“She had never seen him before… ” BY GALAXY 029 Write a story beginning, ‘She had never seen him before. ‘ She had never seen him before. But somehow strangely, there was a funny familiarity about him. Up and down she observed him, trying to recall her In memories pertaining to this guest but she kept drawing a blank. That man stood there motionless as if he were frozen, and so did Jane. Well, to tell the truth, Jane was totally taken aback when she opened the door, ready to greet her mother but surprisingly found that the one standing before her yes was actually not whom she had expected.
For a few long years Jane had been living only with her mother, and their life was peaceful and serene. Somehow Jane felt ominous, but curiosity compelled her to ask, ‘May I know who you are? A little apprehensively, Jane waited for his reply. However, the stranger Just stared at her, taking his time to study her. He was smiling but Jane could clearly see his tears welling up in his eyes. Jane frowned, a little irritated with this weird visitor: his odd facial expression had indeed made her uncomfortable!
You… You are Jane? After a few long seconds, he muttered repeatedly, more to himself than to her. Perhaps he was afraid of being in the wrong, he asked again, ‘Are… Are you? This time, in an unsure tone. Just then, Cane’s mother reached home. She whizzed past the man into her house and pushed him away from Jane. What are you doing here? Again and again I have told you to stay away from us! ‘ she roared harshly. Jane looked at her mother, with a succession of question marks above her head.
She wondered why her affable mother was suddenly being so rude to a stranger, wherefore her usually collected Mummy got angry instantly on seeing him and so on. These were too unusual; there must be something wrong. She supposed. ‘l have every right to see her, Janice. She’s mine and you shouldn’t curtail my right to do so,’ exclaimed the man, with tears streaming down his cheeks. ‘Get out now! Stop bothering us! ‘ Bellowed her mother, glaring at him, and trying to shove him away from their door but the man was Just too strong.
She then began to mound him on his chest with all her might. However, that man did not move as If he were a wall; he was not even budging. Both of them had totally forgotten about Jane, who was staring at them dumbfounded, until she started to sob uncontrollably and collapsed in a bundle of tears. Jane, my darling, have no fear, please stop crying,’ consoled the stranger. Jane glanced up at the man, and soon recognition began to dawn on her face. ‘Daddy… Daddy,’ she mumbled hesitantly. That man beamed, nodding over and over again, and grabbed her, pulling her Into his arms.
He embraced her tightly, Ignoring her mother’s feeble protests at his feet. It was a long time before he loosened her and led her to a couch. ‘l know you will never forget me, my dear,’ said her father smugly. Yes, he was right. Even though It had been more than ten years since she had seen him, he still fit in her memory and memories which she had locked away came gushing and rushing back to her, flooding her with the sweet moments as well as the bitter ones that encompassed her heart.
She recollected her house in Singapore, and her grandparents, her school, ND all her friends, her toys, and the doll she liked the most, but above all she remembered the furious arguments between her parents that night before they left that home. Gazing at her daddy, she smiled. She was overjoyed at being reunited with her father. She loved him very much and she missed him badly. It was too good to believe that this unexpected visitor would turn out to be her very own father! She was not very sure about her mother’s thoughts, but what she knew was that her life was going to have a drastic change from now on.