Love Reigns Capo
Liem Rodchester Capo is a very distracted young man. I know because I've been engaged to him for two years now, and he' always late.
It's always some plausible but equally improbable excuse-- something
that would only happen to Liem.
I'm supposed to meet him beneath the bridge (was a bridge before the
earthquake of '89). I would leave, but I never leave because he always
Another hour passes, and I hear footsteps echoing strangely on my
ears; sounding oddly weak-- not strong and sure like Liem's.
"Liem is that you?" I ask, suddenly feeling vulnerable out here at
"It's me... Carl-- Liem's roomate," his voice trailing off fraily.
"Are you alright Carl? Where's Liem?"
He doesn't answer, but breathes heavily. Then I notice the blood
squeezing between his fingers where he holds his side.
"It was an accident; I didn't mean to. We were horsing around in
the alley in the back of our apartment building. There was broken
glass back there. We fell..."
"He told me to find you... Said you were under the bridge... that...
for once he wouldn't be late. He was going to propose... propose to
"Liem!" My legs sank like putty down to the ground.
"I'm sorry..." he whispered, tearfully.
As I ran for the nearest pay phone to call 911, the shot exploded in
the darkness, and I stood frozen.
First published: February 1997