Valentine. It’s a 6.

It’s not often I suggest hitting “play” on the music selection first but for this..

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She was older, he younger, but not scandalously so. She from summer “cottage” Newport society, he from the “walk up” neighborhood of Elmhurst, privilege and working class at the crossroads. His passion music – drummer and dreamer, his path to follow the footlights, her passion perched wing-side awaiting its cue; music was the glue that bound them, grew their friendship. Ill fated, they commiserated on past loves and broken hearts, they talked about anything and everything, their’s a love affair superseding time, age and economics, it was new love proclaimed, love accepted.

On Valentine’s Day, schedules hectic, they met in the parking lot of Newport’s 1st Beach; joining her in the front seat of her car they sat, 2 star crossed lovers, pounding ocean surf white noise soundtrack to fate’s deliverance as he spoke of unexpected news of a child to be born 9 months hence; in a “New York minute” the present and future eclipsed by the realization of what that implied. It was the lovers’ last embrace, tears smearing an unfinished watercolor canvas barely begun; he left her on Valentine’s Day to be the father he never knew, left her Valentines’ Day to forgo the dream of what might have been in the name of a greater love.

29 thoughts on “Valentine. It’s a 6.

  1. Rhen Laird June 3, 2020 / 11:11 pm

    Oh wow, this was so heart-breaking…how would she ever recover….

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  2. UP June 4, 2020 / 12:15 am

    Oh dear, there’s no going back and for her no going forward. So well done Denise. So well done. And you’re right about the music…

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge June 4, 2020 / 6:13 am

      Not in the immediate, at least. Thank you, Paul 🙂
      I enjoy setting a mood 😀

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  3. clark June 4, 2020 / 7:22 am

    “…the present and future eclipsed

    perfect to tie the unsaid to the unexpressable.\.

    Good Six

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  4. Pat B June 4, 2020 / 9:42 am

    Oh, wow! What a closer! “he left her on Valentine’s Day to be the father he never knew, left her Valentines’ Day to forgo the dream of what might have been in the name of a greater love”

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  5. lensdailydiary June 4, 2020 / 12:56 pm

    Never trust a younger man, they are too fickle and temperamental. Will she never learn. Wonderful but sad story, Denise.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge August 16, 2020 / 10:02 pm

      In clearing old notices, e-mails, I came across this Six where I did not leave a reply comment. My apologies! I missed you, D. Avery and Romi.
      Those are indeed the saddest. Thank you, Mimi.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge August 16, 2020 / 10:03 pm

      Thank you, D. My apologies for such late response! How I missed your comment I’ll never know!

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  6. The Vintage Toy Advertiser June 6, 2020 / 3:54 am

    Love this six. Something about a setting inside a car near the sea speaks ultimate drama. And your line: “It was the lovers’ last embrace, tears smearing an unfinished watercolor canvas barely begun” is heartbreaking poetry.
    Mind, I had to chuckle at the line “drummer and dreamer” … I play drums and dream often, so I was totally rooting for the guy, then gasped when he faced his dilemma and duty and had to dump the girl on Valentine’s Day. Oh my. I want to give her a big hug. But what a wrench for both.
    Nice choice for the R&J song!

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge June 6, 2020 / 8:36 am

      Thank you. I’ve always, except now, lived coastal so water, in particular ocean, figures prominently in who I am and… I’m Pisces, so there’s that, lol
      I remember (Drummer part. Dreamer? Caught you 😀 ). I would expect nothing less of you 😀
      Thanks! There are times when music sets the words in motion, calling them from behind the curtains and then times when it simply is the impetus for those words.

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      • The Vintage Toy Advertiser June 6, 2020 / 2:14 pm

        Yes, that’s always interesting the relationship between music and words. And re: the sea, funny I’m opposite – never lived by it ever until now. And you a Pisces, cool, makes sense you have a water connection then. I’m Virgo, so probably a bit rooted to the floor and dirt lol.
        Even though I don’t know the sea and water very well, I did find myself writing about it a lot some time back. Seeing as water makes up so much of our planet and our human body, what’s not to love and be fascinated by it?
        Do you miss the water now you are not living there, or you happy to be an inlander?

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        • GirlieOnTheEdge June 6, 2020 / 11:14 pm

          It’s too bad astrology (for so long) got such a bad rap. Makes sense. Virgo is an earth sign so yes, well put, lol
          That must be the dreamer in you. To write about that which you may not be overly familiar with and have no special affinity but can easily conjure.
          And now you live near the sea. I’m jealous!
          I miss it tremendously. The smell of salt air, the sounds of surf and gulls, the grit of sand on the soles of my feet. It is the one place I am at peace. Alas, I’ll never be happy as an inlander. But one day…

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          • The Vintage Toy Advertiser June 7, 2020 / 12:44 am

            Ah yes, I agree, ‘one day…’ (just like a story). You describe the sea well, those sensations which until recently were alien to me unless on vacation. I’m used to living in little country towns or big cities with big noise, but oddly always near railway stations and tracks (the sound of a distant train in the middle of the night is very romantic to me) – but now I hear manic gulls and impressive boat horns, and if I go to the numerous harbours on certain days I can see (and smell) the fresh fish brought in… what a change.
            I hope you get some sea back in your life one day, me dear Pisces matey D, ahar! (pirate impression alert), as I think I too would miss it now. It’s quite special isn’t it.

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