Birthday Party

Hello guys, 

I have been feeling inspired lately and here is my latest short story! Hope you enjoy the read!

 

Birthday Party

 

“Mummy, when will the guests arrive” – a tiny voice broke through the silence.

 

“Honey, they must be on their way” – the mother replied with patience in her voice.

 

“Do you think they will enjoy the party, mother? I mean, we have decorated the room and set the table” – a young girl spoke with wonder and anxiety.

 

“Of course they will enjoy the party sweetheart!” – the mother replied with her voice as calm as ever.

 

The door bell rang and the young girl ran towards the door. 

 

“Mummy, mummy! They are here!” – the girl was full of joy and anxiety at the same time.

 

It was her seventh birthday party. The birthday girl wore a beautiful white dress with a nice light purple ribbon tightly wrapped around her waist. Her hair was nicely brushed, the big yet at the same time gentle curls suited Sophia perfectly. To complete the perfect picture, Sophia wore a headband with a big white flower on the left side. Sophia was flawless on her birthday and no one could argue with that. Behind this perfect appearance, however, there were some hidden feelings. She was anxious and yet at the same time happy that her birthday party was about to start. Sophia was looking forward to celebrating this day with her closest friends. At the same time she was worried that her mother has been awfully calm about the party but she said nothing. Today was about her, she will deal with her mother later, or at least she thought so.

 

“Happy Birthday!” – the joyful voices came through the door singing the most famous song on the planet! 

 

“Please, do come in!” – Sophia’s mother welcomed the guests and guided them to the living room. 

 

The minute the young people walked into the room the party has began. The kids have started playing games almost forgetting the main reason why they have all gathered together. Sophia’s mother watched the kids play the games with so much admiration. The kids at this age have their own perception of the world and there is something so charming about them. These kids are so innocent and pure and they all share this striving ambition to enter this world and become adults as quickly as possible. They dream of becoming older sooner and they share their thoughts on what they would like to become when they grow up. This particular thought caught Sophia’s mother attention. When she was younger, she always thought she would become a teacher in some high school and teach English Literature. Well, life is full of surprises and unexpected turns and these kids are about to find out for themselves.

 

“Mummy,” – Sophia’s voice broke the circle of the her mother’s thoughts. “Mummy, we are getting hungry. Do you think we can start serving the food?”

 

“Of course honey, I will take care of that. Are you having fun?” – her voice calm as ever.

 

“Yes, mummy! You are the best!” – Sophia hugged her mother tightly and then ran off towards her friends letting them know that the food was on its way.

 

“Claire” – Sophia’s mother addressed a young lady in the kitchen. “The kids are getting hungry, you can start serving the pizza and salads. Make sure all of them get at least two slices of pizza. I will bring the beverages.”

 

“Of course Mrs.Brown, right away.” Claire immediately prepared the pizza plates and took out the salads from the fridge. She helped Mrs. Brown take out the beverages and put them on the kitchen table. 

 

As the table was attended by Sophia’s mother and Claire, the kids were getting impatient to get the food. Sophia seemed a lot calmer now, which was a definite sign that she was happy with how the party was going. When the food arrived the invitees looked as happy as ever. It is amazing how little we actually need to be happy. A good company, a little food and a place where all these things could come together. The thing is as we grow older the ingredients to our happiness become less easy to find and our demands a little less achievable. Things start to get complicated for no particular reason. Sophia’s mother has lived through various situation in her life and there were times when she thought she will never be as happy as at that particular time. Sophia’s birthday party was one of those times. Mrs. Brown watched her beloved daughter enjoy her special day with the most special people in her life and knew that her daughter was experiencing joy and gratefulness. Sophia didn’t need to say anything – it was written in her eyes. Her beautiful blue eyes, she inherited from her father.

 

The door bell rang, Claire opened the door. Mr. Brown was at the door step. A handsome man in his mid-thirties, blond hair and blue eyes – a true prince charming. He walked into his house with a big box wrapped in a bright red paper. Mrs. Brown walked up to her husband and they exchanged a quick look.  A look that said, ‘ I am happy you made it,’ and ‘Wouldn’t miss it for the world’, but it was just a look. 

 

“Where is my little princess?” – he said, walking into the living room.

 

“Daddy!” – Sophia ran towards her father and jumped on him like he was the best present she has received today.

 

“I got you a present my princess. You should open it later with the rest of the presents!”

 

“Thank you daddy! Do you want some pizza? Mummy, is there more pizza?” – Sophia was excited and anxious to see her father.

 

“Sophia, your father and I will get a bite together. Look, you have neglected your guests, you should get back to them before they run away!” – Mrs. Brown was smiling and Sophia knew that her mother was not serious and yet she ran to attend to her guests.

 

“I am happy you made it. In a few minutes Claire will be brining in the cake. It would be nice to get it on camera! Look at her, she is so happy, so innocent and so grateful for today! Today is one of the best days in her life.” – Mrs. Brown spoke calmly as they walked into the kitchen.

