How I fell in love with her - 2
"Hey! Finally, you're here," she said.
"Yeah, sorry. It took me some time..." I replied, and side hugged her.
I wish I could hug her tight and tell her that stay like this for a little longer; it feels really nice. It was just a wish.
After exchanging a few words, she said,
"We shall order something," and picked up the menu.
"Yes, I want a coffee, simple and relaxing."
"Oh, Relaxing! Ha... nice," she gave me a look.
"Yes, and full of feelings. Whenever you take a sip- just feel its depth," I smiled.
"I wish I could feel that much," she giggled.
At almost 7:30 PM, we decide to head back home, but this was the only time for me, I believe, that I might not get a chance again.
Again! Don't you think it happened with someone you already know- or- maybe not? Uhm, wait, I was talking about chance, but how should I ask.
I was almost lost, and she was talking to me. I didn't even notice what she's saying as I was not present there mentally.
"So, what do you think I should do?" Tanuja asked.
"Hmm," I murmured. I was lost.
"Hey!" she waved her hand in front of me.
"Oh yeah, I mean, um... sorry..."
"What happened? Is everything alright?"
"Yes, yes... it's great-" I smiled awkwardly.
"Hritik, what happened? Just tell me- I'm noticing you for long now- you're acting weird. What's the matter?" She looked directly in my eyes, and I had no clue what to say.
"No, no, it's nothing like that,"
Hell, why am I not able to tell her? God, I'm such a coward.
"Listen, just speak up. Maybe this is the chance," she said calmly.
I was completely numb after listening to her, and finally, with my eyes down, I let it out,
"See, Tanu, I don't know what it is- it's just- just something unusual-you know-"
"Okay, so, you can tell me, right? I won't judge you for sure," she said with vigor in her voice.
Heavy breaths, heavy breaths, oh! But, but, yeah- I could feel my heartbeats now- but- this is the chance! This is the chance.
"See Tanuja, I don't know how to tell you, but-"
She kept her hand on mine, "Just say."
I looked directly into her eyes, and said, "I like you,"
She hummed, and I looked away, continuing with an exhale,
"Tanu, see, it's not something usual to me, okay," and I began like unstoppable rains, "I just I don't know how or when it happened, but I just fell for you the moment I saw you in that market, around 5 months back- that was the very day when I first felt this emotion developing inside me. I am not exaggerating- I literally felt butterflies inside my stomach and had no clue whether I will see you again or not- but look at God's grace- you came to my college..."
I paused for a while took a heavy breath, and started again, "See, I like you, and your presence is enough for me. If you do not accept me, that's obviously fine as well, but at least don't hate me either for this-"
I said it all without looking at her eyes. Everything was quiet, and all the chaos vanished. The time was right there, still, for a couple of seconds when she was speechless, and then she said it all. My life changed in the matter of few minutes-- just like this, (finger snap).
"Wow. That was awesome, so finally, you find your love," Rohit said.
"Yeah, you can say that, in a way, maybe."
"Ahaa, lucky guy."
"Well, I guess, I should leave, I need to go to my spot, and feel that love, and her hand in mine." I smiled.
"Yeah, please. By the way, for how long you guys are in a relationship?" He asked as we stood up.
"We are not in a relationship." I smiled passively.
"Then what about this time with her on your spot and all? I mean, you just said, you are about to meet her, right? And also that hand in hand thing-- What's that then?" He asked, shaking his head.
I gave a suppressed giggle, "Well, I never said, we were in a relationship. Moreover, I never said, she was with me when I was telling you about all this." I looked at him, "Did I?"
"Uhm...?" He was puzzled.
"I think, you didn't notice that I always said, I felt her. Go back to the beginning maybe." I stepped forward, but turned, "And, I don't wanna' leave you with mysteries." I walked in front of him and kept my right hand on his shoulder, "That day she said, 'Hritik you're a nice guy, but right now, I want to find myself and don't worry, I don't hate you, but togetherness isn't possible as of now... maybe in the future." I looked down and sighed.
I smiled and went off.
"Beautiful isn't it..."
Seemingly endless sky was turning into pink, and then greyish, and steadily into ember red.
Some stories are normal by the time you get to know what they really mean. This story was just a normal story of falling for feelings and feeling the person you love near you, even if they're not there in their physical forms. Have you ever felt this way?
A story by Hritik vats