23 January, 2006

The One that Flew Away.

1996

Her friends were filming an old uncle near the minimart, asking him serious questions about the education system for their school project.
Holding the camera steadily, she peered into the screen...and her jaw dropped.

Behind the blabbering old man, a boy, about 17 years or so, was standing there, throwing M&M's in the air, with a crazed grin on his face. Sandy brown hair, green eyes, wearing a dirty green uniform.
He stuck out both his middle fingers behind the man's head and the guy didn't even have a clue.
She tried not to laugh but it was too late.
The strange guy was now pretending to fly from one end to the other, all this behind the old geezer who just wouldn't shut up about the virtues of the education system.

"Ok thank you Uncle! You were very helpful."

She switched off the camera and walked up to the boy. "You've spoilt the interview!!"
"Big Fuck. Interview me."
"Uh..Ok..."

The expletive- filled interview was left out on the editing floor. But she had made a new friend...sort of..




1998

Surprisingly, it wasn't a very hot day. She sat on the bench trying to get the shading of the nose just right, but somehow she couldn't. She was getting tired of erasing and redrawing. Not a lot got under her skin, but not getting proportion right, did.

A movement caught her eye. A flash of dirty green, a jaunty, uneven, hunched walk and then a pause.

Oh. Him. I knew he'd be back at this time, why did I come down. Because you wanted to see him, stupid.
No! Pretend you don't know he's here!!
Don't be DAFT. He knows you know.
....Ok, fine.

She took a small gulp, looked up and looked left.
"Hey.. What are you upto?"
God, his accent.
"Hi..Just..um..drawing.."
Her own voice sounded thin and stupidly high-pitched.

This is stupid.

"Lemme see."
Obediently (much to her own annoyance) she got up and thrust the paper, as roughly as possible, into his hands.
He looked at the paper.
She looked at him.

How could anyones eyes be that green?
A Forest. Trees radiating from the pupil. Amazing..
Well proportioned nose..teeth are crooked- charming..so charming..

"This is good.."
She looked at him suspiciously. Since when was he civilised?
She shrugged. "I can't seem to get the nose right.."
He looked intently at the drawing, held his hand out for the pencil and started shading.

"You can draw??"
He just nodded. She continued to look over his shoulder, amazed at how well the nose was turning out.
Why didn't I think of shading it that way??

He suddenly looked up with an extremely serious look on his face.
"Do you want to kiss me?"
"What?!"

Silence.

He looked down again and started shading.
"Do you want to kiss me?" Head still lowered, still shading.
"The day I kiss you, is the day pigs will fly."
She grinned at looked at his face, expecting a crooked toothed grin in return, but he just kept silent and continued shading.

"Done."
He handed her the paper. Gave her an odd, small smile and said "You have talent.."
"Thanks! You're pretty good too man!"
He just gave her another small smile, shoulders hunched even more, and walked towards his house.

O-kaaay....



2000

She hunched over her essay and started feverishly writing.
Ah such peace...such tranquility...such..

*Scrrraaaaape*
"G'day mate."
"Oh..You're here. Buzz off. I'm trying to do work."

You're turning red.

"Want some chocolate?"
"What? No cussing? Why're you being so nice."
"Have some..So...I'm headed back to Australia on the 18th.."

Her face was a blank. Both of them got up and started walking slowly. She turned to him with a bright smile.
"Ok! Hey lets you, me and S head to the beach!"
"Haha..nah ..I'm dressed like a fuckin' Nazi, look at me!"
"So what! Come on.."

He didn't budge, so she came upto him, grabbed his hands and pulled. He still didn't budge.
"Come on, please??Please?"
Her voice wasn't bright anymore, it was forced, almost pleading. She wasn't even smiling.
He pulled her towards him and said softly "I'll keep in touch, I promise.."

A Forest, That Forest...

She started tearing and she didn't even notice.
"We both know you won't...."
A tear rolled down her cheek.
"I will, I promise...."
She shook her head, gave him a watery smile and hugged.

Their first hug.
And last.


***



Sorry for the long post, guys.





Oh and in case you were wondering... the asshole never kept in touch.

36 Comments:

Anonymous Rajesh did the happy dance and finally said..

Sometimes things are not always what they seem...maybe...just maybe...he is trying just as hard to forget...
They say time heals all wounds....but it sure leaves a hell of alot of scars behind

or you could be right, he could be a asshole... :)

12:18 AM  
Blogger 4WD did the happy dance and finally said..

