She went to him and they kissed by the picket fence, their mouths open in answer to each other’s call and need.  Her hands holding on to his shoulders, his hands in her hair.
He had forgotten what his lungs were for.  He couldn’t draw any air in, everything lost any importance, except the feeling this unknown girl was communicating to him, one he had never experienced before.
She was shaking or was it him?  She felt thin and fragile, alien and yet familiar at the same time.  Now his hands were spanning her tiny waist and he could smell the lavender on her.  Then, they separated, gasping for air and staring at each other, holding hands, as if mesmerised.
“You…” he breathed.  The bumblebee from the lavender bush had been buzzing around them but he hadn’t taken any notice, caught as he was in that strange, out of space and time moment.  Her head went back resting on his shoulder blade when he felt the bee sting on his neck.  Almost immediately, his lungs forgot once again what to do but for a different reason now. He felt his throat closing, his tongue swelling, himself falling, as the girl struggled to catch him.
“Stay with me, calm down, breathe…” he heard her shouting before all went dark.
As his eyes opened again, he felt raw and weak.  He was half-laying, half-sitting in this girl’s lap, his head resting against her stomach.  He could hear her heartbeat, he could smell the lavender on the small hands stroking his face.  The hazel-green eyes were still looking at him with recognition, her smile looked dazzling.
“Lavender…” he murmured drowsily.
“You are going to be fine.  I put some lavender on the sting; the swelling is going down, one of my Grandma’s remedies,” she said.
He couldn’t think of anything better than doing what she was asking.  He wanted those small hands to carry on stroking him, he wanted to kiss her again, to breathe her in and absorb her, just like the smell of lavender.
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Susan Dawson
Susan Dawson(@susan-dawson)
1 year ago

You had me wondering in the first half there, wondering if she was the bee!

Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi(@katy-bizi)
Reply to  Greene M Wills
1 year ago

Symbolism is a very unique writing technique, one that I consider very difficult to write but one of the most effective and rewarding to read because everyone can comprehend it however they want. And every time you read it, you see it in a new light. Being able to write symbolic pieces is a great talent and I hope that you continue harvesting this ability and gifting us with many other short stories.

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Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi(@katy-bizi)
1 year ago

Such a beautiful story! I have to say that the title is so fitting. Also, as I recall, this story was an entry to the Lavender Contest, right? Well, that makes it even more spectacular since the idea was so original. Nicely done!

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

It makes me feel the bite of the bumblebee there. I experienced being bitten by that bee once in my life. And you also make me close my eyes and try to imagine and smell the scent of the lavender. A very nice story.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Greene M Wills
1 year ago

You are lucky enough for having such talent in bringing the reader to engage and feel your story.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Greene M Wills
1 year ago

Hope to read more from you and be inspired by your story.

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