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“Hi Naira, can we talk for a while?”
“What is it about?”
“There’s something I want to tell you, there’s something I am hiding from you…”
“But Ranbir, I’m out for dinner with my family.”
“Is there any way you can sneak away for a while and talk to me? It’s really important.”
“Who’s on the line, Naira?” My brother asked.
“It’s from the office Bhai.”
“Come on Naira, you can talk later.” Brother replied.
“I’m sorry Ranbir but I’ll have to talk to you later”
“Okay Naira. I’ll wait.”
Throughout the dinner, I kept thinking about it. What is it that he wants to tell me, what is it that he’s hiding from me, and why does he want to disclose it now? My mind was full of unanswered complicated set of questions. Nevertheless, I came back to the much-needed family time. We had been so occupied in our lives lately that we barely got time to sit with each other and I didn’t want to mess things up. It was Family Dine Out.
Quarter to Eleven:
*Ranbir, are you awake?* Message Delivered.
Eleven O’ Clock:
*I guess you’ve slept, Good Night Ranbir.* Message Delivered.
That night, Ranbir slept quite early, keeping me awake with his incomplete statement. There’s something he’s hiding from me. What could it be? Was he dating someone? Was he in love with someone? Wait, what if he’s already married to someone and kept it as a secret? Was he a secret agent on a secret mission? What on this planet was he hiding! These questions kept crossing my mind time and again. I wanted to have those answers and most importantly I was intrigued with the strange way Ranbir behaved that evening.
You’re the light, you’re the night
You’re the color of my blood
You’re the cure, you’re the pain
You’re the only thing I wanna touch…
The alarm rang. It was 8 AM. Without wasting any time, I rushed my way to the bathroom. I wore a formal black kurti with a pair of blue jeans and Kolhapuri chappals. Ranbir loved the color black on me, as he once mentioned in his archaic manner. While I was doing my hair, those unanswered questions started jolting in my head again.
*I should check my phone, Ranbir might have replied.*
One Message Received.
“Good Morning, Naira.” Sent at 7Am
*Really? Just a normal message, nothing about last night’s conversation? This guy is just unpredictable and incomprehensible.*
Quarter to Ten
For a change, I reached office before time that day. I tried to get engrossed in work but my eyes were glued to the glass door waiting for Ranbir to enter.
Ten O’ Clock
“Naira, do you mind coming along to the Cafeteria?”
“Of course, not”
“I want you to listen to me very carefully.”
“Naira, there is a reason that I can’t let you invade my space. There’s a reason I have built this wall around me and you are trying to break that wall. I want you to back off.”
“Ranbir, we have already had this conversation in the past. And I clearly told you that I am chasing my happiness and as long as you make me happy, I am not going to back off.”
“Why don’t you understand?”
“Things are not always as they appear to be; sometimes they are intense and graver than you think. I want you to back off and I’m saying that to you bluntly.” His lips trembled while he said.
“Ranbir, why don’t you just tell me the reason please?”
“Fine. I’ll take you to a place after office. You’ll find all your answers there.”
“I’ll be waiting…”
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