Besides our everyday mundane life, there are such incidents that become an unforgettable event or a memory. I decided to share with you all one such tragic yet a tell-able true life story of a dear friend, who wants it to be told to the entire world. Maybe putting it out there as story to be told or read by others might give her some peace because, sometimes to find calm all we need to do is talk it out. On my friend request, I choose to keep her name anonymous. Please read the below story and share your thoughts.
The phone rings, Shalom picks the call and says “Hello”, a sweet voice on the other end says, “Hello sweetheart”. Shalom is surprised, this was totally unexpected from a stranger to be called as a sweetheart, with a smile on her face, she asks, “Who is this?” the voice says, “It’s me Victor”. “Victor? Who Victor? I don’t know any Victor”. Shalom knew it was a prank call. Somehow she was attracted to this voice on the other end. She wanted to know this person that instance. She prolonged the conversation. “Why are you calling me? Who are you? Please tell me?” Victor could sense the eagerness in her voice. He was happy that she did not disconnect but continued to speak. He said, “I got your number from one of my friend, I was attracted to you the first time I saw you in her place. I wanted to talk to you”. Shalom could not recollect who “friend” is he referring to. She paused for a while. The voice on the other end disrupted her thoughts. “Hello”, “are you there?” She said, “Yes”. “I don’t remember which friend are you talking about?” Soon Victor said, “I will call you some other time and explain I have some important work now”. He disconnects the call.
That call she received the other day, brought about lot of emotions in Shalom. She was so fascinated talking to a stranger, she could not explain her feelings. This was natural feeling for a girl of her age, just out of college and ready to mingle. She waited for the next call. It was after a week that she received the next call. This time, she spoke to him as if she knew him for a long time. The conversation was everything she wanted to know about him. It was as if she was interviewing him. Victor and Shalom became good friends. The phone calls became regular. Shalom would forget the world when she is speaking to Victor.
They became good friends; Both stayed in different cities and had not met even for once. No photographs were exchanged as well. Both had a lot in common and fell in love soon. They decided to meet each other. Victor promised Shalom that he would come to her city to meet her. Shalom had informed her parents about Victor and they too were eager to meet him. Shalom and Victor wanted to meet, get their families introduced and eventually settle in life by getting married. Life was beautiful for both of them.
The day arrived, when Victor was expected to visit Shalom’s place. Shalom received a call from Victor, he said that he had an urgent meeting in his office and that he could not come to her place. Shalom was sad. She was so eager to see him for the first time. She was disappointed; she did not want Victor to hear her disappointment and so she pretended that she was fine. She readily smiled and said, ‘some other day, work is important.’ Deep inside her mind, she was unhappy. All sorts of thoughts crossed her mind. She began to think, if Victor is no longer interested in her. The thoughts were frightening. She could not do much. Her parents cheered her and said, things will be fine, and he will come when he is free.
Victor called Shalom after two days and said; that he had to leave to New Zealand on a project and that he would come back only after 6 months. He was very sad that he could not meet her. He also informed her that he would be in touch with her while he stayed away.
This news shattered Shalom. She was a very emotional girl and for her this was her first love. Though she had not seen the person, she was deeply in love with him. Days passed, Shalom and Victor were on phone with each other almost every day. Despite the time difference, Victor was in touch with her. Victor was not able to adjust to the extreme climate in New Zealand. He fell ill very often. This worried Shalom. One day it was informed to Shalom, that Victor was hospitalized. She was not able to contact Victor for a week. Shalom was worried, she could not contact him and could not find out how his health was. After a week, she got a call from Victor. He said he was sorry as he was unable to contact her and that he was not given his phone. He did not tell her anything beyond this. He said, he was fine. The truth was, he was seriously ill and that doctors had given up hope on his life. He was almost in his death bed.
Shalom thought that he would be fine and would return to visit her. She was eager to see him even more now. She was helpless, staying far away and not knowing about his health, made Shalom depressed. Finally, one day, she received a message on her phone that Victor was dead and the following day was his cremation in a local cemetery. This news shattered Shalom. She cried uncontrollably. Her parents also could not do much to console her. She was in a state of shock and could not come out of it for a long time. She frantically called Victor’s number hoping to hear from someone to say that the news is false. Everything she did was futile. She was not able to confirm the news at all. That was the last ever messages she received from Victor’s number.
Till date, Shalom believes that Victor must be alive somewhere and that he was fine. In spite of her being informed about him, she refuses to believe that news is true. Victor remained Shalom’s first love and she cherishes every moment she spent speaking to him. Though she had never seen him in her life, she had an image of him in her mind.
No one can forget our first love and all the memories attached with it. If we are lucky we live with that love for ever. But, for girls like Shalom, only memories are alive and not the first love.
Love and relationships is very sensitive. Every little thing carries lot of importance. We may know many people who keep some things with them which have a memory attached to it. The gifts they receive, the chocolates given to them from their close friends, the wrapper of that chocolate paper will become a memorabilia. I personally have a bag full of such memories from my childhood till college. The photos, the albums, the memories all these will be such a treasure for life. Sometimes, whenever I am lonely, I check this stuff which I have kept with me. It takes me into a journey back in time. If you too have a story to share or a memory please share it with us.
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