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Chapter 1 – Much Awaited Confluence!
Place: Cafe coffee day, New Delhi
Inside the beautifully decorated hall of Cafe coffee day, I sat observing the surrounding in a dark gray leather sofa that was soft as the cakes this place offers. The stars hanging at all possible corners with beautiful lights, the music played in the background and the Christmas discount offer posters stuck on the walls made the ambiance perfect for the Christmas eve. The happy, charming faces spreading smiles in the air.
Excited with each passing minute, I checked my dressing, new Van Heusen gray blazer with a solid navy blue T-shirt inside and a dark blue denim jeans with casual Jordan Eclipse sneakers. Not to forget my fossil watch that cost more than 20K in Indian rupees.
I recalled the moments when the little me dreamed of wearing branded clothes and buying her an expensive gift.
A dream come true, is that what people call it? I smiled.
I fumbled my fingers across the small box that carried all my emotions for her. One gift that will reveal all the feelings I’ve had towards her since my childhood. My mind wandered on the thoughts as to how would I react to see her after eight long years and how would she react on seeing me.
The tiring 18 hour long journey didn’t seem to matter much compared to the excitement I had.
“May I help you, sir?” a waiter in his cafe coffee day uniform and cap, lips faking a smile, asked me.
“I am waiting for someone. Can you get back to me after 10 mins?” I replied with a forced smile.
I can hardly believe the fact that I had come all the way from Texas to India for her.
I rehearsed the lines for the hundredth time in my mind.
“To see you smile is one of blessings of life. I wish I can make you and your smile mine forever. I’ve never told this before but from the day I met you to the day I die, I love you riya!”
Good. It took me three days to write these words and three weeks to master it. Today is going to be special. How should I greet her? Maybe I should smile a little? Maybe I should keep my distance since this is India? Maybe..
“Ajay” a sweet enthusiastic voice exclaimed.
I turned back to look at one of the most beautiful faces I’ve ever seen in my life with the familiar touch of innocence.
“Riya?” my voice trembled revealing the shock I felt on witnessing how beautiful she had grown over these eight years.
With a smile on her lips, She partially hugged me and sat on the opposite chair.
The sandal colored solid kameez with red shawl embroidered at the ends matched her fair skin tone. From the quick stealing glances, I observed her face and body. Those cute innocent eyes sparkling brightly, her earrings dancing to the rhythm of background melody music, her nosering which complimented her already perfect face, her silky hair a bit long but the same. She had also matured a lot physically and I realized she is no more a girl now and neither am I a boy. She is a matured woman. Yet the same magical charm was inside her that made me fall for her again and again.
“So yes mister, lost in your thoughts? Or is it that you’re speechless seeing this beautiful girl?” She smiled teasing me.
How could I even respond to her words? It’s been eight long years since I saw this angel of mine and now she is in her complete form of her feminine gender. A man possibly will understand this feeling of instability which occurs at important times.
“You’ve changed a lot, riya” I was still under her charm.
“So have you. The thing is about changed to better or worse. I am better, nah?” She replied with a question.
My mind began searching for the right words to compliment her beauty.
“May I have the order, sir?” the waiter guy came for my survival.
I regained my composure and looked at the menu card.
“I’ll have a cold coffee and you, riya?” I looked at her.
“I’ve come to meet you. So anything you offer is fine”
“Okay then. We ll have —–” I was cut short by the waiter.
“Can I give a suggestion mam?” he asked to her.
“I’d suggest hot sizzling brownie love cake which is especially made for hot couples and it also comes with a one day discount today” he smiled and this time it was real.
From my heart, I wanted to appreciate this guy for matching us together and gift him whatever he asked for but now, I had to be a gentleman and had to neglect his offer.
“Sorry. We aren’t ——” I was again cut shorted but this time by riya.
“I’d love to have that one. Thanks for the suggestion. So yeah, one cold coffee and one whatever brownie love cake” she replied with a smile.
This was an unexpected twist. Maybe god has other plans for us? Maybe love had to be initiated with this love cake? God, My dear God!
“You should have told him” I told her breaking the silence.
“Told him what?” She asked, with the same innocence for which I once fell and still kept falling.
“Leave it. How’re you?” I tried to dodge her complicated replies and get to the typical chats.
“How do I look? Good nah? You still didn’t answer.”
“Yeah. You’re the same except for the fact that you’ve become a little more dumb and fat” I laughed.
“And you’re still the same stupid who laughs at me” she giggled.
I loved this part of us. Eight long years and nothing had changed. As we meet, it is still fun because we both knew each other well.
“So, how’s life?” I asked with concern.
“Just like that, a normal life. You should probably answer that one. How’s life, ajay? You were gone without a word and now after eight years, you come back? What happened, hero?”
The last time I spoke to her was before eight years, as a normal lower middle class guy, 17 years of age, a childhood friend, a secret lover and an orphan.
**** To Be Continued…****
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