|She (standard:romance, 1483 words)|
|Author: Derek Heath||Added: Apr 15 2004||Views/Reads: 1978/1124||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|A man's first love - but he loses her...|
He remembered it as if it were yesterday, rather than almost half his life ago. The details were so vivid and so strong, etched on his mind forever. How could he not remember? Hadn't he spent all those years trying to make that dream come true? And he had succeeded, and now it had been snatched away from him. He'd just turned sixteen and his first paypacket, from his first Saturday job, was burning a hole in his pocket. £24. Nothing in the world scheme of things, but to him, it was like a win on the pools. He didn't have to rely on his Mum for anything now. He could buy the trainers he wanted and not what she said. And now he could afford to buy records every week and not have to save his pocket money. He'd already bought a new shirt, and an album, and he was now in the newsagents, browsing the magazine shelves. He was flicking through the various titles, when he was stopped in his tracks by that cover photo. That was the first time he'd seen her. She was lithe, elegant, beautiful, flawless. She was older than him and he knew that she would be way, way out of his league. He thumbed through to the article about her. More photos and a history of her life. When she'd first appeared on the scene, it seems she had been seen out with everyone who was anyone, even the Prince Of Wales. She'd won award after award, but as fashions had changed, she'd fallen out of favour. Now it looked as though things had come full circle, and she was in demand again. There and then, the dream came to be. One day, he would be good enough for her. He'd have to save, and maybe it would take a long time, but he would be with her one day, and when that day came, well, wouldn't that be something? That evening, he must have read that article a dozen times. He thought he knew everything about her now. He also saw, somewhere else in the issue, that there was a show coming up soon, where she would be appearing. He knew he had to go, just to see her and to see if she was as beautiful as she looked in the magazine. The day came, and he did see her. If anything, she was even more wonderful in real-life. It was the best day of the summer so far, and maybe that contributed to it, but he thought he'd never seen a sight more stunning. She was resplendent in a lustrous shade of mid-blue, not as dark as navy, nor as pale as sky, and there was the contrast of the accessories that she wore, reflecting that gorgeous August sunshine. He couldn't understand how there could be men alive who didn't even think her attractive, let alone beautiful. That experience just deepened his resolve. He would be worthy of her one day, and he said so to his friend who had accompanied him. 'By the time I'm thirty, she'll be with me', he said. 'No way!' his friend laughed. 'Absolutely no way will you ever get her. Why torture yourself with it? There are plenty of others out there.' 'No. It's got to be her'. That's how life continued. Anywhere that he knew he'd be able to see her, he made sure he'd be there. He took his camera and used most of a film every time. Only once, did he manage to get someone to take his picture with her. That photo stayed in his wallet for ever. Every time he saw her in another magazine or a book, he had to buy it. His friends still told him to forget it, that he was obsessed, but he wouldn't listen. Working as hard as he could, he put every spare penny in the bank. Sure, there were others during that time. There was one, from Germany, younger and fresher, who'd come very close. Sometimes, when he'd been with her, he'd almost forgotten about his first love. But the German was too flighty in the end, let him down once too often, and he knew that he would only be truly happy when his dream was realised. As it happened, he failed. She wasn't to be his by the time he was thirty, but still he tried to win her. He was a few weeks past his thirty-second birthday, when he had the chance, when he saw her at yet another show. Could he, would she? Yes, yes! She would be with him. He was delirious with excitement. That first time they got together, he felt complete at last. Sixteen years of dreaming fulfilled. He didn't know what to do now. He just wanted to Click here to read the rest of this story (82 more lines)
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