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I waved my arms up and down in panic. It was the night of the last performance of the year, and the big concert. I felt the usual rush of adrenaline and could hear the rhythm of my heatbeat in my ears, and it thrilled me. I loved the feeling before going on stage. We all waited behind the stage for the audience to finally find their seats so the evening could begin. I held onto Jerry's arm tightly, and he grinned at me. He was first, and I gave him a peck on the cheek for good luck as the audience hushed, and the opening music began.

  There were many acts, and I was second last with my solo, and then I had my duet with Jerry. We were so excited, but ridiculously nervous aswell, although we had performed many times before. This evening just seemed special. I tapped him on the back in encouragement as we heard his cue. He started singing, and I smiled to myself. After watching Jerry, I went to the dressing room to have my hair and make-up done before getting ready.

  I looked at the programme, and saw the guest performer was about to go on. They were just before me, but I decided to hide in a hoodie and watch it from the front, standing at the back behind the audience. I leant back against a wall and lowered my head so people would not see my face. There was silence in the theatre as the performer walked on stage. I didn't dare look up before they started. I waited for the song to begin.

"The day starts, the day ends
Time crawls by
Night steals in, pacing the floor
The moments creep,
Yet I can’t bear to sleep
Till I hear you sing"

  I raised my head, staring at the stage. I knew that voice.

  "And weeks pass, and months pass
Seasons fly
Still you don’t walk through the door
And in a haze
I count the silent days
Till I hear you sing once more."

  He stared right at me at the back of the hall, and my legs moved of their own accord as I slowly walked through the aisle.

  "And sometimes at night time
I dream that you are there
But wake holding nothing but the empty air

And years come, and years go
Time runs dry
Still I ache down to the core
My broken soul
Can’t be alive and whole
Till I hear you sing once more"

  I was now very close to the stage, totally in shock. I could barely breath and my chest ached. He still stared at me, pouring his heart and soul into the song. I felt my legs give way as I (gracefully) sat myself down on the floor, keeping his gaze. I was crying, not only because of the beauty of one of my favourite songs, but because Garrett was here, singing to me.

  "And music, your music
It teases at my ear
I turn and it fades away and you’re not here!"

  He went down to his knees so we were close, as he sang the long note.

  "Let hopes pass, let dreams pass
Let them die
Without you, what are they for?
I’ll always feel
No more than halfway real
Till I hear you sing once more"

  The music stopped, and I was a mess. The powerful song, and the performer had moved me so completely, and I watched in anguish as he stepped backwards into the darkness. Was my mind playing tricks on me again. I felt myself being dragged back to the stage by Diana. She roughly washed my face of all the make-up, and I vaguely remember her sighing and saying that I'd have to go on with no make up. My hoodie was removed, and I was roughly thrust onto the stage. I smothed down my dress, and the lights went up with the introduction to the song. How appropriate was the song, with him there? He stood at the end of the aisle, and I smiled, vowing that I would let him know how I felt through the song.

  "Who knows when love begins?
Who knows what makes it start?
One day it's simply there,
Alive inside in your heart.
It slips into your thoughts,
It infiltrates your soul,
It takes you by surprise,
Then seizes full control.
Try to deny it,
And try to protest,
But love won't let you go,
Once you've been possessed.

Love never dies.
Love never falters.
Once it has spoken,
Love is yours.
Love never fades.
Love never alters.
Hearts may get broken,
Love endures...
Hearts may get broken,
Love endures.

And soon as you submit,
Surrender flesh and bone,
That love takes on a life much bigger than your own.
It uses you at whim and drives you to despair.
And forces you to feel more joy than you can bear.
Love gives you pleasure,
And love brings you pain!
And yet, when both are gone,
Love will still remain.

Once it has spoken,
Love is yours. 

Love never dies,
Love never alters,
Hearts may get broken,
Love endures...
Hearts may get broken.

Love never dies!
Love will continue!
Love keeps on beating when you're gone!
Love never dies once it is in you!
Life may be fleeting,
Love lives on...
Life may be fleeting,
Love lives on"

I took a breath, and I heard the crowd roar. But I didn't care anymore, I wanted him. I wanted Garrett.







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