Ian had a blue chevrolet car given to him by his mother when Ian's father got her another one.
He had named it 'Alaska'.
So, it was technically a she.
Now, while I was not in favour of naming cars or providing them with a gender, I also did not have a say in it. Because, I had never had a car and if my calculations were true, it would take me seven years to get one old car. So I liked Alaska.
And yeah, the thing about her name was that even in the superior hotly summers of texas, Alaska was cold.
She would not start until she felt like it.
Everett sat behind while me, beside Ian as we fared. Ian drove slowly. His hands were firmly holding the wheel, I liked them. He looked at me and smiled.
I smiled back.
Everett kept reading something which looked like a letter in the light of car's middle lamp.
"What's that Everett?."
"This is a letter from Amanda."
"Who is she?"
He pulled out a picture from the side pocket of his coat and reached out his hand to me.
There were three girls in the picture.
"The girl with brown hair, she is Amanda porter. I am going to propose to her soon."
Amanda looked elegant and beautiful. Well, more than me.
I said, handling him back his picture.
He glanced it and put it back in the pocket and smiled at me.
"We are nearly there."
I could see the lights from a distance. A cowboy figure raised up, smiling in the lights from its base. And as we got closer, we could actually smell all the different barbeques. All the four types of them.
"Let's take a bottle each."
"So that all the people don't drown in our saliva at the fair."
Waving his head in the air pretending to had smelled something very delicious in his long breath.
We parked the car by the main boundary surrounding the ground. Ian did not care much about Alaska being stolen.
In his words
"Only the king Ian with his tender hands upon the soft steering wheel of Alaska could make her hot."
I exited the door and looked in the sky, closing it back. The moon was in the sky. I could see some ferris wheels high with people shouting inside the built cabins.
I wanted to be there, on the top, as high as it goes. And remain there for a while. More than the while, the top usually remains there.
I had had felt good in my life most of the times. I was cheerful and laughing. But I lacked being on the top. Ruling everything or maybe at least having that feeling of ruling everything.
I had always felt like a mishap somehow dropped into the base of a shit pile.
As much as I could laugh, I felt nobody ever heard it.
"Ah cheryl, we gotta go on that shit to ride it. You can't just watch it all night long."
Everett said from the out of his door.
I smiled and turned back to get to him,
Ian was standing behind me.
"What were you doing?"
I lightly punched him on the stomach and laughed.
"I was watching what you were watching."
"And what did you watch?"
"I watched the desire to be there."
"From where the stars are closer than everyone else yet far enough to reach to. From where, for a brief moment you can learn being someone without the tiny world laid down."
I was about to say, but Everett interrupted.
"What the fuck guys? Are we even going to eat those sauce dipped, cheese bathed, roasted steaks? Or let alone ride that damn good wheel? Mmm."
He said, finishing up in his action of waving his head in the air smelling some delicious shit from it.
I looked up at Ian, in his eyes and smiled. He nodded.
We all ran towards the entrance of the fair.
In the first rows there were candies, all the hell lot of them.
Oranges, pineapple and most abundantly peppermint.
We bought different ones.
I exchanged mine with Ian's after eating it a bit.
"Where are all the good things?"
"There they are."
Ian said in a deep, deep voice.
Pointing his finger towards the stalls in the third row.
"Well, thanks, though I had figured it out miles back in the car with the sharpest nose God ever made."
"God did not make noses, evolution made it. And sharks are pretty good with theirs."
"Shut up, boring Ian."
"Shut up, boring Everett."
"Are you guys coming or I am eating this fair alone?"
I said passing through in between them.
"As the queen says."
"As the douchbag follows."
We entered the third row.
If there were a heaven, it seemed to appear, it was in the damn third row of fair stalls where there was food which I presumed tasted like all the good shit in the t.v advertisements.
Ian had butter and cheese sandwiches with a thin cut roasted beef layer, pacan pies and we shared a large chicken fried steak.
Everett was more interested in brisket.
"They smoke it like for damn eight hours."
"Like it was always made keeping me in the mind."
I was not as hungry as I felt before being here. I had an ice-cream after I was finished stealing almost thirty percent of their food.
