Massimo met Lilliana by accident at a cafe. They chatted happily over mochas. Lilliana’s eyes were like the sky in spring, her laughter like the song of birds. Massimo fell madly in love with her.
Soon she had to leave. Massimo begged her, “Where do you live? I must see you again!” With a smile that could make flowers bloom, she wrote it down on his hand.
Later, Massimo forgetfully washed his hands, wiping away the address.
Not to worry! The address was surely 161 Via Peccini.
With his life savings Massimo bought a magical guitar that played love songs, but only once. That afternoon he played the guitar before the door at 161 Via Peccini. Soon the upper window opened and a wrinkled old crone looked out. “Darling!” she croaked.
“You are not Lilliana,” shuddered Massimo.
“No. She lives at 191 Via Peccini. But not to worry, my love. I am yours!”
Written for What Pegman Saw: https://whatpegmansaw.com/2018/02/10/terni-italy/
Before anyone asks, Massimo eventually found Lilliana. Turns out he didn’t need a magical guitar. She was already in love with him. They started out their lives quite poor since Massimo spent all his money on the guitar. They’re very happy with their four kids and an Irish Setter. Unfortunately, they move a lot. Mrs. Gambini is constantly looking for Massimo.