your faded photographs [Olivia] Sept 4, 2010 19:32:34 GMT -5
Post by Evelyn Tierney on Sept 4, 2010 19:32:34 GMT -5
Evelyn had spent weeks avoiding every place that would remind her of the one good thing about her life. Well the one good thing up until the moment she decided enough was enough & walked out. Yet now, for some insane reason, she found herself wondering through a park she had loved for years. Though it was not the warmest of spring days, thanks to a gentle breeze, Evelyn wore a pale pink cotton summer dress. She loved the way it flowed in the breeze, & her walk was helping her keep warm. She had a dark cardigan on over the top though, so she didn't appear too strange or make any one who saw her feel cold. It wasn't her fault that she didn't feel the cold as much as most, it was just something that she had to live with. An easy part about her that she could happily live with.
Every time she passed one of the curious elderly women or couples she would smile at them. They would take a second then smile in return. It was almost as if they recognised her, or at least thought they recognised her, as someone who also used to be a regular at this park. It was so peaceful here, that the park attracted many regulars, Evelyn used to be one of them. It was where she met the most amazing woman too. That was what made it so hard to walk along the familiar path. Each step brought back memories of times that were happier, when Evelyn was loved by someone. Even the memories from earlier on, before they had been dating were painful. When Evelyn had killed the relationship, she had also lost the best friend she had ever had. It had been a mistake, but it was all Evelyn could do at the time. It was all just too much for her, & to make things worse her parents had tracked her down. There was no way she was going to allow her parents to know she was seeing anyone, let alone that it was a female. Of course deep down Evelyn knew Olivia would have understood that, but at the time that option never came to mind.
Pausing at one of the edges of the park, Evelyn realised where she was. She was at the corner between the hospital & university. Across the street was the very cafe where Olivia worked. Or had been working for longer than Evelyn had known her. Just the sight of the cafe brought back some memories. It was where they first met. Evelyn had entered the cafe after a long & stressful day at work, just around the time that Olivia was finishing for the day. Something made Olivia stay & talk to her over coffee & cake. It had been a sweet start to the friendship part of their relationship. It was also the place where they had first kissed. Olivia had dragged her out the back after Evelyn had started to distance herself in fear of the growing feelings she was having for Olivia. After a small argument, Olivia had just grabbed her & kissed her.
A pain was forming in Evelyn's heart just from thinking about it. The truth was clear, she missed Olivia. Evelyn closed her eyes for a second, wishing the memories to all go away. She opened them again to see the one person she hadn't wanted to see here. "Olivia" She whispered, wondering if some of the ghosts, that Evelyn knew to always be around, where somehow sending out a sign to make them get back together. Evelyn was not sure what seeing Olivia meant, just like she hadn't know why she had come here today. But there was no point just standing staring, like some kind of fool. Slowly, & carefully, she crossed the street so that she would be in front of Olivia when she looked up. It was amazing how this move seemed so natural, almost as if it hadn't been months since she had done this last.