Monday, September 17, 2007

The Pact

He saw his watch for the 10th time in 2 minutes. It was funny that he was patient through the 22 hour flight in air, but impatient with these few minutes of hovering of the flight on the ground.

On any normal day he might have got useless doubts on how a pilot would possibly get a license by circling an "8" with an aircraft. But today was not the day for such stupid and mundane questions. He had released his seat belt long ago and was waiting for the announcement. He had already secured his hand luggage and was ready to run just on the word 'Go'. Pity that he was seated at the rear end of the craft and had to wait till all the passengers moved out of the metal bird at snail's pace. He curbed himself from running with his hand trolley as he did not want to be caught on suspicion or worse be chased by sniffer dogs and be smothered to pieces looking like some street beggar.

Ah....the immigration check! Damn! He had forgotten to fill the immigration form. He searched his hand trolley for a pen and he seemed to find everything including his old forgotten worn out toothbrush but a pen. The old man standing next to him understood his predicament and lent him an old Reynolds pen. Damn you Parker, Cross and Mont Blanc. As he looked at his filled form, he realized that it looked like some cryptographic manuscript of the Da Vinci Code than an immigration form. Even he was unable to understand some of his answers.

The middle aged lady looked at his passport and at him for 2 long minutes. She could not understand how the bespectacled, cat-mustached and innocent looking young man in the passport could now transform into a dark, tense and stupid looking fellow in a span of few years. Well....so be it and she asked him to leave. Heaving a heavy sigh of relief, he rushed to the baggage counter. Hail Murphy's law!! In all these days of his travel encounter, he used to collect his baggage in just 2 minutes, but today when it mattered the most, he could not spot them for almost 10 minutes. Every other bag looked like his but had a different name. Finally his 2 American Travelers bags arrived and he pushed them grudgingly on the hand trolley.

And then he looked at her waiting outside the lounge. She was wearing a short cream colored kurti and blue jeans. He had worn the black T-Shirt and blue jeans as they had promised each other. He pushed his trolley outside with his heart beat racing at the speed of light as he looked at her. Instinctively he forgot how he should react. Should it be a "Hi" or "Hey honey" or a kiss?

Her small peas like eyes were moist and every tear spoke of her affection for him. Her small pink lips didn't speak. She was blushing and had turned pink. Before he could decide on his move, she snatched his hand and hugged him. He was completely thrown off his feet by surprise. She wet his shirt with her sweet tears of love.

He wished that the hour hand would never meet the minute hand and hence it would never give birth to the second hand. He wished that time could stay frozen forever in this moment. They seemed oblivious to the fact that they were in a crowded place and were surrounded by scores of people. She never asked him "Why it had taken so long to meet her" and he didn't answer "It had taken all his efforts to make this happen". It was as if they had made a pact - a pact of silence.

As she pushed the trolley with her child like hands, he put his hands around her shoulders. She smiled. They didn't speak. They needn't.

P.S: At last managed a happy ending love story :-)

32 comments:

Aparna said...

>At last managed a happy ending love story :-)
And a very well-written love story it is :)

Aparna said...

>He wished that the hour hand would never meet the minute hand and hence it would never give birth to the second hand.
Super :)

Read the story twice. Good one :)

Aditi said...

is there a real life happy ending in the works?

but well written and i liked the analogy of the hour hand not meeting the minute hand etc

prithz said...

Wow!!! You've written as though you went through the whole episode yourself! Or did u? :D

Perfectly caught emotions!

>>They didn't speak. They needn't.<< - So true! Sometimes, the deepest of emotions express themselves in silence! :)

KK said...

Very nicely written....

//"Why it had taken so long to meet her"//
This reminds me of Alaypayuthe scene... when Maddy meets Shalini in the Medical camp...

For the most exhilarating moments in life there are no words to express...

Dreamzz said...

story is nice buddy :)

G3 said...

