He felt disoriented on seeing the picture. After rubbing his eyes, he looked again. Yes, there she was…prominent in her white bag and blue jacket, studying something.
How could this be true? His mind was probably playing tricks on him. When he had clicked that picture, there was no one around.
He was aging and she looked just the way she had looked on their last day in college.
Twenty years back, they had parted, ready to pursue their separate careers, fully aware that they would never ever meet again.
But she had surprised him by extracting a promise. They were to meet exactly twenty years later at this favourite haunt to celebrate their friendship.
He had remembered the promise and had gone to that spot. But how could he expect her to be there? He knew she had long been dead… soon after she left college!
(This is a tribute to ‘After Twenty Years’-a lovely short story by the great O Henry)
This is my entry to the flash fiction challenge, Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers hosted by the lovely Priceless Joy. We are given a photo prompt and approximately 75-175 words with which to create our stories. This challenge is open to all who would like to participate. For more information, click HERE.