Felipe Moore – Chapter Forty

Kingwell By Kingwell, 22nd Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1_03g6en/
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Felipe makes plans to leave Southern Arm and begin the next chapter of his life.

Exam Week

This was Felipe and Mona’s third year staying at Mrs. Ball’s boarding house during exam week and the two were welcomed by their hostess like old friends. Indeed she had arranged for Mona to room with the same girls that she had for the previous two years, and Felipe would once more be sharing a room and bed with Clyde and Isaac.  Both Mona and Felipe were relaxed and confident as they prepared for and wrote each exam, indeed Felipe found himself spending more time helping his roommates with their studies than readying himself for his own exams. It was easy for him to see that the relationship between Isaac and Clyde remained as strong as it had been the year before, and for a few seconds he actually felt a touch of jealousy. It quickly passed however and realizing that this week might be the last time he saw them, Felipe silently wished them well. The week passed quickly and confident that they had both done adequately in the exams returned to Southern Arm on Sunday.

Planning His Future.

Anthony came over that evening and ended up spending the night and more than half of the following day. Before going to Harbour Duffett for the exams, Felipe had written a letter to his mother’s first cousin Phyllis, who lived in St. John’s enquiring about the possibility of staying with the family until he was able to find work and a place of his own. Felipe had met the lady some six years earlier when the family had come to visit her ageing parents who continued to live in Southern Arm. He remembered that she had two boys and a girl. Although he had been much too shy to play or even talk with them, he remembered that one of the boys was two or three years older than him while the other was perhaps a year younger. The girl was maybe four or five years old at the time. Felipe had finally decided on St. John’s rather than Toronto for his point of entry into a world which he knew would be vastly different from anything he had experienced before. He knew that he wanted to live in mainland Canada someday and it would probably be Toronto, although he had also considered Montreal. For the time being however, he was hoping that his cousin would say yes so he could prepare to travel to St. John’s and begin the next chapter in his life.

Felipe and Mona Reminisce

The letter came just two weeks later and Phyllis had replied that they would be delighted to have him. He read the letter to his mother and related the news to his father at suppertime.  That evening he visited Mona and her dad and the two young people took a leisurely stroll around the community. This was the fourth time they had gotten together since the exams and although their talk was usually of the future, tonight was it seemed a time for reminiscing. They spoke of things that had happened at school, things that they found amusing now, though it might have been frightening to the child at the time. Both thought of the sad times too but decided not to speak of it now, for they wanted tonight to be a time for remembering the good times, an evening of smiles and laughter. They returned to Mona’s house where her father told him of his one trip to St. John’s, of the crowds of people, of the cars and the big stores on Water Street. Mona prepared a lunch and her father retired to bed soon after but Felipe and Mona sat together on the couch not wanting the night to end. It was past midnight when he finally made his way home along the deserted road. He stopped for a moment to listen to the lapping of the water on the rocks realizing that soon such sounds would just be a memory. A feeling of sadness swept over him and he found himself wanting to cry – his decision to leave Southern Arm for the big city had been made a long time ago but now that the moment had arrived he felt differently - yet go he must. It would be years before he would fully understand that each new beginning is preceded by an ending – a past to which no one can return.
To be Continued - See Chapter Forty-one
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Boarding House, Boys, Cousin, Exam Week, Girl, Hostess, Kingwell, Letter, Montreal, Newfoundland, Reminiscing, St Johns, Toronto

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I am 75 years old and retired.I like writing short stories, poetry as well other articles of interest.

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author avatar Utah Jay
22nd Sep 2014 (#)

This was such a good read, I have missed so much. I must catch up.

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author avatar Kingwell
22nd Sep 2014 (#)

Hi Utah Jay, So pleased that you enjoyed it. Most of the chapters now have links to Chapter one and than a link to the following chapter. I intend to do this for all chapters. Blessings.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
23rd Sep 2014 (#)

Wonderful story gets better with time and new chapter, keep it up Kingwell!

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author avatar Kingwell
24th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you Fern. Blessings.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
23rd Sep 2014 (#)

Wonderful story gets better with time and new chapter, keep it up Kingwell!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Sep 2014 (#)

I can relate to the feelings of Felipe as if they have happened to me. The time for relocation is emotionally draining at times despite the inherent excitement of a new phase in our life. But we have to keep moving on as the universe too is doing so at break-neck speed with a master mariner in charge 24/7 for eternity! Thanks Kingwell, keep piloting this exciting, emotional, ride - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
24th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you Siva. So pleased that you continue to follow. Blessings.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
23rd Sep 2014 (#)

your last line so powerfully and true...and it is the things we take for granted- "He stopped for a moment to listen to the lapping of the water on the rocks realizing that soon such sounds would just be a memory"..how beautifully and unforgettable you have illustrate this...!

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author avatar Kingwell
24th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank You Delicia my friend - I look forward to your comments. Blessings.

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