My 'Dinner guest" is a lady whom I got acquainted on internet.  I happened to travel to USA so I got the chance and invited her on dinner while I was in transit. 

So here is my DINNER GUEST 

Dé.jà vu

I was waiting for her in the hotel lobby, where I had to have a short stay as a transit passenger.  I did not give her the time, but I e-mailed only the name of the hotel in which the airline was going to provide me the lodging. I had nothing to do specifically there in the hotel, so I came down to the lobby restaurant made myself comfortable in a sofa from where I could keep an eye on the entrance of the hotel.  The contents of the e-mail I sent to her were echoing in my mind:

“I am travelling, and I have made my flight arrangement so that I can get a transit in your city.  My stay will be for about 10 hours, so the airline will provide me a room in Hotel Serena located near the airport in your city.   I would be very pleased if you could pay me a visit and have DINNER WITH ME if it is convenient to you………………….”

I was there sitting on the sofa, and periodically eyeing the entrance.  All at once I felt that the atmosphere around me changed, and filled with an enchanting fragrance just as the same I used to feel whenever she came before me in my imagination. Yes she had come! She put her delicate feet in to the entrance.

I didn’t know how all it use to happen, or maybe it was because of the love I have for her, I could never see her as a separate person. I always felt that she is a part of me, runs like blood in my veins and I breathe which gives me life.   It always surprised me that mere an appearance of her could transform the entire surrounding.

She threw her searching eyes around, and stopped at me.  There was complete silence, I was hearing nothing, the slight movement of her bosom, where she was holding the baby was giving me the sense of her breathing, which she was trying to control.  There was a smile of content on her face.  She stepped towards me; as usual I felt that if she was floating.  I stood up when she came near me.    She sat on the other corner of the sofa very calmly as if there was not need of any formalities. 

There were two more eyes looking at me besides her…………..the baby, she was smiling and cuddling while looking at me.  I smiled back to her………………trying to scan her face as I wanted to find some reflection.

We were sitting there in silence, or as we did not need words to communicate, just as our eyes were doing the rest.  Quiet, but all was there we talked.  I was in a deep calm seeing her contented; the happiness pouring out of her was all I saw. 

“Aren’t you going to order, am I not invited at dinner?”  She was smiling while talking to me.

“You do it.” 

“Okay, here is Alcatra (menu).” She chose some dishes, as she knew very well what suited to me as well as hers.  They were all Egyptian dishes.

I did not know how much time was passed. Then she asked after  we have finished the dinner, “When is your connecting flight?” I at once came into the material world.   I threw an eye on the clock in the lobby,   “the airline coaster is about to come within an hour.”  I replied very dejectedly.

  ‘Ok, I must leave now!” There was a gloom clouded on her face.

“Tell me, do you feel any remorse after seeing me?”  I asked her while she was trying to compose herself.

“Remorse!”  There was a shock in her voice,  “Why! No!............I am rather finding myself as I am in a complete protection, save, and without any fear………..very contented.”  She was speaking very confidently and her eyes were shining more and more with every word she spoke. 

“I am really having a longing that I might have the power to reverse the turntable of life back to synchronize it with yours.”  There was a deep smile on her face with a light colour of shy. 

 “Thanks for the dinner.”

“Thanks for coming.”

“I had to, I was longing to see you in physical and you provided me that chance.” Saying this she stood up to leave. 

“I would have to bring some gift for you, but I could not decide what……….”

She interjected, “Oh there is no need for it!”   She smiled,  “I already have my gift…………..”  She eyed her baby and gave her a big kiss.

That was a ‘dé.jà vu’.  It was happening to me once again. Many year ago I faced the same situation someone said the same words to me and I could not say a single word in return except staring her as I was seeing her this time spell bound stepping down far away at the last step of the hotel’s exit, where she was going out of my sight engraving her last look in my heart.  Once again there was a heavy burden on my heart, but this time I did not violate the norms and ethics of love but NATURE did.

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Comment by Mishaikh on July 2, 2014 at 9:57

Thank you Seeker.

Comment by Mishaikh on June 29, 2014 at 14:39

Thanks angel! I am glad you like it.  It means a lot to me.

Comment by angel on June 29, 2014 at 14:17

dear mishaikh

once again u depicted a scene  sooo well.....

really wonderful!!!!!!!

Comment by Mishaikh on June 29, 2014 at 12:00

Saba

To some extent you are right, Saba, but if you just imagine it unrelenting to mishaikh, this will became a different one.  Besides our literature is full of the stories about unfulfilled love, you will find very rarely the successful love stories.  So when there is always an unfulfilled story, you will find the lover (she/he) leaving or departing the beloved. 

I hope I have cleared my point and it is easy for you to understand because we both belong to a same eastern background and have mutual legendary love stories.

I am most grateful to have your comments and expect to have in future too.

 

Comment by saba on June 29, 2014 at 10:45

You have good talent to write your imagination, but your story is repetitive to me, when I was reading it, I immediately could guess who your guest was, because I read about her in your previous blogs, she was again that delicate woman who did a short visit and left you.

Thanks for sharing, I always learn new vocabularies from your blogs.

Comment by afro on June 29, 2014 at 7:44

owaoooo..nice  and different, I liked to read it.

Comment by Mishaikh on June 28, 2014 at 4:36

Thanks A LOT Tara.  I am glad having encouragement from you.  I will try my best to be up to the expectations of my seniors.


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Comment by Tara Benwell on June 27, 2014 at 19:41

I was very curious about what I would find here! This story has so much emotion in it. Thanks for taking part in the writing challenge. I love when MyEC bloggers put their own spin on a writing assignment. Keep writing! I'd like to find out what happens next.

Comment by Dr.Eng.modaway on June 27, 2014 at 8:53

Good invitation and good atmosphere ....good short story Mishaikh.

Comment by Mishaikh on June 27, 2014 at 6:55

Just User a writer should be able to create any atmosphere according to the demand of story, irrespective of his own personality.  I am lucky I have some readers like you who keep the deep vision.  I am most grateful to you and hope that you will keep continue giving your comments on my future work.

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