Butterfly effect

“Come here.” His voice is soft and low, but there is an element of command to it. I turn and take a step back and he and hugs me, kissing me gently on the cheek.

“Don’t disappear on me,” I say as we move apart.

“I’ll try not to.” His voice is more normal now, and there is almost a smile on his face.

I walk away, back towards my car. I wonder if he is watching me, or whether he is hurrying around the edge of the ground to the media centre. He is already hopelessly late for his appointment. It is not the first time we have hugged by any means, but somehow, now, there has been an almost imperceptible change. I catalogue the potential reasons for it, dismissing them all except for the most ridiculous one, which is my dress.

It is a green, white and fawn Diane von Furstenburg that clings to my figure like it was made for me. I have turned heads today; I know that. I felt masculine eyes on me as I walked through the ticket office and across the café.

His eyes are a deep blue.


Sometimes, when something like this happens, you wonder if you’ve imagined it. The signals are so small, you see, like the vibrations of a butterfly’s wing. Isn’t there a theory that one such tiny movement can change the world? And there’s another question too – has it changed things for him, for me, or for both of us?

Why, for goodness sake, when I have hardly ever thought of him in this way before, have two words and a change in the tone of his voice, shifted my perception now? What is it about these miniscule nuances? I’ve been here before, of course I have – we all have – when something gives someone’s feelings away. Do we only remember the times we’ve read the signals right, and conveniently forget all the embarrassing blunders?

I ponder this for a couple of days and then I need to email him. For business reasons, of course. In the email I warn him I will call him later but tell him no need to pick up if he’s busy; it’s nothing urgent.

I call him. He picks up. He asks if he can call me back in five minutes. As I wait I realise that (a) I am waiting; and (b) there are butterflies in my stomach. Damn and blast the man – I don’t want this. But I do.

And when he calls he tells me he’s moved outside his office to talk, and again I sense a change. One of my clients, David, who considers himself quite a student of the human mind, has a thing about changes in patterns of behaviour. I begin to think perhaps he has a point. But we talk of nothing special; a bit about our next project, the interviews he is setting up for me, but mainly nothing more than gossip. I picture him standing above the ground, half an eye on the cricket being played below him, with his phone clamped to his ear and his suit jacket blowing around him in the breeze.

  1. Wow, well it seems to me that even women have an eye for the visual, usually its us that get the “oh you only like what you see”

    amazing writing though, is it an excerpt from some book?

  2. nice blending of butterfly in getting a tummy full of butterflies and the slightest motion of the butterfly wing can make a difference and change that could lead to a “Butterly Effect”…

    beautifully scripted….Mr. Screenplay….

  3. Btw…. in case ppl have failed to notice 🙂 this post is by a friend who is something of an accomplished writer. Lets call her Willow for now, in other words it ain’t me…although at some point i would love to be able to write like her.

  4. I am blushing to my welsh roots. Thank you for the positive comments about my writing.

  5. Its a great piece… i throughly enjoyed reading it… and again.
    take it from an Englishman… the Welsh ARE good writers…


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