With hope in her trembling voice she asked “Do you still love me? ”
It was his last day in the city. He had to board his train at 1:43 am that night. Last time when they had parted ways, the break up had shattered her. She remembered him every time she looked into the mirror, “intoxicating eyes”, she would think. That was what he called her eyes and this brought tears of grief mixed with a pinch of a smile.
Zara couldn’t let her love go this time. Al-maktoob, what is written for her in the divine design shall happen.
“You’re getting late. Go back home.” He coldly rebuffed.
She felt weak in her knees. The world felt heavy, what with the guy she wanted to spend her life with,refusing to acknowledge her love. He left abruptly.
Somewhere around the midnight, her phone rang.
“Hey! Look down your window,” she heard a familiar voice.
“Aashit?” she asked as she peeked out of the window and froze for a moment. There he was, Aashit,with packed bags, ready to leave for Patiala.
“Come down I wish to meet you,” she heard him speak on the phone as his voice from the road filled the room too.
“Hush. Don’t be too loud”, she whispered, “ And I can’t come down! My dad will kill me if he finds out.”
“Do you want your answer?”
She must have skipped a few heartbeats at this question.
“Yes, I do but the key to the door is with my father.”
“Chuck it, Zara. Take care,” and he turned around to leave.
She gathered all her courage and took the keys quietly, opened the door and sneaked out.
As soon as she was out, she called him back.
“I am out, Aashit. Where are you?”
“Just be there for a while. I am coming.”
The campus wall separated them so they stood at the gate, each on the opposite side watching the other for long.
She held his hands, feeling like she never wanted to leave them. She then kissed his hands,
“Please take care. I am always there for you and I really care for you.” She sobbed softly.
“Why do you do so?”
“I don’t know.”
He pulled her close suddenly and kissed. In another moment, he moved back politely and said, “Go back Zara. Your dad might come.”
“Bye and please take care, have a safe journey,” she said as he left.
It’s been months since they last met or talked and there she sits at the same window watching the world with those same intoxicating eyes wondering if the kiss was the answer or a goodbye!