The Butterfly…

She woke up and looked outside the window to catch a glimpse of the rising sun. She checked the time- 6 am. She was putting on her jogging shoes when her eyes got stuck at a date circled with red on the calendar. “God! The day has come near so fast.” She thought. After that she head out with a smile on her face.

She took the usual route, the road around the lake and across the park. After jogging for almost an hour, she stopped near a wooden bench. An old man was reading newspaper.

“Is this seat taken?” She asked politely.

“Not at all dear!” He replied after stealing a glance. He was in his sixties, retired and with a head full of grey hair. He was dressed in a brown coat with matching pants and kept an old umbrella beside him.

“I see you here every single day.” She looked at his calm face.

“This used to be our spot. She is no more but I keep coming here every morning just to reminisce about the old times.” He answered with a tinge of sadness.

“I would love to hear about her if you don’t mind.”

“Not at all. I must say, you remind me of her.” He replied adjusting his spectacles. She blushed after hearing his last sentence.

“We met in the most unusual way and at the most unexpected time. I was running some errand when I saw her for the first time in this very place reading my favorite book. We started talking and soon became very good friends. She loved sunrises and butterflies. In no time our friendship turned into love and I confessed about my feelings one rainy afternoon. She had kissed me under the umbrella.” He laughed and patted the handle of his umbrella.

“Soon we got married and she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. But our happy days were short lived and she passed away after a year.” His eyes grew misty. Tears welled up in her eyes too.

“My angel never gave me any trouble. She was a God sent child. She has grown into a fine lady and she is getting married tomorrow.” His face brightened up. “I just pray to God that she gets all the happiness in the world.”

“She will. I am pretty sure!” She came near him.

“I just want her to spread her wings and fly away like a butterfly.” He looked at the sky with dreamy eyes.

“I am sure she will miss you a lot. She is very lucky to have a father like you” She held his frail hand and smiled.

He took out an old book from his coat pocket and put it in her hand.

“I want you to keep it safe for me. It belonged to my sweetheart.”

“I will. I surely will.” She hugged the old man and started crying like a child.

“I love you dad. I love you so much.”

“I love you too dear.” The old man closed his eyes as tears rolled down his face.Image

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A Tale of True Love…

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14 Years ago

The recess bell rang and all the students rushed outside their classes with their tiffin boxes. One of the boys dropped his box in the rush. As he picked up his soiled box he saw a girl looking at him.

“Here, you can have share my tiffin.” She had a ponytail and had chubby and rosy cheeks.

“It’s okay! You don’t have to do that.” The boy replied shyly.

“Just take it!” She pressed again.

“Okay! Thank you.” He smiled. He was really famished. After that day, they always had their lunch together.

 

7 Years ago

 

“God, I don’t think I will be able to do it!” He banged his pen on his notebook and looked away.

“You just need to be patient.” She patted his shoulder.

“I feel lost. I wish there was an easy way out.” He pushed his books away and rested his head on her lap.

“You are such a cry baby.” She smiled and pulled his ear.

“This is the best place I ever will be. Close to you. With you!”

“Really? If you don’t study I will vanish from your life!” She said in a fake angry voice.

“Please don’t do that. Exams are already making my life miserable. You are the only reason I feel sane!” He kissed her thigh and closed his eyes. She blushed and bit her lower lip.

“All of this will come to pass soon.” She drove her fingers across his hair. He loved it.

 

3 Years ago

It was the night of the college farewell. Everyone rejoiced in every possible manner and in every possible place. They decided to walk away from the crowd.

“You know, I got a marriage proposal today. It’s the third one this month.” She said in a worried tone.

He put his hands around her and said, “Call it off!”

“Why should I?” She arched her eyebrows.

“Because, I was going to ask you to marry me!” He replied calmly. She tensed up immediately.

“My parent won’t…” He put a finger on her lips.

“Just say yes!” He looked straight into her eyes.

“Yes!” She closed her eyes and hugged him.

