Dreams, A True Love Story [Part 2]

May 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Dreams, A True Love Story, Non Fiction, Short Stories | 11 Comments

[Click here for part one]

Have you ever noticed how easily your entire world can be turned completely upside down?  How it kind of sneaks up on you quietly and then wham, you get hit with something that changes everything.

For most things the details about most things in life tend to fade over the years until most of what you remember is just the fact that they happened.  Well this day is something that I’ll remember the details of if I live to be ten thousand years old.

The day started out like any other.  It was a Thursday and I was up at six to get ready for work.  By seven thirty I was ready to leave and Amanda wasn’t up yet.  She’d been really tired for the last week or so and had been sleeping later because of it.  I went in to let her know I was leaving and found her sitting up in bed looking like she was about to lose her lunch.

“Hey, you ok?” I asked.  “I don’t think so.” she answered.  “I’ve felt awful for days now.  Yesterday I traded shifts with Casey so I can go to the clinic today.”

This got my full attention.  Mandy didn’t like doctors and avoided them like the plague.  The fact that she had decided to go see one meant that she was feeling a lot worse than she’d let me believe.

“It’s that serious?  Maybe I should go with you.” I said.  She shook her head (and quickly regretted it) “No. I’ll be ok.”  I didn’t like this.  I had an uneasy feeling that left me tempted to call in sick and go with her anyway.  The only reason I didn’t was because I knew she wouldn’t let me get away with it.

“Alright but I want you to promise to call me as soon as you find out what’s going on.”

“I will, I promise.  You’d better go or you’ll be late.”  As if I cared about that when she felt bad enough to see a doctor.  “They’ll get over it.” I said.  “Really, it’s ok.  I’ll be fine” she insisted.

I kissed her goodbye and told her “ok, but I’m expecting a call from you today.”  “I promise” she said “now go.”  I reluctantly left, still feeling uneasy about the whole thing.

The one good thing about walking to work is that you don’t have to talk to anyone along the way, it gives you time to think.  Of course that can also be a bad thing and today it was.  I couldn’t get the image of her sitting there, looking like she was about to hurl, out of my mind.  When somebody who really hates going to the doctor decides on their own to do just that . . . Well, it’s cause for worry to say the least.

Work wasn’t any help either.  Factory jobs aren’t exactly what you’d call mentally demanding.  Most of the jobs are the kind of thing that you could train a Chimp to do.  They just use humans because they don’t cost as much to train as Chimps do.  My job was operating a punch press.  I put a piece of aluminum plate in it, actvated the press, then took out the part and put it in a bin.  Not only could a Chimp do it, they could easily have automated it entirely.

This left me with eight hours of time to think.  Normally this is good.  It let me work out problems and ideas.  Today all I could think about was all the things that could be the problem.  It could have been anything from something she ate to a bad case of the flu to who knows what.

What bothered me even more than thinking of all the possibilities was that she didn’t call.  The problem was that I couldn’t call her.  We didn’t have a phone, nor did any of our neighbors, we used pay phones instead.  Remember, this is back long before everybody had cell phones, they hadn’t been invented yet.  Oh, there were “car phones”, really expensive big clunky things that you could pay a fortune to have mounted in your car but that was it.

The saying goes “Time flies when you’re having fun”.  However when you’re worried about the love of your life, it drags like molasses flowing uphill in a New England January.  Eight hours seemed more like eight days.  When quitting time finally came I did a quick half ass job of cleaning up my area, clocked out and got out of there as fast as I could.

Even walking as quickly as I could without breaking into a run the trip home was interminable as well but finally I was there.  The door was locked and suddenly I wondered if she was even home yet and why she wouldn’t be.  I unlocked it and went inside.

A wave of relief flooded me as I saw her sitting on the couch staring at the tv.  “Mandy? You ok?” I asked.  Then I noticed it wasn’t turned on.  Things were definitely not ok.  That wave subsided quickly.

When I sat down beside her I saw the tears running down her cheek.  This was serious indeed.  She didn’t cry easily and the fact that she was meant she was really upset.  “Hey, what’s wrong?” I asked.  “Nothing’s wrong” she said quietly.

If there is one thing that I have learned about women it is that when they say “nothing’s wrong”, you can bet your last dollar that it’s not even close to “nothing”.

“When you didn’t call I was worried.” I said.  She looked up at me with an apologetic look and some fresh tears. “oh, I’m so sorry.  I forgot.”

