remember me?? **waves**
I know I have been absconding since ages but I couldn’t help it. I needed a break and I still am on a break. Just that this thing has refused to let go of me!!
I am still busy, so I would say- this isn’t a come back!
P.S I will be traveling to Pune next week and will be busy with my final semester. so please have patience if I do not update at the pace I used to back then!
It feels so great to be writing again!
Dark clouds loomed, hiding the sun that had parched the earth and a wind howled and it brought a message for her. her lips curled with a smile as something warm brewed up in her stomach. Before even getting the official news, she somewhere had that premonition coming.There was laughter and celebration all over the mansion, that was not very far from her own, and she could feel the enthusiasm in the air. She blinked, looking at the sky, sitting by her window. It was going to rain perhaps. She pressed her lips tighter and waited.
“he is coming back… mom, dad did you hear…he is coming back!”
Rano laughed seeing her daughter run into the house, squealing in joy. He was coming home, after ten years. He was fifteen when he was sent abroad for studies and now he was coming back. She held her frantic daughter in her arms.
“Calm down Naina…”
“NO mom…I can’t. He is coming back and I can’t wait to see him. let me go and break the news to Geet di.”
She jumped and laughed and rushed to her elder sister’s room, which was dark. The only light that illuminated the room was that of the dark evening, which perhaps lighted only the area around the window. Even the ac was turned off. the cold winds danced round the room, rejoicing the news to be broken. And she sat there, the dark silhouette by the window, looking out.
“di… he is coming back…he will be back with all of us, after ten whole years. I can’t wait to see him and i can’t even sit in peace.”
She jumped and ran away dancing but that dark silhouette sat still. Dark locks let down, that almost reached the floor. Naina’s voice drowned in the huge house and a soft smile escaped her lips.
“ten years… 3 months and 5 days!”
“please don’t go!” she cried.
He laughed at her, “stop crying okay. Its not that I won’t come back Geet!”
She wiped her tears with the back of her hands”parting was such a sorrow!
“are you not even sad that you are leaving me behind and going away?”, she had asked, sobbing.
He tapped her forehead with his palm, “am happy that I will be coming back to you. Now stop crying Jasmine.”
She hated him for being so strong. Here she was crying her eyes out and he was taking things so lightly!
“I hate you… I know you would forget me once you settle there.”
He rolled his eyes, like always, not giving a damn, “stop this drama Geet. I will be back soon okay! You are irritating. And you look ugly when you cry.”
She snorted and she was hurt by his indifference. Wouldn’t he remember her? he was going so far and they wouldn’t be able to see each other for a long time now. Did she not mean to him anything anymore? The thought hurt. Gathering all her courage and pulling reigns on her tears she had uttered those horrible words, “fine. If you really don’t care, I would do the same too. I wouldn’t show you my face when you come back!”
He just left her then and didn’t even turn back to look at her, not even once. He knew she was crying but he didn’t turn back. He ran his hand through his hair and sighed”parting was such a sweet sorrow.
The entire Khurana mansion was decorated like a palace and not even the backyard was spared. Dadima took utmost care to set up the arti thaal when a jumping Nisha came screaming, “dadimaaa…” and hugged her tightly.
Dadima smiled, “careful now child. You seem happy!”
“yes dadima… after all he is coming back. Where is Dev bhai?”
“ohh he has gone to pick up his brother. Where is geet?”
Nisha made a face, “god knows what is going in di’s head. She was all excited to come but at the last moment she backed out, saying she had a terrible head ache.”
“nisha… where are others?”
She beamed seeing avantika and ran to hug her, “badi ma..mom dad are on their way!”
“you guys live in the next mansion yet you take so much time… god bless us!”, Avantika teased.
“kya badi ma… mom dad are late. Not me.”
“acha baba koi na… chalo help me set up the table.”
She closed the door and sighed. She didn’t know what she felt but she could definitely not go the mansion. They have been family friends since decades and his parents were her badi ma and papa yet she just couldn’t go there. she went to her backyard which harboured a small garden and sat on the bench. The moon shone bright and the leaves of the huge mango tree rustled. Last evening’s rains had brought forth a lively earth it seemed.
“ten years, three months and six days!”
His eyes searched for that one person whom he had missed for so long. Everyone was happy seeing him. his older brother had gone to pick him up from the airport, his father, mother, dadima, choti ma, papa, nisha everyone were there yet there was one person he wished to see and she was the only one absconding. They had hugged him, kissed him, told him how much they had missed him all these years and yet his heart yearned for that one person who had told him that she wouldn’t show her face to him. Geez… was she still mad?
“Nisha…where is geet?”, his older brother finally asked.
Nisha rolled her eyes, “don’t talk about her Dev Bhai, she refused to come here.”
Before anyone could ask anything, he stood up and walked out of the mansion. Rano smiled”her daughter was stubborn…just too stubborn. Everyone knew they were the best of friends, inseparable and so they let them be. no questions asked and no answers sought. They knew he would get her back!
“Now, get out of the class geet.”
“bu…but..ma’am…I didn’t do it!”, her lips trembled and she’d cry the next minute. She didn’t make any noise neither did she throw the chocolate wrapper in the class, though she was caught eating one in between.
“Now, stop looking at my face and stand outside.”, her teacher glared and she gulped hard.
She turned to her right to see him sitting by the window looking out. Did he even care? Ohh how she wished he did something and saved her from this embarrassment but he didn’t even look at her. as seconds ticked by, her tiny heart wished with all its might”he just had to look at her and she’d be able to convince him that she wasn’t the culprit.
And he did turn to look at her. their eyes met and she hoped he understood her plight. But what hurt the most was the cold look in his chocolate brown orbs. Like he never cared! He just looked at her coldly and turned away with indifference. Tears stung her eyes and she walked out, hanging her head low. He was such a jerk!
The board marking std 6th hung by the wall as she stood below it, beside her class, looking down, making invisible circles on the floor with her dirty shoes. He was so mean! And he didn’t even help her even a bit.
There was thunder, she jumped and the next moment it started raining. The rains splattered on her and tears spilled. She looked down and closed her eyes, cursing her luck. She felt someone approaching her but she couldn’t look up. She was too upset. But she realized the footsteps stopped beside her and a hand pat her head.
“you are irritating you know!”, a cold voice sent chills down her spine.
She knew very well to whom it belonged and she looked up, still teary but with ecstasy. He stood right beside her, one foot resting on the wall. He looked out to the sky, totally uncaring and totally detached.
“you…you…here?”, she asked with her broken voice.
He didn’t even look at her yet replied casually, “yeah, teacher kicked me out too.”
She knew him well! Too very well. Teacher didn’t kick him out deliberately. He himself did something to get out of the class. Her tears vanished somewhere and her teeth were in full bloom. She wasn’t sad anymore… !
She wasn’t sad anymore after he left because she knew he’d always be with her. but now that he was back, her heart thudded so loud and she looked up at the smiling sky to soothe herself.
“nothing has changed?”, she smiled to herself.
He looked around the entire house and there was no sign of her. he felt nostalgic seeing things as they were but there was this excitement building up. She had been true to her words”she had not shown her face! he had waited ten whole years for this day, counting on his fingers as time flew by and then he ended up in the back yard!
She sat still, like a maiden in deep meditation! Her back faced him and her long locks fell to the ground, brushing the grass ever so tenderly! A little girl with two tiny pigtails on either side of her head popped in his head and he stood still, behind her.
The moment felt so profound for him and all the memories came back, making him laugh at the thought that she had vowed never to show her face to him when he came back!
A breeze rushed past her, making her shiver a bit. And then she heard it!
honest feedback guys, am nervous now!