|Creative Writing Competition 2012 India|
|SETTING||Terrace OR Bedroom OR Living Hall|
Social Short Story – The Red Infidelity
‘ Where have you been? I waited all day for your call , you did not answer my calls, I miss you .’ Jacob sent the text from his cellphone as soon as he stepped out of his living room.
‘ I thought you should spend your birthday with your wife .’ came the reply .
Jacob banged his cellphone to his head in anger .
‘ I want to meet you ‘
‘ No ‘
‘ I cannot handle this anymore , I need to see you right now ! ‘
‘ Dont you love your wife , isn’t this infidelity?’
‘ I do not know , all I know is that I need to see you’
‘ All right @ cafe Bristo at 11:00?’
‘ Ok , it is funny that is the place I first met Anna and now I will meet you there for the first time too, anyways how will I know you?’
‘ I shall be dressed in red’.
‘ A red dress , wow ! p.s : I love you .’
Anna saw him with his cellphone from the bedroom window. Her thoughts went back to yesterday. She had organised a surprise birthday party for Jacob just as she had organised one for him seven years before their marriage .
” For heavens sake! It is your party and you are glued to that cell phone of yours ,” Anna tried hard to hide her anger , it was his birthday after all and the last thing she wanted was to pick up a fight with him, not today at least.
” Nothing, just expecting an important call” Jacob tried to sound as honest as possible.
” What is in that cellphone ?” Anna often questioned . “You have a password and guard it like you are hiding something ”
” You know me , I am a private kind of a person ”
Anna felt the tremors of a breaking marriage . The lip kisses had become compulsive forehead pecks ,the sofa cuddles no more happened and then there were the “I am too tired ” answers for every question . Anna felt Jacobs cellphone had taken her place . He was with it everywhere – bedroom , terrace ,bathroom…
A tear rolled down her cheek ” seven years of togetherness and he wants another woman “. ‘ All right so if it is the other woman he wants let him have her .’She thought.
It was ten minutes past eleven , Jacobs car was parked outside cafe Bristo. Jacob received a text on his cellphone ‘ I have arrived’
He fixed his gaze at the door , she would be infront of him in a moment he thought , he couldn’t believe his eyes , there was Anna dressed in red.