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A Touch Of Love...

Discussion in 'Stories (Fiction)' started by maya84, Jul 13, 2019.

  1. maya84

    maya84 Finest Post Winner

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    Pallavi is joining her new job at an MNC in Bangalore as a software engineer. Avi was working part of the same team. She was a very professional person. As it was her new job she pretended to be serious without exposing much of the friendly fun-loving person in her as it was a new place and new environment. She had a good start to her career.

    One a regular working day, Avi stood up from his seat peeping to Pallavi's cubicle and asked in a serious tone “How was the traffic?”
    Pallavi with a subtle smile she responded “Well, its always bad these days? “
    Avi “Well, that’s what even I was about to say?”
    Now she is puzzled on this out of context conversation initiated by Avi.
    “See now because you have shifted to this office, the traffic is more in this area as people always follow VIPs”

    Pallavi just raised her eyebrows and soon she could not control her laugh of his unexpected comment and gestured it was a poor joke with her hand hitting her head. Avi’s serious look just melted into a smile.

    Avi soon started calling her to join for tea breaks and lunch along with other colleagues. And soon she became part of the team. Avi always made pranks on her replacing her laptop with his and she kept trial to logging in and unable to login, hiding her lunch back and his pranks went on.

    She was enjoying his pranks and it helped her to be back to herself rather than pretending to be a serious professional at the new workplace. It was the beginning of a new friendship.

    They started enjoying each other’s company by making fun of each other and with those silly jokes. They spoke about personal interests and things that they love to do and a lot more. On the days when he felt low, she ensured that she was near him to brighten him up and he started feeling the difference when she was there with him. She was so cheerful girl that she brightened up Avi when she was around. He started enjoying her company. They started talking more and more and started to feel some kind of connection between them. They spoke about dreams. Avi wanted to go for his higher studies and settle aboard whereas Pallavi wanted to settle down in India as she always believed that she should be near her parents as she was very determined to fulfill her responsibilities to her parents and teach her siblings. As days passed, their bonding became deeper. Their journey from colleagues to friends was smooth and easy.

    On a usual evening, they both were leaving back home. Pallavi offered a ride on her bike. He accepted and they started. In a while, it started to drizzle and her hair waving in the breeze touched his face. He closed his eyes and had an eternal feeling with his heart beating faster than ever. Soon they reached his drop point and he got down from the bike.
    “So what’s the plan for the weekend,” she asked.
    He was unable to respond to it as he was in a different world.
    She waved her hand before his eyes and repeated “Helloooo… are you here? “
    He looked deep inside into her eyes and said “you are an angel” and just walked away.

    Pallavi stood there with a usual feel and watched him walk away and soon left the place confused.

    She had sensed what Avi was up to and she wanted to stop him from that as she knew about his dream of joining his masters abroad and settling down there. She knew how much of an effort had gone into those preparations and she didn’t want him to give up those dreams for her.

    Ignoring the clues that Avi exhibited, she continued to talk to him as usual. She has started noticing his intense look into her eyes as she spoke and she struggled to take her eyes off from the deep eye contact that he made. She tried the level best to avoid such situations but Avi could not take his eyes off from her and this continued.
    Finally, she decided to talk to him about it.
    “See Avi, you know this is not going to work for us. You are all prepared and set with your educational loan to pursue your higher education and settle in Canada. As you know, I can’t leave this place. So let’s not go into that phase and spoil our friendship”.

    Avi could not deny the practical side of it and took a deep breath and kept his silence. He stood up from there and walked away.

    For few days Avi looked very gloomy and didn’t talk much. In a few days, he recovered back and started talking normally with Pallavi. She was glad that he is back to normal.

    Days passed and finally, he got his joining letter from his college and he shared this news with her while sitting on a bench on the sideway of the office. She was happy and excited. As she read it she realized he had to leave within a month. Her eyes were filled with tears and it blurred her view. Avi’s face too became dull and soon she wiped her eyes and looked at him. He could read those untold statements from her eyes and the missing feeling that it held. Soon Pallavi changed the topic and said: “Well, we need to go now as team meeting is there”.

    From the next day onwards, though Pallavi was speaking to him, her usual cheerfulness was missing in her. Avi knew the reason for that but he didn’t discuss it as he didn’t want to drag her to a relationship that conflicted with their personal goals.

    As days passed, Pallavi started getting frustrated out of the desperate feeling of Avi leaving. By then she had realized how much he meant to her. She had started showing anger to him for no reason. On one such day, Avi told her that he will drop her. He dropped her and as she was about to leave without saying anything. Avi got down from his bike and held her hand and asked “hey, what is all this? This anger doesn’t suit you ?”. In fury, she tried to take her hand off but Avi held tight. She looked at Avi’s eyes and tears started rolling down her cheeks and asked him for a hug. He hugged her. She held him so tight that he could feel the emotions of her soul. She could hear his heartbeats which went faster. She looked deep into his eyes and asked: “why are you not telling me?”. He whispered to her ears “you want to hear that?”

    “Yes. At least once I want to hear that”

    Without a second thought he kneeled and held his right hand towards his heart and said “With the sky watching us, I’m letting my love know my love. Pallavi, I love you and I wished you be mine forever”. Avi stood there looking deep into her eyes as tears rolled down on her blushing face. She kissed him on his cheeks and said: “Avi, I love you too”. They both walked through those lanes surrounded by trees. Silence surrounded them as they didn’t know whether to give it to the heart or brain.
     
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  2. periamma

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    @maya84 Nice story.Is there next episode or you have left to reader's choice.:blush:
     
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    Dear @periamma , Thank you for your comments.
    It's a short story. I'm leaving it to readers to decide. :)
     
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    An enjoyable nice read of how bond establishes by and by in moderate steps.
    Thanks.
    Regards.
    God bless
     

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