:)))))))))

Shiv said...

Liked this one!!!

rsubras said...

//"Why it had taken so long to meet her"//
This reminds me of Alaypayuthe scene... when Maddy meets Shalini in the Medical camp...


True..very much true... athe iruttu effect.... scene by scene ah intha story ah ippadi oru manirathnam film effect la padicha....antha feelings than pa varuthu :)

and lo...when i came out to comment, palichunnu irunthuchu...thatz when i realized this afterall was a blog :)

Happy ending love story..... Love naale happy thane pa... I want a "lived-happily-ever-after" love story :D

Sat said...

i read the first line and i knew the story.......muahahahahahaha!!!!!
alright alright dont bite ur tongue and jump outta ur skin in fright!
athu enna....old forgotten tooth brush-a...pallu velakura pazhakame illiya???....ovaeee!...dirty fellow!
and ponnu trolley thalrala....and that dhadi maadu was just walking with his hand on her shoulder huh....whatever happened to good old chivalry...naa solren ezhuthi vechiko; kalyanathuku apparam antha somberi payyan shopping bagslenthu arisi moota varaikum thooka poraan....sophisticated coolie...hehehe pazhikki pazhi
sari ivalo damage pothum....vidren joot!

Sat said...

//Wow!!! You've written as though you went through the whole episode yourself! Or did u? :D//
correct...naa solla nenachatha appadiye sollita :D

nandoo said...

naan vanthuten

nandoo said...

dei vaangitu ponaa.. choclate.. aprom card.. aprom etho gift atha pathi ella onnume sollalayeee

Sat said...

yellow...ivalo details pothatha...ithuve appan kuthurukkulla illanra maari ayiduchu
harish..nee aanalum thairiyasaali

Sat said...

katha kelu katha kelu...nijamaana katha kelu

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KK said...

Sat... yennayum vilayatula serthukonga pa :)

(nalla paiyana irukalamnu paartha vida maateengale...)

priya iyer said...

:) very beautiful one!!

priya iyer said...

:) very beautiful one!!

Aravind said...

deii sollavay illa ;-)

Heidi Kris said...

lol.. :D nanum varen aatathuku! Good one sat even when i read the first line i knew the story muhahahhahahhahahahhahahahahah!! :D Kadai alla nijam!! - :P

Vidya said...

Tugged at my heart!

Vidya

Has to be me said...

areey wha! kya bath hai! short n sweet...!
And i was thinking if the hero of this story was u?! ;)

Ms.Congeniality said...

Beautiful :)
Well expressed emotions :)

Sat said...

kk;
//(nalla paiyana irukalamnu paartha vida maateengale...)//
blogsville-la enakku therinju appadi yaarume kadayathe...who u talking about? :-/

Harish....nalla 'reality show' :P

Karthik B.S. said...

thala super post as usual.

Karthik B.S. said...

And this is the official blog of Jeffrey Archer.

Karthik B.S. said...

and this is one interesting post in his blog regarding his dinner with The Indian cricket team!!!

http://jeffreyarchers.blogspot.com/2007/09/cricketing-greats.html

Lavs said...

you have been tagged!

Deepa said...

Are these people internet-friends turned lovers? Is he traveling across the globe to meet her? Konjam mun kadhai sollu pa.

Nivi said...

tht made me go Awwwwwww!!! :)

awesome harish.. as usual :)
and murphy's law.. yup cant agree with you more :)

Harish said...

@To everyone who commented
Call it a curse or a boon...but most of my stories are directly from my heart and thats why I guess they strike a chord.

SO no wonder this new post of mine also appears so personal and so intimate...although as usual I state that it is an inspiration.

Its not a big secret that we all want to be loved unconditionally. And I have made no bones of that fact that I am romantic at heart and would love and be loved to be loved the same way :-)

As for your speculation...well...when something positive does brew in my life...I will notify u8...sorry...positfy u on the same :-)