First of all, my apologies to everyone for not being a very regular reader of the posts of all my buddies for quite some time now. The reason being that I have shifted base to a new place and my office is an (un)comfortable two hours drive from my home. So, I end up being in the lap of my bus for four precious hours everyday instead of being in that of my lap-top. I have to iron out my life but don’t know how.
Having said that, this post is a short story which was lying in my drafts from the past three months. Its being a while I had written one but this one popped one fine morning in my brain due to a cerebral short circuit. I started wondering on the silliness of it and then thought of bestowing the readers with it. 😛
The title of the post, of course, belongs to the short story. 😀
Here goes :
What started as a drizzle was now turning into a downpour. She was standing at the entrance of her office, forcing the umbrella to stay above her head and waiting for a cab to materialize amidst the shards of water breaking from the clouds. She saw a car approaching but it was not a cab. The black Mercedes stopped in front of her and she saw her image roll down with the window. What appeared from the other side was one of the most enchanting faces she had ever seen. He was smiling with one corner of his lips curled up and ending up in a deep dimple.
“May I help you? Can I drop you somewhere?”, he asked.
“No thanks. I will prefer going by a cab.”, she replied as her brain received a smack from her heart.
“You would be needing a boat after sometime. Don’t worry. Just hop in and I will drop you where ever you stay.”
She hesitated for a second but the dimple was at display again. She smiled back as she sat in the car and closed the door.
“Thanks.”, she said tersely.
“No trouble at all. I am Daniel.”, he shot back.
“Margaret.”, she smiled back.
He drove silently for a few minutes and then suddenly shot a glance at her.
“What?”, she asked.
“I can drop you at a place only if I know where the place is.”
“Oh!!! I am so sorry.”, she laughed back.
She told him the address and soon the car screeched at her doorstep after snaking through a few water clogged roads.
“Would you come in for a cup of coffee?”, she asked as she picked up her umbrella. She was smiling and she was not looking at him.
“Yeah sure. Its damn cold and coffee would certainly do me good.”, he said giving his dimpled smile again.
She felt a warmth in her heart. She looked at him and suddenly she couldn’t remove her eyes from his face. She just wanted to be near him. Just wanted to feel his warmth…
She unlocked the door of her apartment and asked him to come in as she switched on the lights. The apartment was spacious and very tastefully decorated with artifacts and paintings from across the globe.
“God!!! You are rich. Why don’t you have a car?”
“Thanks. I had one. I sold it last week. Got bored or it actually. I need to buy another one this weekend. Make yourself comfortable. I’ll bring the coffee.”, she said as she took his coat.
“Can I come in the kitchen? If you don’t mind.”, He asked when she was halfway across the hall.
“Sure.”, She looked back and smiled at him.
He sat at the small dining table in the kitchen and watched her make coffee. Soon she was staring at the droplets of rain slashing across the kitchen window, lost in thoughts, smiling. Suddenly he got up and stood behind her, with his hands on her shoulders, squeezing them lightly. Then he moved one of his hand over hers and cupped her slender fingers.
“My husband might be at home anytime.”, she said.
A lightening bolt flashed across the window as she said this. His grip loosened instantaneously. He went to the drawing room, picked his coat and left the house. She stood in the kitchen and laughed.
* * *
The bell rang a few minutes later. She opened the door.
“Hi hon. How are you doing?”. It was her husband.
“Great. How was your day?” , she said flashing one of her sparkling smiles which her husband really loved.
“I was thinking about you all day long.” He said as he took her in his arms and kissed her.
“What!!! Aren’t you tired?”, she asked knowing very well what was about to come.
“Not yet. But maybe, I will be in an hour.”, He said as he smiled and picked her in his arms and moved towards the bedroom.
* * *
When she woke up in the morning, her husband was already up, fixing breakfast in the kitchen. She showered quickly and entered the kitchen.
“Breakfast is served.”, her husband said as he presented her with scrambled eggs, fruits, juice and bread.
“Thank you so much dear. What would I do without you.”, she said kissing him.
They ate the breakfast, chatting happily and later he went to drop her at the office in his car. As she got out of the car, he caught hold of her hand.
“What?”, she said turning around and laughing.
“It was fun last night. Wasn’t it?”
“Yes it was. But come to think of it, what the hell were we doing?”, she said as she laughed out loud.
“Just remembering the first night we met. Come on, its been exactly five years yesterday. What’s wrong in being a little playful?”, he said as he entangled his fingers into hers.
“Yes, but five years ago, you didn’t turn around and leave and I was not married.”, she said and winked. He looked at her for a few moments, playing with her fingers. Then he pulled her into the car.
“You are the best wife I could have asked for. I love you, Margaret.”
“I love you too, Daniel”, she whispered slowly in his ear as she hugged him and looked at the diamond ring on her finger, which he gave her last night. There were tears of happiness in her eyes.
She waved her husband goodbye as he drove away in his black Mercedes, giving her another one of his infectious, dimpled smiles.