I'll Be There Beside You
Today’s Idiom – Lie low
The weekdays passed with great difficulty for me. Karthik and Santhosh kept pestering me with their insane jokes about the state of my heart. While Karthik took to singing love songs loudly in office whenever I was near, Santhosh would call me from other’s phones, pretending to be Lalitha. I knew that their pranks would fizzle out in due time, but I decided to lie low till then and avoid them as much as possible.
So it was with great relief, I walked out of my office on Friday evening. Lalitha and I spoke daily on the phone and our conversation continued into late nights. Lalitha and her mother were staying at Rashmi’s house in Bangalore and we decided to meet in the morning at Rashmi’s place. I could hardly control my excitement. I hoped that the day would go well. I wanted everything to be perfect but life rarely moves the way we expect it to, right?
The next day when I saw the dark ominous clouds in the sky, my heart sank and my hopes for a perfect day came crashing down. When I reached Rashmi’s house I saw Lalitha waiting for me. She was wearing a pink salwar kameez and I felt my heart skip a beat. I don’t think that I have ever seen a more beautiful woman and I considered myself lucky because Lalitha was not just gorgeous but she was the perfect companion for me.
“Hope you are comfortable sitting on my bike. Sorry, I don’t drive a car here since a two-wheeler is best for Bangalore traffic.” I apologized as Lalitha looked uneasily at my Pulsar bike.
“If you’d prefer we can take an auto rickshaw”, I offered as Lalitha still hesitated.
Then she looked at me and made up her mind. As she sat behind me on the bike, maintaining a safe and respectful distance, I smiled and hoped that I could bridge that small gap between us before the day ends.
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