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TITLE (EDIT)
Sticky Taped Heart
DESCRIPTION
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[844 words]
AUTHOR
Briony Carvalho

B Carvalho

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
just me
[January 2008]
AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (36)
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Sticky Taped Heart
Briony Carvalho

The coffee spoon clanked as Beth swirled it round the cup, hot coffee sloshing and running down the side of the cup. Her eyes were fixed on the drops of rain chasing and racing down the café window. The condensation inside making the outside scene misty and unreal. The noise of sizzling bacon, low chatter and wet slick tyres on the sodden road were all fading to nothing to her. More coffee ran in rivers down the side of the cup, wetting the dried coffee marks from her or another anonymous coffee drinker. Shaking her head slightly Beth blinked and put the spoon down on the table. Her lips parted slightly and her eyes adjusted onto a poster advertising room to rent in a bed-sit. Beth wasn’t interested in the poster but was lost inside her head.

She’d seen him this morning and never expected to feel like this. She’d come so far since they broke up that she thought she was beyond it all. Her heart had actually missed a beat, her hands gone clammy and her stomach flipped butterflies. It was like a hormonal teenager’s song. How could he still do this to her? She was with someone else, someone kind, loving, besotted…..he wasn’t him, he wasn’t the man she had felt so close to. She had spent the first winter cuddled up to him, wanting nothing more than to feel the heat of his body next to hers, his hand in hers, his lips kissing the nape of her neck. The first summer, laughing, joking, chasing each other on hot beaches with seaweed. They had spent days and nights together, dreams and fears together, triumphs and tragedies together. How could he confuse her so much with…well, he hadn’t even seen her, had only carried on looking in the shop window.

It was 1997 when she first saw him. No choirs sang, no fireworks went off but she felt like nothing in the world existed but him. That first night they sat in the park talking scribble to the stars. Nothing but the grass and the trees to listen to their souls joining. The years flew by and they became one person. No questions; they just knew, no fights they existed in a symmetry that could not be matched. Was she romanticising the past? No, she scoured her memory and there were no fights, no moody silences, plenty of time for friends and their own lives. They were together through it all. When he wanted space she let him have it, fearing nothing but the slow hand of fate working its divine course. He was having a time when he wanted to be free for a while until he was ready to commit, she wanted the same so they went their own ways, always sharing whatever happened in their lives. She remained friends with him and dreamed of the future.

Snapping back she took a large slug of her cooling coffee. She blinked a few times and, confused and angry at the tears that were gathering in her hot eyes, replaced the cup amongst the escaped coffee. Allowing herself to think about the past.

2002, railway station, one hand rummaging for a wallet and the other one clutching her phone to her ear. Frantically rushing to buy a ticket and chatting to him about life the walls seemed to shrink and people bustled and pushed past her. ‘Would she like to meet him and his girlfriend for a drink?’ His girlfriend? That was her place, her job, her future, her….her…her. The lump in her throat threatened to strangle the words that her mouth seemed to be thinking all on their own. Her legs gathered their own impetus and carried her to the platform.

Tucking a strand of hair behind her ear she picked up the spoon again and stirred the coffee. 2005, coffee house, one hand stirring her coffee, one heart beating despite the sticky tape holding it together. She had been out with people, met people but they never healed her heart. She said the right things; miss you, can’t wait to see you again, you make me so happy, but her hearts voice wasn’t talking then. Fate, ha, fate was something that other people could have, she had become a passenger in life just letting things happen to her with no future, no pattern, no plan. When she’d put her heart back together bits were missing. He must have them somewhere, unaware they were even there, preventing her from being whole. Now she carried on, a shell of a person, a mimic of a woman, repeating worn out words that had lost their meaning, words that had once shone and bristled with life.

A tap on the window and a smiling face below a blue umbrella. A wave, a wave back. Her present, her boyfriend. She scattered a handful of coins onto the table, pasted on a smile and collected the words of a happy woman in her head. Drops of rain scattered onto the floor as the door opened and closed, gently drying to nothing.

 

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"I love this piece evokotive and moving and almost poetic in style keep it up Briony" -- Joshua, Atlanta, Georgia.
"There seems to be mixed styles here but it works. Not as dramatic as it could be but I guess it's from the heart. Is it auto biographical? Well done though a charming piece" -- JT, London.
"Thanks Joshua and JT, I am not too hot at writing but working on it! Yep well and truly autobiographical. 'The one' got away and I still see his reflection in shop windows and it's him I want when I cry - been 5 years though!" -- Briony.

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© 2005 Briony Carvalho
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
January 2006
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