She used to pass by this cathedral on King Street West, Toronto! On her way to college and back! Everyday.
There were smiling lovers cuddling on benches around, while some would be shooting up in darker corners, and others laid inside their sleeping bags, on sheets of cardboard, wishing they were forever forgotten, so they didn’t have to feel anything, anymore!
The contradictions, where everywhere she looked! But she still passed by all of it, smiling, then not smiling, then smiling again. It was Toronto with all its warmth, chilly indifference, exuberance, misery, livelihood, destitution, grandeur and decay!
Today, 15 years later, she passed by that cathedral, then sat on one of its benches.
Her hands clutching a warm coffee! The vapour travelled up to her cold face, and spread its warmth! She felt the sweet tingle!
The cold air, smelled exactly the same 15 years ago! Nothing has changed, she thought to herself, until…
Until, she spotted him, sitting on another bench a few yards away! He had aged! His hair is more silver now! His thick handsome beard, doesn’t seem as lucky, and instead, although it does look wiser, the bluish grey is painted all over it now. She is surprised to feel she likes it even more than she used to!
He was still sitting there…engrossed in deep thoughts. ‘As usual’ she thought to herself! This time around, she decided to go sit beside him, and find out what they were!
She thought about her impulsive decision for a second! Would he think she’s crazy! Would he think she is intrusive! Would he stand up, look down at her in dismay, then leave?!