I began to find outlets in market. Some good flowers shop. These beautiful flowers were making me more curious. I wish I could bring the whole flowers of this world in front of her today.
When I ask about the prices from the outlet owner? Then I realize that my wish was probably not going to happen in reality.I put my hands in my pocket. Shit! I forgot my wallet. Damn! I have to drive 5km again towards my flat. No I can’t God help me please.
Suddenly I saw the outlet of Ferns & Petals. I quickly arrived to that outlet. I asked for flowers from the owner. I tried to explain my problem to him. He smiled once and said that I can make the payment through Net banking, I Agreed on the same. So Finally I purchase the flowers.
Me: I want a bottle of Wine or Champagne (Looking at his ID card his name was Preetam Sharma)
Preetam: We are sorry sir. Stock is over last day. We please request you to wait till evening.
Me: No I can’t its urgent.
Preetam: So you required the wine bottle for dinner. Right?
Preetam: Sir let me suggest you one thing here. You can make the payment, and let me prepare a Payment Order receipt for you. We will deliver your order once the stock will be here.
Me: Hmmm. Idea is good. How much time it is going to take in order to get the product delivered at my home place?
Preetam: Maximum time is 12:00 AM. However you can take my personal number. The stock will be available till 6 or 7 PM today. So you can call me at 06:30PM. Same time I will ask the delivery boy to deliver your order.
Me: Sounds good. Actually I want something special a part of wine bottle.
Preetam: You can tell me sir.
Me: Actually I had never done this before. Be frank with you I am going to date a girl at my home place. So suggest me some special or kind of surprised gifts for her.
Preetam: Sure sir let me show you some special gift for First Dates.
Me: yes Please.
Confidently, with a smile on his face. Preetam was showing me the beautiful gifts. He showed me a heart shaped pillow in Red Color with a very light weight. Then he showed me a beautiful teddy. Oh My God, really teddy was so beautiful.
Now a moment came when I got confused. I was not able to decide, that which one I should buy. Every teddy, Heart shaped pillow, Rings, Chains, Bracelets and many more things they all were more than beautiful and impressive too.
Finally on the suggestion of Preetam, I decided to take a Teddy, Fragrance Candles and a Beautiful Platinum Ring. Include Flowers.
Me: I want to give her surprise. So could you help me please?
Preetam: For sure sir Don’t worried at all.
Me: So tell me about the payment.
Preetam: (After total calculation) Sir the total amount will be Rs 13927 Only
Me: (Only 13927 This guy is mad. It’s a huge amount man. However I controlled on my emotions) Okay. So as I already informed you in starting about the payment process.
Preetam: Don’t worry at all. Sir I am here to help you with this problem.
He opened up the website of Ferns & Petals on computer. He prepared the order then he asked me to make the payment respectively. I quickly opted the Net Banking option and approximately in 2-3 Minutes the payment was done successfully.
He quickly prepared the invoice. And then he called to the customer service team of Ferns & Petals. He explained whole case to them and also informed that I was there to pick my order. The customer service executive agreed after checking the policies.
Finally my order was in my hand however, I ask him to deliver that ring with the wine bottle only. He personally took the responsibility. He was so nice to me. All over the experience with ferns and petals was awesome with me. I am very thankful to them.
I came out from the outlet. I start my bike and in a while I was driving back towards my flat. The feel of air was a little bit different now. I was so excited now. Lost in my excitement, I reach on my flat at 1:45 PM.
Now I was trying to settle the things. Somehow after 30 minutes, I think that my flat was the worlds beautiful place. In few minutes my angel was about to reach here.
I picked up my phone and I quickly dialed her number.
Anika: Hey, Thank god you called me up. I was trying to call you but somehow my calling balance is zero.
Me: Fine. Calm Down, Don’t worry. Let me make a recharge on your number. And at which place you are?
Anika: (She asked to driver that which place they were crossing) We have just crossed Dwarka Sec 21.
Me: So as in my knowledge it is going to take 20-25 Minutes to reach at my place.
