Editor’s Note: Every series of the contents of this story are purely fictitious, from the characters, events and incidents is a product of the author’s imagination, and any resemblance of these characters to actual persons, living or dead, or of author’s fictitious events to any events that may have occurred at that time, is purely coincidental .Mentioning also those previous poems and short stories posted by Mahaliahscent were only but all fictitious. Thank you for reading the poems and stories. Enjoy reading and God Bless you all.
“Zhaidec…” Noemi spoke in a near whisper. Why are you doing this to me? Why am so important to you? I must admit… without you there would be no life for me. With you I can bear anything that happens, but without you I am nothing.” Looking at him with her sweetest smile, he leaned down and kissed her cheeks. And whisper…”It’s the same for me,” he said softly. “I need you, Noemi.” His lips found the soft sweetness of her skin, and he began to move quickly, he wants the world stop for seconds, he wants to enjoy being with his woman.
They missed each other so much, their body seemed to melt together naturally, and they need each other. “Noemi, my Noemi,” he whispered, again his lips moving against her mouth, drawing out her passion. “Are you afraid with me?” with his big eyes try to scared Noemi, “ha ha ha ha… Noemi, my Noemi”. He touched her long black hair, breathing deeply, allowing himself to enjoy the moment fully, and never knowing what tomorrow might bring. He wanted her as much today as always, and he would love her forever….
He stood at the bus station, glance his wrist watch and look at the people comes from the bus. He walked towards the ticket window asking the in-charge what time the next bus will arrive. A glint from the afternoon sun accenting the hard lines rugged living had etched into the brown skin of his handsome face. His curled black hair was brushed up and held his arm to it. His qurtha … he uses to take it off and just wear shirt and jeans. He was in city which is not so familiar with him. He must not look too “Indian,” although that was almost impossible, for everything about him was Indian. He dearly loved to wear white and brown but he likes all colors. He spends much time in his computer, studying and surfing, system analysis, encoding, and a lot more. He wants to help his family and work for them let his brothers attend their family business and he will work for them. He was so afraid with his mom and always hides his interests. No one knows where he is now, no one knows he travel far from his place just to see and meet her girlfriend. Three hours he spent waiting for her woman… “Where are you now? Noemi, my Noemi”, he is beginning to get upset now. His face is getting red wants to clinch his fist… but he can’t do anything just to wait for her. He can’t call her because he left his mobile no where that he can’t remember where he drops his mobile. “If she won’t come then this is it… I have to go back and never see her anymore”. He sits on the long bench inside the passenger’s booth, the air-conditioned room is so cold but he is sweating and feels anxious. What he did is to hold his hands to his face offer prayers,” Please God let her come and see me”.
“What are you thinking?” The soft voice came from his right side. He turned to look at his woman, his Noemi girl, who had just arrived from the last trip. It had been a hard journey to Colorado from the place he came but he had to come for Noemi and it irritated him that she had to come at all very late.”Why just now... can’t you come on time? What did you do the whole day? Are you busy with others... maybe your job again? His eyes drifted from her lovely face back to the bus where she rides then to the rutted streets over which cars clattered amid the bustle of a growing city. “I’m thinking about if what would happen to me if you will not come to see me; maybe I will just sleep here in this terrain or catch up the next flight and won’t see you anymore.” The airport is 40 minutes travel to the bus terminal, so if Noemi won’t come Zhaidec will just go back to the airport and returns home.
“Look at me--- standing here in white man’s clothes because I don’t dare to come to city dressed as what they call me.” Noemi says, “As an Indian, but look at yourself you’re an Indian”. He met her eyes again. “I’m not I said, and you have to wear that tight uncomfortable ‘proper’ pink woman’s shirt and jeans instead of the tunics you like so well, and without scarf or nakab, just so you aren’t scorned in the streets.”
She lay on her side watching him, studying the lean, slim body that remained so tame but strong despite his younger age as 33 years. There was nothing hard or muscular body figure about Zhaidec Khan, except perhaps a few extra lines on his forehead and deep seated eyes. The pointed nose that I love to touch, the thin lips that I love to kiss, fine beard and mustache that tickles me because of that I miss him so much. Noemi was surprised when he call for a taxicab, now where we going to your place or my place? “I rent a pad in case you will not show up,” said Zhaidec. Noemie just smiled, “Now you sound like Swift Arrow”.