Another red flag.  Amanda never forgets anything, she’s got an eidetic memory, computers forget more than she does.

“Don’t worry about it, it’s ok.  What’d the doc say?”

I could see her holding back the tears as she looked at me.  “I’m pregnant” she said and then all but collapsed in my arms as she started crying again.  “I’m not ready to be a mother.” she said haltingly through the tears.  “and how are we going to take care of a baby when we’re always broke?  Even worse, I’ll have to quit my job.”

I held her, trying to offer whatever comfort I could.  “We’ll manage somehow.” I told her “We always do.  You should be able to keep your job for a while anyway. and Mandy, I can’t imagine a better mother than you.”

She looked up at me “You really mean that?” she asked.  “Absolutely.  That’s one lucky kid you’re going to have.” I assured her.

Slowly the tears subsided as we spent the rest of the night talking.  Before we realized it, the sun’s first rays were shining through the window and we heard the sound of the alarm clock in the next room.

“Oh no!”  she exclaimed.  “I’ve kept you up all night!”  “That’s ok” I replied “Just knowing that you’re not only not sick but that you’re the mother of my kid is worth it.  I’m tired but I’ll make it.  Tonight however we sleep.  We have all weekend to talk.”

As I walked to work that Friday morning I was thankful for the time to think and that my job gave me all the thinking time I needed.  Suddenly it wasn’t so bad having a boring job a Chimp could do.

[To be continued . . .]
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11 Responses to “Dreams, A True Love Story [Part 2]”

  1. Great story. Looking forward to the next installment.

    Have you ever googled “episodic dreaming”? Apparently it’s much more common than I ever thought.

  2. Surprisingly enough, in all the years I’ve been online, it has never occurred to me to do that.  I guess it’s because I have never heard or read anything where anyone else reported dreaming that way.  Now I’m going to have to spend some time seeing what I can find in Google.

  3. LO Tinque,You definitely naelid the connection between anger and addiction. I feel the challenge of expressing genuine anger without getting stuck. I chalk it up to my fear and trust issues. If I chose to be conscious of my commitment to love then it becomes easy to let go of the anger. But there are still times when I’m more committed to being furious. LOL!Peace,BL-

  4. Your comment is one of several that are only getting approved because your “Name” entry is not a keyword and there are no links in your comment.

    That said, your comment is also an excellent example of something that was more than likely left by a bot.  Either that or you are a complete and total idiot.

    I say that because in my opinion anyone who has actually read and comprehended this story from the beginning would never write anything like what you have.

  5. Ok, this is pretty damn cool.  I can’t wait to see what happens next.  Maybe a series of books is in order?

  6. I suppose that books are an eventual possibility, right now though I’m concentrating on getting as much written as I can.  So far I’ve been able to write a bit over three parts per week.  Given that I’m only publishing them once a week that should accumulate quite a bit fairly quickly.

  7. you just need to be honest with her, just talk to her with out being too pushy. she oovubisly needed some time and you’ve been reasonable and given it to her. bare in mind she is only 18 and she probably needs to just be independent and live her life. i know you think you may need her but if you hold out she should realise what shes got with you. dont drive your self too crazy about it, if its meant to be then it will work out. our tip: try and keep yourself busy so you don’t think about it too much and you’ll feel loads better. dont let her drive you under it’s not worth it honest xx

  8. Um..excuse me for putting it this way but just exactly what the fuck are you taking about?!??  Did you even read the story?

  9. I hope that you can get enough together to do a series of books.  This story is very good.  I will keep watching, but email me if I miss one please.

  10. things were moving too fast and he got seracd. Well he was the one who came back with me when I drove 500 miles to see him. My point is if you can figure it out is: Don’t move there or tell her you want to or even tell her you love her if you don’t mean it! Karma is a bitch and I feel pitty for all the men who do good women wrong guess that is why there are so many hatefull bitches in this world because men mess up the heads of the good women and well they just turn into the run of the mill evil she devils that were already pleagueing the earth. Hey guys keep it up and eventually WE will ALL be cold hearted because of your lies!

  11. Your comment is one of several that are only getting approved because your “Name” entry is not a keyword and there are no links in your comment.

    That said, your comment is also an excellent example of something that was more than likely left by a bot.  Either that or you are a complete and total idiot.

    I say that because in my opinion anyone who has actually read and comprehended this story from the beginning would never write anything like what you have.

    I am pasting this same reply to all comments like yours because they do not merit any further attention on my part because of how incredibly stupid they are.