She was smiling.

Her tender lips were curled upwards at an angle which said much, but revealed nothing. They were painted with a layer of red lipstick, the type that is saved and used only for the most important of occasions. I smiled back.

I couldn't see her very clearly. The clouds were grey and shadowed above us as we stood staring at each other. They weren't dramatic. They didn't stretch across the sky with a shade that warned you to shelter. They were just grey clouds, filtering the light and stealing the warmth and leaving us with the sharp chill of the wind.

Despite the cold, her cheeks were rosy and warm and breathed colour into her porcelain skin. She was still and quiet, but her eyes were expectant. They were inviting, pushing me on to say something. I didn't. We just stood there, her outline mirroring mine, her soft brown hair weaving their way towards her shoulders. 

She was fading now. Not only from my sight, but from the remnants of my memory too. I could barely remember her voice, and she was refusing to speak. I still remembered that day though. I still remember why she was smiling. That was enough for me.

I put the photograph back into my pocket and stepped back onto the gravelly pathway which crunched satisfyingly under my worn black shoes. The cemetery isn't a nice place to stay for too long anyway.


Qaisara Idrus | 2 February 2012 at 14:33


Sir Pök Déng | 2 February 2012 at 16:34

Qaisara Idrus,

I was going to say that.

Fadhli Rahim | 2 February 2012 at 23:58

Is there a like button somewhere?

ninotaziz | 18 February 2012 at 17:28


Adam Freddy | 24 February 2012 at 00:24

(Y) love this one

Anonymous | 16 July 2012 at 17:18

Wow,you draw your words beautifully.It's just an honour reading it and eventually feeling the emotion run free.Good work :)

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