Tramp

Tramp

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Genre: Romance

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Status: Finished

Genre: Romance

Summary

liana was fifteen years old when she befriended a drifter called tramp, who was four years older than her. for the next year their friendship turned to love but circumstances beyond their control was about to ruin everything for them. tramp didn't want to ruin liana's life and disappeared, he left her heartbroken. nine years have passed and liana is about to marry andy but is having second thoughts, she loves him but she is not in love with him., she is still in love with tramp. two weeks before her wedding liana and tramp meet again........

Summary

liana was fifteen years old when she befriended a drifter called tramp, who was four years older than her. for the next year their friendship turned to love but circumstances beyond their control was about to ruin everything for them. tramp didn't want to ruin liana's life and disappeared, he left her heartbroken. nine years have passed and liana is about to marry andy but is having second thoughts, she loves him but she is not in love with him., she is still in love with tramp. two weeks before her wedding liana and tramp meet again........

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Submitted: May 26, 2016

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“Yes mom, I will see you in two weeks.” Liana rubbed her forehead with frustration. Once again, her mother had rung her about the final wedding arrangements. “Please stop fussing, it’s only a wedding. I’ve got to go now, bye.” She cut the call, flopped backward onto the sofa, and stared at the ceiling. “What am I doing?” She muttered. Taking a few slow deep breaths to try and control her tears, she felt like a fraud. Liana loved her fiancé Andy but she wasn’t in love with him, her heart belonged to someone else.

The church had been booked, the reception was being held at a swanky hotel in the city and just under two hundred family and friends had been invited to their big day. All Liana had to do now was find a wedding dress, everyone apart from her best friend’s, Debbie, and Paul, thought that she had already bought one and wouldn’t show it them because she wanted to keep it a surprise. But the truth was, she hadn’t even started to look for a dress yet and was now taking two weeks off work to find one. It was already day three and she hadn’t even left her apartment.

Lighting another cigarette, Liana sat on the edge of the sofa, drumming her fingers on the arm of it and gazed around the room wondering what to do next. Why does life have to be so complicated, she thought to herself? Pouring herself a glass of wine and swirling it around the glass, her thoughts turned to him again, not the man she was going to marry but the man she fell in love with ten years ago when she was fifteen.

 

“Hey, Liana,” Her friend Debbie shouted from the kitchen. “I’ve just heard you talking to your mom, don’t sound too enthusiastic about getting married.” She laughed entering the room with a plateful of sandwiches.

Liana jumped a little snapping out of her thoughts. “Did it sound that bad?” She grimaced.

Debbie placed the plate of sandwiches on the small glass coffee table in front her and slowly shook her head with disapproval as she sat on the sofa. “Yes, it did, you’ve been thinking about him again haven’t you?”

“Yes, I have.” Liana passed Debbie a cigarette. “You know I think about him every day.”

Debbie leaned forward and gently stroked Liana’s arm. “This is ridiculous, you love Andy.”

“I know I do but.” Liana’s voice began to crack. “But I don’t think I can go through with the wedding.”

“What!” Debbie cried sitting back in shock staring at her friend. “You can’t back out of marrying Andy, it’ll break his heart!”

Tears began to well in Liana’s eyes as she gazed across the room. “I know.” She mumbled. “But deep-down Deb, I know I’m making a big mistake.”

Over the past couple of weeks, Debbie had noticed Liana acting a little different, especially when they talked about the wedding. Up until that moment, she just thought Liana was suffering from nerves, she didn’t realize it was doubt. “You seem to forget, he left you!” Debbie sighed, sitting forward. “And you haven’t seen him for nine years.”

Liana bit her bottom lip, she didn’t like being reminded that he left her. The pain of him leaving her all those years ago still hurt like it was only yesterday. “I know he left, his home was going to be demolished but he could have waited for me!”

Debbie sarcastically laughed. “You’re a fool if he really wanted you he would have waited.” She slapped Liana’s arm. “You better snap out of it girl!”