We wandered for a while but it felt heavy in our asses when the food signalled us to lie down on the ground forgetting about everything including nice peppermint candies and pink gorgeous cotton candies and the close to stars ferris wheels.
I wanted to sleep. I had not had a good sleep since I started working at the store or since my mother fell ill or damn since I was born. When I feel sleepy, I make myself remember that I have not slept in days.
"Guys, Ian, I can't move."
"Me as well."
We decided to go back to the car and sit there for a while before we would drive back home.
We headed back to where we parked our car, I bid a bye to the high cowboy.
There was a red car parked along ours now.
I looked at it.
"Whoa! That's Mr. Patrick's car."
"What is that fucker doing here."
"That is where all the people go on sunday, stupid.
Maybe he is with Martha.
She called back at the store too."
"Maybe, though as I last saw, Martha was pregnant, belly inflated like a hippo's, I don't think she would be here."
"We gotta see."
"We are ninjas of the dark."
"Nobody can escape from Ian the ninja."
"Who has eaten shit load of steak he can't even move."
Everett laughed in between.
I closed his mouth.
We sneaked in the dark from where we could see who was in the car still remaining unnoticed.
"What do you see?"
Everett flopped upon Ian's shoulder and asked.
"I can't see shit, there is no one in there."
"Are you sure it's patrick's?"
He asked to me.
"From the number, yes. Also from the broken tail light."
"Whoa, wait the fucker is in."
"It's olivia wilson with him."
I looked Mr. Patrick kissing a woman on the back seat of his car.
"Asshole isn't even let letting her breath."
"That breast grab move was awesome."
"That would have hurt."
"Who is she anyway?"
I looked at Ian.
"Evan wilson's wife, they are neighbours to Patrick and Martha."
"Also, stay away from this guy."
Everett added in Ian.
"I do think so."
We watched for a while and then decided to cover up our faces with our shirts and head toward Alaska. Everett said there was a 4% probability he would notice us leave.
And half of it that he would recognize us.
We executed the plan carefully and in he did not notice us leaving.
In minutes we were back on the highway to the city.
"He told me Martha cheated upon him for Evan."
I said looking at them both.
"He is a shitty liar. Why would Martha cheat upon that douchebag?"
"Anyway, who did notice that breast grab? Did you see the look on olivia's face?"
We laughed in unison.
Seventh day at the work.
I woke up little bit later than I'd usually. However, I made it to the store at time.
Mr. Patrick was at the door, standing and looking at his watch.
"Oh dear cheryl."
He said as he saw me and leaned on for a hug. It was brief and he smelled like somebody had thrown a bucket of shit over a stack of rotten meat loaves. Well, not that bad but not so far of it.
"I am in hurry, I gotta go somewhere, you keep the store in your watch, close it whenever you like to once it is past 9."
That felt good, so good that if he would have told me that he was going to say that. I might have given him a hug all by myself or two if he asked to.
Ah, not maybe but who cares.
Cheryl campbell, I thought, is the store queen for a day.
Though it was not the best place to become a queen of yet it sounded almost good while pictured in mind.
Mr. Patrick left soon after I got in. I did not change today. I liked my pink tee shirt and black jeans. They looked good on me, I looked good in them.
There was a large mirror in small room at the back of store where we kept goods. I locked it in and stared myself for a few minutes. The mirror in my bathroom, which also happened to be the only mirror at my home was small enough not to show me all at once.
I wanted to see myself, the whole of me.
I specifically liked my breasts, Ryan young from highschool was mad for them. He was gross. So that if asked, he may or may not remember my face but I was sure he would recognise it's cheryl campbell's damn pair of breasts if shown to him.
I liked it though. Everyone is mad for something, I had some of those things. It was funny in its own way.
I got back to the window, and turned on the radio.
"From the days when it rained,
When the birds could really fly,
From the days when it rained,
When you had love in eyes.."
I liked the song, I sang along it. It was my song now.
For a short while, I believed everything was mine.
A few people came by the noon, until I felt sleepy and rolled on the window shutters at the doors and windows.
It was dark now, I left the chair and grabbed my uniform from the locker in the backroom and laid it upon the floor behind the chair at back of the counter and lay upon it.