That was ten years ago to be exact, now they’re married and shares interest in raising their children to good school and work hard for their children’s future. Zhaidec never change still the same man when he meets before.
That was also the side of him she understood best, which was why she understood him, his family, lifestyles, living and belief. He was raise good by his family. He has a loving parents, brothers, sisters and relatives. A fine living that everybody wants in life. He never suffers pain and sorrow because his way of life. Everybody loves him because he is the youngest son. Then she met Noemi that changes his lifestyles, his interest and dreams. He wants to change Noemi’s life, be with her in times of needs but they are far from each other. Even if he wants he can’t afford to do that. He has to continue his studies and be professional. He is doing that not because of his family but because of Noemi too. He has only one direction to take this time to be with Noemi for a week, a month or maybe a year. “But not forever”, Noemi said. “Why not, time will come and God will make a way… just trust Him.
She can’t do anything but to follow for she know that Zhaidec will do his promise to her. This old dilapidated house owned by his uncle Noah maybe best for you,” Noemi guide him to the house. He sighed and staring up at the ceiling. “I know, but what else can we do? Your family won’t allow me to stay in your house, its fine for me at least I can see you and talk to you more often.” He still can’t accept why Noemi’s family want him to be separated with him, because she left Noemi and escape his responsibility as husband and father of their kids. Ten long years of waiting and only now he show up, for what? To disturb Noemi and make her life complicated again? “I don’t know if this time you’re for good, but what’s in my mind is you’re my husband and I should not hide you from our children. “She says.
He sighed and ambled over to her and carries Noemi into his arms, his animal grace reminiscent of wild things and the outdoors. He begun unbuttoned his shirt and began to remove it, revealing a slim figure, firm chest and muscular arms. A young good looking man now on her front, she is no longer dreaming … this is reality. “He rolled to his side, resting on his elbow and looking down at her. She always felt dwarfed beneath his tall, slim frame. He had inherited his powerful body from his brown father, who has been a very big man. His hard-edged leanness came from his Indian side, as did his brown skin and the piercing blue eyes that sometimes could almost hypnotize her, even after all the years they had been together. He ran his fingers lightly over her throat and chin.
“Still the same Noemi I love so dearly, I do,” he told her, forcing a smile for her. Things had been hard enough on them the last four days waiting for him to come and the hours he spent in the bus terminal almost an agony for him. At least he could try to keep his mood even. “Every time you talk like that I think about the eighteen-year-old girl I meet on that love bus, and how she try to escape from me as I follow her impatiently to her auntie’s house in Green Meadows and how she took that bamboo and threw unto my face.
She smiled sadly at the memory. She’d lost her dad when she was still a baby that’s been her mother told her and never see him. She grows in a family of her mom’s brother and her mom married another man and raises her own family. How painstakingly her life was because his poster father was so very strict not even split of seconds she receives beat and punishments for every mistake she committed. She even hurdled herself to work then study and took scholarship for her free education in college. That’s the reason why I came to see her to end up her misery. She studied the provocative smile that had made her melt when she was eighteen that still made her melt, nineteen more years and four children maybe later if it is our destiny. I want too but how will I start if we will end up with nothing.”Imagine! After all the years you’ve been telling me everything will be all right, no one will interfere even my mom, my relatives, friends and your family too.” Now it was she who was getting upset, despite her intention to calm down Zhaidec.”So this is the end of everything we had shared together,” took her scarf and sit. She met his blue eyes and they were dancing as he studied her lovely face. Her skin was still soft, thanks to the cream she used, and her soft long black hair showed no sign of gray. Zhaidec Noemi girl was still firm in the right places.
“Why on earth are you smiling, Zhaidec Khan?” she asked with a frown. “Nothing, I enjoy seeing you get angry,” he answered.”You’re prettier when you’re angry.” He leaned down and kissed her lightly. “Besides, if we can’t see a little humor in this dammed life, we might as well end it here and now, Noemi.” His smile faded then. “Things are going to get worse, I’m afraid. The day is coming when it will be a lot harder to smile.”
