Good afternoon followers. I hope you are all well. As promised, here is the first chapter of my new short story ‘Reunited’. Enjoy!
It had been nearly six months since she had last seen any of her close friends. Hibernating from the world in a closet full of painful memories, Laura had barely ventured out of the house. The loss had hit her particularly hard. Tonight however, she hoped to put all of that behind her with a toast to moving on.
Laura’s good friend Chloe turned thirty today and had planned a celebratory night out for all of her girlfriends. A local tapas bar would set the scene for what was sure to be a classic girly evening which they had all been looking forward to for some time.
As she added the finishing touches to an already colourful array of make up, the door bell rang.
“Hey trouble!” Chloe came crashing through the door with her handbag in one hand and a half finished bottle of prosecco in the other.
“Are you ready or what?” she asked.
“Yeah give me two minutes to get my shoes on and I’ll be out” Laura replied.
“Ok hurry up babe. The taxi won’t wait forever”.
Laura sat on the stairs and slipped into her four inch heels. She was sure that come midnight she would be taking them off again on the way home but they looked good. She stood up, grabbed her bag and locked the door behind her. She climbed into the taxi and was treated to a competitive surge of hugs and kisses.
On the way to the tapas bar in amidst painfully out of tune serenades to passers by, much to the amusement of the taxi driver, Laura was reminded once again of her past.
‘So how have things been since losing Dan?’ asked her friend Hannah.
‘Yeah okay. I think I’m finally coming to terms with it all to be honest’ she replied. ‘I still miss him like crazy but it’s getting easier’. Hannah placed her hand on Laura’s knee. ‘You’ll be fine you know. We’re going to have a good night tonight’.
The taxi pulled up outside the bar and they climbed out one by one trying to retain their dignity as they did so. As they walked inside their table stood out like a sore thumb. The ‘Happy Birthday’ banners and ’30’ balloon the big giveaway. A waiter ushered them over and they took their seats. ‘Someone will be over to take your drinks order in a second ladies’ he said.
Ten minutes had passed before he arrived at the table.
‘What can I get you girls?’
They each looked at him as if he had arrived from another planet. A Spanish planet.
‘Wow’ whispered Chloe to Laura.
‘I know. Where the hell did he come from?’ she replied.
‘I don’t know babe but I want to go there on my holidays’. The two of them giggled in unison.
‘And what can I get you my..’ He paused. Laura slowly shifted her gaze upwards as he stood beside her fixated on her nervous eyes. A confused expression now appearing on his face. ‘It’s you’.