For a while I kept thinking about everything, my mother back at the home watching the road across the window, Mr. Patrick somewhere trying to look across some bras, Ian and the skinny boy laughing somewhere. The world was a big place I realised, I had it in my small heart.
I fell asleep.
"Cheryl" , "cheryl!" , "wake up you damn sleepyhead."
I heard somebody saying it loud.
I opened my eyes and saw both of them with their flat faces pressed upon the glass window.
"Yeah, yeah, awaken, wait."
I stood up and adjusted myself.
" we gotta go."
"That's not how you ask someone to go with you."
Everett interrupted him.
"You try then, shithead."
Everett nodded and made a stupid gargle sound with his throat. And said.
"Yeah, so cheryl. We fucking gotta go before it's late."
"Where all the fucking people go on a sunday, to the mighty fare at dallas."
"All the fucking people don't have a store on their watches though."
I said lifting both my hands to my waist.
"No, we don't."
"Ah, okay, but first I need to call my mom about it and then you gotta purchase some real shit from the store so that it could make up to the customers I am going to miss being at the fare."
I reached out my hand to the phone to call my mom but it rung in halfway.
I signalled to both of them.
"Hello, this is cheryl from Patrick's groceries how may I help you?"
"No, Mr. Patrick is not the store today."
"Yeah sure. What's your name again."
"Thank you, bye."
I hung up the phone.
"Who was it?"
"It said Martha taylor."
"She lives in the same block, next street to us."
I remembered Mr. Patrick said Martha is his wife.
"It's his husband's store."
"Yeah, I know. He is a freak though."
I sold them some chips, colas, candies, peppermint sticks and icecreams. I sold myself a packet of sweet breads.
I closed the store and we left for the fare at eight pm.
Sixth night after I started working at the store.
I reached home at half past ten hours. I had bought two burgers for me and mom along with a meat loaf, some beans, fruits, vegetables and a pack of breads with a few eggs for morning.
I kept them in the kitchen, and headed to the bathroom to change. My mother was resting in the other room, I did not like to change in front of her.
Until I came of eight, she would dress me up but when I started feeling my breasts growing up, she made me learn how to take a shower and dress up.
My mother looked a lot like me, small grey-green eyes, moderately arched eyebrows, prominent forehead, golden and brown hair with few whites among them and a visible chin emerging out of a neat jaw line. But she was different. I felt her existence to be more than mine. Fragility, I concluded, comes with perks.
She would smile often, with her eyes half closed because of uplifted cheek mounts covering them. She knew a lot, or atleast it seemed so that even while smiling she was not funny, she was rather kind and compassionate.
My father left her when I was three, for a woman named Isabella who worked at the same bank my father did.
I looked myself in the mirror in the bathroom. I unhooked it and close it up towards my eyes. I remember Ian looking into my eyes back at the store. I smiled.
I came back to the room, mother had arranged dinner at the table.
"You are spending too much."
"I have a calculator, mom. Don't worry, I am still saving enough that after the summers I can join college."
"That is a good thing cheryl."
I liked it when she smiled, which she did often and all the same. But I could tell, about what she means with which smile of hers.
"I visited the doctor today."
"I am getting weaker in the days to come."
"Did he say that to you?"
"No, I feel so."
"The world does not run on what you feel, mom."
"Well, in a way he said so."
I gulped the rice, grabbed the water and continued.
"How he said that?"
"He said I have it growing in my lungs, it's infecting me. Also he prescribed more intense treatment. And all I know about that is that I am getting weaker in the days to come."
"You are going nowhere mom."
"Yes dear, nowhere."
I left the dinner table and headed to my bed.
In the night I could see her face in the moonlight from the window.
She looked more beautiful than I ever could get.
I did not believe in souls, but it felt very hard not to think about hers. I assumed she had a better one than most people have. The kind that kills you when you get sick of your life.
Her life had been sick for so long, spent in a small apartment living with her daughter in dearth of money.
She deserved more.
Beautiful people always deserve more than they are likely to get.
And maybe she was going.
When I looked at her, I saw lungs breathing hardly. The infection was eating her, wheezing sounds from her nose. And she would not talk much about anything, so she would smile.
