Seem Unusually Fixated On ABBA
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smiled as Ray laced up his skates with his customary verve and vigour. "I
wasn't aware you knew how to skate, Ray."
I like to roller skate. Wanna make something of it?" He fixed me with a
glare and I held my hands up in surrender.
of course not."
another glare, he pushed himself upright and skated onto the hardwood floor. I
watched him circle the rink a few times and then I followed after him, easily
catching up to my partner. He was singing along to the song that was playing
through the loudspeakers.
seem unusually fixated on ABBA," I said to him as we skated side by side.
He looked confused.
this is an ABBA song, correct? And you told me once you sang ABBA while you were
split up then, going around a gaggle of teenagers.
like this song," Ray said with a shrug. "Flying high, high, I'm a bird
in the sky I'm an eagle that rides on the breeze, high, high, what a feeling to
fly over mountains and forests and seas and to go anywhere that I
please..." he looked at me then. "Wouldn't that be great? Not to have
to worry about what people thought of you or what you did or who you chose to
looked away then, not sure how to answer him and almost tripped over a boy who
stopped right in front of me.
knew Ray loved me - he'd told me so, often. But I hadn't ever answered him, and
I suppose he thought I didn't love him in return. He was wrong. I loved him
dearly, but was a coward. I knew Ray wouldn't hurt me like others had in my
past, and I knew it was time to give him what he so desired and to 'buck up'
like my father often chastised me.
they called for couples skating and he started to leave the floor, I held my
hand out to him. "Ray? Would you?"
smiled then, one of those breathtaking smiles that lights up his whole face, and
took my hand in his, and we skated slowly around the rink with other couples in
love, listening to ABBA sing, Lay all your love on me, Don't go sharing your
And even though I didn't share Ray's fondness for ABBA, I knew I'd never forget this song or the look on Ray's face when I told him, "I love you, you know."