The Note on the Wall #9

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9.
I emailed Benjamin that night. I got a surge of excitement when I typed his email address into the address box and then again when I wrote ‘Hi, it’s Anna’ in the subject box. And then again when I started the email with ‘Dear Benjamin.’ The best bit was that I didn’t even hesitate to write ‘dear’ instead of something like ‘hi.’ Then I told him about Miley and what had happened today and about how Gayl still seemed to be so upset about her break-up. I wrote till the clock struck midnight and then sent off a 4000-word email. Signed off with, ‘lots of love, Anna.’

The next morning, somehow, he had managed to write an equally lengthy reply. I was completely distracted from work, of course.

We emailed each other twice, three times, a day – long novels of emails. We exchanged ideas, deep questions, stupid details and concerns about friends, politics and other silly things. We told each other random childhood stories and shared our favourite Youtube videos with each other on Google+. We sent each other links of articles on Bible passages that we liked and Benjamin got an Instagram account just so he could follow me and comment on my pictures. He went back and commented on every single picture I’d ever posted. I went to bed way to late laughing and replying to all of them.

Before I knew it I was in love with Benjamin Raines. Nerdy glasses and all.

I wrote it on the wall. Only not that bluntly. I wrote: “Apparently this wall has set two people up.”

After a few hours, I got a series of text messages from Benjamin.

Hey Anna.
Don’t you go and write about us on the wall.
J
Actually I don’t mind.
We owe that wall something, don’t we.

I replied back.

You forgot the question mark. Hipster.

He replied:

You should have seen the eye-roll I just did. It was huge.

I couldn’t stop talking about Benjamin with my parents and with Gayl. Part of me felt bad for Gayl’s sake to be so gushy about a boy when she was still so upset about Tim but Gayl insisted and said, ‘NO ANNA I DON’T MIND’ which was very nice of her, but still. I felt bad for her. She seemed to have lost all lust for life. Her smiles were kind of fake and she never texted me with spur-on-the-moment decisions, like she used to do. Why, I hadn’t even seen her wear heels and sequins and she used to do that like, every evening. Her Instagram account was ignored and she was buried with Biology exams. She was always behind on schoolwork and always seemed so weary.

I told Gayl about Miley and about how she was so upset. Sometimes it helps for a mourning person to talk about other mourning people. Like, you’re upset, let’s talk about other upset people. That’ll cheer you up. It doesn’t make sense, but it works sometimes.

Gayl was very touched with Miley’s story. “Blimey,” she said. “That’s terribly sad.”


Stories that end with kisses are usually sappy ones; no doubt, often very stupid. However, Benjamin and my first kiss somehow seems to be a very appropriate way to end this tale. It ends on a happy note – like adding a little pinch of chocolate flavour to a vanilla cake – and it wraps up the relationship we had growing throughout the months in a great stamp of official-ness. It was a great kiss; I could honestly spend three pages on metaphors to describe it. Sweet, like the kiss of a violet. Surprising, like burst and bubbles of red fireworks. Delicious… like chocolate. Only, of course, with a flavour of love; spicy, hot and delicious.

We met up at the wall that evening.

It was Christmas Eve, and Henffordd village had never looked more quaint and darling under the silver December stars. They winked at the electric strings of lights strung over the narrow roads between the houses, and the electric light winked back. Michael Bublé’s Christmas Album made its way from the pubs to the freezing outside cold, tempting passers-by to order hot chocolate and rum punch. The air smelt of gingerbread and turkey stuffing and pine cones and excitement.
Together we read the messages on the wall.

Merry Christmas all!!!

REMEMBER, MAKE IT A GOOD ONE!

Santa is coming to Henffordd, to old and young.

Underneath that one was a young kid’s writing: No he’s not. I’m smart enough to know it’s all a lie.

Benjamin and I decided we loved that kid. I said that if I ever had children I wouldn’t do the Santa thing. He said he wouldn’t either. I thought, wow, we should be parents together, but of course I didn’t say it. But I did hold his hand. It was becoming a familiar touch by now – his warm palm against mine. It was so bally normal to do it, just like it seemed so bally normal for us to send each other novels of thoughts in email-form, phone each other from evening to morning and sit next to each other in Church.

“You need to cut your fingernails,” I said absentmindedly, while reading another chalk-written line.

You don’t need no mistletoe, someone wrote, to kiss your sweetheart.

I read that message before Benjamin did. He was reading some Christmas Carol lyrics someone wrote down. So I read it aloud, sort of laughing about it.

“Haha,” Benjamin grinned.

“What?” I asked, looking at his face.

“How ‘bout it then.”

THE END

24 comments:

  1. AAAAAAFDGHDKJFSDK THAT ENDING IS SO CUTE

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  2. *is crying* *IS IN LOVE* *INCOHERENT FANGIFANGIRL*
    Oh Naomi just *cries* this was so beautiful.
    I've been reading these installments while being swamped with college and so I haven't been commenting but ITS OVER NOW WHAT AM I GOING TO DO??????
    But seriously AGH this story is so beautiful. The characters. I feel like I KNOW them. Personally.
    The plot. IWBSJSSJKABABJSN NO. BLOWN AWAY. It's SO GOOD.
    The writing style is so beautifully YOU and it captures the feelings you convey in your blog posts of warmth, love, coziness, friendship. Basically the way Anna describes Benjamin's smile is your blog in a nutshell. And that followed into the story and made it the freaking fantastic thing it is.
    Can you publish it like yesterday and can I order like a thousand copies and give them away to all my favourite people PLZ AND THNX.

