72 "The Last Dance"

Closure to a lost relationship.

The Last Dance

The day had gone by very slowly. He had thought about doing this for a while now, but when this day came, it just seemed to drag by with minutes seeming like hours. He was standing at the bar in the saloon, where they had been together a few times when they were dating and he knew she had frequented the place many times before they had met. He had a feeling she would be there that night because she and her son always came there around his birthday to celebrate.

As he waited for the time to tick by, he reflected back on their time together. He could recall their departure much easier than their meeting. After dating for a couple of years and a couple of uneventful trips together, she informed him that she could never love him because she knew deep in her heart that he was still deeply in love with his previous girlfriend. After feeling that his heart had been broken, then really facing his own feelings, he had to admit that to himself and face the fact that his heart actually belonged to one woman. (That’s another story.)

The time had just edged past 8 0’clock and he had just approached the bar and ordered another drink when he saw her walk through the door with her son and some older man he didn’t recognize. The three of them were laughing and seemed to be having a good time already. He couldn’t let that bother him. He came for one thing and one thing only. As he sat there and watched them for awhile, he realized that she really hadn’t had the feelings for him that he had hoped for during their relationship. She seemed very happy and content, but then she was always that way whenever her sons were around.

He had one more drink and decided this was the time to make his move. They had found a table where they were sitting when he walked up to them. When she looked up and saw who was standing there, her face went pale. He thought she was going to pass out. Her son, realizing who he was, stood up in a threatening manner.

He waved his hand for her son to sit back down and in a soft voice simply said; “I’m not here to cause any trouble and I don’t need any introductions or explanations. I just want to ask your mother for one dance. Is that alright with you?” he asked the older gentleman with them.

The older gentleman just nodded his head in approval and muttered, “Just make sure you bring her back.”

He replied, “I will be more than happy to bring her back.” And without another word he reached out his hand to her. With a little hesitation she reached for and took his hand and he led her onto the dance floor.

As they took their position, in which he was a perfect gentleman and didn’t pull her close, she started to speak and he simply placed two fingers on her lips to stop her from saying anything.

The music was playing a slow song, which is all he would ever dance to anyway, and they danced all of the way through without either one of them saying a word.

When the music stopped he politely walked her back to the table and said, “Returning as promised.” Then he turned to her and said, “Thank you for the last dance.” He then slowly turned and walked away with the threesome at the table staring at him as he walked through the door without looking back at all.


Comments 24 comments

Deborah Brooks profile image

Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Wow.. this hits home.. maybe i should do that.. awesome write.


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gregas 3 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Thank you Deb. it's more my imagination than anything. Greg

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Sneha Sunny 3 years ago from India

Beautiful creation! Loved it, Greg! :)

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ubaidh86 3 years ago

@gregas: That's Wonderful Hub, i really n'joyd reading it.! :)

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Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas

Exceptional -- and a real tugger of the heart. Most of us who have suffered lost relationships can relate to this -- although most of us didn't handle it as gently and with such dignity as your guy. Great work! Best/Sis

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Maria Cecilia 3 years ago from Philippines

wow wish we can always do the same with our lost relationship. LOL this hits me somewhere..

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pinto2011 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Emotions sewn through thread of feelings.

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skperdon 3 years ago from Canada

wow he certainly was focused. Nicely done gregas.

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hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

This, my new friend, is a powerful vignette that certainly says as much between the lines as it does literally. It is a very good read, compelling in that it touches a familiar chord within most of us. I remember my evenings as a bartender for Shakey's Pizza in Tacoma, WA, and seeking a little comfort with young divorcees every now and then, my heart clearly pining for a first (and lost) love back home in the islands.

Reading your profile, I know for a fact that you are wrong about yourself. You're a damn good writer, Gregas! It's an honor to read and comment on your work as well as be a follower! Aloha, my friend!


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annart 3 years ago from SW England

What a great, powerful story! So much deeper and more dramatic to do things that way. Looking forward to reading more. Up and beautiful. Ann

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CampbellLena2013 3 years ago from Maryland

Love your stories they are so sweet and wonderful

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gregas 3 years ago from Corona, California. Author

I have been short on time lately, but I do want to thank everyone for their visits and comments. Greg

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grand old lady 3 years ago from Philippines

Very nice story. It leaves you wondering if their last dance together was truly definitive. A part of me wishes it were longer.

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deborahmorrison1 2 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Magnificent! Grabs the reader emotionally!

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gregas 2 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Deborah, thank you. Greg.

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Krmission 2 years ago from Indiana

Wow, such emotion in that little story, gregas. Enjoyed reading.

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gregas 2 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Kristy, thank you so much for the visit and the compliment. Greg.

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old albion 23 months ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi Greg. A nice and gentle end to a love story.


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Glenis Rix 5 months ago from UK

A nicely written snapshot. Well characterised - I formed a mental image of the scene.

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gregas 5 months ago from Corona, California. Author

Thank you Glenis. I had to visualize too because it is just the way I would have liked to have ended it. Greg.

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techygran 3 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

Nicely written to take in all the ambivalence of the relationship, on both their parts, while honoring the need for closure. I particularly like the detail around the woman's contentment in her relationships with her sons, and the tension that provides as one of the between-the-lines narratives.

I like the respect and kindness that flows through this piece. I would describe you as an "emotionally intelligent" writer and commend you for developing the self-awareness to communicate that in your writing. Bravo!

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gregas 3 months ago from Corona, California. Author

Thank you techygran, the relationship was real. The closure was my imagination that I would have liked to have been able to enact. Thank you too for the compliment.

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EdwardLane 2 months ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

Love your article. You're a very good writer. Thank you for for following me.

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Divya Merh 5 weeks ago

Nice article Greg. I like your writing :))))

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