"..and this is how I met him", I finished telling my niece.
It was the worst year and the best year of my life.2016.Two years later, I still think back on the moments I had almost made it, only to be pulled back a mile again.Thats how the year was.One step further, two steps backwards.Anyways, as I was saying, the worst thing?.You.And the best? You, again.
Looking at his picture in my broken down cell phone,if you can still call it that, my 6 year old niece asks" he..who?".I smile.This is the sixth time she has asked me who's he.Might have taken a liking to him."A friend ", I say."Was".Catching on the last word, she asks again" now you are not friends?Did you fight?" .Taking her into my lap,I said" No.We didn't fight.He went away"."Where?", she starts again. "I don't know", I reply."Sheena and I had a fight too."she says."Who's Sheena now? Another friend?", I asks."Yes.She is my friend.We play together in the park."."Ohh"."Where did you meet him?", she asks again, pointing at his picture.
Where did I meet you? Memories of a lifetime pass before me,making me shiver.Such startling those memories are now.As if someone has just splashed a glass of cold water on my face, waking me up to a place I never wanted to.
"College.At the corridor joining our anatomy dissection room with our histo classes..", I started on.Before she could ask me what anatomy or histo meant, I continued" It was the 4th of February.I was walking through the corridor, late for my practical class.And he was coming out from the teachers room, slinging his bag over the back, raking one hand through his hair.He smiled."Hi", he called.I looked back.I thought he was greeting someone else because we never talked before.And it's almost the third week into college."Hi", he said again, coming up to me."I was talking to you".He smiled.I smiled back."What practical do you have now?You,Annisha, right? I am Kartik, by the way." " Hello, I know you", I say."Oh good.What practical do you have now?" he asks."Biochemistry", I reply.Looking at the time, I realise I am already 5 minutes late." Oh shit. I am late.Gotta go", I said and ran."bye", he called from behind."
Pausing, I take a big gulp of air.And look at her.Looking at me with her soft brown eyes, she smiled.I hug her and reply" and this is how I met him"