“Ow, that hurt!” Liana cried rubbing her arm.

“Good and the next one will be even harder if you don’t get your head sorted.” Debbie took her jacket off the back of the sofa and slipped it on. “I’m just nipping into the city; do you want anything?”

Liana thought for a few seconds. “Will you get me a couple of bottles of wine please.”

“Ok, I shouldn’t be too long.” Debbie swung her bag over her shoulder and sighed. “Liana, look at me.”

Liana looked up at her friend.

Debbie leaned over and stroked Liana’s long brown wavy hair. “Look at you, you're beautiful, you’re a successful businesswoman, you own your own place and you have a man that loves you. Please don’t ruin it all for a stupid teenage crush that left you nine years ago.”

 

When Debbie left the apartment, Liana leaned on the balcony and watched her friend walk into the city. Gazing up at the clear blue sky, she thought it would be a perfect day to take a drive out and find somewhere peaceful to paint. As soon as Debbie was out of sight Liana went to her bedroom and took a small box off the top of her wardrobe and sat down on her mattress. It was her secret box from when she was younger, the only people that had seen what was inside it and knew the story behind it, were her friends, Debbie, and Paul.

Smiling to herself, Liana gently ran her fingers over the purple velvet box and untied the pink ribbon that was around it. Taking out a piece folded paper that was turning a dirty yellow at the edges she carefully unfolded it, her smile grew bigger. It was a pencil sketch of her when she was fifteen, on the bottom of it was written, TRAMP. Taking out all the other sketches, there were some of her from the age of fifteen to just before her sixteenth birthday and some of the area that she lived when she was younger. They were beautifully detailed sketches of the fields, the farm, the old castle and one of her little black and white dog and all were signed TRAMP. Also inside the box were perfectly carved animals out of wood with the word TRAMP carefully burned on the bottom of them. Liana picked up the wooden carving of her dog and kissed it then gently placed it back into the box.

As Liana walked back into the living room she suddenly didn’t feel too well, she hadn’t been feeling well for days. The stress of her wedding to Andy was taking its toll on her. Liana also suspected that it was taking its toll on Andy too, he had rung her the night before and told her that he was taking his daughter away for a few days to spend some time with her and he would usually ask her if she would like to go with them but this time he hadn’t.

Liana picked up a small dark wood photo frame off her fireplace, in it was a photo of Andy with his seven-year-old daughter Molly, that she had taken of them the previous year. Andy was a handsome man with dark green eyes and brown hair and Molly was the image of him. Liana felt guilty as she gazed at the cheeky-faced little girl with two bottom teeth missing from her cute smile.

Liana met Andy two years ago when he visited her photography studio to inquire about a photo shoot for his five-year-old daughter as a birthday gift. Liana showed him around and gave him a price list and questionnaire to fill in with his daughter so she would know what she would like on the day if he decided to book a session. A few times between meeting him and taking his daughter for the photo shoot, he returned to the studio to ask her more questions about the session. Liana just thought he was a sweet father that wanted the best experience for his daughter, she didn’t realize he was trying to pluck up the courage to ask her out on a date.

Andy eventually made an appointment for the photo shoot and on the day, he was in awe of Liana as he watched her work with his daughter. Her passion for the perfect photo of his child impressed him, she was amazing with his daughter who was very shy but Liana soon had her giggling and made it a fun experience for her. When the session was over, Liana showed him the pictures on her computer screen that she had taken and he made his order. A week later when he went to pick the photo’s up, he’d finally built up the courage to ask her out for a drink. Liana declined but he didn’t give up, he had fallen for her

Eventually, Liana gave in and began to date Andy and over the next year, she saw him regularly. And they had fun together, he spoiled her with trips to the theater, weekends away and always bought her flowers. Liana couldn’t fault Andy as a boyfriend, he was understanding and exceptionally patient with her when she made it clear that she wouldn’t sleep with anyone unless she was married.

