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The Melody of the Name, Emily as Perceived by Russel

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

Russel was on his flight towards his far-off home. He thought after settling down in a plane seat and looking out of the window, “This time, I am determined to find the girl of my choice. I will make her mine and bring her to Scotland. She will be my queen. I will love her immeasurably. I do need to find a twin flame at this stage of my life.”

He stepped on the floor of his parents' home. His younger brother had picked him up from the airport. He said to his family, "Ma, Dad, I am determined to marry this time." They said, "Okay, for sure, son."

Pic: Russel

Pic: Russel

Russel was trying to fight off jetlag. After a satisfying homemade lunch, he fell asleep. Russel had jumbled up nonlucid dreams so that he woke up with a start in the evening. He tried to spend time with family, but he was restless. Something kept telling him he should be doing something else.

By the evening, the next day, visitors among relatives started visiting him and his original family. Among them, somebody caught Russel’s attention. An attractive girl with short dark hair with golden shades whose face he couldn’t take his eyes off. He knew she was Emily, his cousin.

Emily was carefree, on the other hand, and moved about the place happily, talking to the older people and the youngsters. She was the teacher of a kindergarten school. She was happy with her job and life.

Pic: Cousin Emily

Pic: Cousin Emily

Russel tried his best to grab Emily’s attention. He tried to send her unspoken messages about his interest in her. But Emily showed little interest and wandered about, still carefree, and was gone when the later evening approached.

Russel became very quiet for the rest of the evening. He pondered on. "Maybe marrying a cousin wasn't a good enough idea." He wondered whether or not to share his feelings with family. But he decided against it and remained quiet. Nobody noticed anything was wrong or that Russel was in pain and heartache.

Later the next day, he announced he was going to the countryside. He needed to be nearer to mother earth and nature.

He loved everything about the countryside, the lakes, the small brick homes, and the greeneries- in fact, everything.

He went to his deceased grandfather's dilapidated home where his older cousin and family were now staying. They accepted him as their guest and treated him to homemade and village-like delicious lunch. The older cousin, Sohail said, “I am glad you are here. But my family and I had plans to visit deeper into the village where our distant Uncle stays. Would you like to visit him with us?”

Russel was excited. “For sure”, he said.

He, along with his cousin Sohail and family, took a battery-operated rickshaw where there was space for six people, and everyone got inside properly. It was a long ride.

Russel enjoyed the warm breeze of early summer and the chirping of birds. He noticed the butterflies going from one flower to another and sucking nectar.

Finally, they came to a stop because the rickshaw couldn’t go any further. Sohail’s family knew the place so that they got off the rickshaw and started walking in the direction of the destined place.

Yes, Russel felt happy about the place and trotted deeper and deeper into the village with cousin Sohail. Soon they came to a mud home belonging to the Uncle. The Aunt was cooking a pot of rice over the fire where she put in wooden straws. And then Russel met the most beautiful scene in his life.

Their daughter was carrying a mud pot of water, having collected it from a nearby pond. Her long black hair was flying in the air. And she carried an enigmatic smile on her face. She came closer and closer. And Russel kept watching her.

When she was near enough, he asked, “What is your name?” She said in a melodious voice, “Emily.”

Russel couldn’t believe his ears. “Emily. Emily indeed! Was it not a very enchanting name?”

Pic: Russel Finds Melody in the Name, Emily

Pic: Russel Finds Melody in the Name, Emily

Russel gave his introduction and went inside the mud home. As a village girl, Emily was rather smart. She brought Russel village sweets and tea. Her parents were very friendly. Finally, before leaving, Russel asked Emily’s father politely, “Can I ask the hand of your daughter? I think she will make a fine wife for me.”

Pic: Russel’s Real Emily

Pic: Russel’s Real Emily

Emily’s parents had already watched Russel’s interest in their daughter. And they were happy to come across a good would-be husband for their daughter.

Her parents nodded at each other in agreement. And Emily had gone hiding further inside their home.

Yes, there would be a marriage between Russel and Emily. Emily was twenty while Russel was thirty. The age difference didn’t matter to either party. They exchanged contact phone numbers and mail addresses as well.

Soon Russel would be coming back to his cousin Sohail’s place, but before that, he went inside where Emily was hiding and took a quick photo of her on his smartphone, and came out smiling.

He came back to his home still smiling. Yes, Emily and Russel were meant for each other in a twisted way. His cousin Emily would never be his. But this countryside Emily was his. So warm-hearted and charismatic!

It was strange that close to his home, the Emily he knew didn’t return his feelings. Yet so far away from home, he had to stroll a long enough distance to reach his real Emily.

After Russel reached home, he showed his parents the colorful photo of Emily. They were charmed and happy that he had finally found the one to marry.

There were rounds of phone calls and text messages. And it was decided Emily's family would come to their home and stay for a week a month later, and her parents would hand in her to Russel for marriage.

Both the families got closer day by day until the reserved week came into play.

Yes, Emily, along with her parents, reached Russel’s place. Invitation cards had already been sent to guests all over the city to attend the marriage ceremony.

The girl’s family threw a party. Russel’s family threw another. It was at the first party of the ceremony that a Kazi married off Russel and Emily. They were a very, very happy couple.

Cousin Emily was nowhere around to be seen. Anyways, Russel didn’t mind. His gorgeous and precious Emily was around him, and he hadn’t a care in the world as he was so blissful!

The Secret of a Happy Marriage Remains a Secret.

