Story of a lost journalist

June 8, 2006

Eyes of Innocence!

Filed under: Fiction — Cris @ 16:09

Kevin entered the bus and as usual sat on the first free seat he saw in front of him. Lisa looked up and smiled to herself. She almost said aloud “Yes!!!”. Then she noticed Kevin had a bandage on his left hand.
“Jesus! Are you okay?”
Not sure where the voice came from, Kevin gave a surprised glance towards Lisa as if he found it hard to believe she spoke those words.
“Your hand! The bandage looks awful!”
Kevin smiled at this. “Oh that! I burned it on an attempt to get a shirt ironed. Its okay now. I hardly know its there”
Lisa stared at his hand as if she didnt believe he is ok with something as big as that.
“May I know your name please?” Kevin asked.
At this, Lisa decided to take her eyes off the bandage and instead paste it on his. “I am Lisa. Lisa McKinsey”. She beamed like a small child. With the wind from outside making her short hair jump up and down, and the way she smiled, she looked like a child no more than 14. Atleast she did to Kevin.
“I am Kevin. Kevin Arnold”
She smiled and said meekly “I know”
“Hey you are the one who replies to my mails!”, he almost bellowed.
“Yes”
“Oh my God! Seeing the technical stuff I imagined it to be someone a lot older than this! Some kind of a senior person!”
She kept smiling.
He went on. “I suppose you are just out of college? Though you dont look like you are out of school yet!”
At this, a deep pink color rose in her cheeks. It seemed like a bad thing to hear now though she has grown used to being told that.
“I am 2005 batch”
“I thought so. 2006 batch is still writing their exams”
She felt like she has done something wrong.
Seeming to sense her feelings, he said “Hey dont worry! I think its a wonderful thing to preserve in your eyes the innocence you were born with”. He meant that. He was surprised at her honesty, her innocence, her child-like openness. There was something about this girl that made him look at her again and again.
His words seemed to have brightened her up. And as if trying not to make him feel bad she said “You dont look so old yourself”.
“Haha thanks! I appreciate the effort but both of us know I am not young anymore”
“Do we? I mean you cant be that old”
“38 to be specific. And for a 21 year old that is old”
“I will be 22 in 5 months”
“Uhhh arent you growing up fast!”
She chuckled.
Slowly, gaining courage she asked “Are you…married”
She found herself blushing hard. Did it sound that bad?
He smiled. “Well no.”
This seemed to cheer her up so much she actually clapped her hands.
“Wow whats that all about” he asked.
He didnt think anyone could turn more pink. she turned scarlet.
“I just.. I thought..well it sounded like a good thing”
“That a 38 year old is not married? I will never understand you kids!”
She stared at him. Kids! He said kids! He must not have meant her. Noooooo, please! Not that!
He looked at her. She is a kid! A real kid! And she really cant hide her crush on him! He smiled at his thought! A crush on him! Yet, he knew he was right! He could remember his first crush now. The next door neighbor 5 years older to him. Well well..
He turned to look at this little girl who seemed to have entered into his mind so fast. He hasnt talked to her for more than 15 minutes now. But he knew he already liked her. She was young and full of life. And she had a smile that reminded him of his teenage years- no, it reminded him of his childhood- when he used to not hesitate to jump and down when he felt happy or cry as loudly as he wanted to when he got down.
Conversation seemed to have halted. She must be thinking about his calling her kid.
As if reading his thoughts, she said “I dont think 38 is that old”.
He turned to look at her. What was she thinking? He couldnt stop smiling. How long has this girl had a crush on him? Was that why she sent all those mails-though all were purely technical based on the articles he had published. He had replied too, admiring the girl who knew so much. But he imagined her to be a 34 year old, someone who wore glasses and spoke very little. He even thought he would like to have someone like that as his … as his life partner?

The bus had reached his destination.
“Lisa, I am going now.Lisa?”
But she was sleeping. And she looked so pretty. He had an urge to rub her forehead. Without another word, he turned and left.

He expected to see a mail from her that day. There was nothing.
The next day while reading the newspaper, he saw a small column that caught his attention.
Road accident kills software professional. He felt doom coming. He read on. But he did not grasp anything. He only saw 2 words Lisa McKinsey. He lied back in his chair. Somehow he felt he was the reason for this. He had seen her, he could have saved her. But how? Why didnt he just wake her up and ask her to get down with him like he wanted to?

He found his eyes filling up, as he pressed shift+delete against each mail from Lisa McKinsey. He had kept every one of them. He did not want her living here in his inbox. But he knew each word she wrote, she said, is there in his mind. He had fallen in love with the kid long before he saw her. With the kid! He closed his eyes. He could see innocence written all over the face of the kid who was not there in this world anymore. This world, he thought angrily, did not want that kind of innocence living in it anymore. It is cruelly destroyed! He opened his eyes and had a new light in them. He could take it from here. Lisa came to his life to tell him a message. It was upto him to take on what she has left behind.. he saw it in her eyes. He caught it in his.. now he should not throw it back..He knew it. He smiled again. He knew he had in his eyes what he saw in Lisa’s yesterday. And he would pass it on.. Not to one, but to many.. until one day the world had but one pair of eyes-the eyes that spoke of honesty and innocence!

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2 Comments »

  1. whoah suku……really great imagination…………pakshe vallapolum happy ending present cheyanum noku….like this was a dream and next day he takes her out to coffeee and the get married and life happily ever after!

    Comment by Me! — June 10, 2006 @ 00:30 | Reply

  2. The lines I like..
    ” He hasnt talked to her for more than 15 minutes now. But he knew he already liked her.”

    ” He expected to see a mail from her that day. There was nothing.
    The next day while reading the newspaper, he saw a small column that caught his attention.
    Road accident kills software professional. He felt doom coming. He read on. But he did not grasp anything. He only saw 2 words Lisa McKinsey. He lied back in his chair. Somehow he felt he was the reason for this. He had seen her, he could have saved her. But how? Why didnt he just wake her up and ask her to get down with him like he wanted to?”
    It is always better to say what you have to say, and better to do what you have to do.. who knows..may be death is just sitting beside me.. with a smiling..

    and Sometimes honesty and innocence will make you pay a high price.. people always thinks from their side where you being honest has the least to do.. be dishonest at times , so that you will never lose anything in life..

    Comment by Javed Miandad — December 1, 2010 @ 00:35 | Reply


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