She gently placed her hand on his chest. “I want to do it just like in movies.” Then, without a warning, her arms were around his neck, her head resting tenderly on his shoulder.
“What are you doing?” he asked, a little confused, a little amused…and it was enough for her cheeks to turn into red flames.
“I’m…I’m hugging you!” she whispered, terrified of being ridiculous. But he approved and even seemed to like her little gesture. So she believed it’s the right thing to do.
The sea in the sunset was breathtaking so she just wanted more.
“Don’t let go…just hold me like you did before, just a few minutes, that’s all I need to learn…”
He was holding her, just like in movies, stroking her golden hair, caressing her perfumed skin. And she trembled at the thought that she may forget…
“I want to learn this by heart! Every sensation, every color. The sand on my feet and the sound of the waves. I want to have it here, with me, within me…”
He smiled, a little sad, a little overwhelmed. The risk of forgetting was never a serious threat, but with her, for her…he would be frightened too…
“What I love the most about you is your kindness, your gentleness and your way of giving hope to the hopeless.”
His words were a painful reminder of the way she used to be. And, regardless of every wrong step they took, just for here and now, she desperately needed to re-define herself.
As the girl who ran barefoot to the sea…
As the happy child who used to love every teddy-bear in every store…
As the free spirit who ignored the rules, just to be there, for the less fortunate ones.
“If I could turn back time” -just like in movies- to go back to the place of love. To turn this heart shaped stone into a river of healing tears, I swear they would be all yours…”
He ignored her, a little worried of her aggravating depression, a little annoyed of her ever-lasting complains.
So she remained silent.
“I have something to confess and I need you to look into my eyes while I’m saying the words. Promise me you wont be cruel…”
“Cruel, me??? When was I ever cruel to you or anyone?”
“When you laugh of me and you ignore my stories, when you pretend not to see, not to feel…”
“Okay, just say it as it is. The confession, please.”
She took a deep breath.
“I have to tell you what I should have told you long ago. Ever since our first embrace, remember? Ever since I wanted to learn by heart the sunset and its sensations. Ever since I turned my heart into a stone…”
“Just say it, for heaven’s sake!” he shouted, a little frightened, a little angry.
“I’m an alien, okay?! That’s why I never knew how to hug, how to feel, how to be. I’m an alien, in love with you, a man from this earth, and I’m struggling to act like a human being!
Her tears, like golden lights, turned into emeralds and diamonds. He turned his back, leaving her hopeless, helpless and desperate.
And then, just like in movies, a miracle happened. He turned and cupped her face.
“I want you to stop struggling and start loving me. For I am an alien too.”
That’s when she saw him for who he truly was. A stranger among strangers. That’s when she decided to love all the weird little things that the others called “unacceptable”.
And they lived happily ever after…
So, for all the aliens out there, please don’t turn your hearts into stones. There’s love and hope waiting for you with open arms. Somewhere, by the sea shore…
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