“What ?” Ankita said, surprising. She was totally unaware of Aniket’s feelings for her. “You Ok Aniket ?” Ankita asked.
“I’m absolutely in my senses. Ankita tell me, do you accept my proposal ?” Aniket asked her.
“No.” It took 15 minutes for Ankita to respond. “But you’re a good friend to me. You’re a nice guy too. But Aniket, I don’t want to be in a relationship right now.”
“But why Ankita ?” Aniket questioned.
“Listen Aniket, I only want friends in life. Maybe I can think about you later. But not now Aniket. Sorry.” Ankita answered.
“Hmm. I respect your decision.” Aniket said. “Good Night Ankita.”
“I’m sorry Aniket. I hope you understand my feelings.” Ankita said.
“Hey, Why are you feeling sorry. It’s Ok. 🙂
Now go to sleep otherwise you’ll have dark circles. :-p ” Aniket said.
“Haha. Ok. Good Night.” Ankita replied.
But was it all ok for him ? Aniket thought. It took him 6 months to gather courage to speak out his emotions. And at this moment he felt like he’s sinking into his bed.
“Can we meet today ?” Aniket called Ankita next day.
“Hmmm, I’ll see.” Ankita answered.
“Actually It’s bit urgent. That’s why I was saying.” Aniket showed his concern.
“Hmm Ok.” She agreed.
“Ok. Let’s meet at CCD at the mall by 1 ?”
“Ok.” Ankita answered.
When Ankita entered CCD Aniket was already sitting inside. “Want to order something ?” Aniket questioned.
“Nah. Actually i have an engagement at 3:30. So I’m in bit hurry. You said there’s something urgent you wanted to discuss about.” Ankita asked.
“Oh yes.” Aniket answered. “Actually I was saying that last night you were saying that you want to keep it to friendship.”
“Yes .” Ankita said.
“Then I’ll wait.” Aniket added
“For what ?” Ankita questioned.
“I’ll wait until you want to take this relationship further. I’ll wait till that day.” Aniket answered.
“Oh Aniket” Ankita said “I I I I…..” she mumbled.
“Yes ! Say” Aniket said.
“I just said so.” Ankita told him. “Actually there’s a guy. I like him.”
Aniket was stunned. He said “But you said that you want……..”, Ankita interrupted “Yes I said that because I didn’t wanted to break your heart.”
“Hmmm.” Aniket sighed.
“Ok listen I’ve to go.” Ankita said.
“Ah. Yes. Go.” Aniket came back to his senses.
“I’m sorry Aniket.” Ankita apologized.
“No dear.” Aniket tried to smile. “It’s ok. I’m fine. You have a meeting in few minutes. You better leave.”
“Hmm. Bie, Take Care” Ankita said.
“You too.” Aniket replied.
Meanwhile Ankita was gone, Aniket sat there for 1 more hour. He thought of the meeting and found a noticeable point. When she was describing about his interest, she was bit uncomfortable and was mumbling also. Aniket figured out the whole scenario. Ankita was lying.
Things became normal later. Aniket started attending his classes regularly, kept on going with friends. But now he barely spent any time with Mahira and her gang. He didn’t want to face Ankita. He even reduced his interaction with Mahira. It was not like he was completely ignoring Ankita. They still kept talking in those dark nights. But somehow he thought that she didn’t want to talk. Somedays there barely any conversation took place. And somedays they talked like they’ve met after a long time. But one day, Aniket got something which made him restless.
“Don’t message me. Sorry but i don’t want to talk anymore.” It was Ankita’s message. Aniket didn’t even thought of anything like this. He always thought maybe not this time but he can build his chance to agree Ankita. But these words ended up all. He relentlessly kept on sending messages to Ankita for the reason to this.
But she decided not to talk, so she didn’t answer any of them. Aniket was wet with tears. He lost his only hope to carry on further.
It’s been 1 and half year since her last message. Aniket tried his best to contact her in this time but never succeeded. He moreover tried to move on but he can’t. Everyday he tried to sleep he was blessed with dreams of her. Some beautiful ones and some nightmares too.
One day when he was in his college with his friends, he got call. It was Mahira.
“Hey Dear. Wassup ?” Aniket attended the call.
“Can we meet ?” Mahira didn’t answered his question, instead he asked her.
“Now ? Not possible. Have some important lectures today.”
Mahira started crying. ” Hey You ok ? Why are you crying ?” Aniket became nervous.
