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A Lovely Delusion (Short Story) - Chapter 4

Updated on September 24, 2011

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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."

I interrupted:

"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.


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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      I see heartbreak ahead for Sam. Voted up and awesome.

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      Rosemary Sadler 6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Another good chapter. your dialogue styles were just fine.

      Waiting in anticipation for the last chapter.

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      writer20 6 years ago

      Great reading story

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      Well Wisher: It is human nature; not to be satisfied. Who knows that even if there is an imaginary character enters in our life, would we still be happy? :) I doubt it.

      And I am desperate to publish more ;) just got stuck in a little bit of work in my schedules. Hoping to finish the last chapter and the epilogue soon :)

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @Vinaya: I tried hard to distinguish the talking/dialogue styles of each character, slightly different. I do not know that how much I succeeded in that, as it was my first attempt to toy with it. I hope you, and other readers, will point them out :)

      Thank you for stopping by, I was starting to miss you :P

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      well wisher 6 years ago

      That is interesting, indeed. And Hunbbel, I do agree with your point of being with an imaginary character so that we don't get hurt or cheated. I am desperate to read more. Voted up!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      What I loved in this story is the interplay of dialogues to emphasize the characters.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @SubRon7: It may prove to be a fantastic idea, because then no one will cheat you, hurt you, and fight with you after you missed some of their calls or didn't go for the shopping etc. hahaha. But even this idea will bring pains, poor men! :P

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      James W. Nelson 6 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      A girlfriend nobody else can see, a fantastic story idea, Hunbbel. On a different note not meant to make light of your story but maybe that's the answer for many of us unattached bachelors, who would "like" to be attached.


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