Moments to be treasured…
Saina was super excited. She was sitting in the sophisticated Audi two-seater. She rolled her eyes to watch her sweet heart Althaf, Who was seemed to be riveted on driving. She made a face and said to herself
“How can he be so preoccupied with driving while his love sitting right beside?”
Althaf turned his head right and made a glance at Saina, this time it was Saina who was transfixing her eyes on the misty hills seen afar. Her hairs are swaying in the cool breeze and kept on brushing her cheeks. She distractedly shoves those straying strands of hair behind her ears. Her fair skin is gleaming in the early sunlight. Saina’s mannerism was as if she was in a reverie.
Althaf gave his branded lopsided smile at the cuteness of Saina. It was a feast to his eyes. His eyes never could get weary by simply glancing at Saina for a whole day.
They are heading to their college where their love was blossomed, where they exchanged their hearts, where they relished the sweetness of their first love. Those were the kind of days to be treasured. Now they want those days back at least for an evening. They just want to relive those priceless moments again.
It was Althaf’s decision to get to college again. Saina could do nothing except say yes to his decision. She loved it too…
“Saina it will take almost three hours to reach there.” Althaf broke the silence.
Saina made a “you-broke-my-dream” kind of look at Althaf.
“Okay please don’t ask me to drive Althaf you know am a horrible driver” Saina said.
That brought back that branded smile back on Althaf’s lips again.
Later, in the afternoon… Saina and Althaf in a Motel
Saina was nibbling the food in her plate. She is unmindful. She couldn’t figure out what this journey is all about but as long as she knows Althaf; he is a sort of guy giving her full of surprises. She was awaiting that special surprise at the end of that blissful journey.
Saina switched off her cell phone because she doesn’t want anybody to get indulged in this beautiful day with Althaf.
“Why are you so thoughtful Saina?” Althaf asked
“Aye nothing I was just…” Saina stopped in mid sentence
Althaf smiled this time it is a forced one. Probably he sensed something awkward is shaping in between them.
Saina averted her eyes off Althaf and glared at the table next to them.
A mom who was feeding her little child making her sits on her lap. Each time she brought spoonful of rice to her mouth child shoved it way spilling the rice on the floor. Mom frowned every time she did so but the cute naughty smile on that beautiful face made her anger waned.
Saina was enjoying that sight. She also wanted Althaf to take a look on that beautiful child. She turned to him to find that Althaf was watching her for a long time. Their eyes met Saina felt a thousands of butterflies fluttering in her stomach. She was so unsettled with the sharp and magnetic glow in his eyes.
She thought to herself
“Is this same Althaf whom I loved beyond everything?
Whom I cared like a mom
With whom I attached myself like an alter ego
To whom I leaned my head when I was down
Whom I was missing like anything for few years…
I missed you Althaf … She voiced her thought.
She expunged tears out her eyes.
Althaf could do nothing. He held her hands and kissed her palm and said…
“I missed you too Saina… Some voids in our life can never be filled…they simply remain as such till the end…”
In the evening… In their college
Evening sun rays pierced through the foliage of trees flanked on either side of the college avenue. They strolled down that road to the main entrance. They felt like their past sweet moments playing hide and seek around them.
Love is such an awesome feeling. It changes its colors like season. Sometimes cool like winter sometimes hot like summer sometimes elegant like spring.
He holds her hand. They are walking through the corridor. They kept silent. In that day silence dominated in between them rather than words. They could hear the rustling of fallen leaves in the evening breeze.
Althaf voice broke the silence
“What about Rihan? Does he know you are with me?”
Saina was bit upset with his question. She was not looking forward for query like that. It felt odd at that moment. She never wanted her husband Rihan being dragged in this priceless evening. She hated it.
Althaf sensed her restlessness in her eyes when he brought Rihan in between them.
“Okay I just asked that is all”
Saina nodded with a hollow smile on her lips
“It has been two years since you guys got married right?
Saina kept nodding
Saina made a check on her walk and turned to Althaf. He didn’t stop; he had already taken few more steps ahead. Suddenly he also stopped and turned around to look at Saina and shrugged.
Saina inched towards him and said
“It was a kind of marriage that no girls would ever dream of Althaf. I am fed up. Rihan loves his job more than anything else. Whenever I asked him about being a mom and raising a baby; he always switched the topic by saying “It was not the right time to add one more person in between”
I still couldn’t fathom why the hell he didn’t understand that his career wouldn’t be affected by being a father.
He didn’t understand me Althaf, even he didn’t try to.
You I know I just wanted to be cared and listened. It would be more than enough for me. Sometimes I had even envied his gadgets coz he loved them more than me. “
Althaf stood there motionless and helpless. He couldn’t even console her.
Saina composed herself
And they walked to their favorite place in the college… The old church Where Althaf revealed his love to Saina where they cuddled the warmth of togetherness with only one witness; Jesus.
Saina and Althaf moved ahead through the aisle of church benches. She could sense his surprise nearing her.
“Althaf …can I ask you something?”
Sure” Althaf said with a curious smile
“Why are you being single” Is it because of me” Saina said it weighing each word. She knew it was an awkward question.
Althaf grinned wider and said
“No Saina it was not because of you. It was because I couldn’t find another Saina in any other woman in this world”
Saina didn’t know how to respond to it …whether to smile or to be silent. She did choose the latter.
They prayed silently for minutes.
Saina voiced her curiosity
“Althaf… Why this day? Why here again… I know you are up for something.
Althaf turned to her holding her shoulder with his hands Jesus could be seen in between them.
“Saina you have to listen carefully what I am gonna say and don’t freak out”
She nodded. Her resplendent face began to wither. She knew something went amiss.
“Why we are here coz I just want these moments to be treasured to my next birth”
Saina could make no sense out of his answer
Means? She was quizzical
“I have some more days left with Saina. I have some fatal growth in my vein close to heart. It is fatal. I am told to undergo a surgery and doctors say that there is only 30% of chance of survival and I am all set to get to London tomorrow for the surgery “
Saina couldn’t believe her ears. She repeated the same line…
“You got to be kidding me Althaf … you got be kidding…”
With that she collapsed on the church bench and burst into tears. Althaf sat beside her held her tightly to his heart.
“Oh gods save him please… save him!
PS: to err is human to forgive is divine