Friday, November 14, 2008

Short Story: The last phone call

"I was worried you might never want to talk to me again" April said, trying to sound cool and collected. There was a slight tinge of nervousness in her voice that alerted him to just how hard their month of not speaking had been for her.

"Well the thing is" Sven started, using a phrase she had grown accustomed to hearing, the way he drew out the first word while he collected his thoughts before continuing. This time however, it struck fear in her heart, fear of what would come next, fear that he would tell her that he did contemplate never speaking to her again. She held her breath knowing that the next thing he spoke meant more to her than she originally thought was possible.

He paused, then very deliberate and slowly he began again.

"The thing is, that is not going to happen."

Sven heard Aprils breath catch and knew instantly how much the sentiment must have meant to her. Living an ocean away from someone teaches you to listen carefully, there can be meaning in every sound you hear.

"I can't tell you how happy I am to hear that" April managed to squeak out while trying to fight back tears. She prayed that somehow, on some level, he would know just how sorry she was.

Sven, recognizing the direction the conversation was headed and not being one to linger in uncomfortable emotional situations, quickly turned his tone into a more playful one.

"Come on, you're not going to get rid of me that easy."

It worked, he heard his distant love laugh. Somehow hearing the music in her laugh and feeling her smile gaping the distance between them gave both of them the sense that even though they had reached no resolution, as there was never one to be reached, everything would be alright. Time had only made the cautious hearts grow fonder, not apart.

Blogfully yours,


kel said...

Okay, what's the rest of the story? I love a good romance!

scott said...

Every time I try to write romance it always becomes either a tragedy or a comedy. I guess I'm just not the romantic writer.

Well done, I think.

Hello, Summer.

Anonymous said...

..... you make me cry!
why life has to be so complicated.. but if it wouldnt be, life would be just sooo borring.
My to do list every morning:
2.drop off kids at daycare
4. read summers blog
.............. WHERE IS TODAYS BLOG????????????????? Seriously you are pissing me off! GET ON IT SEXY!!!
I cant start working till i read your blog! you don't understand how much this is messing up my day!
The Russian!

Summer said...

@thekel - they lived happily ever after?

@scott - thank you. That really means a lot to me coming from you.

@karina (the Russian) - I am honored that you like my blog so much that you can not start your day without it. I'm sure, of course, your reason for liking it has nothing to do with the fact that you are my best friend and that you have your own post classification ;).

The Queen said...

HI Sum!

Just your ma doing my bi-monthly check in. I truly enjoyed your writing style on your short story.
How fun it is to see your talents evolve and ever blossom.
I am working on checking in on your blog more frequently. But you know, only one thing at a time.... I have been working on learning to text this last quarter!