Dude, is that a real-life story? Why can't i have stories like that. Or any real stories that can become mini-books. Or movies. Or be told to grandchildren. My best story is about how my steering jammed while racing up a mountain-road.

Completely real? no embellishing?

12:43 AM  
Blogger aditi did the happy dance and finally said..

i thought u were gonna post kelso's pic! :s

1:50 AM  
Blogger SoNyA did the happy dance and finally said..

some things are best left as memories babe.. think of it as one of those things that just wasnt meant to be... sigh

3:08 AM  
Blogger Rohan Kumar did the happy dance and finally said..

One last hug, 6 years and a blog post later.......life still goes on :)

3:19 AM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

rajesh - something tells me he does remember me once in a while, or maybe its just wishful thinking...ill never know! we never went out or anything..but yknow...its just one of those things

4wd - unfortunately i dont have the imagination to make all of that up :S haha it was all real..no embellishments at all =)

aditi - godd ill have to do a kelso post for u only!!!:P

sonya - im glad we never got together babes..id have been a mess if we had, things were better off as they were =) theyre wonderful memories :)

rohan - aye it goes on alright =) but its amazing how i remember it all like it happened yesterday...there are only smiles a fading fuzzy feelings when i recall memories of him :)

8:36 AM  
Blogger Demi Goddezz did the happy dance and finally said..

awww chweet chweet:))

1:11 PM  
Blogger Drops Of Jupiter did the happy dance and finally said..

They never do keep in touch do they?

And yet thank God that we still keep fond memories deep in our hearts.

1:56 PM  
Blogger White Magpie did the happy dance and finally said..

Once upon a time there was a tavern
Where we used to raise a glass or two...

Ah!! those were the days..

Did ye spend the last few days mushing about 96, 98 and 2000?

2:09 PM  
Blogger Grafxgurl did the happy dance and finally said..

Gah.. i say.. GAH!
stamp on his hand i say!! i cant stand people who flirt with no serious intention~~ ESP if they have nice eyes!! BAH!~

3:20 PM  
Anonymous ds did the happy dance and finally said..

mahi your writing abilities have improved tremendously.
i now know why your so hooked on 'aussue hunks' aye? ;)

Here's a poem to help your sadness:

An Aussie he was
that you adore,
not many around
in singapore.

you interviewed him
and he drew you a nose,
but did he like you?
you can only suppose.

and then of course
he left you mate'
those green forest eyes
were you too late?

a lesson learnt
you have shared
dont screw it up
with someone you once cared.

5:31 PM  
Blogger Casablanca did the happy dance and finally said..

Gulp, and gulp again :(

I hate losing touch.

5:50 PM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

thank u demi dahlink!

jups - yea...i think without those experiences we wouldnt be much would we?

magpie - i did actually! i dont know what set me off but ive been thinking bout the good ol days quite a bit!
-clinks glass with magpie-

grafx - stop gahing u silly girl! u have prof greeney bluey ! watcha complainin for ??

devster -ahhh that was lovely! thanks for the sound advice =)

casa - it hurts like a biatch. but like rohan said...life goes on!

9:43 PM  
Blogger Grafxgurl did the happy dance and finally said..

ahh yes.. i know.. i know.. but i was Gahing for you !!!! i now have to Gah for others!!! since i cant Gah for meself!!

12:43 AM  
Blogger Leigh did the happy dance and finally said..

That's what memories are for... they attribute to who we are now. More memories to be made...

2:49 AM  
Blogger Miz BoheMia did the happy dance and finally said..

You should have come in to kiss him and given him a bite instead. BITE HIM I SAY! Grrrr...

4:10 AM  
Blogger Jenna Howard did the happy dance and finally said..

I felt a little catch in my chest followed by the need to beat him up. The bad cads are evil. Eeeeevil.

11:42 AM  
Blogger Jay did the happy dance and finally said..

Now all you need to do is book a ticket to Australia, look for the bastard and kick the shit out of him.

He's probably fat now anyway.