Anika: Hope so. So my lunch is ready na? Rats are dancing inside my stomach.
Me: Yes it is ready.
Anika: Good. So see you in 25 Minutes.
Me: Yes sure. I am waiting.
Call got disconnected.
Shit!!! I had done a blunder. Just because of the flowers I forget to prepare the lunch for her.
Somehow, I manage the situation. I quickly opened application of Food Panda at my cell phone. I was looking for north Indian food. Especially for “Bhindi”, finally I was able to found a north Indian restaurant. Who deliver the order in 30 Minutes? I ordered Bhindi, Mix Veg , Breads, along with some Sweets & Deserts. I make the payment online at the same time.
Soon I received the order confirmation message that my order will be delivered to me in next 30 minutes.
I opened up the website of Paytm on my android. I did a recharge of Rs 100, On Anika’s contact number.
Now I was feeling urge for smoking. I took my wallet and quickly ran down through stairs.
I came to the nearest tobacco shop, which was also famous for Tea. I quickly ordered a tea with light sugar and I ask for a cigarette. So in few moments I was taking the puffs of smoking.
I remember the first day we have a small and serious fight because of smoking. I was also worried about my health now. Another side I was looking on both sides of roads that from which side she will be coming. In few minutes my Tea was ready and the outlet person was asking me to have it.
Picking up the tea filled cup I ask for a cigarette again. Having a stupid thought in my mind, that if once she will be here I will not get a chance to smoke. However I also ask for a mouth freshener in order to reduce the smell of smoking. I was about to finish my cigarette my cellphone start ringing. I picked up the call.
Me: Yes, So you reached Kapashera
Anika: Yes I am on Fun N Food Village. (Fun N Food Village is a famous water park in Village: Kapashera. Located in New Delhi)
Me: Stay there. I will be there in 5 Minutes.
Call got disconnected now. I ran towards my flat. The outlet person shouted.
Hey you at least make the payment for the tea.
Shit! I quickly came back. I apologize for my mistake and make the full payment for things that I have taken. He quickly return me the rest amount after deducting his rupees.
In next few moments I was on my bike. I was crossing the streets. Today nobody can’t stop me, nobody can slow down my bike speed. Nobody can make me late today. I was so happy today and excited too.
In 3-4 Minutes on the speed of rocket, I was on Fun N Food Village. I saw a taxi on the corner of road.
So I called her. Yes she was there inside the taxi. She asked me to come and pick her from there.
I stop my bike beside the taxi. I knock the windows of car. She was smiling. I ask her with a sign to come on bike.
With her shy face she came out from car. She was wearing a light pink color suit. How gorgeous she was. As compare to other days, she was looking more beautiful.
She sat behind me on my bike. The moment she put her hand on my shoulder, I feel the current of 440 Volts. My eagerness was increasing now. My heartbeat level was so high. Also I was a little bit nervous. Somehow I controlled on myself.
I try to concentrate on driving. I never felt like this is the trip, should not be an end. But unfortunately, it took 6-7 Minutes to reach us at my flat. I stopped my bike & turned it off. We both were speechless.
Me: So you want to go for outing in this afternoon or want to come inside my flat.
She: Hmmm. Sorry I was lost. Let’s go inside.
Me: Lost? Where?
She: Forget Nothing.
We both move towards stairs. With silence we both were moving towards 3 Floor. I was dreaming thousand of thoughts in my mind.
Suddenly I hear a voice.
“Excuse me could you please help me out the way to flat of Mr Jaideep
I replied yes tell me. I am Jaideep.
Actually sir there is an order for you, of your lunch”
Oh yes I remember.
I took the order. He asked me to do the formalities of order receiving. Holding the lunch in my hands we both start moving again. We both were at 3rd floor now.
So she asked me for the keys in order to unlock the door of my flat.
I was trying to memorize the things, that everything was finished perfectly or not. I was Nervous, with my shivering hands.
