A Lovely Delusion (Short Story) - Chapter 4
A Lovely Delusion - Chapter 4:
Everything in my life turned upside down when Hannah and I were standing in front of Lydia and I was asking Lydia to say hello to Hannah, and she was just blank - staring at my face with the strangest of expressions and emotions. I guess, at first, Lydia was not too serious about it, as Lydia said:
"Come on Sam! Stop joking. I got work to do here."
I don't know why Lydia did that. Was she telling the lie or speaking the truth that she was not able to see Hannah? Later that day, Joe stopped by. He was tensed, a bit choked, I should say. He just met me at the porch; came inside; sat down, and spoke nothing at all.
We had dinner together, had some beers, then he started to speak.
Joe: "Lydia told me that you stopped by in the noon. I am sorry I wasn't at home."
Me: "I know that you do not stay at home in the noon, you ought to go to work."
Joe: "Oh yeah. Silly me."
A breeze of silence took over us for a couple of minutes.
Me: "What is it Joe?"
Joe: "Aah! Nothing man. Just ... nothing."
Me: "Say it. Lydia has said it; you should too."
Joe: "Oh no man! No! It is not like that. Can't I just stop by?"
Me: "Of course you can Joe. But what you can't is lie to me. I am with you since when? Childhood?"
Joe: "I am sorry man. I came actually to talk you about this, but after spending some time with you. I am not feeling too well to speak about it."
Me: "It is not healthy to keep your self buried with words, Joe."
Joe: "Ah! Don't you speak about 'healthiness'. How is it healthy to date a girl that nobody can see? You tell me man."
Me: "It is not that 'nobody' can see. It is just that Lydia didn't accept that she saw her."
Joe: "So it means that at least 'someone' has accepted that they saw her. WOW! That's something to cherish of. Right Sam?"
Me: "Not exactly. I took Hannah to your house, prior to anyone's else. Who else I got as my friends or relatives?"
Joe: "Look Sam! That is exactly what I am talking about. Lydia was the first to meet her, and she didn't get deceive; she actually couldn't see her. Try to understand. Why are you being so difficult to talk to, man?"
He continued in a more gentle way, by not hurting me in any way possible.
"Look Sam, you are my brother, and I cannot see you loving a person who does not even exist. Be a little bit practical."
"You be practicl Joe. Do you think that am I mad or something? Can't I differentiate the line between fantasy and reality?"
Joe: "No man. I don't mean that. But still Lydia says that there was no one there. Can you please do me a favor?"
Me: "Don't ask me to leave Hannah. She is the one who supported me at the time when I was in need of. I will not break her heart."
Joe: "No. I am not telling you to leave her. I am just asking a favor to come with me to the doctor's. At least, you can do this for me. I respected your point and I didn't say to leave her. You respect mine; come with me to the doctor; proof your point, and get married to Hannah, as you want to. I will be your best man, my brother."
Me: "So now you think that I am mad, right Joe? Fantastic!"
Joe: "Please man. Do this for me. You sure about Hannah right? Then why the fuss is all about?"
I agreed. The next day we went to the doctor and I believe it was one of my worst decision to pay a visit there.