And after one more night of self blames and half sleep, Keya checked phone as first thing in the morning.
A Good Morning message from Ankur spread a smile on her message. It was just 10 minutes back. She replied with smile and headed to kitchen. It was still dark out there. Winter months make it tough to get out of blanket but once you are out, a cup of ginger tea and some time for yourself always make your day start wonderful. After pouring her tea in that beautifully crafted “Wifey” mug, which NImit brought for her from his last trip to Australia, she sat on couch. After confirming phone notification tone on highest, she was disturbed.
Why did not Ankur replied? She thought.
Human mind is the most volatile organ of the body. Keya decided to cut off the communication with Ankur and one Good morning message from him, melted her.
Why all of us are always in search of more?
Why are we not habituated or nurtured to feel the blessings we have in life?
Why as a human, we want to find best match for our mind and heart and body?
Why slightest change of routine attracts us?
One more notification tone and Keya was again out of thought loop. She reached to phone and her heart raced. She quickly unlocked the phone and reached to messenger app but it was not Ankur. With heavy heart, she got up and tried to by busy in kitchen. But her ears were eager to hear notification tone and every time she heard it, she reached to phone and grew disheartened.
Why am I waiting for his response? She thought to herself.
After dropping Vihan to school, she really got busy with routine day. While sipping second tea with Nimit, she looked into his eyes and felt guilty.
How can I even think of other man? Again a self-thought and she tried hard to ignore it.
Let’s take lunch together today. I will come home, Nimit proposed.
Why suddenly? She could not hide her discomfort.
Why is he trying to be nicer to me? Her mind was at work
I thought we will have sometime together. Why are you so surprised? Do you have any other plan? Nimit asked.
Not at all. No plans. Call me whenever you leave from office and I will keep lunch ready, she said dryly and resumed routine.
Once NImit left, she checked phone again but phone battery was drained. She got irritated and plugged in the battery. This was the routine case for her. Most of the times, phone battery was drained and she did not realized it for hours. She never felt a pinch of irritation due to that. Today phone felt like a lifeline to the already growing frustration of not received response from Ankur.
After shower, she came back to phone and restarted it. There were 4 new notifications and with hope, she quickly opened the messenger app. And yes, finally all the messages were from Ankur.
[10:52:34 am} Ankur : Hey Keya, hope you enjoyed busy morning.
[10:53:00 am] Ankur : I hope you slept well. Hope your day is coming alone well. I missed you in the morning. Had an ice-cream for breakfast and I recalled our ice-cream date :-).
Keya read the messages for multiple times.
He cares so much for my day, my feeling and yes, only after one ice-cream together, he missed me. And Nimit? He never misses me for anything, Keya’s mind started comparing without second thought.
That “ice-cream date” word made her blushed. She immediately sent response.
[11:02:00 am] Keya : Hi….Yes, day is good. Thanks!!
[11:02:37 am} Keya : Oh yeah, I remember ice-cream time and talk 🙂.
Not sure what to write, she stared at screen. But in fraction of second, she saw response.
[11:03:00 am] Ankur : what do you remember about that talk?
[11:03:45 am] Keya : Almost everything….Not sure where to start, Keya replied.
[11:04:40 am] Ankur : Do you remember that leadership conversation?
[11:05:03 am] Ankur : I would be really happy if you can start something for your happiness…something, which can make you happy…..Please.
Reading that Keya almost got tears.
What a difference!! The one, who should be motivating, must not have even thought about it and this barely known man is encouraging me to be happy.
[11:07:00 am] Keya : Yeah, will do something soon. Thanks again :-).
The chat went on for an hour while exploring each other’s hobbies, interests and much more about everyday life. Both of them found each other so similar in many terms. Suddenly, she saw something on screen which made her smile again. Ankur had sent his picture asking for her smile in return.
Not fond of selfie, Keya tried to take selfie from different angles but was not satisfied with result. After a promise to send the picture soon, she hurriedly left to pick Vihan. But her mind was working on ideas to take good picture.
From not interested in posing for picture to thinking about taking good selfie….Keya loved the change in herself. By the time, she reached back home with Vihan, Nimit was already home for lunch. Keya promptly asked Nimit to take her picture. Nimit could not believe it. In past, whenever he offered to take picture for her, she always ignored.
Nimit took out his phone happily but before he could click, Keya came running…take picture from my phone, please. Another surprise for Nimit but he was happy. He clicked 3-4 pictures for Keya and gave the phone back. Keya immediately sent one of the picture to Ankur, while Nimit and VIhan waited for her for lunch. Even while eating lunch, Keya kept smiling while looking at phone, where Ankur praised her for her fresh look and beautiful hair. Nimit noticed those little changes but did not want to judge anything.
After lunch, Vihan laid down for nap and Nimit left for work. And another session of long chat started. Not sure where they were heading, Ankur and Keya were enjoying virtual company of each other.
But that night became unexpectedly decisive night for both of them. Want to know, how?
Stay tuned 🙂