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A Bizarre Encounter for Little Gemini

I love to write essays, short stories and fictions. And I am glad to share them here.

Pic: Gemini

Pic: Gemini

Both Melanie and Emanuel were having a lively conversation in the living room. Their daughter, Gemini, born on June 15 and about three years old was playing happily with her dolls and toy kitchen set.

“So, are we accepting the invitation?” asked Melanie eagerly.

"I would like to take a break from work and take you and Gemini to the wonderful parks in Los Angeles. Besides, spending time in your relative's home would be fun. My first impression of them is that they are good, fun-loving people."

“Thanks for the compliment, Emanuel. I am concerned about something though. Gemini has never been on an airplane. I wonder if she would make a three-hour journey by air.”

“Don’t worry about that. Gemini should start learning and experiencing new things. She should learn to adjust to new surroundings above all.

“You are right, Emanuel. I am being concerned for nothing.”

“How many days can you take off from work?”

"Well, I think three days. But I don't plan to stay in LA for three days. I would like to relax here at home for one day after returning."

"Lazybones, so when will you join Gemini and me at Aunt Lily's home?"

“Two days later.”

“All right, it is settled then. I will let Aunt Lily know we are accepting the invitation. She is very special, keeping her family together and now celebrating her 40th marriage anniversary with her husband. I admire her."

“You are more admirable”, Emanuel put in quickly.

"Really? You think so?"

“Why not? You manage everything so well. Without you, I am lost.”

“Ha! Thanks for the compliment.”

“You are welcome, dear.”

“I will go ahead and see what I have to pack for myself and Gemini. You can pack yours later.”

“No problem.”

The day arrived when Melanie, along with her daughter Gemini, would fly from their place, Austin to Los Angeles, her Aunt’s place.

Emanuel drove them to the airport. At the airport, after their suitcases were weighed and checked in, Melanie and Gemini waved goodbye to Daddy. Gemini was excited and waved at Daddy more enthusiastically.

Melanie was happy to see Gemini in good spirits. It looked like she would happily make the three-hour journey by air.

They both took a seat near the destined terminal. It was not long before the flight to LA was announced. Melanie took Gemini by the hand and showed their required documents at the counter. They were allowed to enter the gate.

After walking a distance, Gemini and Melanie boarded the appropriate airplane. Melanie put her roll-on in the upper cabinet. She settled herself and Gemini in their seats.

The airplane having all its passengers boarded gradually took off. Wheels went inside, and with the wings moving to and fro, the plane glided into the air. It was a smooth takeoff, and Gemini felt no fear but sheer invigoration.

After an hour, they were served drinks and snacks. After another two hours, the plane started to descend downwards. Gemini couldn’t hold her breath. She was eager to land at the airport and just couldn’t wait any longer.

Finally, Melanie and her daughter got off the plane and walked through the airport. Gemini looked around everywhere, unable to comprehend what was going on.

Melanie was busy tracking their suitcases and finally putting them in a trolley. She looked at Gemini and was surprised to find her tear-eyed.

Melanie remarked, "What's wrong, honey? You made the journey very well. But you look so unhappy. Why is that?"

Gemini replied sorrowfully, “I don’t see Daddy anywhere. He is supposed to be here, isn’t he?”

It hadn’t occurred to Melanie or Emanuel before that their daughter would be confused about flights and airports like this.

Melanie tried to explain. “We have flown to Los Angeles, another city where my Aunt lives. We are here to attend her party. Daddy will be joining us soon. Don’t feel so bad. Daddy will come to us.”

Gemini replied in a melancholy voice, “Everything looks odd without Daddy.”

Melanie said, "No, it doesn't. You will enjoy yourself at Aunt Lily's place. She is your Great Aunt. We are here to have fun. Cheer up!"

Gemini remained quiet and unhappy until Great Aunt Lily turned up and gave her a Burgundy rose.

Pic: Great Aunt Lily

Pic: Great Aunt Lily

“Wow!” Gemini exclaimed. “This does smell awesome. Thank you, Great Aunt Lily.”

“You are welcome, Gemini.”

“Come, this way”, she guided them both.

A van was waiting outside. Melanie and her daughter's suitcases and belongings were loaded onto it. Aunt Lily, Mommy, and Gemini seated inside comfortably.

Gemini found great solace in the beautiful rose handed to her by Great Aunt Lily. She smelled it at a stretch and felt at peace.

By the time they reached Aunt Lily’s place, it was pitch dark in the later evening. The van driver helped with dispatching the suitcases and belongings at Aunt Lily’s door. They all thanked him warmly, and he was gone.

Lily’s son came in to take the suitcases and accessories to the guest room. Melanie and her daughter followed.