I hand over the keys to her. The moment she opened up the door. I was almost gone in another world.
She entered in room. The fragrance of roses, force her to close the eyes. I entered inside the flat, I turn on the fan, the rain of rose leaves started falling on her. She raised both hands in the air. Like, she wants to fly. She cried with a spree.
Anika: Jai, what are you? How did you do so much in such a short time?
Me: Not that much I believe it took 30 minutes.
Anika: Oh My God. You are so good. Thanks for your surprises. Thank you so much.
Saying this she moved slowly towards me. She hugged my arms and kissed me on my forehead. With joy and happiness.
“Thank you Jai”
Suddenly she took a step back.
Me: Fine. It happens sometime. So you were hungry na?
Anika: No, I was kidding.
Me: But I am serious now. You have to help me to finish the lunch. Which, I have ordered specially for you.
Anika: I will eat few bites. And be frank when I was on my way I already have 1 Strawberry shake.
Me: But you said that you are hungry.
Anika: Yes at that time I was but not now. But I can give accompany.
Me: No you have to eat equal.
I start serving the lunch in plates & bowls on my dining table. She was continuously refusing for lunch but I was reacting like that I am all alone at my home. Somehow she agreed.
Finally we were having our lunch together. So I took my first bite of chapatti with Bhindi. I extended the bite to her.
At first she smiled, she ate a morsel of food from my hand for the first time today. Maybe she was happy just as me.
It seemed like; we sit and eat together all my life. Today the taste of the food was also increased. Perhaps today’s all changed. Today view of walls in the house was also slightly different. I felt a strange feeling, due to her presence.
She was looking at me secretly. Then she started pretending that she was looking other things inside the room. Somehow we finished our lunch.
There was silence in the room. It seemed that there is no one at home. We did not speak too much. Do not know where to begin.
Anika: So ….
Me: So what?
Anika: Hey you have decorated your home so beautifully.
Me: Yes, but it’s not beautiful more than you.
Anika: Really. There is nothing like that.
Me: There something deep inside my…
Anika: Hang on. Don’t do buttering haan.
Anika: So I want to see your room, hall, and kitchen.
Me: Sure. Everything is yours, you can see.
Anika: Yes. So follow me.
So we went to hall first. It was decorated with some statues, pictures, furniture’s.
Anika: So Impressive.
Me: Yes it is. But now I don’t like this decoration.
Anika: Why? You know if I will get a chance to settle here. I will be very thankful to god.
Me: So be thankful to god. You can live here. Everything is yours.
Anika: Thanks, but I don’t think that my mom will allow me.
Me: Hey, you haven’t discussed about your family.
Anika: You had never asked me.
Me: Okay. Now tell me how about you family.
Anika: My family is very special. We are 5 members in my family. Maa, 2 Brothers, Bhabi and me.
Me: What about your Dad?
Anika: He is no more. Before 3 Years . They passed away in a accident.
Anika: No don’t feel sorry. It wasn’t your fault. It’s a truth. As simple it is.
Me: Yes, some truths are not acceptable. We don’t have that much power to accept.
Anika: But it’s not going to change the fact.
Me: Hmmm. Forget, don’t be senty. (Sad)
Anika: No I am not. (She wiped her eyes)
Me: So let me show you my family.
We move towards the wall which was covered by curtains. I removed the curtains. Now it was my beautiful family. There were more than 20 Pictures on wall. She took a picture.
Anika: She is your Mom?
Anika: Can I ask you a question?
Me: Yeah Sure
Anika: How many members are there in your family.
Me: We are 14 members, Exclude me.
Anika: Who are they (She asked pointing her finger towards the picture)
Me: So if I talk about members so we are 5 Brothers, 4 Sisters, Dad ,Mom , Maasi, Grand Maa, Chachu, Chachi.
Anika: How about your real brothers and sisters.
Me: 1 Brother and a sister.
Anika: So who is elder?
Me: My Brother is most elder, then my sister in last younger one is me.
Anika: That’s why you are so joyful.
