It was a bad day for her. The usual chores, work, people around her, the weather, everything irritated her.
She finally left the office,not telling anyone why she wanted to leave early.
After a stroll alone on a deserted road, she dialed a number. The phone was picked up after the second ring.
"Hey!" "Where have you been?? I've been worried sick. Couldn't get a chance to talk to you since morning"
A voice that had recently become her favorite, replied from the other end.
" I don't feel very elevated. Could you come and collect me from..You know where..?" She asked.
"O'course dear. I'll be there in 10 minutes."
She had butterflies in her stomach, her heart had already started beating fast but somehow she composed herself.
There he was after 10 minutes,in ragged blue jeans and a pistachio green button down shirt.
She was dazzled even by this simple appearance. She could only stand there and admire him for a minute. He finally broke the silence. "What happened to you? Are you alright?"
"Not really" she said in a small voice. "Let's just go somewhere I don't wanna talk about it."
She sat behind him on his bike and without another question, he drove. They did not speak a word for a long time. She was happy to be around him, that alone calmed her down.
She then realized that the weather was pleasant. The wind was slightly cold but she closed her eyes and felt it on her face.
Amidst all this, he was thinking a lot of things but he did not utter a word. The streets were quiet. He adjusted the rear view mirror so that he could see her reflection. Her eyes closed, arms outstretched, slight smile on the corner of her lips, hair blown by the wind. She looked angelic.
As they went farther from the town, the air started to grow colder. She wrapped her arms around him and rested her head on his back.
She had never held him like that before, they had never really gotten that close, physically. But something about this gesture felt comfortable. Her body was relaxed. She basked in the warmth of his body.
After driving a few minutes, he stopped the bike on a bridge, which was his favorite place. It was adorned with fairy lights along the edges. The lamp posts installed were carved with floral designs, and lavender trees did nothing but added elegance to the road. Almost the entire town could be seen from up there, lights twinkling in distance.
She got down without asking any questions and stood leaning on the railing.
The moon looked majestic, with an orange tinge.
He walked up to her and took her hand.
"You know you can share anything with me right?"
"Yea, I know" her voice was a little shaky.
" But I don't want to talk about it now. Let's just sit here for a while"
"As you wish" he said, toying with a smile, his lips quirked up a bit.
Both sat facing the town, lost in the moment. None of them felt the need to speak.
He turned towards her and planted a soft kiss on her forehead. She smiled, the most comely smile he had ever seen. He adored the dimple on her right cheek, the shape of her eyes, when she smiled. She looked at him from under her lashes, her heart now racing. His eyes held hers, for what seemed like an eternity.
" I love you, dear one" he spoke at last.
She entwined her fingers into his, closed her eyes, leaned in and kissed him...
Title Courtesy- Advaya Andhare