There was a king-sized bed, wardrobe with mirrors, an empty table, and chairs as well as an attached bathroom.

Gemini dropped dog-tired on the bed. Melanie lay down beside her daughter. Both fell into a deep slumber until an hour later Aunt Lily knocked on their door to have supper.

After a quick meal and feeling exhausted, mother and daughter retreated to the guest room and soon fell fast asleep.

They woke up the next morning refreshed. After finishing off morning rituals, Mommy and Gemini went to the dining table to have breakfast with Aunt Lily’s family. They chatted together and had great conversations. After a while, everyone left home for work or school. Only Aunt Lily remained.

She showed the mother and daughter the outside of their home, the surroundings, gardens, roads, and shops at a distance. Both Mommy and her daughter were thrilled. They were enjoying every moment of their visit.

The next day later in the morning when Melanie was busy talking to Aunt Lily and Gemini was sitting quietly, somebody came from behind and touched her shoulder with warm hands. Gemini turned back and was surprised to see Daddy.

“Daddy! You are here!” exclaimed Gemini in utter happiness.

“Yes, certainly. I missed you, Gemini”, said Emanuel.

Gemini replied quickly, “I missed you too, Daddy.”

Daddy Emanuel said smilingly, “Let me get refreshed. And then we can hire a cab to visit the beautiful parks in the city just as I promised.”

Gemini was super excited and couldn’t wait. Melanie gave her a new dress to wear. She shifted to a new getup as well. In ten minutes, they were both ready.

Daddy called a cab from the nearby road, and off the three left for sightseeing. Only Aunt Lily remained at her home.

Daddy showed around beautiful parks with spaces to play for children, walk in nature, and have snacks from nearby shops.

Pic: Gemini Smelling a Flower at a Park

Pic: Gemini Smelling a Flower at a Park

Pic: Parents of Gemini Share a Joke at One of the Parks

Pic: Parents of Gemini Share a Joke at One of the Parks

After they had visited four lovely parks, Gemini gave in and announced she couldn’t go on any longer. Daddy took her in his arms, called a cab, and together with Mommy, they returned to their host’s place.

The next day, which was the 40th marriage anniversary of Aunt Lily and her husband, arrived promptly. There was to be a party at their home on the occasion, which was why Melanie’s family was invited.

Everyone dressed their best in their elegant outfits, shoes, makeup, and accessories. The party began with light music in the background. The children had coke and ice cream while the adults toasted a little champagne to cheer Aunt Lily and her husband on this special occasion.

Food and dinner were served. Everyone had their fair share of scrumptious meals, which they relished a lot.

Lots of discussions and conversations flowed on various topics, including the weather and current politics, until it was time for all the guests to leave.

Melanie and Emanuel already packed their suitcases and belongings. They changed into comfortable clothes and shoes. Aunt Lily arranged for her van to see them off at the airport.

Gemini was extremely happy to travel with both her parents. The concept of flights and airports made good sense to her now. After about a three-hour journey again, they got off the plane, collected their suitcases, and called a cab to take them to their destined home.

On reaching home, the family washed up and put on sleepwear. Both the parents kissed on either cheek of Gemini and lullabied her to sleep.

Melanie and Emanuel conversed briefly about their visit and retired to bed also. They were happily proud of their only daughter, Gemini, who was starting to learn new things and understand life more lucidly.

© 2021 Rosina S Khan

Comments

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 14, 2021:

I am happy that you like the story. Yes, the next time I write about children, I will make it a point to write the story from their point of view.

Thank you, Ankita, for taking the time to read this story and leave your insightful comment. I appreciate it very much.

Ankita B on July 14, 2021:

This is a lovely family story, Rosina. I am sure many can relate to this story and Gemini's first airplane travel. I agree with Brenda and would definitely love to know the story from Gemini's point of view too. Beautifully written.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 14, 2021:

Yes, Gemini is starting to learn new things about life and has a bit of family adventure.

I am glad you like the story, Manatita. Thanks for reading and commenting. Truly appreciated.

manatita44 from london on July 14, 2021:

Sweet simplicity and a bit of an adventure for Gemini. Charming!

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 14, 2021:

I am delighted that you enjoyed the story and the dialogue between the characters. Yes, it's important for children to get emotional support from both their parents.

Thank you, Lora, for your constructive and insightful comments. I truly adore and appreciate them.

Lora Hollings on July 14, 2021:

A lovely story about Gemini and the close bond she shares with both her parents. It's so good for children to have such a loving relationship with each parent. They grow up to be confident adults who can handle whatever life may bring them. Your story, Rosina, certainly addresses this important aspect of families and the need for both parents to give children the emotional support they need. I enjoyed the affection that you displayed in the dialogue between the characters. Very nice!

