It was a usual Friday morning. I was, in my pyjamas, sitting in the park. Ducks were floating in the calm pond water. Thin layer of clouds covered the sun but couldn’t stop the rays from covering the pond water like glittering gold. The city was still sleeping but squirrels have started their day, they have to collect food to last whole winter. While I see people in tracks pants, with earphones in ear, running and hopping, I can barely open my eyes. I was playing the dream I had last night. I had a magic pot and it ate me, I opened my eyes. I smiled, human mind is a bundle of clandestine thoughts. As I was thinking, I saw her. She ran past me, but I can’t get my eyes off her. I was looking around, and then I saw her taking second lap.
After that day, I started going to the park daily, not for jogging, but for her. She runs in the park, takes coffee, walks back home. I’m going to talk to her today on the way to home. Here she is! “One small cappuccino”, she says. I know she will come and wait here for her coffee.
Me: “hello, Good running?”
Her: “Pretty good, it’s the best time of my day”
I was on cloud nine, this was her best time of the day and I was glad to be a part of it.
Her: “I’m Priya”
Me: “Abhi, short for Abhimik”
Her: “I have a confession, I saw you in park and then coffee house, and I have kept my routine the same ever since I saw you”
She smiled and felt a little embarrassed at the same time. But I couldn’t help and burst into laughter.
Me: “Really, I rehearsed hundreds of sentences to speak to you today, but never imagined to hear this. I have a confession to make too.”
She glanced up in my eyes, unaware of that friday when I first saw her in the park and then in the coffee house.
Me: “I saw you, 16 days ago, and that was the day when I decided to start jogging”
We looked at each other and smiled, there was so much that we said in that moment of silence.
Her: “So I don’t have to take this coffee everyday to see you, I don’t like it anyways.”
Me: “No, no, this coffee is really not good, lets go to Starbucks”
For next five days, we shared our interests, stories and both of us felt intimate. we had never ever felt this way before. I Pampered her, loved her from the moment I saw her.
Me: “Priya, promise me, we will spend whole day together today”
Her: “I have to go to Delhi urgently, a family emergency has come up. I promise, we will spend whole day together tomorrow”
Okay, I thought, I will have something special planned for her. I will propose her on Sunday.
Me: “Call me when you reach Delhi, don’t forget. Love you”
Her: “Love lots, Byee”
She must have reached Delhi by now, but why didn’t she call me. She might have been busy with family. A day felt like a year without her. I wouldn’t be able to sleep tonight, tomorrow is a big day for me.
I waited for her in the park. Being late is not her, but may be she is tired and got up late.Then she came, she was looking beautiful. We started the day with a walk in park. I had planned some adventures but she wanted to spend time with me in my arms. The day couldn’t have been spent better, but it was coming to an end.
Her: “I have spent some very good days with you, I do not have any regret in life now”
Me: “We have our whole life left and I bet we will have better days”
Her: “Promise me, you will be strong no matter what happens, you will give that GMAT, go for higher studies and will live every moment of life without holding yourself back.”
Me: “I have lived every moment since I met you and I promise we will live more to come. I have to say something”
She stopped me in the middle. Her: “Don’t say it. I have loved you and will love you in all my lives. I think today is not the day to say it, It’s time now. Would you drop me to my place ?”
I felt something but it dint bother me. I can say it tomorrow. Me: “Let’s go”
I dropped her at the gate of her house and took off.
The day was done, I slept. Next morning I dint hear from Priya, her phone was also off. It got me thinking. I din’t know any of her friends or family. one day turned to three, I kept thinking what went wrong after the perfect Sunday. I couldn’t resist it more. I got up and decided to pay a visit to her house. I reached there, trembling.
Knock Knock! Someone opened the door.
Me: “I’m Abhimik, Priya’s friend, I couldn’t reach her on phone and had some urgent work, can I speak to her please”
The man just stood there, like a stone.
The man: “Abhi, I’m Priya’s brother. Priya and my parents were on way to Delhi on Saturday, when they met an accident and …………………never came back”
I couldn’t believe my ears. It felt like a blow, my heart ached.
Me: “But…….No No…. Sunday……I dropped ….at night…….spent day. This is Priya awasthi’s house?”
Her brother opened the gate and there I saw her but it was a portrait with a garland on it. I turned away.
I remembered the day we spent together. How could I explain it. She was with me whole day. She kept her promise to spent the day with me and asked me of a promise not to hold myself back. She came back to me for my love and gave me a reason to live my life. It’s been 25 years since then. I have a kid and a family. I’m keeping my promise for her love.