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UKArchive ID: 12905FRIENDS & LOVERS OF DAYS GONE BY by chrisk
Originally published on August 1, 2005 in Fiction    

Memories of love.



FRIENDS & LOVERS OF DAYS GONE BY
BY C R KRISHNAN


She breaks my heart, cuts it into a thousand pieces and throws it on my face and then says ‘I still want to be your friend!’
I am not interested, period. She has lied and cheated and pretended that she is mine.
She thanks me for the cuddles and thousand kisses. She remembers how courteous I am. How I always open the car door for her, pull out the chair in the restaurant and compliment her on her dresses and tell her how nice she smells.
She has met some one else. That much I know.
Now she wants to be my friend! No more kisses, no more cuddles and no more gazing into each other’s eyes.
I never saw it coming. The fellow she met drives a Porsche, and owns a palatial penthouse flat. He is a jet setter. Not handsome but rich, very rich.
I drive an old battered MG and live in a one room flat. I work for an Airline, junior officer, not rich but comfortable
‘Pamela, I don’t want to be friends with you. I don’t want to see you ever again, just go, and leave me. I don’t like you anymore, and I hate the whole world.’

That was a long time ago. 20 years have gone by.

Today she rang me up. I am married now and live fairly comfortably. I am a senior Manager with the same airline. I arranged to meet her in a restaurant. She was
smoking a cigarette and drinking a glass of white wine. My heart sinks. Her speech is slurred, has wrinkles on her face covered in make up. She looks older and hard. Her designer clothes look well worn. Her husband, the man with the Porsche is in jail. Financial irregularities, but he is innocent, she says. They have lost all their possessions and she is now destitute. In any case she says she was going to leave him but now she is going to be alone anyway.

She doesn’t want anything. I offer her money, a place to stay for a while (my wife will understand) but she refuses. She says she just wanted to see me and then move on. I kiss her on the cheek and hold her hands for a while.
‘John, wish I had you as a friend.’
‘But I am your friend.’
‘ No, you never wanted me as a friend’. Remember you told me you hated me. You never wanted to see me again.’
And then she was gone. I wondered why she wanted to see me again.
It’s a sad old world, you know.






© chrisk (chrisk on OLD UKA)
UKArchive ID: 12905
Archived comments for FRIENDS & LOVERS OF DAYS GONE BY
tai on 2005-08-01 11:20:53
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Hi Chrisk, a lucky escape for you I think! and she got her just desserts! Money alone, is exactly what you get.

A good story.

9 from me.

Tai

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Hazy on 2005-08-01 11:58:55
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Liked this lots 🙂

Sometimes we like to glimpse back at 'what might have been' when we make the wrong choices in life. The grass certainly isn't always greener...

There's usually at least one we regret letting go of!

Hazy x

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chrisk on 2005-08-01 12:23:30
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Tai
Thank u very much. Didn't I put this under 'fiction'?Lol. Well okay u r right.
LOve
Chris

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chrisk on 2005-08-01 12:26:05
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Hazy
How true. Then no one knows what might have been. You can't go back in a time machine, get off and start all over again, Lol.( Wish I could though!)
LOve
Chris

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niece on 2005-08-01 12:39:49
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Dear Chris,
This was a beautiful article….so well written…!
Regds,niece


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e-griff on 2005-08-01 12:45:31
Re: FRIENDS & LOVERS OF DAYS GONE BY
excellent shortie!

a small thing

Today she rang me up. I am married now and live fairly comfortably. I am a senior Manager with the same airline. I saw her sitting in a restaurant ..

this was a bit confusing. she rang him up/I saw her sitting... do you mean you arranged to meet her there? you could say. I met her in a restaurant, she was ....


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chrisk on 2005-08-01 13:16:18
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Niece
Thank u very much. Its sad isn't it?
Love
Chrisk

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chrisk on 2005-08-01 13:18:35
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JOhnG
Thank u for ur nice comments. U r right. I will edit it now.
Regards mate
Chris

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Claire on 2005-08-01 15:05:18
Re: FRIENDS & LOVERS OF DAYS GONE BY
Chris this is a wonderful story. Very sad. It works well as a short piece.

I noticed a few missing fullstops at the end, other than that, it's great. ;^)

The quicker they get the time machine working the better!

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chrisk on 2005-08-01 16:28:18
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Claire
Thank u. You are sweet. I will do the full stops straightway.
LOve
Chris

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Lulu on 2005-08-06 11:16:42
Re: FRIENDS & LOVERS OF DAYS GONE BY
Yes I know! but beautiful too.

It's funny, but I just found out the first boy I ever loved got married last month, so I get the meaning very very well! 😉

Beautifully written! thanks

xx.
Lu

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chrisk on 2005-08-06 11:25:57
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Lu
Thanks for commenting. We all have memories of love , haven't we?
LOve
Chrisk

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eddiesolo on 2005-08-08 12:46:37
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Lovely written, a joy to read.

Si:-)

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chrisk on 2005-08-08 12:52:08
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Si
Thank you my friend. It was a joy to write but sadly, Lol.
Chris

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soman on 2005-08-14 08:01:27
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Nostalgia is a luxury which doesnt cost anything. However there is always the sneaking suspiciion that if she had capitulated then, it could have turned out much worse, isnt it? (I too have such sweet memories, thanks for reminding me!)

Good story, short and sweet!

Soman

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chrisk on 2005-08-31 21:47:50
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This is the human thing isn't it? We are the only ones in the animal kingdom who have memories of sadness, happiness, love and other emotions. and thank God for that!
Thanks for your comments
Chrisk

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