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 13, 2021:

Read little Gemini's upbeat story and leave your comments.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 13, 2021:

Thank you so much for your kind comment, Devika. I really appreciate it.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 13, 2021:

A beautiful write up and you have created a perfect story for kids

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 12, 2021:

Thank you, Denise, for the compliment. I am glad you say it would be a good little children's book if I shorten it. I hope you liked the pictures. I appreciate your generous comments.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on July 12, 2021:

This would make a sweet little children's book. I can see the pictures now. You'd have to shorten it for children but I bet it would be lovely.

Blessings,

Denise

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 12, 2021:

I guess it would be fantastic to tell the tale from Gemini's point of view. Thanks for the idea. Anyways, I am glad you like the story. Thank you for your insightful comments. I truly appreciate them.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 12, 2021:

That's something I didn't get to do as a little one. I don't remember ever going on an airplane to visit relatives or anywhere else.

I have seen little ones flying alone...so glad Gemini had someone with her.

The story is great but if you told it from Gemini's point of view...showing us how she felt & what see sees it would be fantastic.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 12, 2021:

I am pleased that you enjoyed the story, and it is relatable to your daughter. Thank you for reading and commenting. I really appreciate it.

Rozlin from UAE on July 12, 2021:

Lovely family story, Rosina. I enjoyed reading. It's relatable to my my daughter. She is 2.5 years old. Once in a year we visit India. Everytime she enjoys a lot the journey and vacation too. Thank you for sharing, Rosina. It was a good read. Stay safe and healthy always.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 12, 2021:

I am glad to know you were a teenager when you enjoyed your first airplane trip. Yes, for children and teenagers, they are memorable trips. Thank you for reading and commenting. Truly appreciated.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 12, 2021:

The first airplane trip for a young child is a memorable trip. I believe I was a teenager before I enjoyed my first airplane trip. Of course, that was many years ago! Ha!

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 12, 2021:

Thanks for being able to relate to the story and having similar experiences. I am glad you liked the trip. I appreciate your comments. Thanks for the hugs. Stay blessed, Chrish.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on July 12, 2021:

all can relate to this. It reminds of my own experiencess too, it was Fun.

Unforgettable adventure. Thanks for the trip wink wink....

Sending power hugs!

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 12, 2021:

Thank you, Dora, for enjoying the story. I appreciate your comments very much.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 12, 2021:

I like that Gemini's disappointment was remedied by a surprise. Great time on board the plane. Beautiful home. Good story!

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 12, 2021:

Yes, a one-year-old child would be more difficult to handle for travel by air. I am glad you liked the story. And I appreciate your lovely comments.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 12, 2021:

A nice family story, which I enjoyed reading. It took be back in time, when I had to travel by air, with my one year old son. The duration of the flight was 3 hours. It wasn’t easy for sure, because children don’t want to sit at one place for long. They are full of energy.

Yes, it’s important for the children to learn to visit relatives etc.

Thank you for sharing another engaging story.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 12, 2021:

I am happy, Misbah, that you enjoyed the story. Yes, traveling and visiting relatives are important for a child's mental development. I really appreciate your comments. Blessings and love to you too.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 12, 2021:

I am glad you enjoyed the adventure. Thank you for reading. I appreciate your comments.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on July 12, 2021:

Rosina, this is a lovely story. Gemini learned a lot about traveling and seeing relatives.I think, such experiences are always very important for a child's mental development. It was a nice and detailed story. I enjoyed reading it.

Thank you for sharing

Blessings and Love

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 12, 2021:

A wonderful adventure for a young girl. Thanks for taking me along on the journey.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 12, 2021:

Thank you, Fran. I am glad you enjoyed the story. Yes, little Gemini just learned to travel and it will definitely go a long way in life. I appreciate your comments.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on July 12, 2021:

Rosina, I loved your story about a family traveling and enjoying each other. Little Gemini learning to travel will go a long way in life. Thanks for your story.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 12, 2021:

Thank you, John, for appreciating this story. I am really delighted that you liked it. Yes, it is a real-life story, in fact.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 12, 2021:

Rosina, you offer a real-life story that I am sure many readers can relate to. Visiting relatives in another city, a child’s first experience on a plane etc. Nice writing.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 12, 2021:

I am pleased that you enjoyed the family adventure. Yes, Gemini learned a lot about travel through this adventure. Thank you, Pamela, for your comments. I really appreciate them.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 12, 2021:

This is a nice story, Rosina. Gemini did learn a lot about travel and visiting relatives. I enjoyed reading this family adventure.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 12, 2021:

I am glad you like the family adventure. Thank you for reading and commenting, Liz. I appreciate it very much.

Liz Westwood from UK on July 12, 2021:

This is a detailed and well-described account of the trip. Through your writing you take readers on this family adventure.

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