Me: May be.
Anika: So, Is there any kid in your family?
Me: Yes actually there are two. Rudra and Kavya.
Anika: So cute.
Me: See here are they.
Anika: So naughty.
Me: Yes kids always look cute when they are naughty.
Me: So, finally now I have introduced my family with you.
Me: So what next.
Anika: Nothing. Can I ask you a question?
Anika: It seems that you haven’t visited at your home from a very long time.
Me: No reason for that.
Anika: Okay. Mat Batao
Me: Hmmm. So, what next?
Anika: Let me think.
Me: hmmm. You want tea coffee or anything.
Anika: Not tea but I need some water.
I slowly move towards the refrigerator. I opened up the fridge, took a bottle of water. Now holding the bottle, I was thinking how to share my feelings. My nervousness was not allowing me to speaking anything.
Me: Hey, Water for you.
Anika: Oh thanks.
She drank the water.
Me: Do you like to watch TV?
Anika: Of course, I like. But I like to watch news.
We both move towards hall. Where, I have arranged TV and other entertainment things. So she took the remote and we started watching IBN7.
Oh My God!!!
Why didn’t she play a romantic movie or series? So I will get a excuse to share my feelings. I was getting bored. Having these thoughts in my mind when I slept, I do not know.
Anika: Jai, Please wake up. I am getting bored.
Anika: What hmmm? I’ll throw water over you
Me: No don’t do that. (Somehow I wake up)
Anika: Wash your face, get yourself refreshed. Dinner is about to prepare.
Me: What? (I was shocked)
Anika: Dinner is about to prepare.
Me: You know what? You are mad? Why did you prepared the dinner?
Anika: Yes I am. It’s my choice that I have prepared.
Me: I am going to kill you. (I said laughingly)
Anika: First wash your face. Otherwise I will kill you.
Me: Ok baba, I am going.
Anika: Go fast and come soon. I am waiting.
Me: 5 Minutes.
Anika: Your time starts now. Its 08:43PM, I want you to be here with me at 08:48 Anyhow.
Me: Ok I will try my best (I said moving towards bathroom)
I was still feeling sleepy, bit angry with myself. A girl came at my place. And what I did?
Why did you slept?
Leave now try your best to entertain her, to feel her comfort. So at least this Saturday will unforgettable for her as well.
Anika: 2 more minutes, It’s 08:46 PM.
Me: Coming (I came out, wiping myself with a towel)
Anika: Now you are looking active and refreshed too.
Anika: By the way, would you like to have Coffee, Tea, Soft drink or wine.
Me: Oh really.
Anika: Yes tell me. You have visited at my home. So it’s my job to take care of you. (She said smiling)
Me: I need a coffee.
Anika: 5 Minutes. You can wear your night dress. Mean while let me prepare the coffee for you.
I was Feeling, as she was not in my house, like I’m in her house. We were talking in such a short time as we have known each other for years. As we live in together.
While combing my hairs can’t explain what I was dreaming. Perhaps god made us for each other. In my all prayers from god I was wishing her only.
Suddenly I wake from the dream when my door bell rang. I was about to move and she came out from kitchen holding two cups filled with coffee.
Anika: Take your coffee fast. Cup is getting hot come fast.
I quickly run towards her. I took both the cups from her hand. I put them on table.
Me: You fine? (While holding her hands)
Anika: Yes, It was just a little bit.
Me: Wait here let me take the ice cubes.
Anika: No, I am fine.
Me: No you are now.
Anika: Someone has knocked our door. (She quickly ran towards door)
Me: I will take care of that. Sit there.
Anika: No, I will not. If your girlfriend is waiting on the door. Let me welcome her. (She said jokingly)
Who is there on the door? Don’t know.
Delivery boy from Ferns & Petals. I ran towards the door. I saw she was holding the Gifts in her hand. She turned back with a smile.
Anika: How many surprises are left now? (She said with a smile)
Me: Till the time you are here. Any surprise can knock the door for you.
Anika: So impressive.
