Attempted the TAT prompt at this site. The concept was to write a story using this picture.
There was no sign of her. He searched frantically for her everywhere.
Where could she have possibly gone and why?
And then he found a tear-strewn letter in her room.
I’ve seen you suffer enough. You are not happy with me anymore. I’m an onerous burden on you. You are tolerating me stoically.
I could see your muffled cries and sadness all the while. You thought I was blind to all that? I‘ve only gone dumb, not blind!
I’m not meant for you anymore. You deserve a better girl - someone who can sing duets along with you in a honey-laden voice. I’ve lost melody in my life. Life lost its melody to me.
Don’t look forward to me. I’ll be gone very far by the time you read this.
I want you to stay happy. And just remember that, out there in some corner of this world, a girl will be happy because you are happy.
With hugs and silent love **
He dropped the letter in utter disbelief. His world came to a standstill. His heart refused to pulsate anymore. Pangs of pain throbbed in his temple.
She’s the only one I ever wanted. She’s the reason I live. And she deserted me like this?
Before he knew his eyes welled up with tears and blotched the letter. Tears – droplets of emotion trickling from the vents of soul. A relief to bottled-up pain. So easily that they come, the harder they go. So hard to suppress, so hard to contain.
How he used to love her silky voice- so mellow, soft-pitched and soothing to the ears! They would seldom sleep, whispering mushy, cheesy things and chuckling till late night. And ah! her chuckle – resonating and sugary sweet. They would laugh all day and never answer the calls. They were the inseparable love birds.
That tragic day, where they met with an accident on the way to a trip, is still freshly etched in his innate memory. Not that he wanted to forget it. He wanted to remember it vividly and later levy payback from God.
God! Why did you have to do this to her? I'm grateful we survived the accident. But did you have to claim her voice in return?
The car tipped off the hairpin bend of the hillock. His door broke open and sent him tumbling down for a few feet into the valley. Shock engulfed her, pain radiated eccentrically from her heart, and she let out a screechy wail at the crest of her voice. Blood trickled from her mouth and she fainted.
He caught on to the branch of a tree and survived the accident.
He healed well, but she ruptured her vocal cords irreparably. No hope, the doctors said.
He could never hear her calling out his name anymore. Never could she talk, sing, joke, shout or tease. All that remained was her reverberating silence- a silence so dense that would pierce his ears and made his heart numb.
She would sit on the terrace all day and stare into nothingness, puffy-faced and eyes brimming with silent tears.
She forgot to smile. He forgot to smile.
Sometimes she would loudly squeak out in despair and wail endlessly, cuddling to herself. He would then take her in his arms, caress her tender lips and silence her by kissing them. And then he would look into those piercing eyes, which once sparked a twinkle; now they only bore an expressionless, rigid look of helplessness, pleading him to liberate her from the shackles of her world of spooky, numbing silence and a life so still and stagnant.
There were so many things she wanted to say, so many things he wanted to hear but...
I know of all the places where you could have possibly gone and I’ll find you. I’ll never let you go from my life.
The lake was her second home- so serene and pristine. That’s the only place where she could have gone to seek solace. The silence of the still waters and the tranquil peace of the environs reflected her silent soul- unhampered with noise and in sync and tune with eternal cosmic peace.
Yes, there she was. Tapping her feet in the icy cold water, reclining on the wooden footboard and staring into the vitreous blue waters of the lake in utmost harmony.
She heard his footsteps approaching towards her and wondered how he came to know about her whereabouts. He sat beside her and looked into her eyes questioningly.
She took out his pen and wrote an answer on the paper -
I know you long to hear an explanation. I know you pine to hear the words ‘I love you’ from me. I don’t want you to put up with me. You are obviously frustrated with my silence.
Of emotions unsaid.....
Of emptied conversations...
Of thoughts unshared...
Of words uncommunicated....
There’s a huge vacuum tearing us apart. I’m afraid one day, you’ll stop deciphering my silence and leave me. I wanted to end it all before you would.
He was moved with the letter and hugged her tightly, never letting her go.
He looked into her eyes. She looked back into his.
Their eyes connected.
Their hearts communicated.
They didn’t need a language.
Nor any word.
Nor a voice.
Music erupted from the deepest of their hearts.
Melody seemed tangible.
He seemed to convey without words -
“Crazy girl! How foolish of you to think that way! Never ever leave me. The next thing you know, I would do is end my life. You should know I am in intense love with you, no matter what. Don’t you know I love you so....?”
She seemed to say, “I love you too and ....”, and she couldn’t go on further. She was unable to contain how lucky she was to find such a caring soul-mate.
He looked at her passionately and filled his eyes with her image. Blushing, she held her head down.
She was so happy. He was so happy.
It's amazing how you can speak right to my heart
without saying a word, you can light up the dark
Try as I may I could never explain
what I hear when you don't say a thing
The smile on your face lets me know
that you need me...
There's a truth in your eyes
saying you'll never leave me...
The touch of your hand says
you'll catch me whenever I fall..
You say it best...when you say nothing at all.