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A 3 Day Lifetime Pt 10
By Mark M Lichterman
Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2010
Last edited: Monday, May 31, 2010
This short story is rated "PG13" by the Author.

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“Good morning, Barbara.”
Coincidently passing by the partially open door, “Did you say something?”

Prologue: Two months ago, when “writersplace.net”, our authors web site began looking for the three most popular, most widely followed commercially unpublished poets, Barbara’s name came up and the three were invited to a poetry competition in Chicago. 

Poetry with permission of Elizabeth J. Russo

______________________________________________________

A Three Day Lifetime:  Part Ten

O’Hare Airfield, United Airlines Terminal

Sunday, June 20, 2009

 

11:47 a.m.                                  

 

                                                     

The woman and man sit quietly in the United Departure Terminal.

 

The woman’s plane departing prior to his, the man and woman sit as closely together as the rigid seats allow.

 

His hand, held on her lap within her two hands, sensing the fragrance of the man’s flesh, committing all to memory, the woman’s head rests upon the shoulder of the man.

 

His cheek resting upon the head of the woman, sensing the fragrance of the hair of the woman, committing all to memory...

 

For fear of one word bursting the barely held dam of their emotion, neither speak.

 

“United flight 233 to New York City,” the woman behind the flight counter announced, “will now be boarding.”

 

A double line of people queued between the movable barrier and the wall.

 

Sitting, waiting until the line was all but through the hatchway leading to the runway of the plane...

 

Sighing now, standing now, walking to the hatchway, hands still held...

 

All words said...

 

Opening her hand, Barbara released Mitchell’s hand and, without a further glance, walked through the hatchway, onto the ramp leading to the plane.

 

Goodbye.

 

Goodbye.

 

                                          end

_______________________________________________________________________

                   

  Epilogue

 

 Thousand Oaks, California

 

  August 14, 2010 

 

“Good morning, Barbara.”

 

Coincidently passing by the partially open door, “Did you say something?”

 

“Uh...” is this a sign of old age: talking out loud when I think I’m talking to myself?

 

“No, Helen,” I said from behind the partially opened bathroom door.

 

“Hmm, I could have sworn you said, ‘good morning’.”

 

“Yeah, I guess I did,  I say, ‘good-morning to you’, Helen.”

 

“You said it when we got up, but anyway,  ‘good-morning’ to you, too... again.”

 

She was right! Barbara was right: Spotting it in my kit, seeing that I use shaving soap and brush, buying the best shaving brush they had and the best I’ve ever had during our walk on that first evening, Barbara was absolutely right because a day does not go by when, lathering my face, “Good morning, Barbara,”  I whisper to my reflection. But truth be told, I do not have to shave to remember Barbara, my Barbara.

 

                                     ****

 

Having some idea of how long the publishing process takes, hoping that “Borders” or “Barnes & Noble” were either of the “guaranteed placement in at least one major book marketing chain.” I had been checking both local bookstores for the past two months, and today...

 

“Hello,” I said to the woman in ‘Information’, “I’m looking for a book of poetry by Barbara Longford.”

 

“One moment, Sir.” Checking the computer, “Yes, Sir.”

 

My heart fluttering.

 

“The book came in yesterday.” Pointing in the general direction of  “Poetry.”

 

Going to the rack, looking... looking. Oh, my God!  My heart thumping now, wanting to check out fast, before...

 

 Going quickly to the counter...

 

“That’ll be twenty-five, fifty seven.”

 

Outside now, sitting in my car now, removing the book from the Barnes & Noble bag, my heart still racing, I look...

 

                               “A Three Day Lifetime”

 

                                by Barbara E. Longford

 

 

Opening to the dedication page:

 

                        

  “Dedicated  to my Chicago muse, with everlasting love.”

                                       B.E.L.

 

                                                                           

I cried.

                                                                    

 

 

©May 29, 2010 / Mark M Lichterman

 

 

Notation: I sincerely wish to thank those of you that stayed with me during the presentation of “A Three Day Lifetime” and I am considering submitting the story in its entirety.

 

Also, I wholeheartedly want to thank my good friend, and fellow “Authors Den” poet, Elizabeth J. Russo,  for allowing me the use of some of her extraordinarily lovely poetry.

 

                              M.M.L.


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Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 6/5/2010
Great story Mark. Clever and satisfying epilogue. Seek to publish. Patrick
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 6/2/2010
Oh Markie you broke my heart with this one as though it were me in this situation, I could never be that brave to just walk away from the only love that I would or could possibly ever know. One of the greatest weekends meant to last through a lifetime. I thought this was a great story but it is based on the truth isn't it. Is there really a book out there published by her, you have to tell me, I really need to know.
I do believe she feels as I do, age could never seperate true love. I believe if she didn't have a mother and a sister to take care of, things would have been different. Now that I have collected myself you have to let me know have these two kept in touch or do I already know the answer to that?
Markie you are a wonderful writer who knows how to touch the heart of this reader and many more who reads what you write.

Your #1 Newfie Friend Hugs, XOXO Rose
Reviewed by Chessly Nesci 6/1/2010
Mark, It was a beautiful ending with Barbara putting Three Day Lifetime in her book! This story is very romantic and realistic! The best stories are the stories that have some real life in them. Even though it is clearly fiction you bring to life a love affair that can never be. You have so much talent and I am blessed to be a friend. So is there more to the story? Of course, I want there to be more...Like do they meet again? Your friend, ~Chessly
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 5/31/2010
Nicely done, my friend! Enjoyed reading it.

Anna
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 5/30/2010
"...My heart fluttering..." don't you love when you have cause to have your heart go bonkers with excitement?

Georg

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/30/2010
Wonderful write, Mark; enjoyed this one! Keep 'em coming, and I'll keep on reading them! :)

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D


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