A short encounter

India
October 16, 2016 12:00am CST
"Why are you grinning so much?" She asks. "Because all the clouds dispersed as soon as you came. And now it's shining!" She eyes me suspiciously. [My father had said something similar a while ago and she was visibly flattered!] I pause for few moments and then ask, "Now.... permit me." We start our separate ways. Father has already taken a head-start. Circling the park... As I am strolling to the gate, she turns and shouts, "Could you please do something for me?" I can't hear properly from long distances, so make a few steps in her direction. "Oh no! Oh no, no!!", she cries, "Stay where you are!" "But I can't..." "No! Let it be." Sure, lady. As you say. Do I look like an aggressor to you? She takes a circular turn. I take the shortcut. Again our destination is the same. SMH. I reach first. And tell him. "Dad. I should leave now. Seems I am not much welcome in your world." He laughs softly. I stand there, admiring and feeling the charm... The lady is fussing near the gates. Why are these kept open? Any Tom, Dick and Harry (meaning me) barges in! As I approach, she hurriedly moves away. Am not going to pay attention this time. I walk through the gates, along the buffer zone, and enter the gates of our own world. Missing him already...
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@just4him (132199)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
17 Oct 16
I feel like I came into the middle of this story, however, this snippet is good.
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• India
17 Oct 16
Which part you feel is amiss?
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@stbrians (15899)
• Kakamega, Kenya
18 Oct 16
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@just4him (132199)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
24 Oct 16
@hora_fugit It feels like there was something before this snippet, though this is very good.
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@DaddyEvil (26193)
• Aurora, Missouri
16 Oct 16
Was this a memory, YOU? Your father must have been a very nice man. (I know you miss him. I miss my parents, too. ) The woman was not afraid of your father because he was older and she probably felt he was "safe" when speaking to her. You, on the other hand were a young man or youth, so were stronger and probably much faster than she was. (As judged from her eyes.) It doesn't matter what attitude you approached her with, a young person is always "scary" to an older person when meeting like that. (Unless they are in their own home or feel "safe" for some other reason.) I'm sorry you had the unnerving experience with the woman, but glad you got to see your father as you did. It is rare for us to see our parents in different circumstances so we can see a fuller measure of the person who raised us. (wistful smile.)
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• India
16 Oct 16
It was the ending part of the dream I had today. And waking up, I figured out what the two sets of 'gates' meant. I wasn't much bothered by the lady. Before this, we were having a nice chat up. Then she comes, my father compliments and I smile too. Rest is as mentioned. Oh yes, she wanted to tag along him and I felt... being his youngest child, I was entitled to his undivided attention and his love. But then, I didn't belong to that world!
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@DaddyEvil (26193)
• Aurora, Missouri
16 Oct 16
@hora_fugit You belonged anywhere your father wanted you to be! The woman was in the wrong in that instant, but didn't realize he was your father. (I would be willing to bet on that!) I am also willing to bet he didn't suggest you leave, did he? You felt out of place, so you elected to leave.
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• India
16 Oct 16
@DaddyEvil I will answer once party is over.... right now the music is too loud!
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@Daljinder (22181)
• India
16 Oct 16
Lonely, wistful, out of place, lost, unwelcomed.......... I, hereby, steal @vandana7 's magic and swish out my wand. Abra Ka Dabra....make hora_fugit write extremely funny post next time
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• India
16 Oct 16
LOL.... now let's forget about wistful and talk about wishful thinking! Wait... it needs more answer. I felt none of those (except for last, that too momentarily). A good time being with him, actually.
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@Daljinder (22181)
• India
16 Oct 16
@hora_fugit I thought you liked the air of gloom.
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• Philippines
19 Oct 16
My condolence on the lost of your dad. I hope you are okay by now.
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• India
19 Oct 16
Yes, better. Thank you. :)
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• New Delhi, India
24 Oct 16
Loads of love and peace for your father
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• India
24 Oct 16
Thank you!