The next day was a new day with Shreya beside me. She was still fast asleep. I couldn’t take my eyes off her, she slept like an angel, looked like an angel and felt like a dream come true. She had everything in her. She could have loved someone far better and good looking than me, but she chose me. Though we loved each other to the moon and back, maybe we underestimated the trust factor in our relationship. But maybe now we can start afresh, leaving all the bitter memories behind and lead a sparkling life together. But its still a ‘maybe’ phase. Maybe we could pull it off again or maybe we were better off alone and yesterday was just an added bonus for dying in hell for these many years. But definitely this was not the time to think all this. Finishing the argument between my brain and heart, I went closer to her and gave a sweet peck on her forehead. She woke up with the morning kiss and as I was hoping she didn’t show any signs of regret or embarrassment for last night but rather blushed and grabbing her clothes went to the washroom. She came out with a different glow on her face that read that she missed us and wanted us to be together. ”Ravin, don’t be late for the wedding ceremony. I will be waiting for you”. She just left saying this entailing me to dance everywhere around the room. The wedding became even more special for me than the bride and groom themselves.
The mahurat was of 12pm, Pavan and I were waiting for our girls. Khyati came clad in a beautiful red lehenga with her face glowing nothing less than the moon. Shreya was walking right beside Khyati in a more beautiful pink lehenga and for me she just outshone the bride herself. She looked astonishingly beautiful than ever. Her golden jhumkas, long untied hair but pinned up elegantly, the pink and golden bangles that sounded like music, and wait she was wearing that diamond bracelet. It’s the same bracelet that I had gifted her on her birthday 3 years back. She respected my gift so much that her right hand was only shining with that bracelet. No sharing it with the bangles or kada’s, just my bracelet. God! She’s so beautiful. It was killing me to not have the spine to tell her how much I loved her still. The moment she came close to me I kept gazing at her beauty and without a second thought uttered the word ‘Beautiful’ fearing that she might not stand beside me and I wanted to compliment her before anybody else could. She smiled and said ‘Thank you’ and walked past me when Pavan took his bride to the mandap thereby ending Shreya’s duty at exactly the right place.
Shreya stood next to me and I just smelled her so closely to infer that she had applied my favourite perfume. She came close to me and said ‘Handsome’ and I took the advantage of this and went close enough to hear her breathe and said ‘Thank you’. She didn’t mind the proximity so I positioned myself there only so that not even an ant could pass between us. During the pheras everybody threw flowers at the couple but I showered petals on my girl. She, like a small kid enjoyed it and removed the petals quietly so that no one could notice. I laughed at her cuteness and sprinkled all the flower petals on her at once to see her reaction. She looked at me a bit angrily and did the same thing to me. Even before we could laugh at what we just did all our friends standing behind us started laughing and teasing us. Shreya blushed and went ahead near Pavan’s parents and stood with them. I loved her more for her cute reactions. Rahul pushed me from behind and gave me a wise advice like a grandpa to go ahead and stand next to her as if I would have not done that without he saying that to me. Again we were standing next to each other. It was time for Pavan to tie around Khyati’s neck, the necklace specially meant for brides and put the red sindoor to mark the beginning of their new lives as two individuals sharing a common soul. Everybody clapped after they were declared as husband and wife by the pundit. I looked at Shreya and she had a tear drop in her eyes that she tried to hide from me but couldn’t. I gave her an affectionate smile and whispered ‘Its normal for girls to cry in such situations. You don’t have to hide your tears’. As I had expected her to do the opposite, she wiped her tears and gave a sweet appreciating smile. Pavan and Khyati went on to take blessings of their relatives and we all went to eat something. At the very first counter of buffet everybody started teasing us, making Shreya feel more embarrassed.
She took a plate filled with some starters and went away from all the talks and took a chair in the corner of the room and sat there alone. I was feeling ashamed of myself to have let her face all this. I went to her, kept her plate aside, went down on my knees and held her hand as gently as I could and spoke my heart out to her,” Shreya, I was living in a very cold world but you came back and warmed my soul. There was a time when I used to beg to gods to just let me see you- be it only for a moment. To see that you made it. You survived, even I survived. But this life has no meaning without you. Shreya, I had a good night’s sleep yesterday after 4 years because my morning had you by my side. I want to spend all the mornings,noons and nights with you. I want to share your smiles, your tears. I want your kisses, the smell of your hair, the touch of your skin, the feel of your breath on my naked face when I take my last breath. I want to close my eyes,think of you and have you right in front of me when I open them. I love you, I will keep loving you forever, no matter what. I promise. I love you Shreya”. Shreya had tears in her eyes. “Ravin, I had tried to let you go but I couldn’t. I tried to stop thinking about you but couldn’t. I tried to stop dreaming about you but couldn’t. I tried not to but still I wore your promise on my finger till the last year. And now I want to wear your name on my heart till I die”. One moment she was right in front of me and the next moment I felt her body hugging me as tightly as possible. I thought that it was my turn now to take the right step. I tipped her face up towards mine and kissed her. The world around me stopped and Shreya became my world. I no longer had any doubt whether this was right or wrong. I knew this was the end of a long painful journey and the beginning of a new happy life. I don’t know how long we stood there kissing. I was awash in the feel of Shreya’s body against mine,in her scent, and the taste of her lips. That was all that mattered the most to me. Everybody had fallen silent for several moments. Then Shreya said,”All right, we are back together again”. The teasing and cheering by our friends now was very well accepted by both of us.
I couldn’t have asked for a better reunion.