aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

The dead still walk the earth

At the gym today, I saw a familiar face, one I hadn't seen in a long time. Michelle and I met in college, when I started dating her friend Dan. When things went south with Dan - as they were pretty much destined to do - Michelle listened to me vent and cry. We weren't friends exactly, or at least not long-term friends, but she was there when I needed her.

Flash forward 15 years. We met again when our kids were both little and went to the same pre-school. We didn't really hang out except to talk whenever we ended up at the same place at the same time, but whenever I talked to her, two minutes stretched to 20. Michelle had a great sense of humor and a great laugh, low and a little dirty-sounding.

Today, I saw those blond curls, blue eyes, and snub nose again. She was on the elliptical, and later she was lifting weights.

Except I knew it couldn't be Michelle.

Because I went to her funeral December 23, 2003.

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