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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Summer Memories

I included all the words I was given: hiccups, underestimate and heatwave. I also tried to cover off both genres Romance and tragedy. So here it is, feel free to leave a comment 😀.......

Beth was a wonder, every day he loved her more. There was nothing he would not do for her and he had known it from the very first moment he had seen her. It had been in the middle of a heatwave, during his lunch break. He had walked to the park just to get out of his cramped and stuffy office. It appeared that everyone had the same idea, it was crowded with lots of uncomfortable people seeking some respite from the crazy heat.

It was then that he had heard the sound of laughter, light and carefree. Turning he saw a glimpse of Beth before the crowd closed in again. That glimpse was enough, he fell in love in an instant. Her face alight with joy, her arms open as she turned beneath a cascade of water. He only glimpsed her for a moment but even now three years later he could vividly conjure up every detail. The floral dress, soaked tight against her lithe body. Her long black hair hanging down to frame the most beautiful face he had ever seen. She captured the very essence of the English rose, pale skin and a spattering of freckles.

That she was beautiful was beyond doubt. It was more than just her looks that captured his heart though. It was her carefree spirit, the joyous sound of her laughter and a million of things not to be underestimated. Beth had stolen his heart at that moment and still possessed it wholly now. He wished now, as he had a million times over the last three years he had said something to her sooner than this. But he had not and those three years, getting to know the kind generous person she was, had enriched his life so much.

Now on their very first date he held his hands to Beth’s face and told her the truth. Time was against them, he kissed her gently on the lips, before wiping her tears from her eyes, the kiss was all to brief, but he tried to convey the depth of his feelings. He took in her features, memorising every detail of her perfection. If this was the time they had then he was not going to waste a moment thinking about regrets.

It had not turned out to be the greatest of first dates, you might expect something to go wrong but In terms of hiccups he had to admit this was a big one. Hearing her say that she loved him, made him glad he had found the courage to say those three simple words “take me instead”. He was hauled roughly away from her and made to kneel in front of the theatre. He never heard the gunshot that killed him, he was already lost in memories, of one hot summer.

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