You got onto the bus, paid the fare, and slowly walked to a seat and scooted over so you were sitting in a window seat. You looked outside at the street, but you couldn’t see anything but the reflection of your face. It was evening now, and the sky outside was pitch black. You set down your bag onto the seat next to you and put your headphones back on.
Hey there Delilah what's it like in New York City
I'm a thousand miles away
But girl tonight you look so pretty,
yes you do..
You smiled as you heard his voice. You remember laughing when he put this song that he recorded onto your music player, thinking that you wouldn’t need it. You’d call him every day.. you thought…
Hey there Delilah don't you worry about the distance
I'm right there if you get lonely give this song another listen
Close your eyes, listen to my voice it's my disguise I'm by your side
You leaned your head on the window, as you closed your eyes and savored every word he sang. You could feel the love in his voice, and even though he just sang to not worry, you couldn’t help but feel lonely. Your eyes began to get misty as you felt your heart ache. You missed him so much, and your heart felt every mile apart he was from you.
Hey there Delilah, I know times are getting hard
But just believe me girl, someday I'll pay the bills with this guitar
We'll have it good, we'll have the life we knew we would
…My word is good
Your fingers unconsciously enclosed around the ring that was on your finger. It wasn’t a wedding ring- but an engagement ring. You remember crying when you heard that he had to leave you. But you promised to wait for him. And wait you did.
Hey there Delilah, I've got so much left to say
If every simple song I wrote to you
Would take your breath away, I'd write it all
Even more in love with me you'd fall, we'd have it all
It wasn’t so bad the first few weeks. You guys were able to talk every day. He’d call you from the barracks and sometimes even sing to you. But it had been weeks since his last call… and you had read that there had been bombings… you shook your head and wiped tears that had fallen unthinkingly from your face. You got up and walked to the door of the bus, preparing to get off at your stop, blinking hard and biting your lip to try to prevent more tears from falling. You promised him that you wouldn’t cry, no matter what happened.
… But it was so hard!
A thousand miles seems pretty far
But they've got planes and trains and cars, I'd walk to you if I had no other way
Our friends would all make fun of us
And we'll just laugh along because we know
That none of them have felt this way
You were alone in your sorrow, because your parents did not approve of your engagement with him, and he had none to speak of. So you ran off to another city with him, leaving everything behind for him. But soon the war called him away…
But no, you never regretted your decision. You’d do the same thing a hundred times over for him, and never change your mind. Never before had you been in so much love, and you’d stay loyal to him to the very end.
To the very end.
You saw as you walked up to your street, that the tiny little house you and him bought had its porch light on. Your heart froze as fear coarsed through your veins. Was there a theif..? you don’t remember leaving the lights on! You began to run, as fast as you can, with hopelessness weighing heavily on your heart. If your house was ransacked then…
You stopped. You heard a familiar tune, and your mind went completely blank. That song!
Delilah I can promise you,
That by the time that we get through
The world will never ever be the same,
And you're to blame…
Tears were now falling freely from your face as you now stumbled up the stairs to your front door and slowly opened the door.
You were greeted by a familiar, and sorely missed, face.
“….Gilbert!” you sobbed.
Hey there Delilah
You be good and don't you miss me
Two more years and you'll be done with school
And I'll be making history like I do
He smiled and set aside his guitar as he got his crutches and stood up. You cried some more as you ran over to him and hugged him tenderly and kissed his face, sobbing all the while. He then grinned and had you sit down next to him. He grabbed your face gently in between his strong hands, and wiped the tears from your face, and you both examined each other’s faces, re-memorizing every detail. You stared lovingly into his ruby red eyes and ran your hand through his silver hair… as if you couldn’t believe he was really there. You gently traced a scar that ran down his cheek.
He smiled and softly replied to your questioning look. “A bullet.”
You smiled back at him sadly and then kissed that scar. “I’m glad it didn’t do much worse than that.”
“..Do you think I’m not handsome anymore, mein frau? I have a permanent limp now and scars…”
You laughed for the first time in a long time, although it was tinged with a bit of sadness. “No, Gilly, I think you looke even more handsome because of it. It shows just how brave you were.”
He smiled and your heart jumped just like it did when you two first met. He then kissed you tenderly and whispered, “I’m permanently discharged from the army, with full honors!” he said proudly, as he showed you his medals.
You almost fell over at that statement. “So… you’re staying here… forever?”
He then looked at you tenderly and gently cupped your chin in his hand and said, “..So we’ll never be separated again. And we can finally be married.” He finished that unspoken thought in your mind.
You cried and hugged him tightly. He chuckled and embraced you, holding you tightly in his strong arms and buried his face in your hair. And as you felt his warm breath warm up your head, you heard the somewhat bittersweet final verse of that song that you held so dear…
You'll know it's all because of you
We can do whatever we want to
Hey there Delilah here's to you
This one's for you
…although it was only filled with love and sweetness now, for you two were never to be separated again. <3