The third and fourth days went smoothly and Suzana did not see the glimpse of Hisham the whole two days. However, it was not what she wanted. She was hoping to see him somewhere in the conference hall. The hope she had and her feeling toward the man surprised her very much. She thought she had forgotten him but their meeting at this conference had proven her wrong. Hisham and the beautiful memories they had together at college were still in her mind and heart.
In her room that night, the last night of the programme, she opened her purse. She took out a folded photo from the zipped compartment of the purse. With trembling hands, she unfolded the photo and there it was, the old picture of Hisham and her. She gazed at it for a long time and it was the first time after 10 years. All those years she had no guts and courage to look at it. It had been folded, kept and to be precise, hidden in that purse for 10 years.
That picture was taken during their final year at college. It was one of those nights when they and other students gathered at one of the benches, spending their last nights after dinners, counting down days to farewell, sharing jokes and stories and recalling pleasant moments they had in their alma mater. She was sitting next to Hisham, not smiling, unlike Hisham who was smiling from ear to ear. He had a naughty look in that picture, perhaps satisfying look. This was because the picture was taken after a long argument between them. Suzana had to give in to Hisham and that made her angry and him very happy. She could not remember what the argument was about may be because they had always argued and quarrelled all the times. Hisham liked to tease her and make her angry and that was what she remembered.
Smiling, she turned the picture and read the writing behind it. She read:
“ Dear, Sue. Whoever your life partner will be, I want you to know that you will always be in my heart. Your dearest Hisham."
The smile faded and it was replaced by tears. It was Hisham’s handwriting and what he had written was very true for her; he was always in her heart.
As she was looking at the picture and reminiscing her past, the mobile phone next to her rang. She picked it up and looked at the screen. It was Adly. This brought her back to reality.
“Sue, how are you?” Adly started the conversation.
“I’m fine. Only a little tired, ermmm....how about you?” Suzana tried very hard not to be too obvious with her tone. Adly had known her for too long and it would not be easy to hide anything from him, even her voice.
“ Everything is fine here. Don’t worry about me. I don’t want you to be too stressed. Take it easy.” He was very comforting. She knew Adly loved her very much.
“All right. You too, don’t worry about me” she responded.
“Okay then. Good night. Take good care of yourself.”
“ Okay and you too.”
She stared at the phone for a few minutes as if she was looking at the man she had just spoken to.