She: So… this is it?
He: Yes. I am sorry
She (with welled eyes): Ok then! I should be going.
He: I am sorry. Please dont cry!
She: You need not apologise, its my mistake! I should have known that you are not prepared for a comittment.
…….. A long pause …………..
She: Hope we never cross paths again
She picks her bag and leaves.
Rohan’s mind ran the past like a film in front of his eyes when he saw Radhika in his son’s school
10 years after they broke up.
Rohan was hesistant to move from that spot but his son pulled him by his hand saying “Papa come on… we are getting late for the PTM (Parents Teachers Meet)”
Rohan followed Aarav to his classroom with a very heavy heart. The classroom was full and noisy with children and parents, everyone chattering with everyone!
“Hello Mr Singh! Aarav’s mom didnt come today??” Asked a lady who Rohan assumed to be a mom of Aarav’s some friend.
“Hi.. no she had an appointment with the doctor so I had to come!”
“Hope all is well.” The lady expressed her concern for Aarav’s Mom
“Yeah.. just routine checkup. Do you know how long this PTA will take? I have to rush to office” Rohan said – not being sure himself about if he really wanted to rush to office or to go look for Radhika again.
“Well.. now the teacher will come, brief for 15 mins and next 15 mins will be spent on giving feedback to parents individually.”
“Damn!” Murmured Rohan realising that it would be impossible to look for Radhika 30 minutes later. His thought process was broken with a loud chorous of “Goooooood Mooooorninggg Teaaaacchheeerrr…..”
Rohan couldnt believe what he saw. Radhika had walked in with a bunch of assessment sheets. She looked beautiful even today. She had draped saree gracefully and a bindi on her forhead gave her a matured look which she carried perfectly. Rohan didnt miss to notice mangalsutra in her neck and something pinched his heart.
For next ten minutes Rohan couldnt understand what was happening in the PTA because his mind was flooded with Radhika’s memories. He was awestruck to know that although his mind had ruled his heart for over 10 years now, every bit of Radhika’s memories are still intact in the deepest corner of his heart.
He thought he had a brief eye contact with Radhika while she was addressing the parents and all the suppressed love came gushing back! How he wanted to held her in his arms, kiss her on the forehead and apologise for hurting her so bad 10 years ago… but only if he could really do it!
He anxiously waited his turn for meeting the teacher. Slowly most of the parents dispersed with their children and in the end only Aarav, Rohan and Radhika were left in the classroom.
“So.. Mr Singh, welcome to Sacred Heart School. Mrs Singh didn’t come today?” Radhika greeted formally.
“Uuuhh.. No.. she had an appointment with the doctor so i came!” Exclaimed Rohan unsure of whether he made sense.
Radhika briefed him about his son’s progress but Rohan was lost in her deep kohol filled eyes. Radhika’s was so beautiful! Straight nose pierced with a small diamond. How he used to love this diamond 10 years ago too! Perfect pouty lips brushed with a pastle pink lip colour. How he used to love her lips 10 years ago too!
He was not sure if Radhika caught him staring blank at her and suddenly something zapped him back to sense, it was Radhika’s cold but loud voice.
“Thank you for attending this meeting Mr Singh” Radhika repeated the third time with a straight face.
“…. so this is it?” He said
“Yes.” She said firmly.
” ok then! I should be going” he said with eyes welling up.
“Hoping to see Mrs Singh next time. Wishing her a speedy recovery!” She said
“Thanks! Take care… He grimaced but could hide the worry in his voice.
……. long pause………
“Dont worry, this time around I am strong!” She said, unsure of why she made that remark!
He picked up his bag and left.
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