Everybody had left but he stayed there, drowning in his emotions pouring down his cheeks. The clouds too shared his grief and a stifled thunder broke the eerie silence of the dark grey sky. He gulped a lump in the throat as raindrops begin to soak his black coat.

But the rain could not quench the burn he felt, as his hollow brown eyes looked down at the cemetery. He kneeled down and put his head on the side of a grave, and saw a phrase engraved below the name.

“I live in somebody’s heart.

“He had lost her years ago on this date, but he could never forget her. For she always lived in his eyes, in his dreams, in his heart. He closed his eyes and wallowed in the pain which he had collected over the last year.

“Why did you do this to me God? Why did you take her away?”he cried out loud, looking at the sky.

As the clouds thundered again, it became hard to tell whose tears were falling more on that stone- cold grave. He kept crying for some more time and suddenly lost his cries. His mind began to drift away and then he saw her again. He found his head lying in her lap.

She caressed his hair as she smiled at him with her shiny black eyes. Her warmth enveloped him away from the coldness of the rain.

“Why did you leave me alone?”he cried, wrapping his arms around her waist.

“I didn’t, I’m always with you my love,”she said and kissed his forehead. They sat there in each others embrace just like that, as if time had stopped for them.

Moments later, he felt a cold hand on his shoulder but he didn’t turn around and buried his face in her lap.

“You should now leave John, somebody is waiting for you,”she said rubbing his head.

“I dont want to go! I don’t want to leave you,”he cried.

“It’s okay, I’m not leaving you either. I will always be with you in your heart,”she said.

He felt the grip on his shoulder becoming firm, so he looked back and found a feminine face looking at him, holding an umbrella. That person hunkered down to cover him under her umbrella and placed her head on his shoulder. His trance begins to fade away and he found himself embracing the marble grave stone in the rain.

“I miss her terribly,”he said to the girl holding the umbrella.

“I know, I miss her too my dear,”she said. Being an orphan herself, she could very well feel his heart ache and so she hugged him tightly as his mother use to hug him, many years ago.



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