Me: Hmmm. But not that much.
Anika: No, you have done a lot of things for me today. I have never dream. That, a boy will come in my life like as you.
Me: Now you are so impressive.
Anika: Thanks for everything you did for me. Your surprises are world’s most beautiful surprises.
Anika: Yes, I am but not that much. Come here and hold this bucket. I am tired with my hands.
Me: Oh sorry. (Moving towards her)
I took the bucket from her. Moving towards the dining table, I was looking for the ring in bucket. I put the bucket on dining table. Still I was looking for ring. Somehow, the searching mission was completed.
Anika: What happen? Are you looking for something?
Me: No. Actually I was just verifying the bottle that it was genuine or not.
Anika: hmmm. So coffee is waiting for us.
Me: Oh yes, I forget.
Anika: But I haven’t. Come.
Me: You are always in hurry. (I said teasing to her)
Anika: Not that much. (She smiled)
Me: So, What you have prepared in dinner?
Anika: Our Favorite Bhindi, Rajma (Beans), Rice, Chapatti, Raita, Green Salad.
Me: Oh My Goodness. Now don’t say that you are not a robot.
Anika: I will kill you.
Me: No, I am serious. I haven’t prepared that much of dinner in such a short time.
Anika: Me too. I have prepared this in Approx 2 Hours.
Me: Oh My God. You were in the kitchen, for 2 hours. And you haven’t called me or try to wake me.
Anika: You were lost in the dreams. You were smiling while sleeping. So I think that’s not good.
Me: Really I was smiling.
Anika: Yes you were. Let me show you.
Me: Sure, I haven’t seen myself at the time of sleeping.
Anika: See. (She show me a picture in her cell phone)
Me: I was shocked and a bit shy.
Anika: Hey don’t be shy. I wish you were my boyfriend; for sure I was going to kiss you at that time.
Me: Thank God.
Anika: Why you thanking God?
Me: saving me to get raped by a girl while I was sleeping.
Anika: I will kill you (She walked towards me)
Me: You can’t (I said laughingly)
Anika: Today for sure I will.
Me: Then Catch me if you can.
Suddenly the ring dropped from my pocket on the floor, which was packed in a case. She picked up that.
Anika: Oh, what is this?
Me: Nothing. (Damn!!! My whole planning flushed into the gutter.)
Me: Yes tell me. (I got nervous .random thoughts started roaming into my mind. How she will feel? She will like my gift or not?)
Anika: What’s this? (She asked me, while taking the ring from case outside)
Anika: Tell me don’t be shy.
Me: I don’t know how to say (I became a zombie. stunned!!!! no words nothing)
Anika: Jai, You fine? (She said walking towards me)
Me: Yes, I am absolutely fine. But don’t know how to say.
Anika: Whatever you want to say? I am not going to kill you.
Me: First promise me that you are not going to leave today, Second and most important thing. You are not going to slap me.
Anika: hahahahaha, Oh My God. You are too much. Why should, I will slap you?
Me: Don’t laugh. If I will say then you will lost your smile for some time. When it goes to slap, so for that I am just kidding.
Anika: I know. Just to make me laugh. You are doing this. So tell me now. What’s that matter?
Me: Okay. (I close my eyes, praying god to handle the rest matter)
Anika: Jai Com’on.
“Now she was just half step away from me. Might be, she also want to hear the same thing. Which, I want to say”
Me: I Love …….
Anika: Please Jai, Common now (She said closing her eyes)
Me: Actually I want to say that, I love Bhindi, Mango, Burger, Apple, and Strawberry.
Anika: You, now I will kill you. Stay here.
Me: No I am not going to stay here.
Anika: I will give you 100 punches.
Me: First catch me.
We were running in hall to room. She was shouting behind me, to catch myself. I ran towards my bedroom. I was trying to take a round inside but somehow, I fall on my bed. She locked the room door.
