One wintry afternoon feeling chilled I stopped at an upper-westside cafe. I asked for a cup of tea and drinking it I overheard the attractive older woman at the next table tell the waiter someone was meeting her.
She was looking toward the door when a handsome gray-haired man entered, glanced around the room, and approached her table. She rose and there in the middle of that small cafe they embraced and kissed, and for those brief moments seemed oblivious to all around them.
Then they sat, their hands touching on the small table as they talked, and then ordered food and ate. But seemingly pressed for time, the man soon called for the bill, paid the waiter, and then rose to go. The woman stood, they embraced once more, and he walked towards the door.
She watched him go and then put on her coat, and I saw her gently touch the back of his empty chair before she too left the restaurant.
Through the window I watched her hurry down the street and disappear into the late afternoon, upper Broadway crowd – leaving me to only guess at their star-crossed story.
Dana Susan Lehrman
Great start to 2023. Poignant & sweet.
Thanx Joanie, wishing you a happy, healthy new year!
A warm story with lots of room for our imagination. Nice to come across something sweet unexpectedly.
Thanx Khati, happy 2023!
Thanx Vivian! Best wishes for the new year!
The world is full of stories, isn’t it, if we only keep our eyes wide open.
Yes indeed Mike! Hope to see you in the new year!
Lovely. I wonder what their story is…
Their body language told me it was an affair and they were grabbing some time together, but we’ll never know the whole story, will we!
Nice story Dana. It was Tony and Maria discussing the latest Jet game. You nailed it with your title.
Happy New Year!
You think so Phil? Their body language told me something else!
Happy New Year!
No happiness in anything illicit.
Thanx Sara, it did seem like a star-crossed relationship, didn’t it.