Hey Sohi, Raahil’s excitement toned voice reached to the depth of my ears.
People get so excited when they are in love, I thought to myself.
Knock, knock, are you alive Sohi? He interrupted my thoughts and pushed me to use my vocabulary organs.
Oh, hey Raaaazzzzz, wats up? You seem super excited? I could not control my curiosity.
You know the reason, right? I have already told you about it, Raahil was ready to share.
Yes, I do and sighed sadly. Who in the world would like to learn about her best friend’s girlfriend? How unlucky I am, again a thought to myself.
Sohi, din’t you ask her name? I was waiting for your question, again same excitement filled question.
Before you share your girlfriend’s name, I want to share something with you. I too have found someone for myself, without thinking twice, I spoke in single breathe.
Suddenly there was a silence. I thought the line got dead. I spoke Hello, Hello but could not hear anything and so cut the call.
What did I say? Why did I say so? I messed up my mind’s functionalities. I decided to get buried myself in something and settled in front of TV. While I was busy watching Roadies show, the long distance call ring was there. Hurriedly I ran to pick up the phone.
Hey Sohi, sorry the phone got disconnected. Congrats yaar. Who is the unlucky guy, Raahil spoke in almost low voice or maybe I felt like that.
I did not care to ask for the sudden change in his voice tone and with a fake anger in my voice, I added
He is the luckiest guy, Raahil. His name is Darshil and we are working for same company. Above all, my parents too are fond of him, I was not sure why I was messing up things and what I was trying to prove. May be the female inside me was really hurt after knowing that Raahil had found someone for himself and could not bear the failure of not being his girlfriend.
I am so happy for you Sohi. Stay happy always, again with low tone.
Hey Sohi, I need to leave. We have a discussion conference for future employment and I need to look after it. Bye for now, I could hear only the disconnection sound, before I could speak anything.
The night went with strange dreams and uneasiness. Next morning, I had to apply extra make-up to hide my puffy eyes. I met Darshil at reception and smiled. In return, a serious “Good Morning” without a sign of smile. I was taken aback. Was this the same guy who seem like fell for me just before 3-4 days? Has he really changed his feelings for me or is he faking up? I felt that loser feeling again and got panicked. Yes, at the age of 22, the most important thing for the beautiful girl is to get continuous attention and affection. I had already lost it from Raahil and now Darshil, whom I mentioned as my boyfriend, was not ready to even smile at me.
Hurriedly I started climbing stairs with Darshil but he did not care for it. Now I was really upset. Silently I settled in my chair and as per Hitali’s e-mails and instructions, I completed my day at work without putting my mind at work. In the evening, I was exhausted emotionally and wanted to run away and wanted to cry hard. With a sad smile on my face, I left office and arrived in the parking area. While I was about to get into my car, I heard him again. Yes, Darshil was there –
Hi, leaving for home?
Yes, I finished in one word as I was literally drained.
Can you please give me ride till Town Hall as I need to attend one seminar over there and my car’s tyre is broke, he said without requesting tone.
Saying No was the thing, I never learned. And above all, he was officially my manager. I did not want to put my job on risk. I smiled with effort and asked him to get in.
Driving the car was never that tougher. Darshil was sitting beside but he was looking outside and the moment I tried to look at his face he too turned to look at me. Eyes met and suddenly that known smile spread on both of ours’ faces.
Hoooooh, its easy now, I thought.
And really, that 15 minutes’ drive became very easy after that smile. We talked for everything and laughed for more than couple of times. I felt like I lost almost 10 kgs of weight as my mind got lighter. I could not control the curiosity and asked,
Darshil, why were you so upset with my question yesterday? I asked it just to know. I was never serious about it, I started self-explanation.
He smiled (mysteriously)
So you missed me, right? He spoke.
Now I was caught open handed. I missed him really because I wanted to forget Raahil and at the same time wanted to prove to Raahil that I too can find a better person.
No, I was just curious, I answered in low tone.
Soha, you are not good at combining love at heart and rejection at face. You missed me and I know something else too, he created mystery again.
I had to smile on it and he too smiled on his victory about reading my mind.
So tell me, what else do you know? I started again
Should I really reveal it? He said with smiling eyes.
Ummmmm…….I think yes, I replied.
He stared my face while I got busy with driving.
You love me Soha, he spoke with calm tone, with most unromantic way and with a soft smile.
And the next moment, I bumped my car in the parking area of town hall.
The parking was full. As I did not have any purpose to stay back, I too kept my car on a sideway. I could not make eye contacts with Darshil but he was continuously staring me. I wanted him to get out of the car soon as I wanted to be with myself for some time.
Instead he put his right hand on my left hand and pampered slowly. And I do not know what happened, but our lips were brushing each others’ within a moment. And it was really feeling great.
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I was in love, finally.
Really? That voice came from inside and I pulled back myself from that magic.
Was I really in love?
To be continued …