Stephen and Leila

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STEPHEN AND LEILA
By Linda Weaver
Stephen and Leila were as close as two friends could be. Stephen was the yang to Leila’s yin, Leila yin to Stephen’s yang. The balance was perfect between them. People would often say they were brother and sister in another life time. They would complete one another sentences or know what the other one was thinking. They were known to communicate telepathically and were simply the best of friends. One summer Leila decided to go on a cross country trip with a friend of hers. Stephen was desperate for her not to go. He said he had a bad feeling about that trip. Since his girlfriend had just broken up with him, Leila attributed Stephen’s worry to his broken heart. The day before the trip, Stephen and Leila talked about how they would be together in the fall and what things they might do the coming school year.
Leila left on the trip and someplace in Colorado just outside of Boulder, Leila’s traveling partner drove off without her after a disagreement Those were hitch hiking days, so Leila simply stuck out her thumb and hitched a ride. Her ride was a Navy Seal heading towards Texas and on to New Orleans. As they drove through Oklahoma that night sometime around 2 AM, Leila was struck by an overpowering sensation that Stephen was dead and she would soon follow him. It did not a frighten her. In fact, Leila felt a great sense of peace. The world at that moment of realization felt just right to Leila. The moon was full, the night was clear and tumbleweeds were blowing around. It was a beautiful night to die. As they crossed the border from Oklahoma into Texas around 4:30 AM the car slammed into a cement pole at 60 miles per hour. Both driver and passenger, were asleep. The driver miraculously was unhurt. The ambulance pulled Leila out of the car where the engine was in the front seat. Leila had a gaping hole in her skull and what would be found later, a fractured first lumbar vertebrae. In the emergency room Leila died. Leila felt her soul lift up and into what felt like a warm bath she later would describe as what she imagined warm amniotic fluid feels like to a baby. It felt safe, peaceful and welcoming. As Leila looked around, Stephen appeared to her. He told her that she was not coming with him, even though Leila begged him to let her. Stephen told her that they would always be together. He told her that when she had her first son that he would be with her again. The next thing that Leila knew was waking up in a hospital bed and a month had gone by. Even though she should have died, Leila was able to get up and eventually fly home. The first phone call upon arriving home was to Stephen and as Leila heard the words from his mother that Stephen had killed himself two days after Leila had left on the trip, Leila was overcome with grief. Grief, guilt and shame now lived inside Leila and there was not one day she didn’t have Stephen next to her heart. She could not bear the pain of letting him go. He was a part of her. It was as if his suicide had taken a piece of her with him. He was always with her through the many years that passed in her life. Leila would swear that sometimes she would hear him talking to her when she was lost in deep thoughts. She could hear his thoughts inside her head just in the same way they used to communicate. She remained connected to him as time marched ahead.
Life went on for Leila. Eventually she married and got pregnant with her first son. When Joshua was born Leila’s obstetrician looked at the newborn child and said , “Your son is a very old soul. His eyes tell me that he has been here many times..” At the age of three a rather odd expression came over Josh’s face. He turned to Leila and said , “I know who I was .” Leila, asked, “Really, who were you?” “An artist and a poet in the last life. I am Stephen and I will be with you always. We are always going to be tangled up through time. I exist inside you and you exist inside me. The very particles inside us live in both of us together for always.” Leila was stunned at her young son’s words. Then just as suddenly as Josh had seemed older and wiser, he went back to being a little three year old boy asking to be read to. As Leila watched Joshua grow, she became more and more convinced that, in fact, Joshua was Stephen. The art work that Joshua produced was mature way beyond his years and the very fiber of his emotional expression mirrored Stephen’s. Leila accepted that Stephen was with her just as he had told her he would be so many years before.. He was already dead when she had seen him all those years ago and yet he lived on by her side. Leila and Stephen’s particles were entangled through their deep and loving friendship, even beyond Stephen’s physical life. To this day, not a twenty four hour period goes by when Leila does not think of Stephen or hear his laughter. He still talks to her and yet, here he is living again inside the soul of her son, Joshua..
 

About the Author: 
I read and ponder theoretical physics and am a student of the more esoteric Chinese Healing Arts.

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