Sam and Sasha were college sweethearts, the kind of people who give others relationship goals, the perfect example of friends and lovers. Their story it seemed was straight out of a clichéd romantic novel. But as college got over, life happened. They moved to different parts of the world in quest of their individual dreams, bringing an abrupt end to their forever and ever. Today after 15 long years they accidentally bumped into each other …….
Sam (perplexed): Hey hi, ummm how have you been?
Sasha(wide eyed): Oh my God! Are you for real ? I mean …I can’t believe we are meeting like this.
Sam ( smiling) : How about catching up over a cup of coffee? My favorite place is about 5 min away …..ummmm If you have time?
Sasha: How can I say no to coffee? It’s still an addiction you see…..( Smiling wider)
Cafe Nosh was an upmarket cafeteria that had an imperial ambience, the place was decorated intricately and tastefully.
They opted for outdoor sitting as it was a pleasant day. Sam was a regular here but today the lush green trees, that dilapidated tomb building and the setting sun adding hues of orange in the sky made the day look exceptionally beautiful….. or was it Sasha’s presence? Shaking his head, he pushed that thought away………
Sam ( looking at the glow on Sasha’s visage and thinking …”damn she still has the same effect on me” ) : uhummm (clearing his throat) So tell me ….. How is work? How is husband ? How is life in London?
Sasha: Do you want me to answer all that in one go or am I allowed to breathe ( grinning) Ok, so work is good. I was actually here for a conference and flying back tomorrow evening. Husband is good and a busy man. And living in London was always my dream but I strangely miss India a lot ……. Sighing . Cut… copy… paste the same questions to you…. of course except the husband one ….which brings me to the most important question ………When are you getting married? It’s high time!
Sam: ( laughing) Well I have come close to it twice but somehow I am never sure. You are the experienced one …so you tell me ……how many times did you fall in love to know who was the right one?
Sasha: (frowning) I’ll give that a pass.
Sam: (raised eyebrows) Ahhhh need time to calculate???
Sasha: My life has not been half as dramatic as you think Mister……but my brain for sure is complicated……I think it’s a wrong question or may be I don’t understand it……….that’s why thought of giving it a pass, but if you must know I think to fall in love multiple times, you oughta fall out of love a few times ……and if you fall out of it ….how do you call it love ?
I mean if it gets over, it isn’t love right …..for love is something that stays even when people don’t. ……..So the answer is once ……….( Abruptly stops …..looks at Sam nervously)
And the evening ends with an ….. Awkward silence……….
© Sakshi Gangwani
PS: This is the first time I have attempted a short story ……..just thought of trying something new. Hope you all enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.