“You are still a little girl from inside.” He smiled and hugged her back. “And I will always love and take care of you no matter what!”

 

1 Hour ago

He rushed inside the hospital and nearly fell face down on the sanitized floor.

“Where is she?” He asked the receptionist who was answering two phone calls at the same time.

“Last room to the left.” He bolted towards the room. He opened the door with tears in his eyes and sweat dripping from his brows.

 

Now

She looked at him with dreamy eyes and a smile on her face, while he held their daughter in his arms.

“She is gorgeous.” He looked at her.

“She really is. After all, she’s our daughter.” She chuckled.

He gently placed her in the crib and held his wife’s hand.

“Please stay with me!” She pleaded.

“I will!” He kissed her forehead.

It had started to rain outside.

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The Boyfriend Experience… Final Chapter

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They walked for a while talking about various stuff. She had left the teddy bear and the greeting cards in the cab. After sometime, they reached the lake park again. They reached the same spot where she had met him.

“I had the most wonderful time of my life today.” She held his hand in hers.

“Me too!” He smiled. “So tell me, how was the boyfriend experience?”

“It was freaking awesome. You should get the best boyfriend in the universe award.” They laughed in unison.

“And you should get the crown for the most beautiful woman I have ever met!” He put his hands around her waist and pulled her towards him. His face was now inches away from hers and she could feel his breath on her face. His nose touched her cheek. She closed her eyes and waited for their lips to unite.

“I should leave now. Three hours are over.”

“What the….!” She opened her eyes and looked at him.

“Take care and enjoy life. See you around!” He winked and started walking away.

“Answer one thing before you leave. Who was the girl in the church?”

“She is my ex-girlfriend. We broke up two weeks ago!” He kept walking.

Her jaw nearly dropped on the ground. She turned around and started walking in the direction of her home.

“Damn!” She thought. “It’s over. Again!”

She put her hands in her jacket pockets. There was a small piece of paper in one of them. She took it. There was a name and a phone number written on it. She smiled.

“It’s not over, yet!”

The Boyfriend Experience #2

“Let’s begin with a casual date!” He said. They were soon standing outside a cafeteria. They ordered coffee for themselves.

“So what do you do for living?” He took a sip.

“I am a web-designer and work for a small IT firm. What about you?”

“I am a model.” He took another a sip.

“No wonder I can’t take my eyes off him even for a second.” She smiled.

“So what are your hobbies?”

“Apart from crying in the park, I usually like to travel.” She replied sheepishly.

“Great! Thanks to my profession, I have to travel a lot too. Did I mention before that your eyes are very pretty?” He put his hand over her hand. A crimson hue spread all over her face. He paid the bill and soon they were sitting inside a movie theater. After ten minutes, he put a hand around her and she was leaning on his shoulder. Throughout the movie she thought why was he doing all these stuff with her. Her ex never even bothered about such things. As the movie neared its end and the customary scene where the actor kisses the actress as they save the world from eternal doom, he caressed her forehead. Tears welled up in her eyes but she held them back.

After sometime, they were standing outside a big Archies store.

“What are we doing here?” She asked as they walked inside hand in hand.

“You will find out soon!” He smiled.

After ten minutes, they walked out of the store and she was holding a huge teddy bear, a valentine’s day and a birthday card.

“I am so happy right now and it’s all because of you!” She was no longer the sad and gloomy person she was about two hours ago.

“You can thank me later. Now hurry!” They were off to someplace in a cab. They joked and giggled like kids all the way. As she got off the cab she saw a well decorated church in front of her. A wedding was taking place. They blended among the relatives.

“Someday you will be standing there in a beautiful white dress.” He took her hand in between his hands. She smiled.

“I would love a spring wedding, a four-tier cake and an open roof reception too.” She winked at him.

“That’s the spirit!”

After the couple exchanged the vows and rings and kissed each other, they left the place with smile on their faces.

