Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween

The gentleman sat on the station platform waiting for her to arrive. Nervously he looked down at the pale translucent skin on the back of his hands, counting the dark stains of the liver spots. She had once held those hands in hers, youthful hands, strong hands. He glanced away from the painful reminder of his aging, searching for the clock and the endless ticking seconds till they would meet again.

Closing his eyes he pictured every detail of her appearance when he had last seen her. That memory had grown stronger with each passing year. Her dark hair swept back in a cascade of soft curls, topped by her neat felt hat, her hazel eyes soft and tender. A dash of rouge on each rounded cheek and soft plump red lips inviting his kiss. She wore a blue coat nipped in at the waist gently flaring over her hips it accentuated her figure. She had been so proud of that coat it had taken the last twenty clothing coupons she had.

He opened his eyes and looked at the clock once more, it was eight fifteen, just a few more minutes. The platform was deserted as always, the trains had long since stopped calling at this station. The seconds ticked by as he recalled the night they had parted. They were so different, their lives and families were worlds apart. His parents had never liked her she was from a working class family they did not think that she was good enough for him. They would never allow the young couple to marry he knew. 

More seconds ticked by, eight sixteen.  He stroked the breast pocket of his jacket fondly touching the ring he had carried close to his heart for the last sixty two years. They had arranged to meet at seven o'clock to catch the night train to London Kings Cross, they were eloping they would start a new life together. He had been late, she had been waiting for over an hour. His parents sensing something was afoot had delayed him. Now it was his turn to wait on the station platform. eight seventeen, the chill air made his bones ache, he sat silently as he watched the clock. In another minute she would be here.

At eight eighteen she arrived, quietly she stood at the edge of the platform watching him. His heart pounded in his chest, his breathing quickened and his chest ached with the effort. She was as beautiful as ever. Her plump red lips parted in a smile as she held out her hands to him. Struggling to raise himself from the seat he shuddered as the icy air seized his limbs. She stood still, arms outstretched smiling, drawing him to her. Slowly he found the use of his legs walking to her eager to feel her touch. Her hands were soft and cool he squeezed them in his aging hands. He could barely breath as he took in the youthful beauty of her face, her dark hair under her hat and the blue coat, she was right to be proud of it. Somewhere in the distance a train horn sounded as it approached the station.  

He glanced at the clock, eight nineteen, he loved her, he had always loved her. He felt the rush of air as the train approached the station. Silently, hand in hand they stepped from the platform edge just as she had done sixty two years before, just as he had watched her do each All Hallows Eve for the last sixty one years.

14 at confession:

Charlie said...

You've written a very good short short story, SJ--not an easy thing to do. A tip o' the cap for a creepy Halloween tale.

Maggie May said...

Ahhhhh! Spooky. I didn't expect that ending!
Very well written. Had me hooked to the end.

Nuts in May

Jimmy Bastard said...

Pure dead brilliant doll. Superlative in construction, gracious in content. Bravo.

St Jude said...

Charlie, Maggie May and Jimmy - thank you very much for the comments.

ModernMom said...

Wow! Haunting and romantic! I love it:)
Thanks for popping by my blog today.
I'll be back:)

St Jude said...

Modern Mom - Thanks for stopping by, I enjoyed my visit.

Madame DeFarge said...

Excellent short story, nice and compact.

Stinkypaw said...

Niiice! Beautifully written.

Joanna Jenkins said...

This is my first visit to your blog and what a wonderful introduction! Terrific story! Thanks.
xo

Kevin Musgrove said...

nicely done: you had me there!

Kim Ayres said...

:)

English Rider said...

It made me feel as if I knew them.

Meg said...

I really like this story.

grupmy said...

Lovely!

 
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