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Mystery Unraveled; a Honeymoon that Never Was!

Updated on August 31, 2016
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Writing is my passion. I have an undying thirst and quest in the field of writing.Some eat, smoke, drink or use drugs when stress, I write.

People usually say that being newlyweds is very enjoying, and the honeymoon that comes into the picture is a sweet and memorable experience of a lifetime. Newlyweds often look forward to their honeymoon since it would be the time for them to experience the highest level of affection. The couple, Patsy, and Henry thought that a honeymoon trip to Mauritius was one of the best things they could ever experience in their life. This is something they had both been planning for a long time.

Henry was a sailor by passion and he always loved exploring new places. His last voyage before their grand wedding was to prepare for their dream honeymoon destination. This was a year before their marriage. Henry wanted to find the best tourist spots they would visit during their honeymoon trip. However, everything did not happen according to plan. Imagine how it would have felt for your loved one to disappear suddenly despite all the preparations and plans. I can feel the pain and hopelessness that will always be over your head like a dark cloud.

This is a story of a young couple who were about to get married, Henry and Patsy. Getting married is something they had both been looking forward to, and their dream honeymoon destination was Mauritius. Just a year before their grand wedding, Henry decided to sail forth to the beautiful island of Mauritius perhaps to make preparations for their dream honeymoon trip to the island. However, until the present, Patsy, despite all hopelessness, is still waiting to see and be with her loved one, Henry. Where could Henry be? No news or phone calls. The search for Henry by the government resulted in no information regarding his whereabouts or condition, and Patsy is profoundly depressed. Is there any end in sight to this mystery? Read on.

The five years that has passed without Henry has been excruciatingly painful and unacceptable to Pasty. Every day, she wakes up to pray and seeks solace from close friends, families, and relatives, but no news has ever informed her regarding the whereabouts of Henry. Pasty and Henry had been planning their marriage since their college days. They both knew; nothing in this world would make them feel so complete, happy and satisfied in achieving their goals together.

For Patsy, it has been lonely and endless moments of pain, but she still waited each new day to see or hear from her love one again. Agony and intolerability have been the result of each passing day since the day Henry sailed forth to Mauritius. The thought of Henry would always remind her of the sweet memories they had spent together and especially during their college days. "I do not know where to start from, but the search for my husband has been a painful experience and especially now that, his son and only kid John is old enough to start going to school stating Patsy.

On that fateful day when Henry left for Mauritius, they made love, “I am always scared, I spend my days crying, hoping and wishing to see him again “narrates Patsy.” The only thing I do not want to think is the possibility of never seeing him again “she asserts. Henry and Patsy started dating back in college. According to many, they were naturally meant for each other. They complemented each other in many ways, and everyone said he or she were destined to get married and live a happy life together.

To date, Patsy has not yet discovered the mystery in the disappearance of her love, and that aches her heart every single day. "It has been five years since I bid him goodbye with a hug, hoping he would return soon for our wedding,” says Patsy amid sobs. This is probably the worst experience anyone deeply in love can go through. They had been talking on the phone until the time Henry wished her goodnight. That was the last word she ever heard from her man. She actually wanted to settle down and have beautiful children together, but life can be very cruel and ruin a beautiful dream that was blossoming into a full flare of happiness and love.

There have been mind-boggling stories of mysterious disappearances of planes, ships, sailors, and even divers with no trace of their whereabouts. While some have been found kidnapped or killed, however, for Patsy, it has been years of agony and a story that still doesn’t have an ending. The government had deployed its navy to search for the lost citizen in the raging waters of the Indian Ocean but still no trace. He never drowned in the vast waters of the Ocean. His boat was found docked along the Beach of Mauritius Island, and this finding has complicated the search for Henry.

This sounded more perplexing than fiction and perhaps a complicated situation with no sensible approach. According to the authorities, families, friend and relatives, Henry anchored safely on the coastline of Mauritius but what remains a mystery is his whereabouts for over five years with no trace. Records indicate that he had checked into one of the hotels on the day of his arrival but what had happened after that? No one knows where he could have gone the following day when he woke up. He loved sailing and fishing a lot. Being a sailor always means to be on the go too far lands and islands. It is always about discovering new places.

While the search for a missing sailor continues, for Patsy, it is a wait and watch the scenario. Patsy believes that Henry is still in the woods of the Mauritius, or perhaps towards the south where he had been stuck in a place with no network to enable him to communicate with the people back home. It is hard to guess mainly because sailors love to do many things, like fishing. Discovery is always a top priority, and just like the ones who sailed many centuries ago and came back with the news of new finds and artifacts.

Back home, Henry had sired a baby boy whom Patsy named John. Five years is a long time, and John has reached the age of attending kindergarten. He began asking his mom about the whereabouts of his dad. It is probably one of the most difficult things to explain and especially to a boy of John's age. At the age of five to ten, children tend to be curious and inquisitive. This is something Patsy finds difficult to cope with and sometimes get furious about. The only thing she tells John is that his father has gone on a long journey and would soon be back. Sometimes it forces her to hide herself in agony as the wait is too agonizing, and she does not want her only child to know about it. The memories of Henry keep lingering in Patsy's mind and the presence of a son they have together reminded her so much of her loved one.

