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A Lovely Delusion (Short Story) - Chapter 1

Updated on September 5, 2011



My mother and my father got divorced when I was very young. I think I was 8 years old by that time. My mother married to someone else, soon after, and I was being left with my father to spend the rest of my life. My father's name was Liam Gage. He was an ordinary man; never had an active social circle, nor have many friends. He used to spend most of his time, alone, and this habit of his has transferred to me as well. After my father's death, I have been living in solitude for almost 12 years.

When my mother left my father, I saw him breaking down with every passing second. He was an already quiet person and his divorce intensified his condition. He soon became an alcoholic and died with alcohol flowing in his veins. What about me? I was doing what I was destined to do - to just watch each and every suffering of my destiny crawling towards me. First, I saw my mother leaving me at an age when a child needs her mother the most. Then I saw my father breaking down, at a time when I was a teenager and I was being embarrassed among my friends, because of the fact that my father is an alcoholic and depressed person who cannot stand against the face of his cruel fate. This was another reason I did not have many friends, obviously it never feels good to be embarrassed. As an artist and a loner, nature has always been my best friend. Whenever I felt alone, I used to sit on a rock near the beach and I used to sit there for hours without being bored. I just loved to enjoy the calm and soft breeze of wind, and the sweet smell of sea, and the feelings that something, the nature at least, is with me and I am not alone.

While remembering about myself, I remember my room, it is full of paintings. I remember I was around 7 years old when I started to sketch and then paint. After all, what a child could do while sitting in a corner, watching his parents quarreling and fighting with each other like two mad persons. I started to visualize things from a different perspective at all and when the time came to express them, I started to express them with the help of sketching and painting. There are still paintings in my room, such as, my mum and dad fighting with each other, my mum leaving out of the house, my father being down in the dump, and me being alone.

I have been a troubled person through-out my life, but all my troubles and torments ended with a sweet breeze, when I met Hannah - Hannah Stella. How could I ever forget that day? I was sitting on the same rock near the beach, and I was indeed very sad on that day, because it was my birthday and there was no one for me to wish and embrace, except my cousin Joe and his wife Lydia. They cut the cake; spent a half hour with me, but then they left and I was alone again. I was drowned into the same thoughts when I heard a crying voice just below the rock-mound, I was sitting on. I climbed down and saw the most beautiful face in my entire life, with that velvety skin glowing even further when that tear, slipping down her cheek; glorying her charm.

I reached to her and asked: "Hello? What happened?"

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @Becky Swift: It is a work of fiction of me. I am glad that you have loved it so far. All the chapters have been published, and I hope that you will like it much more at the time when you will be finished reading the whole story till the last chapter - Chapter 6. :)

      Thank you for stopping by :)

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      Becky Swift 6 years ago from Southampton

      What amazing storey and beatifuly told, would love to know if this is a true story and will be looking forward to the next chapter :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Sad yet interesting.... on to Chapter 2

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      Thank you everyone for appreciating the story by your kind words. Chapter 2 has been published. I hope you all will enjoy that as well :)

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      You are an excellent writer. Looking forward to chapter 2.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      You have wonderfully depicted sorrows of wounded heart. The first person point of view is very touching.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Your story brought tears to my eyes. The past does come back when we least expect it. Thank you. I'll be back!!!

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      lhchan 6 years ago

      Very interesting story, thanks for sharing, waiting for chapter 2.

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      sweetie1 6 years ago from India

      Hi hunbbel,

      Your story was very painful. You were able to bring out pain of life of the character very beautifully. Looking forward to second part.

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      Sweets21 6 years ago

      Lol ohhh okay! Sorry guessed I missed it, still a great story so far I'll be looking out for the next chapter!

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      Writer20 and sweets21: It is just a fiction short-story :) I guess you haven't read the prologue yet :)

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      NiaLee, SubRon7, rosemay: Thank you for your kind words, and yes it is a romantic story :)

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      James W. Nelson 6 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Good story, Hunbbel, and well written. Looking forward to Chapter 2.

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      writer20 6 years ago

      I enjoyed your sad story. I'm hoping everything is getting alot better for you. Looking forward to reading more.

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      Rosemary Sadler 6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A great story waiting for the next chapter, sounds as though its going to be a romantic one.

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      writer20 6 years ago

      Great read. Waiting for more. up and awesome

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      Sweets21 6 years ago

      I'm sorry you had to go through so much pain, I hope life is better for you now than then and I cant wait to read the next chapter. Thank you for sharing!

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      NiaLee 6 years ago from BIG APPLE

      That is a very beautiful story. Thanks for sharing it with us. I am waiting for the chap 2. Love and peace. NiaLee