She looked at his tear-stained face.He hadn't stopped crying since she came. She knew it would be ok with time, he would regain his composure, she just wanted it to be as soon as possible. She was frightened. She had never seen him cry before.
"Blood pressure abnormally high. My God, she's sinking. Nurse, NURSE!!!"
They went for a walk. The garden was so refreshing, in the cool winter days. It's going to be ok, she assured him. Things would be fine. Count on me.
"She's going into cardiac arrest. We will need to do an emergency operation."
He was smiling by now. She was quite pleased with herself. I can convince anyone, she thought. Just a little bit of reassurance, it always works. He's just a kid...
"Too late. Too late. Inform her relatives."
"You hate me, don't you?" The parting remark caught her by surprise. Her face froze with shock, as the taxi sped away.
The door swung open, a man stepped in. He saw the immobile figure lying on the bed.
He turned back & bitterly regretted the impulse which had made him say that. Ah well, I will apologise, he thought. She always listens.
The man stood still. The doctor looked at him quizzically.
They told him they had no idea where she had gone. She had just packed up and left.
The doctor asked him gently "Did you know the lady?" "I thought I did", he replied.
Vanished without a trace. It was hopeless. No one knew of her whereabouts. He searched & searched in vain.
"She passed away very peacefully. More peacefully than most".
He heard her whispering softly. He heard her peals of laughter. Most often he heard her voice - clear, limpid, as smooth as the waves gently crashing against the sea-shore.
"What is your relation to to the deceased?". "I never could figure that out myself" he replied.
He felt he was going mad. Loneliness would kill him. He had to be surrounded by people all the time. Life had to go on.
"Is there anyone whom we can inform?" "I am here, now", he said.
He had seen her walk into the hospital. Here was the chance he had been waiting for. Soon, it would be all right. He would know peace again.
A woman came into the room shouting "Did you find her?" and stopped. She spoke no further.
"Yes, she was admitted a few days back. Not too long, so the Doc tells me. Ah well, the poor woman..."
"You are still waiting. Is there something that you would like to do?" "No, now there is isn't"
The doctor stared at the man. In his wrinkled face he saw a young boy, terrified. He could not comprehend what the boy realised - tha the apology had taken too long in coming...