Title: Thinking of You.
Written for: GSDM Canada
Written By: Nicia
Summary/Prompt used: What happened last night/Holiday in the country/Dinner date.
Important A.N: This is AU/AH, and set in an era that's like that after the second world war. Please note the genres. This is Tragedy/romance/angst, so no complaints if you don't like the storyline. It's not going to change. I do say that you should keep some tissues handy, and some comfort food for afterwards, but hopefully, you'll enjoy this little story and be moved by it.
Thank you to LifeInTheShapeOfAGirl for the beautiful banner that inspired this story.
Huge thanks to readingmama for organising yet another great fic exchange!
Gabby, I hope you enjoy this!
When I think back
On these times
And the dreams
We left behind
I'll be glad 'cause
I was blessed to get
To have you in my life
When I look back
On these days
I'll look and see your face
You were right there for me
There You'll Be – Faith Hill.
22nd June 1966.
Soft, melancholy music flowed throughout the dining room as couples, families, singletons, all the residents of the hotel dined and enjoyed their evening. The music certainly set a sad tone to the evening, but it was one that was mistaken by many of the patrons to be soothing and relaxing, rather than a piece that spoke of the ache in the young pianist's heart.
A young couple sat in the corner, engrossed in each other as the music flowed around them, the same way their love did. They didn't even entertain the idea that the music spoke of hurt, to them it was soft and sweet, a testament to the way they felt about each other. They couldn't imagine ever losing each other, feeling as though they were invincible and their love was strong enough to take on the world.
Five years ago, the young pianist had felt that way too.
Tears welled up in her eyes as her fingers moved over the keys smoothly, eliciting soft dulcet tones that spoke of pain, loss and heartache, spilling her feelings through the music as the tears fell from her eyes. Memories filled her mind as she played.
Soft lips at the nape of her neck.
Shy smiles across the table.
Whispered murmurs of love and care.
Soft caresses that had made her body tingle and her heart swell.
Promises for a future that had never come to fruition.
Her back was to the audience, so no one saw as she sobbed silently, remaining unaware of the turmoil running through the very soul of the young woman as each note brought forth another memory that was as beautiful as it was painful. Because today was the anniversary of something amazing, and awful all at the same time. The cause of her tears, and yet, the cause of those memories too.
No one noticed as her shoulders shook, instead mistaking the movements for those of great passion, assuming that she was so caught up in her music that it had to be expressed through her body as well as her hands.
No one ever noticed the truth hidden in her eyes.
No one had ever noticed.
Except for him.
Thoughts? Any guesses as to what happened?
Chapter One will post tonight!