    No but seriously, thank you for sharing this. I cannot thank you enough.
    Love,
    Esther

    P.S. GUUURRRRL. your photo though in the bio. Just like seeing your face after reading this story feels like seeing an old friend after only reading letters for so long. You feel so familiar and yet new and the feeling is wonderful.

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    1. AHHHHHH YOUR COMMENTS ARE SO MELODIOUS AND THEY MAKEE SMILE 100% 😊😊😊😊

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  3. Eeeeeek! This was such a good story! Thanks again for sharing it with us. And I LOVE THE ENDING!! "How 'bout it then." Awwwww! SO SWEET! <3 <3 <3

    When's the next story coming out? ;D

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  4. Your story is so good! I love the ending! Please write more... in fact just write a book!

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  5. Oh, Naomi what a sweet, perfectly imperfect ending! I need your writing in my hands! I want a whole fat novel by you, with a Naomi-ish cover and the kind of pages that are nice to turn... When are you publishing??? <333

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  6. ALL THE FEELLLSSS. <33 Loved this story so, so much. Thanks for sharing. :D

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  7. OH MY HEAVENS.

    THIS STORY.

    THIS ENDING IS SO CUTE.

    This is the best thing that has ever come of getting behind on blogging: being able to read your story all at once.

    Such a darling story, with LOTS OF FEEELSSS and I like the way you handled serious subjects that occur far too frequently in today's world.

    I LOVE THIS.

    And again, amazing job on the ending. THIS IS SO CUTE AND SWEET.

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  8. AKDFALKJDLAKFLDJADADLJALDJFLAJFLAJLFFDADLJALDJFLKAJFAS THE FEELS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THIS STORY WAS AMAZING AND WONDERFUL AND I LOVE IT VERY MUCH!!!

    I'm kinda sad that its over though..... Great job Naomi!!

    Lilah
    lilahsmusicals.blogspot.com

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  9. OH MY GOODNESS!!!! NAOMI!!! YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH I LOVES READING THIS!!! The characters were amazing, and the storyline was amazing and THE ENDING WAS SOOOO CUUUUUTE!!! I loved it!!!

    I'M SO GLAD YOU DECIDED TO POST THIS I looked forward to every new post!! I'm sad that it's over already! Keep writing and post more of your stories!! I'd love to read them!!

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  10. AWESOME!!! BEST kind of ending. I would LOVE to read more of your stories, thanks for posting this one!

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  11. AHHHHH!! THE AWESOMENESS!!! This was great Naomi!!

    Lyn

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  12. Yahoo! Happy endings! This was amazing!

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  13. Hi Naomi,
    I've never commented on your blog before, but I've been reading your posts for a few years now. I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading The Note on the Wall installments. They were so lovely to look forward to. Your style of writing reminds me of one of my favorite childhood books, Miracles on Maple Hill. So thank you for bringing me back to my childhood through your story. :) Please keep writing.
    -Diana

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  14. Cute couple! I know writers like critique to better their work, [not saying you are bad] so just wondering if I could be honest what I think? If you don't want that, I understand completely. [I'm an artist, so I totally get it :} ]

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    1. Okay. So I think it's cliche. The ending, that is. Like a Hallmark movie ending, with the whole "How 'bout it then" line. Your story is something that is real; with real people, going through real situations. The ending to me didn't seem to fit; it felt rushed. Maybe I should read it through again, but that was just my first thought. Maybe if you ended it on the email note? That way the reader could be kind of left hanging? [No one hate me for this!]

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    2. Thanks for your thoughts! I definitely understand what you mean and I did kinda think that when I wrote it but at the same time I was like, "you know what, I dont care, I'm just going to be super sappy and end it with a kiss." Haha. So yeah I realise that. But I personally... Likeabitofsapsometimes. There I said it. 😛😊

      But yeah I get it. Thanks for your feedback!

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    3. Maybe it's just me but I'm a hopeless romantic and I need sap in my life every once in a while...

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    4. I also love a good sappy ending!! You need one every now and then.

      Lyn

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  15. OH MY GOODNESS THAT ENDING THOUGH. Ahhhhh!!!!! Benjamin and Anna are flippin' adorable. I enjoyed reading this story SO much. THANK YOU FOR WRITING IT AND SHARING IT WITH US! :D

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  16. Aww, this was so stinkin' cute! I love stories that have bits of Christmas in them... and I feel like that's something you love to put in them, too. ;)

    And for the record, I definitely liked the ending! Although, admittedly, the relationship with Benjamin certainly blossomed very quickly - but it IS a short story after all. ;D

    P.S. Do you think you would save your first kiss for your wedding day, or are you not bothered by that?

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    1. But you don't know how many months were in between these chapters! They met in springtime and here it's December. So that's not toooo fast right? (But yeah, short story probs. 😜)

      I don't think I would but of course I wouldn't kiss a guy I am not serious about. :-P

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