In for the Rain: Short Stories, The Girl who Lost her Words

The one who sat there always intrigued me. She was sometimes so still she seemed frozen. I often wondered what was in her mind. As time past I felt familiar with her. She sometimes glanced in my direction. Her eye were always distant but lovely all the same. All I want from her is to see her smile.

Debra walked past that spot again. She looked around toward a near by bench.

“I hope I can sit near her.” She mumbled to herself.

She watched the crowd as they went through the park. It was a lot busier today even for a Saturday.

She sighed to herself.

I might not see her with this crowd.

Debra fidgeted in her seat. She expected to see her by now. She checked her watch.

“Great…” Debra mumbled.

She felt like an idiot waiting there so frustrated.

She got up fro her spot and walked a bit into the crowd.

Just then she saw her just beyond her vision. She turned to watch her.

Many thought about how lovely she is raced through her mind. It wasn’t long before she realized that she was headed to the spot she just left.


Debra blushes profusely.

Did she see me there! That’s not where she usually sits! Was she avoiding me!?

She began to spiral in thought.

“Are you alright, miss?”

Debra snapped from her thoughts. She looked around to she a young man standing there. He looked concerned. She immediately blushed again.

“Oh yeah, I’m fine.”

“Are you sure? You seem very disoriented.”

Debra glances at the young woman who was now looking. She immediately wanted to sink into the ground.

“N-No, I’m fine. I’ll just go sit down.”

With that she half sprinted to the bench and sat down next to the young woman.

“You seem foolish.”

Debra was taken aback by the sudden words.


She looked at her and saw a seriousness that surprised her.

Oh great… she really thinks I’m foolish…

The young woman turned and looked off into the distant again.

Debra felt exasperated.

“Don’t look to much into it.” The young woman said as she looked off.

Debra turned around feeling a bit teary eyed.

“…. Is there a reason I catch your eye so often?”

Debra blushed. She was stunned to hear her suddenly ask that question. It didn’t occur to her that she may have noticed her watching.

“I just thought you were beautiful. I didn’t make you uncomfortable, did I?”

“No, I just wanted to know…”

Debra looked at her expression. While it was different, she couldn’t tell what made it so sad. As she looked away she noticed that the was a sense of sadness to her expression. Yet she always seemed so serene.

“Can I have your name? If it helps my name Justine.”

Debra was taken aback but didn’t hesitate to answer.

“It’s Debra.”


Debra felt like she was being examined. It was hard to believe she wanted to get in someone’s head so bad. What was Justine thinking raced through her head.

“As flattered as I am, I have to go.”

A look of confusion crossed Debra’s face.

“ I don’t have the need for romance.”

Debra’s heart panged in despair.

“Oh, I sorry then. I didn’t mean to bother you.”

Justine stared at her rather longer then Debra could stand for such words.

“I’ll leave then…”

With that Debra got up and was on her way.

She felt tears flow from her face. She took one glance back to see Justine mouth something to herself.

“I simply lost my words.”

Debra looked silently as she left with a clearly disappointed look. Before she knew it her legs carried her into Justine’s direction.

“Sorry, Justine.” Debra said. Justine turned with a look she hasn’t shown before.

“ I just wanted to say, Hi.”

Justine stared for a bit before smiling.

“Me too.”

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