Stream of Consciousness

When everyone was done eating and had migrated back to the living room and had taken seats. Steven went over to Shana and bent down on one knee and took out a ring from a box. Shana’s eyes widened and she interrupted whatever he was about to say, “What are you doing?”

Steven smiled. “I’ll tell you if you let me. I just wanted to say that it had always been my intention to marry you someday. I love you that much, but I know that it’s impossible now. So, instead, I got you an infinity ring so that you’d know that no matter what circumstances I am in–happily married with another woman and children–that the love I feel for you is forever. Will you accept this ring as a promise of never-ending love, Shana?”

Shana burst into tears and flung her arms around Steven’s neck. “Yes. I love you so much, my heart is breaking and throbbing with love at the same time. I’m going to miss you so much.” Shana couldn’t say more after that, because she was too emotional to speak, especially when she saw the engraving on the band inside saying, “Love Eternal”.

So, Steven realizing that she was too choked up to speak anymore, with a smile took her hand and slipped the infinity ring on the ring finger of her right hand, rather than her left. He then said with a smile, “So, your future husband doesn’t get jealous.”

That made Shana laugh and then hug Steven again, and she whispered. “This is so hard leaving you.” Shana didn’t feel bad about not giving Steven a gift, because she had already given him and the others little gifts after school, because she hadn’t thought she’d ever see them again.

Shana startled when Archimedes who had been standing quietly in the entryway to the living room spoke, “It’s time to go A’shana.”

Shana sighed and stood up and then spent a few moments giving everyone a last hug, spending the most time with Steven before letting him go. “I won’t ever forget you”, she said looking into his eyes. “All of you,” She then added to include the entire group.

After the hugs and final farewells at the door, Shana took one more look behind her into the house before following her grandfather out with her carryon bag in hand. She hadn’t bothered cleaning up, because her grandfather had said that a cleaner would be taking care of all of that once they were gone. So, this was it. She was leaving the only home she had ever known, as her grandfather had simply moved into her parents’ home after the car accident.

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