November 4th is a special day for me. I will tell you why after you’ve read the story because I would not want to spoil your pleasure of reading Morgen Bailey’s lovely #shortstory. I am delighted to share with you ‘Your Life, Your Universe, Your Everything’ by author, speaker, and mentor, Morgen Bailey. Enjoy!
Your Life, Your Universe, Your Everything – Morgen Bailey
You couldn’t help but make a mess. He’d given you permission to use the kitchen but you knew how OCD he was about the slightest speck. He’d warned you when you’d moved in when you’d met, seen the evidence for yourself the first time you’d visited his house, knew it would be a challenge. To be fair, he’d been very understanding, especially the one and only time he’d visited your house.
But then he’d needed you and had been willing to compromise. That much older than you, he was always going to be the one to need help first, the one you’d need to care for and you’d been willing, always known the possibility but you’d been willing. And you’d relished the time you spent together. You’d been searching for ‘him’ for decades, always been alone and needed the strength of a man, ‘the’ man to give you purpose.
You had been independent, had needed to be for more years than you could count, especially since your mother had died. It was then that you’d been more determined not to be alone for the rest of your life. It was then you’d searched. You’d wanted someone strong, someone funny – you knew he’d be tall, that was a given – and he was all that, and more.
There has been the instant bond, the look in his eyes that said ‘Yes, you’re mine’, but not in a creepy way. You’d spent hours that first time, chatted until the early hours. And he was a great hugger. You’d missed that. Your mother had hugged you, you her, but it wasn’t the same. You’d missed having a man in your life and you knew when you’d first met ‘him’ that you’d got that, whatever happened in the future.
And here he is. In the doorway. Looking at the cake you’re making.
“Don’t worry,” you say. “I’ll clear up.”
He nods and smiles and it’s that smile you’ve been waiting all those years for. You knew he was out there somewhere. It was worth all the years of searching, the disappointments, the missing connections.
Here, watching as you weigh the ingredients, add the fruit, is the man you’d only met when you were forty-two. The answer to life, the universe and everything. Your life, your universe, your everything. Your father.
‘My’ 4th November
Don’t you love it? I do! Now you can guess why I had to share this story today of all days… November 4th is the day my father was born. Although he passed away twenty-seven years ago, I still miss him and would love to talk about life and all that happened, to hear his voice and hug him one more time. His birthday was, is and will always be special for me.
About Morgen Bailey
Based in Northamptonshire, England, Morgen Bailey lives and breathes writing. ‘Morgen with an E’ is an author, speaker, tutor, editor, and podcaster. As well as being a competition judge, she is a columnist for Writers’ Forum magazine.
Morgen’s fiction books include crime and mystery novels, and short story collections. They are mostly set against a Northamptonshire background, whether there is crime involved, a dog-detective that can talk, or a serial dater on a mission!
Her non-fiction works are aimed at all levels of writers whether beginners or those who want to refresh their skills – Morgen also tutors in person and has several online writing courses available. She runs her own mentor group on Facebook, very much a collaboration, and she invites all authors to join. Her Writer’s Block Workbooks are a go-to for every author.
When Morgen is not editing, speaking, reading, or writing, she’s walking her dog, out with friends or at literary festivals. The only time she sits down and does nothing is at the cinema but even then she’s making mental notes!
Morgen Bailey on Social Media:
Author Website: www.morgenbailey.com
Twitter & Instagram: @morgenwriteruk
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Amazon Author Page: https://author.to/MorgenBailey