 

“Lea, we need to talk. It has been a week since you found out about the affair and you have said nothing.” Mr. Brown sounded concerned and his voice was shaky. “ We can’t keep this up. I need to know how you feel. I feel like I owe you an apology and an explanation…”

 

“Mark, you don’t owe me anything. It is your life. There must have been a reason for you to commit adultery and I wish I knew the reason for it. I feel empty. I feel like someone took everything from me and left me with nothing although look around, I have everything I need even more than that. All I want is to know if there is a chance or a way for us to move forwards with our relationship or whether this is the final destination? What do you want from this Mark?”

 

He stood in silence. Listening to his wife speak in a calm and steady voice was not something he was expecting. When he slept with Maria last week whilst he was on his business trip he was not driven by rational thinking. He felt seduced and he enjoyed the attention that Maria was giving to him that night. He had no feelings for Maria and honestly he never will – it was pure physical attraction. How does one explain this to his wife though. Will she understand him? He has fallen in love with Lea from the first second that he saw her. That night she wore a red dress and her hair down, she had natural make up on and was not looking for anyone special. She stood out from the crowd immediately, she was determined and he saw something so simple and yet so beautiful in her that he was instantly charmed by her. And now nine years later he stands before her and not a word comes to his mind. Almost like the first time he saw her but for different reasons.

 

“I guess you need more time Mark. I understand. I just need clarity.” – Mrs. Brown broke the silence.

 

“Lea..”

 

“Mrs. Brown, can I serve the birthday cake?” – Claire walked in on the couple.

 

“Yes Claire, I will be right there.”

 

Silence.

 

Mrs. Brown followed after Claire leaving Mr. Brown on his own with his thoughts. A few seconds later, he walked into the dark living room, where the kids were singing ‘Happy Birthday’ song. The best song in the entire word and the only song that ends with a cake!

 

“Make a wish, sweetheart!” – both parents said simultaneously a little surprised by their words.

 

Sophia looked at her mother then at her father. They stood far apart from each other and she had a feeling that it was not just the distance that separated them from each other, there was something much deeper, something she knew nothing about. This observation made it easier for her to make a wish. When the lights went back on and the cake was cut for the guests it seemed as though the world came back to reality from a moment of dreaming.

 

“Mummy, daddy, you should try the strawberry cake! It is delicious! Thank you for throwing this party for me and my friends!” – Sophia was so happy that both parents smiled unwillingly at their daughter.

 

After the cake was eaten the guests slowly started to leave. Sophia went up to her room and started opening the presents. Mrs. Brown was helping Claire to clean up.

 

“Lea, there is something I want to tell you” – Mr. Brown called up on his wife.

 

“Mark, you don’t need to say anything now. I understand if you need more time…”

 

Mr. Brown pulled her closer and kissed her passionately yet apologetically. He realised that this woman has given him the greatest gift ever – a daughter. A daughter who loved her parents with all her heart despite their mistakes, a daughter who inherited his habits as much as hers. His wife has given him her love and her heart and is willing to look past this issue. His wife loved him for who he was and accepted him the way he was – it just took him one reckless mistake to realise that.

 

BOOKS WORTH READING

Hello there,

In my previous post I wrote how hard it is to find good books and good readers today. However, there are a few books that should be read by everyone at some point in life. Here is my list of books:

 

1. One Day by David Nicholls

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A book about friendship, romance and time. Don’t waste your time and tell that one person how you feel because for all you know they might be feeling the same way!

 

2. Starter For Ten by David Nicholls

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University/College Life. A boy lost inside his own thoughts and driven by this idea of becoming closer to his long lost father through the intellectual game. On his way he finds out about love and friendship. 

 

3. Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Classics. Every girl deserves her own Mr. Darcy! Read the book and you will know exactly what I mean! 

4. Sense And Sensibility by Jane Austen

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Another great novel written by Jane Austen.

5. The Great Gatsby by  F. Scott Fitzgerald 

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I know, I know the film is out in the cinemas but if you want to truly understand the story and picture it all for yourself read the book first. Today’s society is not that much different from what it used to be back then. The tools have changed but all rules of the game apply.

6. The Sense Of An Ending by Julian Barnes

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A story that is unpredicted and holds your attention up until last page. After the story is over the book provokes a debate due to unclear and open end which triggers beautiful discussions. This book makes you think of relationships and how an event that happened a day, a month, a year or even a lifetime ago can haunt you back in the future.

 

7. The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger 

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Another great classics novel.

8. The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zàfon

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One of the best books ever written. Mystery, romance and the absolute beauty of books are portrayed in this book! This story is intriguing and is an easy and interesting read!

9. The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

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Read the book before watching the film. Sentimental. Powerful. Strong. Puts you in the time frame where life was uneasy reflecting the political issues of the time through the eyes of a young boy.

