Lord’s Café Part 1

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“No, no, no…this cannot be happening right now.” He gasped for breath as people around him looked with bewildered eyes. “No signal” He looked at his phone and then at the metal door which stood closed before him.

“Sir you need to calm down and leave this place immediately.” A security personnel blocked his way as more approached from all directions. “Alright, alright… I am leaving, sheesh!” He glared at the guy and turned around to leave.”

He kicked a trash can and hurt his toe in the process. “Fu…” He collapsed on a seat near him and he kept staring at the floor with misty eyes. “Not fair!” He thought as a tear rolled down his face.

“Are you okay?” Someone placed a hand on his shoulder. He wiped his face and replied, “I am fine, thanks!” He forced a smile as he turned his head. A large cup of coffee had presented its way towards him. ‘Lord’s Café’ the words glistened on the white cup. “On the house!” The feminine voice was soothing and he took the cup with a thanks.

She was much older than him but the serenity of her face reminded him of his mother. She took her Lord’s cap and apron off and took the seat beside him. The lights of the small airport shop behind them dimmed slowly as he took a sip. “Did you get anything to eat all day?” She asked him while tying her graying hair with a colorful band. “No…” His words were as hollow as he felt inside that moment.

“I have worked here for a long time and have seen a lot of things and I know when someone in in pain. Tell me…” She looked at him intently as another tear found it’s way down his face.

“I really lost her this time!” His lips quivered as he looked at her.

“I want to see her one last time” He took out his phone and peered at the wallpaper which reminded him of a great moment which now had become an old memory.

“If you were given an opportunity to get back to the time when it all started or the last time you two were together, which one would you choose?” She looked into his eyes and smiled.

“I don’t know…” He took a sip and looked away not knowing what to reply.

“Come on, you might just get what you want!” He found a re-assuring hand on his shoulder.

“The time we first met. It was never meant to be to begin with. I would have an option to decide once again.” He suddenly remembered the argument that happened the day before.

“Take a sip Ross!” She smiled at him as he put his lips to the cup.

“Wait! How do you know my na…”

The light around him got brighter and he found himself sitting in a college classroom. Instead of a cup he had a notebook in his hand.

“Thanks Ross, I will return this soon I promise. You are a life-saver!” A girl took the notebook from his hand. “Jo…Joel?” He fumbled as he tried to grasp what was happening around him. “Yes?” She looked at him with her deep brown eyes. She was wearing the pink top which was his favorite.

“Would you like to go out with me…for dinner maybe?” He could hear his heartbeat by then. “Sure! Call me…” He always liked her smiling face more than the on-going lecture.

He pinched himself as the bell rang and everyone got up to leave. He suddenly remembered, it was exactly the same day when he proposed to her and she had said yes…

–To be Continued–

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The Night of a Lifetime…

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The sky was surprisingly clear, displaying the playground of stars.

She looked at the crowd again.  All she could see was smiling faces.

She took a long sip out of her glass.

“I shouldn’t have come.” She couldn’t stop thinking.

She struggled with her dress again.

“I have to cut down with the ice-cream.” She made a mental note.

She looked at the couples dancing on the dance floor.

“Lucky them!” She sighed.

“Would you like to dance with me?”

Some guy had extended his hand towards her. She looked at the guy.

Her heart skipped a beat.

The next moment she found herself among the lucky ones.

“Is this really happening to me?” She felt her heart would explode if it beat any faster.

“I… I thought you were joking when you asked me to dance with you.” She was blushing.

“I wasn’t.” There was something enchanting about his voice. She smiled sheepishly.   

He twirled her. She felt ecstatic.

He pulled her towards him.

Suddenly she found a pair of brown eyes looking straight into her eyes.

“You look beautiful.” Her face was barely inches away from his.

Time stopped.

“Folks, it’s time to move this party to the next level…” The Dj put on a dance number.

 

[Woke up on the right side of the bed

What’s up with this Prince song inside my head?

Hands up if you’re down to get down tonight

‘Cause it’s always a good time]

 

Never in her dreams had she imagined that she would be dancing with her crush that night. Suddenly she had forgotten about how uncomfortable her dress was. With no effort she took off her high heels and tossed them away as she danced with the guy of her dreams. For a moment she forgot about all the problems of her life. She didn’t care about the people or the world around her anymore. She felt alive again.

[Slept in all my clothes like I didn’t care

Hopped into a cab, take me anywhere

I’m in if you’re down to get down tonight

‘Cause it’s always a good time]

 

She remembered the first time she had seen him in the college.

“He is way out of your league!” The words of her best friend were still fresh in her mind.

She had cried that night.

“Why did you make me like this? Why God? Why?”

She had lost a lot of weight by final year. And that didn’t matter now.

 

[Good morning and good night

I’ll wake up at twilight

It’s gonna be alright

We don’t even have to try

It’s always a good time

Whoa-oh-oh-oh Whoa-oh-oh-oh

It’s always a good time]

 

They danced for some more time.

“I am exhausted.” She tugged his hand.

“Let’s get you back home. It’s getting late.”

This was new for her. But it felt special in its own way. He put his coat around her.

“I had a great time, thanks to you.” He winked.

“My God, I was going to say that to you!” She couldn’t help but smile.

They walked close to each other. They occasionally looked at each other but neither of them spoke anything. Finally they reached outside her hostel.

“I will take my leave now. Good night.” He smiled and started walking away.

“Hey, what about your coat?”

“Give it to me tomorrow, when we go for coffee.” He waved her good bye.

She stood there till he was no longer visible.

She looked up with closed eyes and a big smile on her face.

“Thank you God!”

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