The Ferris Wheel

She watched him… a solitary figure hastening toward the empty field area below, where the gaudy carnival had settled for a few weeks on the outskirts of town. Seldom had she seen him walk with such energy, and with such direct purpose.

Her chatty neighbor had been right, although her whispered words had been uttered more as a friendly taunt, a murmur from Iago to the unsuspecting Othello. A hint… a terrible possibility… that her own lover, her true friend… was seeing someone he had known intimately, long before meeting her. The eager gossip who had offered this damning tidbit called the girl “Debbie”.  motiongate dubai tickets Yes, she remembered… in conversation recently with him, the name had been very innocently mentioned; he had “bumped into her at the grocery store… how plump she had become… yes, people do change… why, it must be at least nine years since I last saw her… and then, it was nothing more than having lunch at her place, a little conversation, not much more… oh well… ” and that was all he had said.And now, here she was, actually following him… spying on him, however embarrassed she might feel as she traced the much-worn path which led through the empty lot and down the rock-strewn bank to the field below… where the brilliant lights and bawdy carnival music drifted up to her, tantalizing and cruel at the same moment.

“I have no business doing this!” she muttered to herself. Certainly he had merely decided to innocently wander the noisy maze of cables and crowds as they played at games of chance… hoping to win a brightly stuffed toy for a lady love, to show as a badge of one’s resourcefulness and devotion. In all fairness, hadn’t she always been fascinated by just such a scene… always the child, eager for the stimulating sounds and excitement of a carnival night? Perhaps, even now, he planned to test his skill, in order to surprise and delight her with his winnings… when he next came to visit with her.And yet, she sensed a distraction that displaced this optimistic possibility. Above the entire kaleidoscope of vivid colors and activity there loomed the impressive form of the Ferris wheel, gigantic in its proportions… intimidating, in her perception. For she had always been frightened of the great wheel, with its brightly colored seats that swung precariously back and forth, threatening to catch you unaware and tip you out into the dark and empty sky.