— Henny Youngman

Poll Time

© 2021 Rosina S Khan


Rosina S Khan (author) on March 26, 2021:

Welcome here! You are free to comment.

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 24, 2021:

Thank you, Denise, for your kind comment. I am glad you enjoyed the story. I really appreciate it.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on March 24, 2021:

That is a sweet love story with two Emilys. I enjoyed it.



Rosina S Khan (author) on March 24, 2021:

Yes, the arranged marriage worked for both the village girl, Emily and Russel. They had good chemistry and compatibility. I am glad you enjoyed the story. Thank you, Lora, for reading and I really appreciate and value your comments so much. God bless!

Lora Hollings on March 24, 2021:

I’m very glad for Russel and Emily that they both seemed to be as soul mates. It certainly wouldn’t have been a good situation if Emily didn’t feel the same about Russel. I’m glad that your story had a happy ending, Rosina. An interesting look into an arranged marriage which actually worked for both parties. Very nice!

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 23, 2021:

I am glad, Ankita, you enjoyed the story with a happy ending. Yes, Russel was completely taken up by surprise when he learned the village girl had the same name as his previous crush. Thank you for reading and your kind comments. I truly appreciate it.

Ankita B on March 23, 2021:

This was an interesting story. It must have been so surprising for Russel to find that she has the same name. I liked the happy ending. Nice story, Rosina.

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 22, 2021:

I am glad you like the story, Ravi. Thanks for reading and commenting. I appreciate it.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on March 22, 2021:

Interesting story Rosina. The same as that of the previous crush makes the story quite intriguing.THanks for sharing.

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 22, 2021:

I am glad, Peggy, you found this story to be a fun read. Thank you for reading and your insightful comments.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 22, 2021:

Arranged marriages are not the norm where we live, but it sounds as though this one turned out well. A happily ever after story is always a fun one to read.

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 22, 2021:

Thank you, Bill for your most generous comments. I really appreciate and treasure them.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 22, 2021:

Quite the imagination you have, my friend. This was an interesting read throughout. I never know, starting one of your pieces, where you will take us, but it is always an interesting journey.

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 22, 2021:

Yes, it is a love story with a happy ending, Chitrangada. Readers are having varied opinions about the twin flame and a previous crush having the same name. Anyways, I am glad you enjoyed the story. I truly appreciate your comments.

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 22, 2021:

The Uncle in the mud house is a distant Uncle of Sohail, Russel's cousin. Russel doesn't know this Uncle. Therefore, the Emily Russel is marrying is a very distant relative. Yes, cousins do marry in our country. Cultures and marriages differ from one part of the world to another. A batter operated rickshaw is found in cities other than the main city of Dhaka. In villages, you may not always have transport and may have to walk a long way. But by and by the transport and roads of villages in our improving.

Thank you for reading and commenting, Brenda. By the way, Russel loved both the Emilys but only the second one returned his feelings therefore, his rightful love of his life.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 22, 2021:

Well narrated and Interesting story, Rosina. Having the same name of two persons, sounds like a movie script.

I like happy endings, if it’s a love story. Thank you for sharing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 22, 2021:


Isn't this second Emily, the one he is to marry, also his cousin?

It does say he comes upon the mud house of his Uncle's.

People in the United States don't usually marry their cousins, but then again we also don't have arranged marriages. Marriages here are decided between the couple not the parents and they are usually in love first.

I'm not sure what a rickshaw is, but it seems awful that they had to walk because it didn't hold up.

I do know a few people who tend to go for a person with the same name as one he had in his life before, but I assume they are players...this way they don't worry about saying the wrong name if they are with the other one.

I'm glad I caught this one. I guess I just don't understand the way marriage works in other parts of the world.

Nice writing though.

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 22, 2021:

Alright, John, I guess I should have mentioned the destination, which is Dhaka. Russel lives in Scotland and will take his wife there. His original family is in Dhaka and his in-laws in a village away from Dhaka within the country. Russel and Emily, although English names are widely used among Bangladeshis. I hope the picture is clear now to you.

Thank you for reading and making out the time to comment honestly.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on March 22, 2021:

A pleasant love story, Rosina. I have heard of people dating someone with the same name as a previous crush. I had a little trouble figuring out where Russel had flown to. You said his far off home, but not Scotland, right? And there was a rickshaw mentioned, so .. was this to his country of origin where his family lived, and he now resided in Scotland? The names of the cousins Russel and Sohail sounding like different nationalities( but probably cousins through marriage) I guess confused me a little.

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 22, 2021:

I am pleased, Pamela, you enjoyed the story. Thank you for reading and your kind comments.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 22, 2021:

This is a wonderful love story, Rosina. I really enjoyed reading it. Thank for another good story.

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 22, 2021:

I am glad you enjoyed the story. Thank you for your comments, Fran.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on March 22, 2021:

Rosina, enchanting story. I enjoyed reading it. Thank you.

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 22, 2021:

Haha. I am glad you enjoyed the story. Thank you for reading. I appreciate you comment, Manatita.

manatita44 from london on March 22, 2021:

A sweet and charming romantic tale. Love is in the air? Chuckle.

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 22, 2021:

I am glad you find the story enjoyable and different. Thank you for reading and commenting. I really appreciate it.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on March 22, 2021:

Nice story Rosina

I enjoyed the read

I have never seen anyone having the same name as that of a previous crush. The story was different and engaging.

I am glad that it ends well and on a happy note

Thanks for sharing


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