I went out and set foot on a wonderful summer day. The sun made everything look bright and cheerful. It would have been an ideal day for a picnic.

No one would have imagined a thunderstorm raging in my mind. Blinking illuminates a temporarily hidden emotion, followed by shattered hope. Drops of inner tears washed away the wreckage of my romantic dream.

I was sitting at the bus stop with a book, reading the same paragraph five times, trying to look indifferent to the weather patterns inside me. Sunglasses covered my swollen eyes and returned a reflection of nearby flowers. I will never love – love is an illusion that goes nowhere.

I was very lost because I didn’t notice the man sitting next to me.

“Sorry, I’m sorry, but I noticed you’re reading W. Shakespeare. He’s my favorite writer.”

His deep voice surprised me. His gentle smile warmed my wet heart and drove away the stormy clouds.

“He is also my favorite.” I tried to return his smile.

The next fifteen minutes we talked about literature and its impact on contemporary culture. Buses came and went. I pretended not to notice.

“By the way, my name is Mark.” When his warm hands shook mine, an electric current flowed through me.

“Would you like to accompany me for lunch?” He added, ignoring my blushed cheeks. “Let’s get started again.”

A rainbow appeared and led us to the heart of gold. I followed him.

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Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
1 year ago

I really liked how you intertwined the weather with anatomy. Welcome to Voice.Club, Tuaseen. I think you forgot to use quotation marks to close the last speech in, “Let’s get started again.”

Reply to  Tuaseen Bin Arif
1 year ago

Thanks for noticing that omission, Margarida. We usually find and correct these things, but that one slipped by! Don’t worry, Tauseen, we’ve changed it and you’re still in the running!

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
Reply to  Tuaseen Bin Arif
1 year ago

Don’t be so hard on yourself, Tuaseen. We all must learn. I commend you for writing such an interesting and cathartic story.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

Hello, Tuaseen. Welcome to the voice club. What a beautiful romantic tale. I was carried away and cried. Well done on your first story. Keep on writing.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Tuaseen Bin Arif
1 year ago

I really enjoyed it, Tuaseen.

Julie Harris
Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
1 year ago

Welcome to the Voice Club, Tauseen. What a great first story. I read your bio with great interest. May I ask you, what is an “ECA”? You will certainly be able to learn a lot on this site! We all are learning new vocabulary words and new forms of writing, in addition to Greek mythology, Scottish history and a host of exciting things. I think of it like taking an online class… Read more »

musing mind
musing mind(@musing-mind)
1 year ago

Incredible story. Weather and emotions both tied up. Well done.

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