She stopped looking herself in the mirror a few months ago.
The world maybe a beautiful place, and maybe people believe it has some way of working. But I knew it's just a dead place cultivating life out of itself. Hopeless. And my mother, she was a dream from which I did not want to wake up.
I kept looking at her until I fell asleep.
Sixth day at the work.
I hated it that I had to wear either of my only four dresses just to come to store and switch it with the uniform there, and same when I go back home.
But that was just another thing.
I hated many other things more than the uniform switch.
Mr. Patrick was weird, not only that he looked so but also it could be pulled out from his behaviour that he was weird at his mind. It felt like if he had one wish to be granted to him, he would ask for somehow becoming capable of looking through the clothes of women.
Moreover, it felt shitty because I was also not a woman by now.
The boys did not show up yesterday, which I wanted them to. It's not like I waited for them, that is a different thing, that I am not so familiar to. Because waiting depicts certainty of a happening and I had never had certain happenings to wait for.
But I wanted them to show up.
The kind of want you want when you see a butterfly and a flower and you want the butterfly to fly and sit on that flower. Not because you have a camera or that in the hope of some miracle, but because it seems to feel good.
The noon was boring, sometimes it seemed that Mr. Patrick conspired that with his blunt 'I-am-just-trying-to-flirt' skills, my noon should be made boring and ridiculous. Boring, to the extent where I could not tolerate him anymore and tell him to go fuck himself or maybe to come fuck me. And I strongly suspected that he desired for the other option.
But I did not give him a shit, I kept on passing formal smiles and kept on counting the pay after each deal. Subtracting it from the money I would need for college.
I calculated that it would take me just the end of summer to make it. Perfect, I thought.
Mr. Patrick left at eight, which meant I could have two hours of my lovely loneliness in the store. I turned on the radio at low, laid down on the chair with my feet on the window slab and closed my eyes humming with the music.
After a while, I heard the store's gate opening which would ring a bell hung over the gate.
Those boys were back. They were walking slow this time, not laughing. The skinny one, I could see on his lips, was trying to stop himself from saying something which would sound like, "sorry for the day before, we hope you do not mind."
And I waited for them to come to me.
Upon reaching, he said,
"We want two packets of chips and a cola.
"And also, my dear friend still thinks you are gorgeous."
Then he chuckled looking at Ian.
I remembered their names, I just did not want to tell myself that I remembered. Remembering names depicts knowing, which I did not.
His name was Everett.
"Thank you for your friend's words, Mr. The words delivery boy."
I said with a smirk on my face.
"You can't insult my friend while The mighty Ian sits here, in his kingdom it is a crime to belittle king's friends."
"Oh come on Ian, the girl is just trying to find her place among us both."
Skinny one said.
"Whao, no, I am just trying to thank your king."
I said with a smile this time.
We all laughed for a second.
"Whose name on the bill then?"
They left with the bill.
I watched them leave and then again the large one shown up at the door.
He shouted across.
I said back.
I closed the store at ten and left for home.
Fourth day at the store.
Mr. Patrick provided me with a uniform to wear at the work. It had a yellow strip stitched on the front of itself with my name written over it in red letters.
I never liked the red colour, but that one looked good. Again, I liked the fonts.
Most of the times, as it were summers the store would be empty. Patrick was a good company to be in. In days passed he told stories about his grandfather who was a mexican and married a woman from Texas. And so Patrick was here growing up in the south of state until he opened his store when he came of twenty seven and married Martha taylor whom he met at the cemetery at his aunt's funeral.
He talked a lot. Nobody talked much as to the point to bore me, but he did. So, he used to bore me. But I worked at his store so it was not included in my business to get bored of him. So I would often smile, and then he would smile.
But not in the way I'd smile to him, rather in the way a boy of eighteen smiles thinking that he had just impressed another eighteen year old girl and now they are going to have a french kiss.
He never talked of his wife, or acknowledged her presence when he talked to me. Once he said that she was a mistake.
Also, that he hated Evan wilson, whom he thought his wife was dating behind his back.
