"All the new files are in your desk drawers. If you can’t find anything, call me.” Xewali’s heart was breaking as she arranged some papers on the desk, determinedly not looking at Hridoy.
Xewali made a noncommittal noise.
The cab had arrived and it was time for Xewali to leave. She finally looked up at Hridoy and forced a smile on her face. Hridoy’s eyes were hard, emotionless. “Thanks for everything.”
Hridoy nodded, still silent. Xewali extended her arm for a last handshake. But when Hridoy touched her hand, it became even more difficult for her to control her tears. It was in the cab that she let her tears flow. It felt like she was leaving her whole world behind with Hridoy.
The next day, Xewali was greeted warmly in her new office. It was a bigger company with greater pay, and yet she couldn’t settle down. She couldn’t stop thinking about Hridoy. She picked up her phone to text him a number of times, but then decided against it each time. The restlessness was suffocating.
Three days later, Hridoy entered his cabin and was surprised to see a greeting card on his desk. Struck by a sudden suspicion, he made his way to the room that used to be Xewali’s cabin. And, there she was, working on her laptop. Their eyes met. A slow smile broke out on Hridoy’s face, and tears gathered in Xewali’s eyes. In three impatient strides Hridoy reached Xewali and pulled her up from her chair, reaching for her lips hungrily. Seconds passed or minutes and they clung on to each other desperately. Hridoy pushed her on top of her desk and unbuttoned her shirt as Xewali grabbed his hair firmly and pulled his face to hers.