In response to today’s Daily Prompt – Mercy, I will be writing a small story.
Rosanne looked at her watch. He was late again.
She went to the ladies room and locked herself in one of the stalls, trying to brush back angry tears. Oh, she couldn’t afford to cry, for her mascara would run and ruin at least half an hour of hard work.
She’d been looking forward to seeing him for many weeks now.
‘I’m an emotional fool who will never learn’, she muttered to herself.
She’d grown tired of the cat and mouse game that she was playing with Todd. Todd was a handsome, intelligent man…he was a man’s man and not one of those lovesick puppies she encountered on a frequent basis. But he knew he was a catch and he probably was dating a few women on the side.
After a few minutes, she walked out. There was no sight of him in the restaurant. She called for the bill and left.
Her heart felt sad, because she knew they would have been good for each other. But when the time isn’t right…even your soul mate will not be able to recognize you.
<A month later…>
Todd was standing at the altar, sweat trickling down his neck. The tuxedo suffocated him. He could feel at least five sets of eyes staring at him with hostility.
Blasted bridesmaids. Rosanne had probably warned them about him.
He looked at his best friend, the groom, who looked like he was going to burst with happiness. Todd sighed, surprised at the twinge of envy he felt
The bride walked in with the maid of honor, and he swallowed nervously. Rosanne.
Swallowed? He probably looked like a fish, gulping down air.
Throughout the wedding ceremony he tried to keep his eyes averted from Rosanne’s. She looked beautiful. He cursed himself for not showing up that day. Women like that didn’t come along more than once or twice in a life time. But he liked being a free bird…didn’t he? He looked at the shining faces of the bride and groom. Maybe being tied down wasn’t too bad…
The bride and groom exchanged their vows and kissed, hand in hand they walked towards the reception area…oblivious of the world around them.
Inadvertently, he looked at Rosanne’s face. She gave him a cool glance and looked away.
He walked towards her, only to see her being pulled away by another man. She turned around to give him a sad smile and walked away.
‘God have mercy on me’, he muttered to himself ,‘ I need to make this right’.