On a lonely night, I was sitting beside the window staring outside with just my feline giving me company.
Since the time I had lost my partner in the Afghan war, I had voluntarily exiled myself to avoid all the concern filled eyes of the community. I wanted to stay alone holding on to the memories, my partner and I had created together.
I still couldn’t believe he is no more. One day I was speaking to him over the phone and the next day, I was informed that I had lost him in a landmine attack. No one in my position would believe it, as I couldn’t even have a proper funeral service for him. His body was too mangled to be brought back home.
As I was absentmindedly stroking my cat and lost in my own thoughts, I heard a knock on my front door. ‘Who would come knocking at this point of time?’, I wondered. As I hesitatingly opened the door, I saw a hooded figure standing by my doorway.
I couldn’t make out his face in the dark. ‘Did I make a mistake by opening my door to a stranger before double-checking? I was so frightened that I couldn’t even act fast and shut my door fully, before he put his foot in between and forcefully pushed the door.
Going on full-on panic mode, as I started to scream, he shut my mouth and pushed me against the wall. I could hear my cat meowing as she tried biting his legs, trying in her own way to protect me.
As I tried pushing him off me, a sense of deja vu hit me. But, how could it be?
Never in my dreams, I could mistake recognizing his smell. I released myself to take off his hood, only to see a disfigured face looking back at me with a single eye, the vision in the other eye seemingly destroyed. Yet, I could feel him.
He smiled at me, atleast that’s what I thought, his uneven lips slightly crooked at the corner. I hugged him tightly just to be sure I wasn’t dreaming and got crushed in his bone cracking bear hug.
I know he would come back to me. As I caressed his scarred face and felt his pounding heartbeat, the rhythm of which matched exactly mine, I felt finally home!
For Tale Weaver #296 : Stranger
Thursday Inspo #77: Lonely