Hi Guys, for my first ‘official’ blog post I thought I’d share with you a short story I wrote many moons back. I cringed then laughed so hard at myself when I came across this a few days ago. It’s a cute little story though, so please do enjoy (don’t laugh too hard at me😁) and do let me know what you thought of it in the comments section below. 💜
As she stood on the balcony of her posh townhouse, Helena came to the realisation that she would soon have to make what would possibly be one of the most crucial decisions of her life – the choice between Jason and Peter.
Helena and Jason had been together for 4 years after having dated since their final year of university. They had the perfect relationship, with Jason being a loving, supportive boyfriend whose eyes never wandered. Helena knew she had a good man by her side, since he had been there to help her mend her heart after Peter, the man she had been irrevocably in love with all through high school and was always sure she would marry someday, had broken it into a million pieces. However, despite constantly trying to convince herself that this was not actually the case, Helena always had an unnerving feeling in the back of her mind that she might not have fallen for Jason naturally, as it should be, but rather because she felt indebted to him. She did make one promise to herself, and that was to never betray Jason and to try her best to love him selflessly each day, just as he did her.
Helena had been thinking more about that unnerving feeling of betrayal over the past few weeks, and was starting to wonder, or rather doubt, if she could keep the promise. This doubt had been brought on by Peter, whom she had never truly gotten over, as he had come back to Namibia after 3 years of working as a petroleum engineer in the United Arab Emirates. Peter had called her the day he arrived, and without wasting any time had begun telling her how much he had been a fool to break her heart and let a good woman such as herself go and how he missed her terribly. He had also made his intentions to do anything to win her back crystal clear. All this had not only caught Helena off guard, but threw her completely off course.
Jason startled her as he snuck up behind her and gave her a bear hug and a kiss on the cheek. “What we are so deep in thought about, huh?” he asked, flashing her his signature charming smile. Helena hesitated for a few seconds before responding, “Nothing love, just thinking about some unfinished projects I left at the office”, she said, feeling guilty for lying to him. “Well, I can see that its ruining your mood so how’s about a movie and dinner afterwards. We can check out the new 3-D theatre at the mall”, he said, never ceasing to smile at her. As she turned to face him, she thought about what a fool she herself would be to let such an amazing guy go for one who nearly made her lose all faith in love. “Sounds lovely dear”, she said, grinning back at him.
Jason and Helena arrived at the theatre an hour later and saw a sci-fi movie that Jason had been dying to see since he was into the whole futuristic robot thing. They agreed that Helly, as he affectionately referred to her, would get to choose the restaurant. Jason had a lot of fun in the theatre, jumping around in his seat. He was very fascinated by the 3-D effect and could not stop talking about it even after they had left and were walking to the restaurant which was on the other side of the mall. Helena, on the other hand, fell asleep twice during the movie and was relieved it was over, as she found sci-fi to be boring and unrealistic. They had a quiet dinner in a cosy restaurant that Helena liked for their grilled fish, which is what she always had there with a garden salad while Jason opted for fries and a steak. Jason asked her again if she was sure everything was alright with her and she reassured him that it was and he let it go, despite not being entirely convinced.
Peter called Helena again two days later asking to see her. She agreed, despite knowing that it would most likely end badly for everyone involved, but her curiosity got the best of her and she saw him later that night after he texted her directions to his new apartment. She drove straight from work to his apartment. When she arrived she found him standing at the door with a huge smile on his face, he looked genuinely happy to see her but she was not sure if she felt the same. After he closed the door behind them he turned to her and gave her a tight hug that lasted a little too long for her liking and she pushed him away gently. “What’s wrong?” he asked, “nothing”, she said as she sat down on a sofa behind her. “I’m glad you agreed to see me Helena. I’ve really missed you. You look amazing”, he sat down next to her and took her hand in his. “I know I messed up, but I’m back now and we can start over again, we can do things right this time. Besides, I’m sure you must be bored out of your mind with that school teacher guy. We engineers need to be together”, he said with a cocky grin on his face. “Jason is an amazing man who makes an honest living, please do not talk badly of him”, “You sound like you love and respect him”, “and I do, very much”, she replied, becoming slightly irritated by him. “And yet you’re here with me”, “you’re right. I should go”, “no please, don’t leave Helena. I didn’t mean to offend you.” You didn’t offend me, in fact you made me realise just why I should not be here. Goodbye Peter”, she walked out as fast as she could, not even responding to him begging her to stay. On her way home Helena was glad she had gone to see Peter, as it reminded her just why she definitely could not choose his arrogant self over Jason who only ever treated her like the princess he so often referred to her as. And despite the fact that she did not love him as deeply as she had once loved Peter, she made another promise to herself, and that was to make more of an effort to learn to reciprocate his love.
– Aquila. B