Saturday, August 30, 2014

Serialised Short Story - "Wild is the Wind" - Part One

The song that inspired the title, a beautiful cover by David Bowie from his Station to Station album of 1976.


“Like the leaf clings to the tree,
Oh, my darling, cling to me
For we’re like creatures of the wind
And wild is the wind, wild is the wind”
-       Wild is the Wind, (Writers: Dimitri Tiomkin & Ned Washington)

            The first time he met her, she was in bed with his neighbour.
            She had blonde hair which touched her shoulders and her soft, brown eyes shone out above her high, sculpted cheekbones. Her beauty was enlivened by her vivacity.
            At that first meeting, he had no inkling that in four months they would become lovers or that she would carve her name forever into his memory.
            His neighbour finished his studies and went away to begin his career as a pharmacist.
            He began to hear whispers that she had not forgotten him.
            On their first date, lost in her charms, he failed to notice a drunken friend stagger outside to meet with a fatal accident. The next morning, he was asked to identify this friend at the morgue. Their passion blossomed out of this shadow into the intense heat of the late summer.
            About a month after they became lovers, she tearfully confessed that she had misled him about her age. She was sixteen, not nineteen like him. There was no going back.
            One afternoon, a few weeks before Christmas, they had “the accident”. “I’m pregnant,” she stated as though it were fact. She was proved right.


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