But often he would seem interested in me. And I had been so used to it, to be an interest topic of people, that I could not care any less about Mr. William Patrick liking me or having been interested in me.
I was just another girl who worked at a store until the summer would finish and colleges start.
And after each transaction, of what seven percent would be added to my pay, I calculated the money I might be saving at the end and if that would be enough. And it never seemed to be.
In the evening, Patrick was finished with his boring stories, 'I-want-you-to-like-me-too' smiles and a thousand times adding 'the beautiful' prefix before my name, he left for the home after collecting money from the drawer.
I was supposed to work until ten and close the store then.
At 8:17 pm, two guys entered the store. Both tall, one of them was bulky, large and golden haired and other was skinny, wore a blue shirt and had a smile bigger than his face should have.
They asked for two packets of chips, a can of cola and two peppermint sticks.
"Whose name is on the bill?"
I asked running my fingers on the bill machine.
Without looking toward them.
I did not look at people until it would become very important to.
"Cheryl campbell, do you know the serological tests based reactions provide evidences of humans being closer to old world monkeys than new world monkeys?"
He said reading my name from the sticker on my chest.
That was, I concluded, a long line someone said while staring at my breasts.
"No I don't, that is none of my concerns.
And whose name is on the bill?"
I said looking at them.
The large guy had a funny face adding up to his weird haircut and moustache, yet he looked smart. And the skinny one looked geeky with hazel eyes, two freckles on his cheeks and straight dark brown hair.
Moreover, he would smile every three seconds as if he knew something I did not.
"It's Ian, Ian Martin. I study science at TSU and this is my friend Everett sparks."
These guys were weird.
I slipped the bill across the window and handled them their packets.
They left the store, skinny one first followed by another.
The large one shown up again after three seconds at the door, I could see the skinny one trying to pull him back from behind the door. He looked and breathed and shouted from across,
"And also, do you know you look gorgeous cheryl campbell?"
Then laughed and left before I could reply.
I sat on my chair and laughed after he left.
They were certainly a lot less boring than Mr. Patrick.
I closed the store at ten and left for my home.
It was a good day.
From the days when it rained
Chapter - 1.
(Dust on the books.)
One and a half year ago.
I lived in a small apartment with my mother in Texas. I had four dresses in my wardrobe, except for the black one which was for funerals. Ours was a one storied two rooms apartment, of which one was kitchen.
A bathroom, made of tin sheets was in the backyard. Out of the window, we could look at the road. And that was the thing, a road is most boring thing to be located out of your only window.
We would often eat boiled beans and stew. And the chicken soup was only for sundays.
In the summers when I was done away with school and was convinced to believe that we did not have enough money for making it to college, I thought of doing a job.
There were three important things about me
1. I was poor, 2. I was not good in studies, but wanted to go to college. 3. I had a beautiful face.
And except for the third premise, I did not really hope anything else would help me get a job.
An evening, going down the block towards the park, I saw a grocery store with the board that said 'Receptionist needed.'
It looked perfect. The fonts looked perfect.
Next morning, in my third dress which consisted of a white t-shirt and blue jeans, I was at the door of store.
"Welcome to the store madame."
I smiled at the man that said.
"Place your order please."
He said from behind the counter.
He was almost six feet tall, well built and brown eyed man with a defined jaw line.
"Oh, sorry but I am for the job here, I saw the board.."
He said with a laugh and asked
"What is your name then?".
I replied with a smile.
"Now, cheryl campbell, do you know how to use a calculator?"
He said in a deep voice, and laughed.
And then continued.
"Of course you do."
Before I would reply, he said.
"You ought to join tomorrow morning, we need you cheryl."
"Mr. Patrick, William Patrick.
You could call me will though."
"Of course, thank you Mr. Patrick."
"See you then, beautiful cheryl."
"See you sir."
I came out of the store and walked through the park to my home, on my way I purchased some chicken.
It was not a sunday. But I had a job.
The sun was high and far, hidden behind the dark clouds. Sky was brown as the leaves of Autumn. I looked down, the sea was vast and horizon seemed to be the last end of this world.
Amanda once talked about horizons, maybe she knew a lot about them.