# To be contd.  

 

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The Boyfriend Experience #1

“All guys are pigs. I hate men now!” She thought as she wiped her tears with handkerchief.

“Why did he have to break up with me? Why now?” She tightened the grip on the metallic fence around the lake.

“He used me!” Her eyes went misty again.

“Excuse me! Are you okay?” She heard a deep voice.

“None of your God damn business!” She snarled at him.

“I am sorry! I didn’t mean to intrude…” He started walking away.

“Wait! I am sorry. I didn’t mean to shout at you. It’s just I had a bad break up recently and I feel devastated.” She looked at him.

Her heart skipped a beat. The guy had wonderful physique, blue eyes and looked dashing in his grey full sleeved t-shirt and blue denims.

“I am sorry to hear that!” He stopped.

“It’s okay! I have to move on now.” She looked away, bit her lower lip and thanked God.

“And how exactly are you going to do that?” He stood beside her. She could smell his cologne. Her infatuation reached to the next level that very instant.

“I don’t know. I don’t feel like doing anything.” She replied while looking at his hands. There were no rings on any of his fingers. “Jackpot!” she thought.

“I have an idea!” He smiled and looked at her.

“Oh! I don’t need your idea. I want you to ruin my lip gloss this very instant.” Her thoughts grew wilder every passing moment.

“This might seem completely irrational and a bit weird too. But, then you have to trust me on this.” He looked straight into her eyes.

“Direct! Hmm… That rickety old bench looks like a good place to give life to your idea. But I have to shoo away the old lady who keeps glaring at me!” She thought and looked at him with dreamy eyes.

“Go on!”

“For the next three hours, I want you to go wherever I take you, do whatever I ask you to do and reply to every question I ask. Let’s say it will be like a boyfriend experience. Deal?” He extended his hand towards her.

From his looks he didn’t appear like a rapist or an escaped convict.

“Okay, deal!” She gave him her hand too.   

They started walking away from the lake.

“You didn’t say your name yet!” She asked him as he lead her.

“Let’s keep it that way! He winked. She blushed. They kept walking in silence.

To be contd. 

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The Fight for Love… The Final Chapter

“I love you too dear!” He said with a smile on his face.

“You aren’t getting me. I really love you.” Tears trickled down her cheeks.

Suddenly he had lost his calm composure.

“Since when? Why didn’t you tell me before?” He felt his head spin.

“Since always! I thought eventually you will realize, so I didn’t tell you…”

“I don’t know what to say now…”

“You don’t have to. I was never going to tell you about my feelings.” She wiped her tears.

“But why?” He sat down beside her.

“I don’t know. I thought maybe one day you will realize it yourself. God! I feel terrible now.” She looked away.

He saw their picture on her phone.

“Listen to me. No good will ever come to you if you bottle up your feelings.” He put his hand on her hand.

His hand felt warm against hers. She looked at him.

“It doesn’t matter. In life, certain things are never meant to happen. You should go and talk with her.” She forced a smile on her face.

“You want me to pull your hair or cheek like I used to do when we were small? He gave her a stern look.

“I don’t want to come between you two.” She said in a meek voice.

He smiled. He pulled her cheek. And then he kissed her.

“What did you say about certain things that are not meant to happen? You are wrong! And regarding her, she has already rejected me. She doesn’t even know what she is going to miss in her life.” He chuckled.

“And stop crying now! Or I will run away!” He winked at her. She smiled.

They hugged.

#Have a wonderful weekend folks… #Love and Regards to all…

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The Fight for Love #2

She wiped her tears and took out her cellphone. Before she could do anything else, her eyes got stuck on the wallpaper. It was a picture of him and her from a long time back. She couldn’t help but smile.

In that picture she was wearing a long white skirt and he was wearing a black t-shirt which was much bigger than him.

“Let’s play a new game today!” She had recently watched a Hollywood movie.

“What?” He was playing with her puppy.

“The marriage game!” She giggled.

