I slammed the door of my car impatiently after being stuck in a traffic jam that held me back a whole fifteen minutes, & someone like me, could only cherish every second. Hundreds of questions kept on rambling in my mind, "What I'm doing, is it right thing?" "Should I just get back in the car and drive away?" "Why did I even answer the phone when she called?" I silenced all the voices in my head, if there was anything I was sure of, it would be that it was either now or never.
With every step I took forward, my heartbeats accelerated, till I saw her vaguely from a distance, they completely stopped. She was sitting on a bench, wearing a sweater that matched her chocolate brown hair, hugging her soft skin. Her eyes wandered everywhere but I could tell she couldn't see a thing. Her arms wrapped around her body tightly, she was cold and wanted to feel warm, she was insecure and wanted to feel safe, she was confused and wanted to be sure, and I wished to be able to give her all that.
'Here, take it", I said while holding my coat for her to wear. She was suddenly aware of my presence and looked at me with her wide innocent eyes that I always failed to resist.
She grinned and said "Thanks"
Before I had a chance to apologize for being late, she said while wearing my coat, in a still happy voice "I'm glad you came"
After I had adjusted myself beside her I said "You're glad I came, why, did you think I wouldn't?" I knew that right then I was echoing my own thoughts rather than hers.
"I don't know, but you've been behaving weirdly for a while"
"So, why did you want to meet me?' I said, wanting to change the subject.
"I'm traveling next week to
I tried to hide the sheer pain in my heart, tried to repress it so that it wouldn't appear on my face and betray my emotions, so that I wouldn’t lose control over myself and do what she wished.
"So, you want a drive to the airport?" I said coolly
The smile on her lips froze, she looked at me with wet eyes and a face utterly amazed.
"What" She said incredulously.
I couldn't answer her.
"Don't you have any feelings? Don't you care for me? What have I done to you to torture me like this?"
She looked like a child trying to convince his parents to buy him his favorite toy; it was only much harder, much more complicated. I didn’t know what her eyes had done to me, like I was spellbound, without even thinking about it, I moved my hands to wipe the tears streaming down her flushed cheeks. Her eyes met mine, I held her gaze for an immeasurable moment, and all I wanted to do was to be with her.
"I have to go now". I said still incapable of taking my eyes off hers.
She held my hand and said in a low, but certain voice "Don't leave me…..I'm in love with you"
Breathing was composed of two main processes, inhaling and exhaling, simple as it was, I forgot how to do it. A fierce shudder ran through my body starting from my hand, I didn't know if that was the reason, but I froze in my place, completely incapable of moving.
What should I do now, should I tell her how I want nothing out of this life more than spending my everyday with her? Should I ask her to marry me now because I didn't know how many days were left for me in this life? But no, I want her to hate me, she had to hate me. Her heart was so fragile, so tender, that knowing that my end was close, would break it in to a million pieces and the thought of me being the reason of her suffering was unendurable.
I whispered in her ears in a broken voice "Don't cry, hold on"
"So you are leaving now?", she said in a low voice, almost a whisper.
"There are things that better be left unknown"
A faint smile was drawn upon her quivering lips, it was the sort of smile that was meant to hide pain, I know it very well.
"Is, it a goodbye then?" she said, while the smile lingered on her lips and her eyes struggled to hold back tears. She emphasized on 'goodbye', as though not believing it.
Her eyes parted from mine and turned to my coat. 'Won't you take it?"
"No, you can keep the coat"