She believed that they are infinite, one after other and the offing is endless. She believed there is no escape from the miseries of this world. And I hated it now that she was on the other side. That she left me here knowing that there are other ways to get past the world.
I could see water striking the base of cliff.
The white of it is always all on the shores, where it hurts.
I wanted to fall.
There is a point, I knew, from where you could stand up and throw a stone off the cliff telling the other side to fuck off, and go back to your home.
And there is a point, from where you could realize that the only home you have is the world you created around a person who exists no more. And it is hard not to fall when you are on that point.
The leap is not when you fall, it's when you know there is no point in standing.
I stood up, closed my eyes and opened my hands. I looked at the sky, I saw a room painted black, the weak sofa kept in middle of it and the broken mirror of bathroom.
I smelled the air around me, I was sad. I took a step forward, and smiled.
It was my time to go.
And for sure I would have fallen, if it was not Ian grabbing my shoulder from behind.
"Everett fucking sparks.
Were you going to fall off that damn cliff?"
He slapped me before I could reply to him.
"I can't let you die."
He hugged me and repeated the same sentence until he was convinced I am not going to fall.
And when I saw it, the sea from beside his head. I felt stupid of myself.
"Yes, Ian, yes. I know you won't let me die.
We sat on the ground. The sky was clear now, I could see the sun.
I asked him how did he get here.
"I went to your house to tell you that I am leaving today.
You were not there, and your novels were kept open upon the table. I read them. Supposedly you wrote your own falling-off-the-fucking-cliff suicide plan as an ending to each of them."
He laughed saying.
"So, you are leaving today."
"No. we, are leaving today. I have got plans for you as well.
Though we are quite late on our way."
He said in a serious voice,
"I want you to come with me Everett. Will you?"
I stood up, and he followed.
"Yes, but wait, I gotta do something first." I said.
Ian kept looking at me as I went to the end of cliff.
I picked up a stone from ground and threw it off the end.
This was the point, and this time I knew what to shout to the idea of going to the other side.
"Maybe someday, all the stars will fall. But the light will always remain.
Amanda once said,
They are just like me."
My name is Everett sparks, and I am here for a reason. Because Ian martin was right. He was, though I did not want him to be. I wanted the wednesday to last longer, and forget about the passage.
After Ian left, I got out of my house. It burned everywhere around me, like the sun was lying right beside a house of the next block. Houses were painted different and I saw Martha Taylor walking across the park with a child in her hands. She looked beautiful.
My mail box was full, letters were scattered over the ground. I grabbed nearly all of them and threw them inside my house. I liked the touch of paper on my fingers and the smell of rotten brown envelopes.
I walked myself to cheryl's shop.
"You, this time?" She sounded confused.
"I need a half dozen eggs packed, salad, a packet of brown bread, and butter.
Also, I want to know how Amanda porter died."
I said, slipping the cash through the gap between glass window and counter.
She thought for a while and said from across the hole in the window.
"You were the one who was writing novels about it, you told me that a year ago.
I thought you know better.
But from what I know she died in an accident on her way to Tennessee on a sunday.
That girl was beautiful."
"What novels?" I asked.
"I don't know."
She said handling me back the change with items.
I came back home and made myself some breakfast. Arranged all the letters in a stack upon the table, took out all three novels from the shelf. Switched on the music.
And started reading.
Some letters were from Ian, Gilly, Colin and others were from Amanda's mother, and some bills.
I read all of them.
Ian wrote somewhere
"Smart things are not smart until you understand them, the same deal is with stupid things."
All the letters were from months ago, supposedly they had stopped writing to me.
I read the novels then.
Cheryl was right, I wrote them. Incomplete.
I stopped writing them all at the some point, where she leaves.
Because, maybe I did not know the way to get to her.
But I knew she was somewhere people go after all of their stars have fallen.
I picked the pen from the desk and wrote down their endings.
I spent most of the night and next day in crying and sleeping, and writing.
But I did not call her, I knew she was dead.
Now I am here, at the cliff.
I am here because Ian Martin was right. And now I see, here it lies. The way to get to her.
(To be continued, next part will contain the end.)
