she is waiting

July 14, 2016 6:49pm CST
The woman stands at the gate, gazing into the distance. Her hand runs distractedly over the wrought iron, paint flaking off, drifting slowly and haphazardly to the ground. She is humming a tune, but we are unable to hear the melody. She is waiting for her lover to arrive. Her short hair has been freshly dyed, her clothes freshly pressed and her lipstick applied with perfection. Indeed, she looks no different to the woman she was when last he saw her, many moons past. She smiles the smile of a woman who will soon find herself whole again. Complete, and consumed with a ferocious happiness that has been a long time coming. She has been waiting for her lover to arrive for sixteen years. Within hours he will lower himself onto her and they will be left to lie together for always, for ever, for eternity. They will never need to be alone again, and one day they will be as one, their crumbling bones intertwined until eventually they become dust, together. He is not just her lover. He is her husband, the father of her children, her soulmate, her companion and her confidante. Tomorrow they will be joined together again, a marriage united again in death, sadness competing with happiness. But for now the woman simply stands at the gate, gazing into the distance. Her hand runs distractedly over the wrought iron, paint flaking off, drifting slowly and haphazardly to the ground. She is humming a tune, but we are unable to hear the melody. She is waiting for her lover to arrive.
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
15 Jul 16
Very clever, most evocative. Puts me in mind of Neil Gaiman.
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15 Jul 16
Ah, my words are mere pebbles whilst his are ginormous mountains.
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
16 Jul 16
@Poppylicious A journey starts with the first step!
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@cacay1 (32884)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
18 Jul 16
Very nice love story.
@msiduri (5750)
• United States
15 Jul 16
The phrase "She's waiting for her lover to arrive" sounds a bit more omnious the second time around than it does in the opening.
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15 Jul 16
It does, doesn't it?! That wasn't my intention. I hope he did arrive!
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15 Jul 16
This is by far the most beautiful piece of written work I've read here in myLot. Is this an excerpt of some novel or...you made it up on your own? Whatever it might be, it sure is beautiful.
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• Preston, England
15 Jul 16
haunting and sad imagery here - powerful
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• United States
15 Jul 16
a most hauntin' piece, one'f great sadness.
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@zarlamain (24525)
• United States
15 Jul 16
Hope her lover arrives.
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@Tr8600 (144)
15 Jul 16
waoooooooooooooo. now i must say thts one amazing and beautiful piece of writing.its soooo intresting that u just wana read on n on :) vry impresive i must say. : weldone :)
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15 Jul 16
Thank you. :)
@xFiacre (4420)
• Ireland
15 Jul 16
@poppylicious Wasn't her frock a bit the worse for wear after 16 years? I don't suppose the husband would really notice that sort of thing.
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15 Jul 16
He probably wouldn't. I suspect she'd be shocked by the toil those sixteen years took on his physicality though!
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@responsiveme (16039)
• India
15 Jul 16
the emotions are very expressive, the picture of the woman is stuck in my mind.
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@simone10 (21657)
• Louisville, Kentucky
15 Jul 16
I really felt her loneliness, sadness and passion.
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@cacay1 (32884)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
18 Jul 16
Very nice setting and plot of the story.That is life and true love.The eternal waiting would come not in haste.Oh, life.