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TITLE (EDIT)
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DESCRIPTION
The dream that everyone has about "the one that got away."
[673 words]
TITLE KEYWORD
Popular Fiction
AUTHOR
August Bondi
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I'm not a writer, I'm a business major, so go easy on me! But let me know what's going on. This is my first attempt.
[December 2002]
AUTHOR'S E-MAIL ADDRESS
nbondi1176@earthlink.net
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August Bondi


I woke up this morning with a sense of sweet
euphoria washing over me caused by the dreams that
I was enjoying just moments before being yanked
from bliss by that infernal phone beginning
its morning rings. Everything was going along
like clockwork in dreamland until some stranger
in Wilmington, Delaware urgently needed to tell
me that I had been pre selected to apply for a
new credit card with an amazing one thousand
dollar spending limit. It’s not often that I get
worked up about dreams. It’s not often that I
get worked up about anything. Some people call
it insensitivity. I call it not getting worked
up. But about this dream for some reason, I’m,
well, worked up.

Back in college I met this little, smiley,
brown-haired girl from Indiana. So the story goes,
we met, I got drunk at a frat party and tried to
kiss her, we went out for a while, broke up a few
times, and somewhere along the way we fell in
love. Crazy storybook love. Cinderella love.
You know, if I were a nasty foot, she’d be the
beautiful glass slipper that fits just right.
She was everything I had always hoped to find.
Every quality I told myself a suitable companion
should have, she had. Everything I had ever
wanted to feel, I did. Everything.

For a long time, it was great. She was
happy, and if for some reason she wasn’t, I could
usually say something to make her smile. We spent
nearly every day together, often mused about
spending the rest of our days together. When we
danced, the whole world disappeared, and it was
just the two of us twirling in nothingness. We
often would hug goodbye for what seemed like
hours in the balmy cold of autumn as people would
come and go from the concrete steps behind her
building. In the winter we wrestled and made
angels in the snow.

I messed it all up, so the story goes,
something went wrong. When people ask me today,
I still can’t put my finger on it. Maybe it’s
the old “afraid of commitment” song and dance,
maybe I thought we lived too far apart, maybe I’m
just making up excuses. It seems that way now.

Some time ago, she moved on. So the story
goes. Turns out an old friend showed up one day
and decided he didn’t want to be “just friends”
anymore. We phone each other every so often and
she tells me that she’s happy. She tells me that
they fight more than she’d like. She also tells
me that she’s not supposed to tell me about that
fights, and that, if he had it his way she
wouldn’t be telling me anything. So the story
goes. She tells me that she’s been taking pills
to make her happy.

So, I’m having this dream about this girl.
It’s not a sexy dream where I’m getting all hot
and bothered by a girl in the raw rubbing her
nasties all over me. Which, don’t get me wrong,
are fine and dandy, and have their own place. In
this dream, I’m lying alone on my bed finding that
things are pretty dull in general when she, like
an angel, appears at my door.

This is when the aforementioned euphoria
begins. I think to myself, “I feel how
sweethearts being reunited with each other after
war in a distant land might have felt.” I've
never been to war. Estrangement, though you know
every mannerism, every word, and every thought
sometimes even before she does. I worm out of bed
to exchange pleasantries, as old friends do,
followed by her trademark all consuming embrace.
She is crying, and pounding on my chest
understandably upset with me. Upset because she
had to hurt someone very dear to her. Upset
because I waited so long. Upset for making her
choose. But, ultimately, just as euphoric as I
am, still locked in her trademark all consuming
embrace.

 

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"This story is short and sweet. However, there is no real definition for the characters, just that the woman is all the man wanted and the man is some guy who's reminiscing through a dream. I would suggest more description as to why she's all that and why he started dreaming about her. Perhaps he's lonely. There seems to be a little bit of redundancy in this short. You can emphasize your point without repeating the same words over. These are a few suggestions. Good job on your first attempt I urge you to keep it up. " -- Jessica Zidik , GA, USA.
"good story. i liked reading it. only there is no real ending, youre dreaming till the end right, you don't actually hook back up again and interrupted by the phone in the end. re-read the story and clean up some of the sentences and add to the ending. good work." -- sunny, DC, good ol' USA.

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© 2002 August Bondi
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
December 2002
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