Saturday, August 20, 2005

Galaxy: Tears of the Son

He sat there, across from the man who had been his hero, who had been everything he wanted and more.

The man who had given him everything.

And now it’s time to make a decision that would change his life forever.

“Bill please, garcon,” said Airus as the waiter nearly whizzed his way past. He bowed slightly. “Oui monsieur,” he replied, before twisting on his heels and heading for the counter.

“What are you doing?”

Airus didn’t say anything; he merely pulled out his wallet and fished out a couple of credit bills. "Keep the change," he said as the waiter came back with the bill.

“Airus…”

“No. No more,” Airus got up, and pulled on his coat. “I’m going.”

“Airus, please…”

But Airus ignored him, walked out of the booth and stalked his way out of the restaurant, hoping to get out before the tears burst forth.

“Airus! You will regret this!”

Airus stopped. Over his shoulder, the man stood defiantly.

“You know what, maybe you’re right,” said Airus, turning back to face him. “Maybe there will come a point in my life, when I will look back, and I will find myself thinking, ‘I shouldn’t have done that. I shouldn’t have left you stranded, alone. I shouldn’t have turned my back on you the way you did me.’” He paused, trying hard to hold back the tears. He itched to turn away...

No. This must be done.

He took in a deep breath, composing himself as he exhaled, and continued. "But I think it’s far more likely that you will look back on what is left of your life and regret the day that you gave up on me.”

And with that, the weight on his shoulder was gone. He no longer felt like crying, the pain of yesteryears finally making its way out of his life, drifting away into the nothingness of the dark galaxy. He looked down momentarily, anywhere and nowhere at the same time, before looking up again, with a coolness in his eyes that chilled the man's heart. “Take care of yourself. Enjoy your new family. And pray that your son grows up to be a far more forgiving man that I will ever be.”

“Goodbye, father.”

And with that he walked out of the restaurant, and never once looking back.

They will never meet again.

*Read Galaxy: Across The Stars.
*Read Galaxy: The Prodigal's Return.

6 comments:

Aaki said...

Very profound.. sets you thinking..(in a philosophical way and an ENTIRELY un-philo way!)
this is what I thought..
a.) When Airus says..''And pray that your son...'', he doesnt say,''other son'' or ''new son''.. This means that he doesnt want to be thought of as his son anymore.. BUT, the very next line, he says,''Goodbye, father'' is a contradiction to that idea.. Or probably thats implied there.. heh!

b.) I think time will make Airus forgive(though i have absolutely NO IDEA about the story! :/ Is this the end? Or you ll continue it?) time always heals, though scars remain..

c.) The other two stories, they really arent connected with this one! Or are they?
All three are nice though, esp. 'Across the stars' :)

Fikri said...

Probably one of the most emphatic commments that I've had for my posts.

1) Well, I've thought long and hard about that particular bit, and I decided that putting it that way makes it sound more interesting, but also holds the suspense, if you like, up until the last moment possible.

2) Whether Airus forgives or not is something that will be seen in the future. It's all part of a story that's not told chronologically, so you just follow it as it goes a long. Am glad you liked Across the Stars, though. :> It is the one in which I decided to experiment with the form and see how good a script I can write.

Thanks for the comments.

Fikri said...

Probably one of the most emphatic commments that I've had for my posts.

1) Well, I've thought long and hard about that particular bit, and I decided that putting it that way makes it sound more interesting, but also holds the suspense, if you like, up until the last moment possible.

2) Whether Airus forgives or not is something that will be seen in the future. It's all part of a story that's not told chronologically, so you just follow it as it goes a long. Am glad you liked Across the Stars, though. :> It is the one in which I decided to experiment with the form and see how good a script I can write.

Thanks for the comments.

Susanna said...

Hey Fikri...

You write good stuff! I'm hoping there's a continuation to this somehow...?

Fikri said...

Thanks Su. As for continuation, all I can say it...keep your eyes open, and keep on having Thoughts of Wisdom... :>

Anonymous said...

Harro Sir Fikri,

this is a very kewl story!! I like it, strange that I m reading such stories, its like a sign for me to move out lol.

See ya!

With best wishes and strawberry milshake,
Jin