"Hey!! Are you ok?"
"Someone call an ambulance!!"
"Tell me your name. Do you hear me?"
All the voices were all far away as if I was in a deep hole. Slowly began to come closer as my eyelids began to blink and I opened them. All I could see was a crowd looking at me and trying to understand if I am ok or not.
"I...am fine.No need for an ambulance" I said.
Most of the crowd were left by these words of me. One woman stay by me and asked if I need any help to get up from the pavement. I had not noticed that I was lying on the pavement and panicked and tried to get up by myself. Couldn't.
" Are you sure that you don't need any help? You don't look doing good." And offered her hand to me. I hold her hand to get up shyly because I was so sure myself that I was ok without her help.
Eventually I got up and looked at that girl blankly. My face was white as ghost. I was feeling lightheaded.
"It took so long to take my hand to get up on your foot darling" she said.
Darling? Oh god please I want to be alone. Even if I am lying on the pavement whole day and nobody took a glance at me for once I don't care. I need to be alone. I cannot take anybody right now.
"Thanks for your help. I appreciate it. Now I must leave." I said and turned around to leave... and fall down onto my knees. She rush through me and hold my arm to keep me fall on my face.
"What's wrong with you? How can you go somewhere in this state of yours?"
I was not able to answer and my eyes were closing. All I could hear was a whistle and that's all.
"How can you bring someone home who is totally a stranger?" he asked. He was really mad at me.
"What should I do else? He was going to lie on the floor alone if I didn't bring him here. Besides I asked his address many times but he was not in that state could reply me. Please tell me what would you do if you were me?" I said to him. He went silent and looked over my head to someone. I turned around and saw the 'stranger' in the kitchen just behind me.
"Hey! How are you? Are you ok now?" I asked. He nodded. As if all his blood was gone and he couldn't be more white. He looks young. At least 5-6 years younger than me. I took his hand and made him take a seat.
"I..really...I mean sorry to disturb you. I will leave now. Thank you for everything you've done for me." he said and stood by the chair looking around as if looking for something.
"I think you are looking for your mobile phone. I will bring it to you but before you leave you need to eat something. I can't let you go without eating anything." I said. His eyes looking at mines and then Arus'.
"I'm Leila and this is my husband Arus. We will not make any harm on you. Just sit down, relax and eat something please. Then you are free to go if you want." I said. He nodded again and sat down. I prepared some hot lentil soup and gave him with some bread. We took our bowls also and took a seat just opposite him. He quickly ate all of them. Didn't look at our faces.
"What happened to you? Are you ill or something? Do you need to go to hospital for a check up? We can take you if you need." said my husband Arus.
He finally look at us and I saw a tear rolling down on his cheek. His lips were trembling. "No. I don't need." he said. I didn't want to push him to tell us everything but I was curious so much so a little push was harmless I thought.
"Please...Feel yourself home. You can tell us anything. I know there is something bad happened to you. Tell me." I said. Normally I would never sense easily other people's feelings or the way of their thinking or something like that. But there was something about him I could sense. I was not a psychic or something but I don't know 6th sense maybe? He was looking at his hands and and then said ok.
"I am...I was living with my partner in an apartment a bit far away from center." He paused and looked at us and then shrugged as if there is nothing to lose anymore, continued." He is working as a preschool teacher and I am looking for a job but I couldn't find any yet. Anyway, we were good together untill...a couple days ago I found out that he was cheating on me...with a woman from his school. I left home and was just walking down on the streets without any money on me. I have nobody except him in this town so I couldn't knock on anybody's door to stay or eat something. When you found me today I was hungry for four days so I couldn't stand on my feet anymore and collapse. My name is Earth by the way"
I was deeply sorry about his story and looked at my husband to see how he was feeling. His eyes reflecting no emotion weirdly. "Arus darling, why don't you come with me for a second?" I asked suddenly and suprised him. He stood up and followed me to the living room.
When we stood in the middle of living room opposing each other, he was looking at me curiosly and waiting for me to explain what's going on in my head. His shoulders were tense and when I began to talk he rolled his eyes at me.
"Arus, I know you don't trust anybody easily darling but I need you to think a bit. I know what you will say but first listen to me please." I said and he just looked at me in pure silence. So I countinued. "Can we let him to stay here for a while till he get a job and find a place to stay? I am not ok with he leave here in this condition and faint on the streets again. He is young with no money, no place to stay and no food to eat. Can we darling?" I asked by looking at his beautiful honey-brown eyes behind the longest eyelashs I've ever seen and shining stars in them. I was in love with him from the begining of the time. When the earth began to spin around itself and all the habitat began to be full of life. Yes it was my begining as he looked at my eyes and said 'You're beautiful and mine as the earth how beautiful to the all creatures on itself.' This was the begining of our time and our earth. And now one 'Earth' coming from nowhere was in the kitchen waiting for us to decide whether he will stay with us or not. Arus looked at me as if he was sick and tired.
"Look Leila, I know you are kind, have a good heart and love to help people but we don't know him. We don't know what he will bring in our peacefull life. We are good as it is now and don't need anybody especially a stranger you found on the streets. We can give him some money he can buy food. Maybe we can arrange a motel room for him to stay for a while, too. I am not ok with him staying with us in our home." He was shaking his head and not looking in my eyes.
I couldn't push him for this no more and nodded silently. I was really sorry for young boy but I could do nothing more. So we returned to the kitchen and found him sleeping as his head on the kitchen table just near the empty bowl. At first I thought he fainted again but then understood that he was just sleeping. Arus touched my arm and pointed the empty soup pot. Then took him on his lap as bridal style and went to the guest room. Put him in the bed and when he turned to leave the room Earth grab his hand in his sleep, and mumbled something I couldn't hear.
"What did he say?" I asked when Arus left the room and closed the door behind him.
"He said 'Please stay with me Sam' and grabbed my hand as if his life depends on it and when I took my hand back I saw a tear coming down from his eye." he explained to me.
"I think Sam is that teacher boyfriend he mentioned before. He must be deeply injured because of what happened between them. How old is he you think?"
"I don't know 21 or 22 maybe?"
"Yeah. I think so. Can he stay the night at least?"
"Ok." He sighed and went to bathroom to take a shower.