Ian stood there, looking at me from the other side of the door. He looked afraid, and behind him was light of a thousand suns and fragrances I had not had smelled in a time. He wanted to save me, and I did not know from what, but to get saved was certainly one among all the desires I was left with.
I let him come in.
Ian sat down on the sofa. It was dirty and looked weak. It looked like me. In the light through the door I could see the walls were no more blue, they had turned black.
He glanced at everything and then stared me for a while and said.
"What happened to you, Everett?"
"Well, nothing. And I don't have the exact idea why are you here. We scheduled to show up at the bar on saturday and it's only wednesday by now." I said.
He stopped me in the middle as he shouted.
"That was fucking last year, a whole year ago since you have shown up at anywhere. A whole year since you are in this damn room eating shit at night."
And he said in a low voice then, looking at me while I stood against the slab where the novels were kept.
"Yeah, you heard it right.
"I saw you going to the cheryl's shop last night. And when you were back home, I peeked inside from the front window. You listened to the same loud music which you do daily and talked to someone on phone, which is stupid as after you had discontinued paying the phone bills they disconnected your line. Your mailbox is full of your bills and letters which you have not read since ages."
He took a pause and continued
"You need to leave this place."
I felt my blood being pumped through my heart as I looked at him but I did not want to shout. I said rather in a distasteful manner.
"Maybe your name is Ian, and maybe you are my friend. And even if I consider you are the same guy whom I saw last saturday at the bar with no mustache and a shitty haircut.
There are still no chances that you are getting in my room to tell me I am some mad freak who talks to himself.
And, I think you should leave now."
"You need to leave this place, Everett. I am leaving to Louisiana the day after tomorrow. I want you to come with me."
"I am going nowhere, it has just been a month since I have shifted here. And moreover I am joining Amanda once she would contact me. I am going to join her anyway."
"Amanda porter, the girl with brown hair?"
"Yes" I said.
"She died in a car crash last september, the day she left to Tennessee. The saturday when we were at the bar and you kept singing to me the song you both danced on, at her home last night after the dinner.
And you knew of her death, her mother called you just before you left the bar. And since then, you are nowhere to be found. A year has passed. And you are here. I don't want you to be here anymore. You need to go."
Something in me broke down, Amanda porter could not be dead. She was one of those people who were not born to be dead.
I grabbed Ian by his arm. He stood up.
It escaped through my clenched teeth.
He headed towards the door.
"The day after tomorrow."
He said as he closed the door.
"Maybe all the stars have fallen.".
(To be continued.)
Everyday when I woke up, I remembered that Amanda was gone. And it always seemed that a time has passed since then.
A long time maybe, since yesterday.
I never forgot to dial to her regardless of the fact that it was always switched off.
The room I lived in, was painted blue from inside. The mirror in the bathroom was broken. And I had three novels in my bookshelf , 'The longest night to come' , 'All the starts fell apart' and 'The room painted black'.
I would read each of them, though never was able to finish. However, somehow, I knew how were they going to end.
Days were often the same, and nights too. I spent them sleeping or playing video games and often holding my phone next to my ear trying to call her.
I hated lights, all kind of them. When I would wake up every time, I hoped it's night so that I could walk myself to grocery store without being disturbed.
A night, after the switch off tone on her phone, I spoke.
I closed my eyes and spoke,
"I miss you, so much."
And then it was her voice.
And I was not amazed, I knew she would have missed me.
"Where had you gone?" I asked.
"Somewhere, You can't be here."
"I want to, I want it so bad." I said.
"There is no way to be here." She said.
"There certainly is, beyond the cliff there it lies."
"Have all the stars fallen apart?" She asked after a while.
"No, Maybe all of them broke."
"Save yourself." She said.
And then the voice got lost after I heard a knock at my door.
Who could be here at this hour, I thought. I slide the curtains off the front window. It was day, the light was there and it almost made me blind. Yet I could see Ian martin at my door.
I half opened the door with the chain still intact, and looked through. Ian was there. He looked changed, like he grew up twice in size since last saturday when I had seen him in the bar. He had gotten a different haircut as well with nicely grown pyramid mustache.
"What do you want?" I said.
He thought for a while and said
"I want to save you."
(To be continued.)