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Flashing Lights

Updated on May 13, 2012

It was getting late,and the air was becoming more intoxicated by the hour.The drinks were pouring in from all angles, and the barmaid was rushed off her feet by the constant yelling of mobs demanding more booze .Mind you i wasn't on my best behaviour either,undertaking six shots of tequila and puking like my life depended on it.

Truth be told i didn't want this night to end,and as i looked around the room watching the knee jerk reaction to harmonious sounds being played through the speakers i was in awe . I'd never seen so many happy faces together, regardless of their skin colour or their class in society . I guess that's what alcohol does to you, but nevertheless i wanted to be a part of it.

Wondering whether i should hit the dance floor sweat pours down my forehead, and the distinctive tone of my heartbeat seems to go a bit faster . So reluctantly i take a step back into the shade away from the crowds and look for a quiet place in search for another drink.

Getting back to the bar was proving to be a difficult task and there seemed to be more and more people coming in.Cautious of not making a fool of myself, i walk through the crowds with a bit of flair while the smiling faces stare at me .The spotlight was on me and i wasn't quite sure why.Maybe they caught news of my promotion, or maybe they could smell the new cologne i was wearing. This doesn't happen so often so i knew i had to embrace this with open arms.

Finally the drinks had arrived and there's a hint of excitement spreading across my face. Still trying to play it cool, i walk over when suddenly there's an irritating queasiness in my stomach bubbling inside . Usually i would ignore this, but the thought of drinking made my stomach erupt and i knew from this point onwards i had to go home.

The taxi arrives, and at this point sleeping in the back with rubbish cans seems like paradise. I wanted to get home but at this rate we couldn't even reach the traffic lights.Soaking in the night while gazing at the window there's a flurry of flashing lights going past me and there she was...

I didn't even know her name, but something drew me towards her and i couldn't let her go.She smiled back while waiting for the bus and my heart suddenly found a new lease of life.I wondered what it would be like if we ever got married; Peru would have been a great destination for our honeymoon.I know i was getting carried away but i couldn't help it , her soft brown hair gently pushed through the air and her golden skin was as pure as the sun.

I never thought it was possible to fall in love so quickly , its like she understood me and yet we never spoke. Suddenly the car starts to move and the drool running down my mouth interrupts me from staring at her like a sad puppy . She must have thought i was a right old weirdo but still, we exchanged eye contact and spoke a language unknown to mankind.

Before i knew it the bus came and she was gone. There was no trace of her coming back, and the flashing lights had stopped . Some how this night didnt seem so great after all,and the uncomfortable feeling deep inside seemed to grow ever more . I knew i would never see her again, so i took a deep breathe and watch the bus go by and wonder if true love was ever meant for me....


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    • The original Eman profile imageAUTHOR

      The original Eman 

      6 years ago from london

      Hello there critical, thank for the taking the time to read this short story. its so true the amount of times this has happened to me too is crazy. I guess where all trying to find love and in some cases not to lose it again.

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      6 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      I can not count the times where I had experienced such confusion. Some still stuck in my mind today with the burning question of 'what if?'.. A nice description of what unfortunately is an all to common expereince.. Voted up !

    • The original Eman profile imageAUTHOR

      The original Eman 

      6 years ago from london

      I really enoyed writing this one and truth be told i wanted to continue but i'm not fond of happy endings as i haven't found my love yet :(

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      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Awesome, yet again I drowned inside the story, what a great work!... Except, ever the optimist, I'd have been going to that same bus stop until I got blue in the face (stalker-ish much? Nah, just talking chances! She smiled back - the best sign ever =)) and then...why Peru (too educational for romance, no?)? Paris, mon amour, Paris (but more expensive though)!

    • The original Eman profile imageAUTHOR

      The original Eman 

      6 years ago from london

      Richawriter thank you very much for your comments. You have really uplifted my spirit this morning and i can't thank you enough mate. That is a great vision and i am writing so much nowadays that it will be a matter of time before i get to a 100 hubs.

      This happened to you too argh, i know the feeling mate. ha i didn't cry, just ended up staying in my room not talking to anyone. You know when you think you have met the one and it falls short, it hurts very deeply.

      Start writing short stories you will enjoy it sometimes its better make the readers want more by ending with a cliff hanger you know . Stay in touch Rich

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      Richard J ONeill 

      6 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      Voted up and Beautiful my man!

      I love the way you experiment with combinations of words. It gives birth to some vivid images passing through the readers mind as he/she reads. Good stuff mate.

      This is your beginning. By the end of 2012, I envisage you may have 100 or more hubs if you keep up your momentum. Or perhaps I'm aiming too low.

      I can relate to this story. It has happened many a time to me. Alas, I did fall deeply in love and I'm still in love to this day with that same girl. We were together for nearly 4 years before she left me for another man.

      She smashed me. The first and last time I'll be on my knees crying in front of my mother that's for sure!! ha

      Strange though. How any love after the first never comes anywhere close.

      I really must learn how to write 'short' short stories like you Eman. Seriously, it is a weakness of mine.

      I'll try, sometime soon.

      Take care mate.

      I'll be back on my rounds again soon. :)

    • The original Eman profile imageAUTHOR

      The original Eman 

      6 years ago from london

      Thank you Blaise i always enjoy reading this one too.The picture is epic it's like there's so much more beyond the photo if you know what i mean.I can't wait for you to read my new stuff, stay in touch :)

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      Fehl Dungo 

      6 years ago from close to you...

      Wow this is so powerful at the end.. Makes me feel there's another part to read. I'm now a fan. Loved the photo and traffic and bokeh of lights in the picture. So compelling lots of sounds and thoughts.

      Excellent read!

    • The original Eman profile imageAUTHOR

      The original Eman 

      6 years ago from london

      Hey kimberly thanks for commenting,your words are so kind. I'm so glad you enjoyed reading this piece , i cant wait to read your stuff too. :)

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      6 years ago

      looooooooved this!

      Voted way up

      man can you write!

    • The original Eman profile imageAUTHOR

      The original Eman 

      6 years ago from london

      I really enjoyed writing this one,and im glad you like it.Thank you for reading this.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Another good read Eman. voting up

    • The original Eman profile imageAUTHOR

      The original Eman 

      6 years ago from london

      Soconfident it was a good night mate i'm glad you enjoyed reading this .

    • The original Eman profile imageAUTHOR

      The original Eman 

      6 years ago from london

      thanks mate im really glad you enjoyed reading this peice.

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      6 years ago from Florida, United States

      Nice work, man. I enjoyed reading it. Really has a nice vibe to it that I could feel.


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