Unconditional Intimacy -Part 2
This is Part two. Read Part one here : https://medium.com/@sushanthshajil/unconditional-intimacy-part-1-548f88a1266d
I was quite surprised. But I trusted my wife. I knew she had something in mind but I couldn’t figure it what it was.
I left my house. Kissed my wife goodbye, and started walking towards the place where I was supposed to meet a woman who would love me more than my wife.
Torrazo’s Dine-In was just a few blocks away so I decided to walk instead.
The restaurant featured a panoramic Glassdoor as it’s storefront and the lighting just shined through. There were happy faces. A woman with her husband enjoying a romantic dinner together. Probably their anniversary. A family of 4 on another table just enjoying the summer night.
I decided to wait inside. I made my way in, and a tall, blond woman with her hair, tied up in a bun fashion with a fancy suit greeted me.
“Table for one, Sir?”
I never understood the concept of a person dining alone. The sight of someone doing just that would make my feel bad for them. I’ve been told that people have to spend time with themselves occasionally but no, not while eating.
“let’s make that two. Somebody special is going to be joining me tonight”
She smiled at me and wished that I’d enjoy my evening here at Torrazo’s.
I was shown to a table by a waiter. I got comfortable. I looked down at my watch and it was about to strike 9. Who could that woman possibly be? I kept gazing dead straight at the glass door, hoping it was someone I could recognize.
As my eyes wandered around, my entire attention went to a woman who was making her way down to the restaurant from across the street. She had Brown hair, a silver necklace that was shining bright from the streak of light that had travelled it’s way down from the moon. She wore a white dress, not something extremely fancy but it was popping out for sure. She made her way in. She looked at me. I looked at her.
A sudden rush of joy ran down my veins, my stomach filled with butterflies. I could not describe the feeling. It was overwhelming.
It was my sister.
I stood up from my seat. She ran towards me and we hugged tightly. As tight as anyone could. I could not wipe the grin off my face. So couldn’t she. We both sat down.
“You haven’t changed a bit, have you?”
“So haven’t you” I replied.
Sure, I used to Skype my sister once a week but I had no contact with her since the last couple of months, as she’d enrolled herself in a trekking camp along with a couple of friends. She decided to travel the world bit by bit and there was no way she was going to pay a lot of money to make calls around the globe.
“Did you talk to mom and dad?” I asked.
“Not yet, but I thought I’d Skype them together and give them a little bit of surprise.”
We had a good evening, we spoke about a lot of things. It seemed like I was talking a lot and i went on and on and she would just look into my eyes and smile and be proud of her little brother.
Soon enough, her smile faded bit by bit. She began to force some of it.
“what’s wrong?” I asked with a sense of curiosity and affection in my tone.
“I have something to tell you, but you should promise not to tell mom & dad.”
I was worried.
“Yeah. Go on. You can tell me anything. I’ll always be there for you, Linda. No matter what.”
“ I don’t know how to tell you this but..”
“yeah?” I began to persuade her to complete her sentence.
“ I don’t want to ruin this evening, but I cannot keep it to myself.
I have nephritis. but i do have a couple of months to live.”
Nephritis is a disease caused by inflammation of the kidneys. People don’t last long and they get sick very soon.
Her eyes filled with tears.
My heart sank. My sister was going to die? I did not know how to process this information at the moment. I was numb.
“But that’s not going to stop me. I am still going to travel the world and die doing what I love. I’d love to stay with you and spend my last few days with my little brother more than anything, but I have to finish what I started. Clara & Jessica will take care of me. They’re my best friends and they take care of me very well, you don’t have to worry about it”
I was ripped apart. I knew my sister was going to die but I could do nothing about it.
“ I have to go now. Jessica is waiting at the airport for me. Tell mom and dad a couple of days later. But always remember I love you. I love you more than anything in this world”
She cried but she couldn’t contain herself. She hugged me for one last time and she left.
I sat there helplessly, watching my sister, for one last time as she walked out crying for her little brother.