Life is full of choices and consequently `what ifs '. You can spend your whole life pondering about them or just choose one, as I did. Searching for a CD, I bumped into an enchanting stranger from Japan at a music store. Immediately captivated by his charismatic aura I did something out of the ordinary for me and accepted his invitation to have a drink; following him across Seattle to a little Italian restaurant. I could've said `no' and walked away, but I chose not to. Looking back now, I wonder if he knew how his simple offer would change my life forever. If he had the slightest idea that he would shatter and challenge my ideas of love, relationships and intimacy to their very core.
“You're not from here, are you?” I asked, taking a sip of my coke. The dog under the table suddenly barked a couple of times. Curiously I looked over, but he still seemed to be deep asleep, his paw twitching. Probably a bad dream, I thought and giggled. “I'm from Germany, but I've been here in Seattle since my divorce.” Kei's face lit up with recognition. “Aw, Germany, Doitsu. Vivi's from Germany. That's very nice.” He finished his beer and cigarette, and flicked the butt into the cypress. “I'm from Japan,” he said, and as if to back up his statement, he took off his sunglasses and rubbed his eyes while yawning. Indeed. I looked into a pair of gentle, brown Asian eyes. So that's the accent I've been hearing the whole time and I didn't make the connection. Way to go, `Vivi'! Before I could take another quick look at his eyes, he had slipped the shades back on his face. The waitress came back outside, carrying a tray with pizza to the older couple's table. As she made her way back in Kei whistled, catching her attention. “Another beer please,” he said, waving his empty glass at her. She gave a smile in response and disappeared inside. Turning his heavy gaze back to me, he pulled out another cigarette. In a flash it was lit and between his lips. “Doitsu wa totemo suteki,” he said dreamily, taking a long drag on his cigarette. “Uh… I'm sorry, but I don't speak Japanese,” I said, smiling apologetically. Inside, I was frantic. What did this gorgeous man just say? Damnit, why didn't anybody ever teach me Japanese? “Germany is… beautiful,” Kei translated in his thick accent. He leaned over in his chair and flicked the ashes into the pot of the poor cypress tree. I nodded, not sure whether I was agreeing with his statement or just the sound of his voice. I drained my soda in the hopes that it would cool me down. I was burning up, either from the scorching late afternoon sun or Kei's unearthly charismatic aura. He glanced at my empty glass. “Another one?” I shook my head. “No, thanks. Not right now, maybe later.” Truth was, I longed for another ice cold drink to combat the effects of his flaring charm and the sizzling sun, but I didn't want to risk of having to go to the restroom. I literally feared that I would come back and Kei would be gone, so I settled back and watched him sip his cold beer with growing envy. He must have noticed my unwavering gaze at his drink because he suddenly let out a little laugh and got out of his chair. “Wait,” he grinned at me. My heart did cartwheels. I watched him disappear into the restaurant and then glanced to the older couple. The dog was now standing beside the woman's chair, his tail wagging in anticipation of the pizza crust she was about to feed him. I was beginning to wonder if Kei had snuck out of the back to leave me with the tab when he came back into sight. Hands in his pockets and cigarette between his lips, he casually walked back to our table and sat down in his chair. Assuming that he had to use the restroom, I just smiled at him, content that he didn't disappear as quickly as he had entered my life. He didn't say a word and let numerous things catch his attention as he leaned back, smoking, and drinking his beer. Another minute of comfortable silence passed. The waitress came back out to clear the couple's dishes from the table behind us. She smiled into our direction while she placed their plates on a tray, asking if they wanted some dessert to which they politely declined, paid, and left. Another server came out of the restaurant, carrying two big glasses of beer. She set one down in front of Kei and the other one in front of me. “Enjoy,” she said cheerfully, picking up my empty soda glass and whisking it away. That's why he had gotten up, to order me a beer… and of course another one for himself. I smiled my sweetest appreciative smile and thanked him. “Do itashimashite,” was his response. I figured it meant something like `you're welcome' or `no problem'. Problem was, I didn't actually like, and therefore never drank beer. But not wanting to seem impolite, I took a few sips. To my surprise, I found it rather refreshing. The coldness of the beer overshadowed the slight bitter taste and since it was so hot, I welcomed it. In fact I welcomed it so much, I finished my glass faster than Kei did his. He nodded at me with an approving smile. From there on, I decided I liked making him smile, even if it meant I had to drink a glass of beer.
Vivian Murakami currently resides in Seattle, WA. She is an Author and President/CEO of NEON PROMOTIONS, INC. In collaboration with famous Thai Artist The Sw Eden she has written the children’s book “Tuskty and Solitary Cat”, published exclusively for children’s charities. Her fans will be happy to hear that she is working on “Gravity”, the sequel to “永遠の愛”, due to be published in April 2013.
Besides writing, she is passionate about exploring different cultures, photography, Visual Kei and Japanese Rock/Pop/Punk music.
She welcomes feedback and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The book "Eternal love" definitely one of the greatest books that took all my heart into it's world. With every page I was aching for more, every emoting got deep into my heart and every sight was right pictured in my head.
I felt all the rainbow of emotions, and that book definitely learnt me a good lesson, that life is full of possibilities and you never know who you can meet right behind the next turn.
words can't describe how I am amazed with the world of Ei no Ai. Till the very end i couldn't let the book go....
Eien No Ai Is by far the best book i have ever in my life read !& I read alot ! It's so amazing to feel like you are in the book with her, happy moments sad times etc etc. I've read this book 3 times & each time i find something i missed before. A very hard to put down book ! Waiting so much for Vivians next book !! I rated her book 5 but wished i could have rated it 10 ! Lovely book my dear friend!