should be a conclusion 3. There could be many reasons he’s a no show (think An Affair to Remember with Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant) or he does show and can’t go through with it, slipping away without her seeing him (or did she), or they cannot meet due to distance. As for emails being returned undelivered, do senders get notifications, as we once sent a message to an invalid address (got the surname wrong) and it was only by chance we noticed our error. Now, that’s an interesting scenario too………… šŸ™‚

      • colinandray says:

        Or …………… (a bit late now) …………. they set up the dinner date and it is Jim’s Dad that shows up! šŸ™‚
        If you have not heard Streisand’s “Letters that cross in the mail” (link below), there could be the basis for another ending!

      • Or Jim’s brother? The possibilities are endless aren’t they. Thanks for the link. I like Streisand, but was not familiar with this piece.

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