Anika: Now tell me. (She came up on the bed)
Me: No-no. I was kidding actually (I protect myself with a pillow)
Anika: Oh! You were kidding. Great
“In next few moments she was sitting on my chest”
Me: Please tell me that you are not going to rape me.
Anika: I will.
Me: No, a part of self respect. I don’t have anything. (I tried to be filmy)
Anika: I don’t care.
Me: Then who will marry me? (I said jokingly. Like 80s Movies)
Anika: Don’t know? But for sure I am going to do your rape today.
Me: Chutki Bhar Sindoor…
“She punched me “
Anika: Now tell me. You love Apple (She pulled my hairs)
Anika: O really (She punched me on my stomach)
Anika: You love Strawberries
Anika: You love Bhindi
Me: More than anyone
Anika: I will kill you.
Me: Kill me
Anika: Do you love me?
Complete silence was there in the room. We both were speechless. No Words. Looking into each other eyes.
Anika: What actually? (She said with a smile)
Closing her eyes, she came near to me. Now, her lips were just 1 inch away.
She started breathing loudly. I was looking at her with eagerness. The way she was falling on me, completely lost in me.
Her hair covered my face. The fragrance of her hair made me out of control.
We were very close to each other. I thought this was a right time. Somehow, I dared. I was about to kiss her…
Anika: Oh Shit! Rajma (Beans)
Me: What? Who Rajma (Beans)?
Anika: Idiot, Rajma (Beans) in kitchen.
Me: Then what?
Anika: I put the rajmas (Beans) to boil in cooker on gas stove. Might be they have burned. I can feel the aroma.
She ran towards kitchen.
Damn! She approached me once here. And from where this rajma (Beans) came? Cursing myself, I just lay down for about 5 minutes.
I came outside from the room. I was still lost in the fragrance of her hair. I forgot like everything except her.
Finally, another moment imprisoned in my heart. Maybe, everything happened so suddenly. But it was enough for me to smile & I believe for her as well.
I sat on a chair in the hall with a glass of water. Yet I was not thirsty. Perhaps, we were trying to ignore the things. But at last, I was happy that we were closer, the way I wished to God.
She was looking at me with innocence. Like, she wanted to ask something. I gaze, seeing her. Her eyes met with mine. I was losing my temper.
Somehow I resist myself. I was just waiting for a gesture. Heart was wishing that looking at each other like that all life goes out. Instilled in eyes lost in dreams. While chatting with the eyes. Her grin probably answered my questions.
A moment came, we’re seeing each other a tuck. As she was being fragmented. The grin on her face, was making me more curious.
I broke his silence in a funny style. I started singing a song …
“Aise na mujhe tum dekho. Sine se laga lunga !
Tum ko mai chura lunga tumse. Dil me chhupa lunga! ,,
She ran towards me. I felt she is going to hug me or a kiss is going to happen.
Anika: I am thirsty. I want water.
Me: There is water in the fridge. Why did you take the trouble to come here? (I said angrily)
“As if my dreams were broke”
Anika: I saw the glass in your hand. So I didn’t remember about the fridge (She said with a smile)
Me: I know everything. You came here just to tease me.
Anika: Why would I tease you.
Me: Okay. Sit here (I said, pointing to the chair)
Anika: Hmmm (She was trying to adjust herself. May be because of the situations she was not able to adjust herself)
Me: Where is the ring?
Anika: In the kitchen (She said bowed her eyes)
Me: Wait let me find a right place for it.
Anika: Okay (She eagerly responded)
Me: Where is it? (I ask from the kitchen)
Anika: Wait let me give it to you.
She came in kitchen. She looked around the things. Then she picked the ring near to gas stove. I held her hand. Without saying anything, she did not oppose for such behavior. Maybe she was feeling my condition. Perhaps, that’s why she moving in a silence with me.
In few moments we were in the hall. I left her hands and I sat knees on the ground. Perhaps she felt it a bit odd.
I spoke, thinking nothing.
“I do not promise that I will be with you throughout life or will die without you. I promise, the day I will be with you that day will be the best day of your life.