On their year anniversary of dating, Liana was shocked when Andy proposed to her and told him that she would think about it. For weeks, she kept Andy waiting for an answer, she didn’t tell her family that he had proposed to her, it was Debbie that let it slip. Her family and friends couldn’t understand why she hadn’t said yes, they all thought that Andy was good for her.

At that moment in time, Liana’s friend Paul was the only person that knew about Tramp, she then decided to explain to Debbie why she was taking her time giving Andy the answer he wanted. When Liana told Debbie that she didn’t know what to do because she had been in love with someone else since she was fifteen and always believed that she would see him again one day, Debbie was shocked. They had known each other for years and Liana had never spoken about him before, she told Liana that she was crazy and should get on with her life. Debbie also said she was just making up excuses saying she didn’t want to have sex before marriage because she was still waiting for a stupid teenage crush that left her. Eventually, from all the pressure from everyone, Liana accepted Andy’s proposal. Now six months later the wedding was two weeks away, she had taken some time from work to prepare for it but the closer it got, she didn’t think that she could do it. Liana loved Andy but wasn’t in love with him.

 

For nearly two hours Liana sat on the sofa flicking through the television channels trying to find something to watch when Debbie returned. Debbie was unusually quiet while she put the shopping away, she made them both a coffee then sat next to Liana on the sofa. Liana could sense there was something wrong with her friend. “What’s wrong with you?”

Debbie frowned a little and turned away. “Nothing, why?”

Liana suspiciously looked at her, she knew her friend well enough to know something was wrong. “You’ve been quiet since you got back from shopping.”

Debbie scratched her head and took a sip of her coffee. “Oh god.” She lay her head against the back of the sofa. “I don’t think I should be telling you this.”

“Telling me what?” Liana curiously asked.

Debbie stood up, went over to her coat, and took something out of her pocket but kept her hands around it so Liana couldn’t see it. She looked at Liana and took a deep breath. “Now I don’t want you to freak out on me, it might be nothing.”

Liana sat forward curious to know more. “What might be nothing?”

Debbie bit her lip and shook her head a little, she looked stressed. “Do you know where the alley is by the side of the outdoor market?”

Liana thought for a few seconds. “Yes, I do why?”

“Well there was a man sitting on the bench by it with a small fold up table and he was selling these.” She opened her hands to reveal a small wooden carved animal. “They reminded me of the ones you have in your box, so I bought one for you.”

“And?” Liana shrugged.

Debbie passed the carving to her. “Look at the bottom of it.”

Liana took the carving and turned it over she thought her heart was going to explode, on the bottom of the small stand burned into it was the word, TRAMP. Liana stared at the carving. “I’ve got to go!” She cried running barefoot out of the apartment slamming the door shut behind her.

Tears welled in Liana’s eyes as she ran through the city towards the outdoor market, her heart was pounding harder in her chest. All the way there she hoped that he would still be sitting on the bench. By the time she got to the market she was out of breath, she walked as quick as she could through the stalls bumping through the crowd of people that were in her way the sound of them talking and laughing echoed in her head. When Liana reached the edge of the market she froze. There, not too far away from her by the alley sitting on a bench was a man with long shaggy blond hair and a beard. He had beside him a fold up table with small carved animals neatly arranged on it. By the side of the bench was a large rucksack with a sleeping bag and a small plastic box full of paintings and sketches.

Liana’s head was spinning as she slowly walked towards him. The man saw her approaching and turned to pick a carving up to show her. “Would you like to buy one Miss?” He asked holding it out to her.

Tears streamed down Liana’s face her mouth moved but no words came out, her body began to shake. “Tramp.” She whispered.

The man cocked his head to one side and curiously looked at her. His eyes widened as he slowly stood up. “Liana?”

Liana and Tramp stared at each other, everything around them went silent they felt like they were in their own world. The time Liana spent with Tramp all those years ago, flashed through her mind as if it happened only yesterday.


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