Some enchanted evening

As our eyes met across the busy café tables, I was struck with the feeling that we knew each other.
She was a stunning redhead, with green eyes, freckles and a smile to die for.
I felt as if the room was spinning, my senses reeling as the intoxicating smell of her perfume assaulted my nostrils, caught up in a vortex of displaced time and distance.
I felt dismissed and confused as her gaze turned to her companion, someone unknown to me, but it was obvious they only had eyes for each other.

I searched my memory but came up empty as regards the circumstances of our acquaintance as something stirred in me of emotions long forgotten, if only I could remember.
I looked down at my coffee, now cold in its glass, the croissant beside it untouched on the plate.
Something seemed out of kilter, something I couldn’t put my finger on, something I was missing.
I watched the pair of them laughing, sharing secret smiles as they talked as if they were the only ones in the room, alone in their world.
The spell was broken when someone walked in front of me obscuring my view, and when they had passed, both of them were gone. There was no evidence of their presence, the table they had occupied empty and clean.
I stood and left, leaving my purchases on the table, turning the corner for home and solitude.
Something niggled, then a flash of memory shot through my mind, images of betrayal, and the ultimate price paid.
I hadn’t meant to do it. Jealousy and anger got the better of me. I could understand another man.
Theirs was an unsolved homicide going back twenty years. Having been unable to live with my guilt and trying to forget, I had ended my life. My penance was to drift in time as a restless spirit for eternity.

For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows two women, foreheads touching, in a hug-like embrace.

Written for Fandango’s Story Starter 12th July

As our eyes met across the busy café tables, I was struck with the feeling that…
and Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge 11th July

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! In November 2020, we lost our beloved 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. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. 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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20 Responses to Some enchanted evening

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Great story Di with a double twist 💜

  2. Sadje says:

    You’re on a roll today Di.

  3. Carol anne says:

    brilliant! Great take on fandango’s prompt Di!

  4. Nope, Not Pam says:

    Wow, magnificent. What a twist 😊

  5. joyroses13 says:

    OOoh this was good!

  6. Fandango says:

    Great story with a totally unexpected ending. Well done, Di.

  7. murisopsis says:

    You do know how to weave a tale!

  8. Very clever! Bravo !

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