“How do you play that?” He looked at her with his innocent eyes.

“I will play the role of the bride. You play the role of the groom. We say to each other why we want to marry each other and then we kiss to complete the marriage. Simple!” She smiled.

“Okay! You start.” He let go of the puppy and turned to her.

“I want to marry you because you are the nicest boy on earth and you share your chocolates with me. Because you love Pooch like your own and you are my only friend.” She said everything in a single breath.

“Now you say!” She looked at him with expectant eyes.

“I want to marry you because…” He got up and started running. He turned around and said with a grin, “Catch me if you want to know the rest!”

She ran behind him with Pooch.

“Always hard to get!” She thought. A tear fell on her phone screen. It was fifteen years ago.

“Why are you crying?”

She looked up and saw him standing in front of her.

“Those are tears of joy.” She wiped her tears and forced a smile on her pretty face.

“You are still a bad liar!” He took her face in his hands and looked into her beautiful brown eyes.

“Tell me what’s wrong!”

“I..I..I Love you!”

To be contd.

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A Late Goodbye…

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I wave at my two friends who had come to the taxi stand to see me off. As I look at my college for one last time, I feel nostalgic. I smile yet I could feel the sadness build inside me every passing moment.

I change the taxi to reach the station. As soon as I crossed the border I am enveloped with this weird and alien feeling inside me. God knows if I will ever come back to this place.

I jostled a little every time the car took a sharp turn. I had a bag pack on my lap and two guys were sitting beside me. I direct my gaze outside the window. Ah! I will surely miss the soothing breeze for the rest of my life.

Four years had passed so fast. I still find it hard to digest the fact that my engineering college days are over.

I put on my headphones and tried to divert myself. I see the Darjeeling more. I smile. The road vanished behind us in no time just like those wondrous moments spent there.

I get a text. “How was your exam?” I reply back and look outside the window. I feel my eyelids grow heavy every passing second.

I will miss the exam times the most. The random knocks on the door, the irregular sleeping patterns, late night coffee, the hourly texts with the same content, “How much have you done?” I haven’t even started yet. I am bored and sleepy!”

I will miss those nights I spent texting and chatting with my friends.

I will miss those Gangtok trips. I will miss those weekend restaurant trips. I will miss those weekend booze parties.

I jolt and wake up. Another hour was left to reach the station. I remember the two earthquakes that took place during our stay. Surprisingly both of them took place on my birthday. I close my tired eyes again.

I find myself in the classroom again amidst my friends. I find myself day dreaming again. I look outside the window and see the weirdly shaped football field of our college. Then I shift my gaze toward the mountains and the white clouds clinging to them.

Someone put a hand on my shoulder. I wake up to find the car had stopped moving. The driver had stopped for a quick meal. I ordered a plate of steaming veg momo. I am reminded of the countless number of plates we had during our stay. I see faint shadows of my friends munching on fried momos, laughing, teasing each other around me. As I dip my finger in the chili sauce I remember all the times when I went out with her.

I take out my phone and take a picture of the mountains behind the shabby restaurant. Suddenly I remember the times when all my friends used to huddle in front of me and say,” Arey meri bhi lo!”

The car had started again. I put on my headphones. Music used to be my only refuge when everything seemed dull and sad.

The cool breeze was blowing again and I felt transported back to the terrace of my hostel where I had spent some real quality time with my friends.

I reach the station, have a frugal meal and retire to the waiting hall. I see a couple occupying an entire bench. The girl was sleeping on the lap of the guy.

Déjà vu.

I boarded the train at five in the morning. I kept my luggage and went near the exit. The train started moving in no time. The feeling of blankness was back. I felt as if I could see the sad yet smiling faces of all my friends on the platform. I saw every single person I met in my college who had some kind of influence on me waving at me.

I waved at the station with tears in my eyes, old memories in my mind and a sad but beating heart in my chest.

Adieu my dear friends.

Good bye. God Bless…