 

10. The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks 

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A book that one should read whist chilling on the beach. Romantic novel. 

 

Each of these books has affected me in one way or another. I believe that at least once in your life you should read at least one of these books and perhaps they will have an effect on you too! 

Enjoy the read!

 

PS: this list is incomplete, more books to be added!

 

xoxo

 

– K

Mother and Child

 

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Once upon a time, not long ago in a little village there was a little girl. She was brought up in a little house by her mother and to her it seemed like there is not anything else in the World she could ask for. In the morning she would wake up and feed the chicken and take her dog for a walk whilst her mother would make her breakfast. However, she reached a certain age where she began to question the reality she lived in and her curiousity to see what is beyond the village began to exceed. Everyday she would ask her mother to go for a walk beyond the village, take a trip and explore the various places out there and every single day she would hear the same response.

 

“I know you are curious, darling. The world out there is dangerous and you can get hurt so easily. Here in the little village we live, you have everything you need: fresh air, fresh food and kind hearted neighbours. Is there anything missing in your life sweet heart?” – her mother would speak in a steady low voice, trying to look out for her daughter.

 

“No mother, you are right. I have everything I need right here.” – the girl would reply in a slightly disappointed voice.

 

At night she would look out of her window and look at the stars, trying to guess what the stars are telling her. She would imagine a boy out there who is staring at the same stars and wondering if he could ever get out of his village and explore the World. She would create little episodes in her mind where she meets the boy and falls in love, where they leave the village and go on a beautiful journey together. Yet she knew she could not go against her mother’s will.

 

Being brought up in a little village in a small house had its own advantages, she grew to become a very domestic person, taking care of her household and she grew to appreciate little things in life more than anything. However, as the years went by all she kept thinking about was the escape and the urge for a new adventure.

 

On her eighteenth birthday, her mother baked her favorite strawberry cake and handed over an envelope as a gift.

 

“This is what you have been waiting for all your life. You have been a good daughter to me and I know that you only have one wish that you want to come true. Here is enough for you to make it on your own for sometime but then you will have to find a job and make your own living. Promise you will write to me every week!” As she spoke her tears ran down the wrinkeled cheeks and the slightly crooked smile appeared on her face. The girl was not sure how to react to the unexpected turn of events. Here it was the chance to leave her village behind and explore the great out there, meet the boy she dreamed of all these years and find out what her mother has been hiding from her all these years. She would be leaving her mother behind, alone in a big house in a small village with no relatives or friends as such…

 

“Don’t worry sweetheart, I will manage on my own just fine. I want you to live a happy life and you deserve to experience everything in this life. Go and enjoy yourself. Keep in mind, that no matter what I will always be here waiting for my daughter to come back. I love you more than anything in this entire World and this is why I am making your dream come true.”

 

The moment of silence was followed by a hug of appreciation. The hug that served as a big “thank you” to her mother for being the way she was, for raising the girl to become a lady and for always being there for her.The girl packed a small backpack and her mother watched her disappear in the big unknown direction.

 

The mother entered her empty house and let out a heavy sigh. Her thoughts were so tangled and mixed and she realised that it may have been the last time she ever saw her daughter. She has been sick for the past six months and she kept it as a secret from her daughter being scared to hurt her. She has been diagnosed with cancer by the local doctor, she had another two months ahead of her.

 

One month later a letter arrives.

 

My dearest mother,

 

I am sorry I haven’t written to you in a long time. I am doing well. The World beyond our village is just as I expected: adventurous, fascinating and inspiring. You were right, though, there are times when I miss the village and the simple life we used to live. I miss you, I wish you could experience this with me! Once I settle down somewhere and find a job I will make sure you move to live with me.

 

I love you, mom!

 

Your beloved daughter”

 

The hot tears ran down the cold cheeks. How can she reply to a letter as such? Should she just be honest and tell her daughter the truth? She never replied to the letter.

 

A few months later the daughter came back to the village. She found her house empty and dark. An old woman passed by the house and shook her head.

 

“She was so young. She passed away in autumn. She was diagnosed with cancer. Such a tragedy.” – she spoke to the young woman.

 

“Where was she burried” – the daughter asked, her voice shaking and her tears are running down her cheeks.

 

“In the back yard.” – the woman spoke and walked away

 

The daughter found her mother’s grave and stood there in complete silence. She was wondering why her mother never mentioned her sickness, she was questioning the whole gift idea for her eighteenth birthday and she just could not come up with any answers. As hard as it was she walked back into her house, cleaned up and decided to spend the night in the village. This time when she looked out of the window and saw the stars, all she could think about was that her mother is somewhere out there watching over her, helping her live her life even if she is physically not present.

 

Life is short, don’t wait around until you tell someone how you feel or hold back your thoughts because one day you might be ready to open up or start a new adventure and it may be a little too late.

 

 

 

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