Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Scenario Six

The sun hung low in the sky, casting long shadows across the park. Sarah sat on a weathered bench, her fingers absently tracing patterns on her coffee cup. She watched children playing on the swings, their laughter filling the air, and couples strolling hand in hand. For a moment, she let herself imagine what it would be like to have someone to share this serene moment with.

But then, reality intruded. Sarah had spent months nursing a feeling that had never really begun. It was a feeling born from a chance encounter, an accidental smile from a stranger on a train. That fleeting moment had sparked something within her, something she couldn't quite understand, but it was a feeling she knew she had to let go of.

The stranger had been a passenger on her daily commute, a tall man with kind eyes and a warm smile. They had exchanged a few words, shared a laugh over a delayed train, and then, just as quickly as he had entered her life, he had exited at his stop. They had never even exchanged names.

As the weeks passed, Sarah found herself thinking about that brief encounter more and more. She wondered about the man's life, his dreams, and what it would be like to get to know him better. But every time she allowed her mind to wander in that direction, she reminded herself that she was building castles in the air. She didn't even know his name, and he was likely just a stranger passing through her life.

One crisp autumn day, Sarah decided it was time to let go of this feeling that had taken root within her heart. She knew it was unrealistic, impractical, and perhaps even a little foolish. She couldn't hold on to something that had never truly begun.

Taking a deep breath, she closed her eyes and pictured the stranger's face one last time. She whispered a silent goodbye to the feeling she had nurtured for so long. With each exhale, she released it, like a fragile balloon drifting into the sky.

As Sarah opened her eyes, she felt a weight lift from her shoulders. She realized that sometimes, the most liberating thing one can do is to let go of a feeling that never had a chance to grow. It was like setting a caged bird free to soar into the limitless sky.

She finished her coffee, got up from the bench, and walked away from the park, her heart a little lighter. Sarah knew that there would be other chance encounters, other smiles from strangers, and perhaps even a love story waiting for her in the future. But for now, she was content with the serenity of the present, letting go of a feeling that had not even truly begun, and embracing the infinite possibilities of what lay ahead. 

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