Two Lonely Souls on a Path of Memories

Updated on March 2, 2020
Phyllis Doyle profile image

Short stories are at the heart of why Phyllis loves to write. Her father left her a legacy of the art of storytelling.

Park Above the sea

Once they were two lonely souls who found each other strolling along in the park above the sea where Laura now sat alone. Lyrics to their favorite song, Twelfth of Never, played softly on her tape player. When Laura closed her eyes a vision of his face looked down at her as they danced. "Some day, my darling, we will dance together again in divine bliss," Laura whispered.

Tears sparkled on her cheeks as Laura sat on the bench high on a cliff overlooking the ocean. She missed Kevin so much and tears flowed when she least expected them. The scent of pine trees which Kevin had loved lay heavy in the air and far off cries of a lone seagull blended with Laura's emotions. The long, sad cries sounded like the seagull was calling for her mate. How well Laura knew that cry and felt it deep in her heart and soul on this three year anniversary since Kevin's death. It was also Laura's birthday.

Earlier in the day Melody, Kevin's daughter from a previous marriage, had arrived at the house to remind Laura about their breakfast date. Laura did not feel up to celebrating her birtday, but Melody insisted they keep the tradition they began several years ago when Melody was just a young teen. Melody brought gifts and, as always, a cheerful mood into the house.

After a well enjoyed breakfast they drove to the park and sat on the bench where Laura once sat with Kevin every Sunday. After a long chat they hugged and Melody had to leave. She knew Laura would want to stay at the bench for awhile, yet still offered to drive her home. It was just a short path to the end of the park and then a block home. "The day is too lovely to not enjoy it with a good walk," Laura insisted.

Memories Linger

Now alone on the bench with her memories a gentle little smile graced Laura's face. She listened to the song and remembered how Kevin led her around the dance floor with expert moves. He was such a great dancer and made her feel so elegant. She always wore long gowns with a soft full skirt which flowed smoothly with each turn Kevin made. So deep in her reverie Laura did not notice the man standing at the end of her bench until he spoke and it startled her.

"I am sorry, Mrs. Lockwood. I did not mean to startle you. You are Mrs. Lockwood, yes?"

"Yes, I am," Laura was puzzled then she began to recognize him. "You are ..., I'm sorry, I can't remember your name. It has been so long. You and your wife used to
attend the Club and you sat with my husband and I a few times. Dorothy," Laura snapped her fingers. "I remember her name. Such a lovely lady."

"Yes, Dorothy was a lovely lady, thank you. She passed away four years ago and I still miss her," he looked out to the sea. "We used to come here when she could walk, then she was in a car accident and lost the use of her legs. Aww! That was so many years ago. Forgive me! I am Karl Sorensen and it is a pleasure to see you again, Mrs. Lockwood. Dorothy and I loved to watch you and your husband dance. You were elegant, like ballroom dancers."

"Please, call me Laura. Thank you for the compliment. Kevin and I took lessons in ballroom dancing and even competed in annual competitions. And it is wonderful to see you again, Karl. It brings back so many lovely memories which is where I was, memory lane, when you approached the bench. Here!" she patted the bench and moved over a little. "Sit down and chat with me. Today is my birthday and the three year anniversary of Kevin's death. It is hard for me to get through this day without feeling lonely. I am so sorry to hear about Dorothy."

Vienesse Waltz
Vienesse Waltz | Source

Bond of Friendship

Karl sat down and they had a wonderful conversation. He got up after about an hour, walked over to the concession stand and brought back two hot dogs and sodas. They both enjoyed the afternoon so much and a warm bond of friendship grew with laughter and tears over memories. They talked so long that dusk came on before they knew it.

"Oh, dear! I did'nt realize it is so late, Karl. I have to walk home. It's just a few blocks, but getting dark," Laura gathered up her things and Karl stood up.

"Oh! I'll drive you home, Laura. I live too far away to walk here," Karl picked up her shawl and put it over her shoulders.

As they walked to the car Karl asked if he could take her to dinner for her birthday. Laura was pleased and accepted his invitation.

"Laura, it seems so right that we two lonely souls meet for support and friendship on this path of memories," he looked so hopeful Laura's heart went out to him and
she reached for his hand.

© 2019 Phyllis Doyle Burns


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      6 days ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Thank you very much, Umesh.

    • bhattuc profile image

      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      2 weeks ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Well coceived and well presented. Two lonely souls. Nice reading.

    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      11 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Doris. Thank you for reading and commenting. Yes, the epilogue is quite obvious - glad you picked that up.

    • MizBejabbers profile image

      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      11 months ago from Beautiful South

      Awww, how sweet, Phyllis. A lovely story of two lonely souls who've lost their loves. I think we know the epilogue.

    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      11 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Ruby. It is sad when one loses a beloved. A good friend can give much needed support. Thanks for reading and commenting.

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      11 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This was a beautiful love story. I was sad for her loss, but happy that she met a friend in the park. I have been there and could relate.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)