Patsy expected that Henry would be away for only four months. However, it took longer, and Patsy began to worry. He had not sent her an email, and the only phone call she received was on the fateful day Henry left. In the fifth month, Patsy, could not bear it anymore. There was no news about Henry. The story about Henry being gone went viral. A search was organized with the assistance of the government. While some claimed he could have probably never sailed, others said he crossed over to Mauritius. Every day for about one year, print and broadcast media ran the story and pictures of Henry. They even published the sufferings of the lonely wife waiting for him. It was the talk of the town. It was a tense year for both the families of Henry’s and Patsy’s. Hopes of ever finding Henry dwindled among many, including the government until the search was closed after one and a half years. The press interviewed Patsy, and each media house, both broadcast, and print had their own account, analysis, and approach of the story.

She has never given up, but she felt that it would only take some time before she does. What makes it even more agonizing is the fact that no one knows whether Henry is alive or not. Many relied on fasting and praying. Every day is rife with new thoughts and strife with memories of their beautiful past together. The world over, there have been mysterious disappearances of planes and people. There are sailors who have never returned home. While others have been presumed dead, for Patsy that is too early to call. Stories of aliens invading our planet have always been heard of and even featured in movies, and while some have chosen to believe such stories, others have always turned a deaf ear. These are things Patsy always tries not to think about as she would get more confused. The wait seems longer, and it is getting unbearable.

Questions keep hitting her hard, and she has no answers to any of them. She breaks down every time someone inquires her on her way to the market. Many are asking her about Henry. “Has he come back?” “Has he been found?” “What could have happened to him?” These are few among endless questions friends and relatives keep asking, and her hatred for such queries is increasing from time to time. Will I ever see him again? What could he be doing? Why isn't he calling me? Is he married to someone else in the Island or is someone hiding him from me? These are questions that Patsy keeps asking herself every time a concerned friend asks her. She is too young to face all this, and the comfort she receives from friends and relatives is never enough to calm her. She is still hoping.

Patsy graduated with a degree in Journalism while Henry was destined to be a lawyer having graduated with a degree in Law. They both had planned for their future, and the bliss that always showed on their faces did leave everyone wishing them well. To date, Patsy has never thought of looking for a job. Perhaps this sheer agony is causing her the pain of her life, and she doesn't want to mingle with anyone. Will she ever let go of the wait? Will she ever come to terms with the disappearance of Henry and perhaps consider marrying another man?

Well, loving someone is not easy, but once you love, it is hard to let it go even if you are going through so much agony that prick so hard into the heart. Worse, it was hard to be engaged to someone because she had a child with Henry. Endless waiting is what defines how she spends her day. With little to do and even much less to hope for, she is resigned to fate. All she hopes and prays for is that one day, God will answer her prayers.

There have been cases of lost and found. Some have been found after ten years of an agonizing wait where others have given up. There have also been instances of plane disappearances with wreckage being found after fifty years. This is what keeps Patsy hoping and praying. To her, nothing is as good as patience, and she is never letting go of her waiting spirit. Today, while she still waits, Patsy has resorted to reading inspirational books and the Bible has been her favorite. As a staunch Christian, she believes in miracles and patience. Just like they both waited to get married someday while in college. She is still hopeful that God's plan for her will never fail.

She has visited many psychologists who have tried to convince her to give up the wait, but she insists that Henry is alive somewhere and will soon return home. With all the technologies that had been deployed by the government in the search for Henry returning for no good news, everyone had left everything to fate. Patsy's parents are now convincing her to let it go and marry one of the many suitors who are coming for her, but she declined all those for the great love she had for Henry. She only wishes to see him alive.

For Patsy, even if Henry is married to some other woman, all she wants is to see him live and perhaps wish him well. She says it is hard to assume that someone is dead while they could be lost somewhere or may also be kidnapped or is not ready to come back home. Her wonder is if Henry is not prepared to return home, why is he not calling to say so and set the ball rolling? Also, if he had been kidnapped, the kidnappers would have called to demand a ransom. These are hard hitting questions. What is even more startling being the fact that Henry was confirmed to have sailed safely to Mauritius because his voyage boat was found docked on the coastline of the island.

It is hard to imagine Henry abruptly changing his mind against Patsy so fast. They had beautiful plans, and they both had sworn by the Heavens never to let each other down. With a grounded life, a broken heart, and a dwindling spirit of patience, the wait for Henry is something Patsy says she will not stop doing. With a son to take care of, the thought of ever raising John together with Henry is something she treasures. The memories of that fateful night they had made love for the first time before Henry departed for the island is something she can't forget. With everyone having given up on the search for Henry, she can only rely on a miracle and her prayers that someday, Henry will appear and surprise everybody.

Well, while many have lost their loved ones through mysterious disappearances and even on the eve of the wedding, for Patsy, it is a different story. It is a story of a young, enthusiastic couple who many thought was a perfect match. It is a story that is hard to believe even if it is told a million times. Getting lost is one thing and losing a promising mind and a productive citizen is something that will always leave scars of painful memories behind. This is what Patsy is facing. A life shredded by a hopeless wait of a loved one who was en route to preparing a holiday destination in a highland where stories of mysterious disappearances have never been heard of.

Henry was a hard working student during his college days. With the future as bright as theirs and interwoven with the fate, all they had hoped for was a life of joy and success. This is the story of a young couple whose fate had been sealed as everyone supported their marriage. The involvement of the government in the search for Henry was occasioned by the fact that Henry was to become a top government lawyer after graduating, but all vanished into mystery unfolded.

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      mkhsojib 2 years ago

      Really awesome story.

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      tauhid404 2 years ago

      Awesome! Really awesome story. Outstanding in a word.