I don’t want to live whole life with you, but I want to make you my life.
I do not want to spend time with you, but want to take your time.
I don’t know that you like me or not. I just prayed to God, you should be here with me today.
I always pray to live with you every single day. I want to laugh with you.
If not Then I want to cry with you in your hard times.
I just want to give your name for each day
At last I Just want to say,
I Love You”
Anika: Keep quiet! You speak a lot.
With a smile on her face brought tears. She hugged me, saying this. I wiped her tears.
Me: OMG! I wiped your make up as well (I said jokingly)
Anika: I’ll slap you
Me: Sure, you can.
Now I was lying in her lap. The way she caress my hair, perhaps the most relaxed. In doing so, I was sinking into sleep. I gently hold her hand.
Anika: What happen?
Me: Feeling sleepy.
Anika: That’s good. If you are sleepy then you can.
Me: No, I don’t want to sleep at all. I just want to wake up whole night today. Want to share all feelings tonight.
Anika: Me too.
Me: Where is the ring?
Anika: Here it is. (She handover the ring to me)
Me: I forgot the main work.
Anika: Now, What?
Me: Get up Quick.
Anika: Oho! Jai
Me: I forgot to celebrate.
Anika: For what? (She asked with eagerness)
Me: To celebrate, one of the best day of my life.
Anika: Mine too. (She said shouting merrily)
Soon we were in the hall. Holding each other hands, lost in melodies.
Today I wanted to make every moment memorable.
I asked her to close eyes and wait for me.
Anika: Now what? (Smiling, she said in a worried tone)
I tied a handkerchief on her eyes. I made her sit on a chair with love. Search operation begins for Candles in home. My brain was breaking down. Candles were probably playing hide and seek with me. Sometime in almira and sometime in room.
Suddenly I saw a chair in the corner of the hall. A plastic bag was placed over that chair. Perhaps my quest was over. I saw a packet of candles were in the same bag. Thank God. I quickly pulled out all the packets. I ran toward the hall again with packets.
Anika: Jai, can I see now.
Me: 5 more minutes please.
Anika: Okay. I can’t see. I am counting till 300.
Me: Okay. You can.
Anika: One – Two – Three – Four …
Me: You are a cartoon.
Anika: Don’t Interrupt me. (She said angrily)
Me: Okay Baba. Now you can continue.
Anika: Now no interruption. One – Two – Three – Four – Five … (Lost in counting’s)
I like her to act like children. I ignored her and focus on the candles.
I had become like Shatabdi Express. The hall was shimmering with candles in 8 minutes only. I filled 2 glasses with wine. Bottles and glasses were placed on the nearest table to us.
I was down on knees. Without saying anything, I was just looking at her face anxiously. Innocent little face of her was asking me again and again. That how long will it take.
Finally she broke her silence.
Anika: How long it will take? I cannot wait anymore.
Me: Open your eyes.
The moment, she removed the handkerchief from her eyes. My whole body was ground up as a vibration. I mustered some courage.
This is the right time ‘I said to myself’.
Anika: wow!! Am I dreaming? So mesmerizing I didn’t expect this (She said surprisingly)
Me: My surprises are for you only.
I extended my hand towards her. The moment when I touched, she closed her eyes. God! She was getting out of control. The way she was reacting, it made me crazy.
I put the ring in her finger, without her permission. She did not complain. She didn’t feel bad. She looked at the ring on her finger. Her expressions was like, she wanted to shout with joy. As she want to bounce around happily.
I imagine her joy occurred, when some drop from her eyes came on her cheeks. The moment, she opened her eyes. She fell into my arms. She took me in her arms tightly, like she wanted to hold me forever. I kissed her forehead.
These 3 words such as force her to break in my arms.
I gently bowed and sat on the ground. She became like a statue. She did not speak, nor she wanted to say anything; like, she wants to sleep. We caught each other as tonight is our last night.
Anika: These gifts have made a home in my heart.
Me: What about me?
