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Thinking about Shruti’s terms for divorce, I reached office where Manya was waiting for me. When I told her about Shruti’s demands, she got furious. She fought with me saying Shruti was trying to save the marriage and if I will say yes to her demands, I must be cheating her (Manya). I was confused with her reaction. I tried to convince her that in any case, Shruti has said yes for divorce and it’s a matter of one month. Although Manya’s female intuitions were correct at some extent that physical contact will re-ignite the dead intimacy. But I assured her that nothing that sort of was going to happen. Finally Manya agreed. That night, after dinner with Manya, when I reached home, Shruti was sitting on dining table, deep in thoughts. I sat beside her and told her that I was ready to accept her conditions and I reminded her that it should be for one month only. She smiled at me sadly and nodded.
Next day, after getting ready for office when I was about to leave, Shruti was with Adi in his room. I went to Adi’s room. It appeared new to me. It’s been months, I had entered into Adi’s room. Shruti was arguing with Adi about his tie knot. I stood near to them, Shruti looked at me and got busy with Adi again. I was in hurry. I extended my hand and Shruti put her hand. She stood beside me. I hugged her tightly. Adi was jumping with joy. Shruti was blushing with Adi’s reaction. I felt her fragrance after so many days. Before the ambiance take over, I left. On the way to office, after so many months, I was not thinking about Manya and after reaching office, when I saw Manya, I realized that change. The whole day was busy but duration of empty seconds made me think about Shruti. How much we were in love, I thought to myself. Thankfully, Manya came in for lunch and I had to stop my thought chain. In the evening, I and Manya went to her house and ate dinner. Manya tried to pull me in bed but I was not feeling so. I felt like a cheater for the first time. How am I leading my life, I asked to myself. While driving towards home, my mind was digging past memories created with Shruti. Unknowingly I compared Manya and Shruti. Shruti was at winning end even today. When I reached home, Shruti was working on her laptop. When I stood beside her, she stood up. I hugged her tightly and felt like I did not want to leave her. Somehow I controlled myself and went to my bedroom. I changed to night dress and was about to go to bed and saw 8 missed calls from Manya. I called immediately and before I could speak anything, she started speaking angrily that I was changing. She asked me whether I hugged Shruti, what did I feel, whether I am going to change my mind…..It was midnight and I was trying to reassure her that I am going to marry her. With tired, confused and irritated mind, I closed my eyes and slept.
Next 10 days were replica of first day, where I will hug Shruti in the morning, will think about her all the way to office, will think about her in the office, will take lunch and dinner with Manya, will not talk much with anyone, will come back home and again hug to Shruti followed by explanation to Manya and sleep. Those 11 days were enough to make me realize what mistake I was going to do by divorcing Shruti. Manya was correct in her intuition about physical contact might re-ignite the dead intimacy. I was seeing the same intimacy in Shruti’s eye too and her body language was also speaking my mind. I decided to explain everything to Manya, to ask her to forgive me and to start new life with Shruti and Adi.
Day 12 : In the morning, after hugging Shruti and seeing her blushing and Adi jumping, I l was about to leave for office when Shruti asked me to wait for a minute. She ran to her room and came back. I was staring at her strawberry pink top matching with military green jeans, her long hair which she left open, her curves which I did not even noticed since months. Shruti, you are so beautiful, I murmured. I was still in thought when she came back and stood in front of me. She smiled at me and told me I had something in my Inbox and I should check it once I reach office. I was totally excited and ran to my car. The way to office was full of thoughts about how Shruti must have accepted her feelings and how am I going to respond her and how we will be together again and how our lives will be. At office, Manya was waiting for me. I stopped her before she tried to speak anything. I told her that I was expecting an urgent business call and I need to attend it. Manya offered her presence but I denied. Somehow I was not happy with her attitude today. I wanted to open that magical e-mail immediately. Once Manya left my cabin, I locked the door and reached to my laptop. Yes, my gmail account was showing a new e-mail from Shruti. Excitedly, I double-clicked it and after reading first paragraph of the e-mail, I felt like everything was moving and I was shaking with anger. I wanted to run away and wanted to throw Shruti out of my home. All my dreams were in pieces and I was not sure whether I wanted to read the e-mail anymore.
To be continued …