The dried autumn leaf from the nearby tree swayed in the eerie silence of the wind & lay down upon the heap beside the still water, it wasn’t the only one in the hour of time that Anna spent near the lake every dusk for some moments to herself.
The days were always busy right from the moment she fell off her bed every morning amidst the haphazard mess that her humble abode had been, to running around at the cafeteria & trying to be the best host to the rustle & bustle of artists, businessmen, doctors etc. who patronised her cafeteria daily.
The penultimate years of her life hadn’t been the best of what she had expected them to be, she had lost almost everything that meant to be a life to her ‘Joey’. Being not so fortunate about getting parents love, Anna began here life on very difficult terms when she was home-schooled by her aunt as her parents departed way before she realized what the world looked like.
After years of struggling as a freestyle artist she managed to open a gallery of her own which never quite saw the light of many days, but yes that was special to her in many ways as that’s where she experienced the essence of love when he walked in accidentally one day to check if her gallery showcased the paintings of the legendary Qutroni Rocci,
She then got acquainted with him being an art enthusiast & he kept visiting her.
Just like any other teenage girl her age she did agree to him when he did gather the courage of asking her out, & not denying that she had the beautiful parades of her life then.
Anna for one began to feel that she was being re-born into a dream world where everything seemed to be a fairy tale, despite her gallery not doing well, she managed to open a small cafeteria which seemed to be earning her laurels despite her not so exquisite culinary skills or talent.
But this short lived happiness never saw the best of her, as Joey left town to a brighter career option in California.
Bidding goodbye wasn’t the easiest things that she could do, but what added to her misfortune is that she met with a fatal accident the very next day as she was completely lost without Joey & she ventured into a dark world of coma for a year.
One fine day she was blessed by a miracle to survive out of it & to her surprise reclaim her life from where it all left off & she was simply “clueless”.
The world she knew had deserted her like a worthless piece of flesh lying in a hospital ward. She ought to believe that she was in a long long sleep where time just did not seem to stand still…
She resurrected from her worst fears & got back her cafeteria through all her toil & struggle but life just didn’t seem to be in place, it was just empty as a vacuum.
It has been 6 months since she woke up from that nightmare, everyday did she walk down the same lane beside the lake & tried to get to terms with the nostalgia that made her ever so emotional always…
Was it that she had lost a life or was it that she took to long to realise what Joey meant to her, as despite the attempts she just hoped against all odds that she ever could meet him one day & tell him that…
The tears down her innocent cheeks only we’re witness to the pain that this nostalgia brought with it…