Anika: Today you have made me out of control. (She whispered)
Me: I am hungry
Anika: You can eat me (in witty style)
Me: I am 100% Vegetarian. However If it goes to you so tell me, from where should I eat?
Anika: Nah, It will pain. (Like kids)
Me: Come on, we have not eaten anything since morning (Kissing her forehead)
“I was about to get up, she pulled me back”
Anika: Unless I say, you will stay here.
“Saying this, she took me back to the floor”
“As soon I fell she sat on me once again. Slowly she came closer to me. Once again I got lost in the scent of her hairs. The scent was making me uncontrollable.
A moment came. I could not stop myself, nor she was trying to stop me.
She wants to melt in myself.
I wanted decompose in her.
We lost in each other. There was nothing apart of us. And I absolutely did not want anyone there. We were closer, that I ever thought.
Hunger didn’t stop us, nor we were thirsty. I engaged myself in her hairs completely. “
Suddenly her cell phone started ringing. She paid no attention to the phone. But when, I saw her mother’s call.
I thought, maybe for her it was time to go back. Once again, I slightly felt bad. First those rajma (Beans) and now this phone call.
She answered the call.
Anika: Hello, Yes Mamma. (She put the phone on speaker)
Mom: Where were you and what happen to your phone? I am trying to reach you from last 2 hours. But your number is not reachable.
Anika: Actually, I was in middle of something. (She said blushing)
Mom: Is everything fine?
Anika: Yes mamma, you do not worry, I’m fine.
Mom: I was so nervous. Next time take care of your phone.
Anika: For sure mamma.
Mom: Have you eaten your dinner?
Anika: Just going to eat.
Mom: What you have prepared in dinner?
Anika: Bhindi, Rajma (Beans), Rice, Chapatti, Raita, Green Salad.
Anika: So, How is everyone at home?
Mom: All are just awesome.
Anika: How about Karan?
Mom: He is same as it was before. (Sighs)
Anika: Do not worry. He will be fine very soon. (Wiping tears)
Mom: I’m tired of consoling myself.
Anika: You do not worry. He will fine very soon.
Mom: After your dad, now you are only the hope.
Anika: How about Bhai.
Mom: Your brother also gave up. He says that, he has other responsibilities.
Anika: Let it be, let him say it. Tell me if you need anything.
Mom: Just called to know about you. You haven’t called with me since last week.
Anika: Actually, I was busy in work.
Mom: Take care of yourself. Do not forget to take care of your health.
Anika: For sure I will mamma.
Mom: So now, you can sleep.
Anika: Hmmm. Sweet dreams. (Filling in a long breath)
Mom: Take Care. (With a broken hope)
Call got disconnected. Once again there was silence. This time the silence was due to other reason. I realized that anyone from her family was fighting with life.
I put my hand on her shoulder.
Me: Let’s eat our dinner.
Anika: I’m just not hungry.
Me: What just your mom said.
Anika: To take care of me.
Me: So, in order take care of your health you should eat food on time.
Anika: If I ask you for a promise?
Me: If you ask for my life. I will.
Anika: Shut Up. I want a single promise.
Me: Yes tell me.
Anika: Promise me that you will never leave me. (Drew tears in eyes)
Me: Hey, I promise. I am always with you. (Saying this I hugged her)
It seemed like she needs me most. It feels for the first time today that I’m really close to her. Saying this, she gave me a chance to come closer.
Today, we played a game. In which I lost my heart.
“Today, I promised to myself. That, no matter what kind of situation will come. But I will be with you only. With, my heart and breath;
I often asked her to eat, but as her hunger was lost. I felt, maybe it was not the right time. She was lost somewhere else.
Suddenly an idea came to my heart.
Me: Let’s go for outing.
Anika: I do not feel like to go anywhere. (With a melancholy)
Me: Come on (Holding her hand)
Anika: But only for 5 Minutes. (Sycophancy)
Anika: Walking or Bike
Me: I suggest walking
Me: So for what you are waiting? Let’s go.
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