Their eyes held, a million memories flashing through both their minds….. Years gone by…. those first years spent with Zhaidec was heaven for her, no worries, no problems, everything is but happiness and sweetness… the hardships of surviving in a wild dreams far away from him will just ended with nothing.
There had been so many challenges and sacrifices, so many nights of crying since she’d come west and had fallen in love and married the half-breed fellow from western coast. Fate and necessity had separated them far too many times, but always he’d come back. Always her Zhaidec had returned to hold her, protect her, and provide for her needs.
But their last separation had brought the most pain. The family of her and him had torn them apart, sending Zhaidec east and leaving Noemi vulnerable in a city of thieves. Zhaidec’s pain at not being there in her most dire time of need could be read in his blue, loving eyes, especially in their intimate moments. Over all their years together, he had always protected her. He’d risked his life for her more than once, and he’d always sworn he would not allow her to be hurt. Yet he had failed her that one time, and he will not forgive himself, never forget it. Noemi! His beautiful, faithful Noemie-girl,I will never forgive myself and all my life I will never forget this. So much! They had been through so much together…. and survived! Always it seemed that their pain and loss came through in their lovemaking, mingled with their joy and laughter. Each time they made love the experience was enhanced by the deep secrets they shared, the special things that only two people who had been through what they had and who had survived could appreciate. His sweet kisses smothered her, and within moments they were both in the midst of excitement. It was as though this was all, as though this was the only way they could prove that as long each had the other everything would be all right. This was something no one could take away. No one!
In these wonderful moments all sorrow and pain were left behind. The end of everything, the unpredictable future was not to be thought of now. For all those years at least they were still together. Here, in each other’s arms, lay their power, their determination to survive against all odds. This great love could endure. “Sometimes it hurts to think about our future,” Noemi said. But I have to accept the real you. He kissed her eyes. “I know, but that’s life, Noemi girl. Everybody needs to move on.
She ran her fingers lightly over his handsome mouth. “I don’t want to think about that…about us getting separated….the children getting older. But if that would be our fate I am willing to sacrifice. I am just here waiting for you and will never close the door for you. She smiled through her burgeoning tears. “Oh, I look forward to that!”
“You are to me. And you’re, by God, beautiful enough that I have to keep a close eye on you in these wild cities. If you can only go and stay with me but life for us is so unfair. I have to leave you not because I don’t want responsibilities but because of fate that hinders our relationship. This will not take for a long time, trust me.”He shook his head at how fast he deep breathes looking again to Noemi’s beautiful face.
Three hours had passed still no Noemi in the bus terminal; he has to go to catch up the last trip bringing him to the airport for his flight to Colorado. “She will never show up”, said Zhaidec. He kneels down to kiss his youngest son, hugs his children for the last time. “I have to go now, I’ll be back soon, please tell your mom how much I love her.” The children wave their hand, “come home soon daddy.”
“I will you take care of yourself and your mom, I love you.” Zhaidec close the window and one last glance but there is no Noemi. She is there hiding in the corner looking for the departure of his Zhaidec. This time she knew that he will not returned home. It will be forever leaving her alone again. Race and breeding that’s the reason why he need to leave them. What a mixture of sentiments she needs to be brave and accept because of her children. If she will give up what will happened to their children. “I trust you God; you will give the way for me.”Noemi held the hands of her children and leaves the bus terminal. This time she needs to be compassionate for her children future.
They walk towards their car when someone catches her attention, a familiar voice calling her name and the children.”Noemi, my Noemi…. My God I can’t leave you! I don’t care about fame, race and breeding. It’s you, only you and the children is my life.” Zhaidec hugs and kiss Noemi and embraces their children. “This time, I won’t leave you anymore. I am your protector, your family and your life.” We can live a simple life with us alone, for us nothing is impossible. I’ll be good husband to you and good father of your children.” He grinned and ran a hand over her smooth skin and kisses her lips. “All I see is my pretty little Noemi, and you‘re still like a young girl for me, never grow up, hmmmmm.” Zhaidec replied with flirting smile. “Oppps… there are minors around, can’t you wait until we gets home.” Children say.
They leave the place with smile.From then, the family live happily ever after.-end