12:01 PM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

grafx - awwwww thank u sweetheart! =D gah away m'dear!

leigh - definitely! u know as shitty as some memories were..im still incredibly thankful for them!

miz b - oh yummy mummy..if only i had the wisdom back then...id have said 'HELL YEA!' to his kissy question..alas...i was young and (VERY) stupid!

jenna - uve said out loud what i feel about every man ive crushed on - mushy and then punchy..im serious! i still cant fathom how they make me weak and yet so xena warrior princess-like...go figure!

jay - awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww *hug* thank u! u know whats weird tho? i visited melbourne last july- thats where he moved, and i didn't even think of him once! ok i did think of him a couple of times, but it was nothing obsessive!

12:25 PM  
Blogger White Magpie did the happy dance and finally said..

This is weird..I've got to start reading more articles on Australia methinx ;) Jest now a mail popped in moi inbox informing me of a trip (OF course work-related) to Sydney for a few days..A nice break methinx from the regular OOOO Esss AAAA trips plus some miles on Qantas to add..Yips..

BTW, did ye go to Melton South in Melba?

12:53 PM  
Blogger Rohan Kumar did the happy dance and finally said..

If its any consolation the pigs arent flying.....not yet anyways :)

2:39 PM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

magpie - its a sign!!!u are meant to go to australia! and noo i didnt go to melton south!

rohan - ya know..i wish someone had thrown a pig up in the air at that moment =D

3:37 PM  
Blogger Jenna Howard did the happy dance and finally said..

If you ever seen him: kiss him, then knee him. Get those emotions out! Then walk away with a "toodles!" and cute waggle of your fingers then enjoy the way he writhes on the ground, gagging. I have known many an asshole I wish I had done this too.

10:56 PM  
Blogger Webmiztris did the happy dance and finally said..

sounds typical.

4:29 AM  
Blogger 4WD did the happy dance and finally said..

Why was he always wearing green? i don't get it? i mean, i wear green too, but only when i'm hiking or something.

Did he have like a little hitler mustache too? did he say heil? I dont get it.

Anyway, i'll bet he was the kind that drives a fiat.

6:05 AM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

jenna - lol ive often told my self thats exactly what ill do, but i think if i saw him now, my first 'instinct' would be to give him a hug

dawn - sigh :(

4wd - green was his school uniform...the nazi thing was something he said coz he was wearing a black sleeveless top and army fatigue pants and boots..i didnt think he looked like a nazi (in fact, i think he looked h-h-hottttttttttt), but apparently he did!

9:16 AM  
Blogger The Box did the happy dance and finally said..

This stuff is in the air lately. It's like the bird flu - it's going round. Every other dinner I go to with a freind lately has been filled with the whole 'woulda, coulda, shoulda' lament.

I've had it.
I'm not going to live a life of regret.
I'm getting those running shoes.

1:26 PM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

boxie - u go boy! :D
(but then again...wait a month la...prices could fall..COULD....oh go get 'em

3:28 PM  
Blogger APOO did the happy dance and finally said..

U shud have kissed him, and then gone ahead to have mind-blowing sex!

Now stop regretting it, and stop reading Mills n Boons!

3:32 PM  
Blogger Jenna Howard did the happy dance and finally said..

Sigh. If you want to go the grown-up route...fine.

11:40 PM  
Blogger Mint Chutney did the happy dance and finally said..

Asshole.

10:41 AM  
Blogger couchpotato did the happy dance and finally said..

You write really well, Mahi. You didn't meet him when you went to Melb last year?

5:46 PM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

poo - ok!

jenna - :p aww well...lets see what happens if i ever do meet him again...ull be the first to know!

minty - ill just take the delusionally optimistic route and say 'he probably lost my email' :P

couchi - thanks hun :)its weird...i didnt even feel like it..maybe i was afraidof what id find? maybe i was lazy? no idea...:S

9:50 PM  
Blogger Nahuatl did the happy dance and finally said..

Beg your pardon Madame, but I visited your blog long time back.
But this time.. this is so cool story! Amazing.. and very nice style you have :)

Damn! I love green eyes... but only girls' :D

And you got nice profile pic there.. :)

10:48 PM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

hi nayan! welcome =)
haha thank u very much
(i love green eyes too..but on boys :P)
do visit again!

11:23 PM  
Blogger surbhi seth did the happy dance and finally said..

Aww mahi... Thats a sad story!!!
Hey...this is totally off topic but ever thought of publishing a book of short stories?! I'd buy it...recommend it..and help market it!!! Think abt it.. for real!

12:26 AM  

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