|Everybody loves Harry. (standard:drama, 2431 words)|
|Author: red1hols||Added: Sep 16 2002||Views/Reads: 2494/1541||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Everybody loves Harry, but would I like to be like him?|
Stopping off at my local pub on my way home is not my normal habit. It had been a terrible day and the idea of a beer and a little bit of company suddenly seemed like a great way to unwind. The bar was quiet. It always is early on a Tuesday. Just when I had resigned myself to drinking alone, I spotted Harry hunched over the corner table. My spirits lifted. Everybody likes Harry. No, that understates it. Everybody loves Harry. He is intelligent, witty, good looking and excellent company. Half an hour with Harry and all my problems would be forgotten. “Evening Harry!” I called over from the bar. “Would you like another?” Harry nodded. I took the two pints over to Harry and sat down. “Why so glum, Harry? This isn't like you.” “You don't understand. No one understands. This isn't my life anymore!” Harry looked at me with two bloodshot eyes. “You are in a bad way. How many of those have you had?” I nodded towards the empty glasses. “Stop it!” Harry's fist slammed against the table, causing beer to spill over the top of the glasses. “This isn't me! I'm not meant to be popular. Try to remember! Remember back to before, when I had an ordinary life! Go on, try and remember me a month ago!” The outburst stunned me. I looked at the barman, who suddenly remembered some cellar work. “What do you mean Harry? A month ago?” Something twitched in my memory, but I couldn't quite grasp it. “Think!” Harry fixed me with a wild stare. “You will remember how things used to be!” The fog in my mind cleared. Harry Clark was the original anonymous accountant. On Friday evenings, we would sit together, reading our respective papers, him the Telegraph while I preferred the Independent. At ten, we would bid each other farewell. I would return to my wife, while he returned to his ordered bachelor existence. “That's not right, Harry.” I stammered. “You are the life and soul of this place. You are the most eligible bachelor in the town. Everybody loves you, Harry.” “No, you remember how it used to be.” He fixed me with a knowing stare. “The way it should be.” Harry took a long draught from his pint before hunching over it. “What? I mean, did it all change?” I stammered in confusion. “What's wrong with your life now?” Harry sat back on his chair and stared at the ceiling deep in thought. After a few minutes, he thrust his left hand under my nose. “This!” he pointed to a silver ring on the little finger of his left hand. “This is what changed everything!” I examined the ring. It was just an ordinary, plain ring. Possibly silver, but there was absolutely nothing exceptional about it. “I'm going to tell you about it and you WILL remember!” Harry's voice resonated around the bar. Harry hunched over his pint again and started breathing deeply. Just as I began to think that he had fallen asleep, he looked at me again. “Four weeks ago, I was at a conference in York.” His voice was calm, almost a whisper. “I had tagged along with some of the other delegates, but they had waited until I was in the toilets and sneaked away. I was too boring for them.” Click here to read the rest of this story (219 more lines)
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