“I had breakup Aniket. With Prince.” Mahira said crying.
“Tell me where are you. I’m coming” Aniket said.
“Meet me at the coffee shop at the Mall.” Mahira said catching her breath.
“Ok. I’m coming.” Aniket said.
In the next few minutes he was at the venue. He was shocked to see Ankita there. He tend to return back then he realized that he came here for Mahira so he came back. Mahira was sitting in the centre with Divya and Ankita on her sides consolidating her.
“He’s such a jerk.” Divya said ” Can’t believe he left her after a long time of their relationship.”
Ankita kept quite. Maybe Aniket’s presence made her so. Aniket also kept looking down at the table.
After a minute of silence Aniket spoke
“How it feels like after several breakups Mahira ?”
The whole trio looked in amusement and confusion at Aniket.
“What are you saying Aniket ?” Mahira said.
“Don’t act like you don’t understand what I’m saying.” Aniket complained. “You said he’s the best guy ever na ? Now where’s the best guy ?” He added.
“Please Aniket stop talking about him.” Mahira Requested.
“I’m not talking about him. I’m talking about you Mahira. Just look at you. You’re just 21 and you made your life so complicated.” Aniket said. “You’re so pissed off of your life. Tell me why do you need someone to understand you ? At the age when one must think about the career, enjoy the life, take full advantage of the life, you’re hanging out with number of relationships, making your life more miserable. Just look at you. So weak, so empty. Is that what you deserve ? Is that what you desire ?”
Mahira, Divya and Ankita looked at Aniket in complete surprise. Maybe he was harsh, but he was right. Absolutely right. Ever since after her breakup everyone was consolidating her. But then it was Aniket who actually accused her for her situation. And she 100% agreed to him.
“Listen Mahira, It’s bad whatever happened with you. But still there’s time. Wake up. Open your eyes. Look at the world. Step out and explore yourself. Not to show anyone about your abilities. But for yourself.” Aniket said.
“Hmm” Mahira sighed “You’re right Aniket. It was always me who let others take advantage of me. It’s all my fault. But not now. I will change myself Aniket. Not for my parents, not for my friends. But, for myself.”
Aniket smiled. He succeeded for what he came for. But he didn’t knew that it was not only Mahira who changed. His words left an impression on someone else too.
Three nights after the incident, when he was juggling with his assignments his phone rang. It was a number but Aniket knows who it was.
“Ankita ?” Aniket said, reacting as surprised.
“Yes. Me. I know I hadn’t contacted you for a long time. But this time couldn’t resist myself.” Ankita said.
“Hmm” Aniket sighed.
“Can we meet tomorrow ? CCD ?” Ankita asked.
“Hm. Actually i cant……..”Aniket was saying but Ankita interrupted
“Please don’t deny Aniket. Please.”
“Ok.” Aniket said.
Aniket’s coffee was finished and his flashback too. He was checking his phone that suddenly the door opened. It was Ankita. Despite of having an umbrella, she was quite wet.
“Hey. Sorry to keep you waiting. This rain.” Ankita said.
“No it’s ok.” Aniket answered.
“Coffee for two.” Aniket placed his order.
Their coffee arrived. After a moment Aniket broke the silence ” You wanted to meet me. Any special purpose ?”
“Yes.” Ankita said. “Actually that day when you came for Mahira, i realized that i made a mistake. I never thought of someone as good as you. You know, that day when you were talking to Mahira, i kept listening to you. And realized that I was wrong. I thought you were like others. But you’re not. Aniket, it’s bit late, but I like you.”
Aniket kept silent. After a moment he spoke “Ankita, you know, I’ve been waiting for this moment since our last meeting. But don’t know why when you called me last night, there was no scope for excitement. You know yesterday after your call, I went through all of our snaps which we took while scaling the city, it didn’t felt the same as earlier. I know that someday you’ll realise the mistake. But somehow during that time, I lost my hopes. Maybe a couple of times. I wanted to leave as soon as possible that day. Maybe I’ll accept your proposal today, but the trust, the bonding, the embrace, it cannot be remade again. Ankita you’re a nice girl. I’ve always admired you. But if we talk about today, Its hard for me to move in. I’m sorry but I can’t take this further.” Aniket said and after a moment, he left.
The rain was over and the atmosphere outside became adorable. But the ambience inside was changed. One side of the table cloth became wet, with tears.