Dawn's Story Part 5 of 5 Final

Ray-d

Pittsburgh, United States

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Dawn’s story Part 5 of 5 (Final)

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Dawn’s story Part 5 of 5 (Final)

Anna walks over and we exchange knowing smiles.
She looks at her husband and mentally shrugs away his romantic nature towards strangers.
They have been in love for 40 years.
Ever since they were children on the island of Tinos.
They fight and argue.
They spend weeks without exchanging words.
But to have their Ageing Romance is to be lying in the presence of Aphrodite’s afterglow.

They have owned the restaurant for many years.
I consider them part of my existence even though we never met outside the restaurant.
I have had Yanos grin from ear to ear with appreciation of my dining partners.
and Anna tut tut at me for the same reasons.
Never have I taken their visual and audible advice seriously.
And yet it somehow feels good to be thought of as worthy of their personal involvement.

2 Cognacs ordered and menu in hand I turned to face a smirk on Dawn’s face.
Elbows on table and face cupped by her hands, she just grinned with eyes sparkling like fireflies..Just out of sight Anna smacked Yanos over the head with a wine list.

We shared an embarrassed moment of 2 eyes meeting with averted thoughts.
Then the millions of stories that I hold in my fragmented head, took over and performed for the pretty lady.
I conversed with her eyes and juggled with he smiles, interrupted occasionally by the unobtrusive service.

Wine selected against my wishes and poured by Yanos,
Turkish Bread and Humus from an invisible Anna.
Glasses cleared with a parting chuckle, from Anna, to an oft heard punch-line.
Once I caught Yanos eyes while he was wiping a glass, it was screaming with warnings.
Another time, with flashing eyes, Anna seemed to want to tell me things I did not want to hear.

So easy the evening slipped.
It was past mid-night before I even noticed the darkness outside.
The Restaurant had dulled in conversation and lighting dimmed.
Patrons, full and comfortable were being escorted out into the cold.
I motioned to Anna for the Bill.
She brought Arak on the house and a pretty smile.

Dawn asked for a Taxi, I instantly I insisted I should drive her home.
She stopped smiling and the room got suddenly chilly.
“No” she said, “I just want to remember the night this way!”
“Do not worry, I’ll be all right, I still have a bit of crying left but not a whole lot more now”
She smiled, hugged me tightly and then she was gone!

She left in a Yellow Taxi before I could think of a good reason for her to stay.
The Taxi disappeared in the distance.
A flash of brake-lights and a squealing right turn was all that remained of a magical night.
By the time I found myself breathing again, I had Yanos hand on my shoulder and Anna’s on my arm.

I dragged the up-turned collar tight against my neck and buried my face in it.
I walked away from the silence of the hosts into the echo of my footsteps and a night deader than dreams without a future.

END.

*Characters in this story are purely fictional.

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