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It was midnight when the flight landed, and as soon as Riya was out of the flight, she searched for wifi just to inform her parents that she had reached safely.
As soon as her phone got connected to the airport's wifi, messages started flowing in like a storm.
She had messages from the last night party's group where her friends had uploaded the pictures and wished her luck. She downloaded the pictures and moved on to the other messages. Her parents had asked her to send all the details as soon as she would reach the place. She just sighed and thought how much concerned her parents were about her. She was still like a little kid for them.
Harsh had also messaged her “Oye my princess, stay safe and have a superb flight and yes if you meet any Gori girl give her my number” and had a wink after the message.
Harsh had always been cute and funny. He knew how to make her laugh.
But, yes, all the time her eyes were eagerly searching for that one message "I will miss you Riya”, but that message was nowhere to be seen.
She felt a sudden urge to call Sameer and ask him if everything was okay. She knew if there had been any other girl in his life she would have cried, screamed and never forgiven him. He had always kept everything beneath the wraps. She always had just one question “Am I not the one for him”? And that question was yet to get answered.
She never demanded anything from Sameer. He was always this perfect, not so talkative, sensitive, intelligent boy for her. This was ironical that they hardly spoke to each other over these four years, but somewhere she knew they were meant for each other.
She finally reached the hostel, which was provided by the University. She dropped the bags in the corner of her room and jumped into the bed. She started to check the photographs from last night's party. There were pictures of her having cake all over the face, all her friends around her but it was unrealistic to see that amongst those 150 snaps Sameer wasn’t there at all. Out of utter disappointment, she kept the phone down and went to change. Soon her phone rang, it was Harsh who was calling.
Hey, what's up beautiful? Well, I should say America has something gal, you are looking more beautiful after reaching there, I can feel it. Harsh said, laughing.
Stop making fun of me, you little monster. She replied.
Hahaha, you say how everything is? Reached the place? Harsh asked.
Yes, just a few minutes before. I am good but very exhausted. I think I should sleep now. She replied.
Hmm, you should. Riya? Harsh instantly changed his tone.
Yes. She replied.
Are you okay? He felt something weird.
Haha, Yes Harsh, I am good, only tired. She replied.
Do you want to talk to someone? He asked again.
Do you want me to? She asked him.
Yes, and he gave the phone to Sameer and left the room
Hello, Harsh you there?? She started calling Harsh again and again.
Harsh has already left. Sameer replied
Again there was silence.
Okay. She replied.
How was the flight? At least you should have messaged in the group that you have reached. Sameer started complaining.
Group? Seriously I should have messaged in the group where there are 20 members? There is nothing personal for you? She thought with anger. This guy always had that one word which made her speechless. She wanted to scold him, but the fear of not talking to him after that always scared her.
Yes, I should have messaged in the group, sorry for that. She replied.
No issues, Harsh knows it now, everyone will know it. Sameer replied.
Yes, I m tired. She wanted to say this, but she knew him, tiring word would bring out the real practical Sameer, and that would be the end of this priceless conversation, so she avoided that.
Hmm, I don’t know what to say now? She said
Yes, as always, so close yet so far. He sighed heavily. I guess you should take rest. You must have been tired. He said.
What did he mean by this- So close yet so far???? His words had always been like that maze to her where she would get lost every time.
Yes, I am tired not because of this journey, but she wanted to say because of you, but she left the sentence incomplete and hanged the phone.
The days had started to pass in a jiffy. She had made her first appearance in the university with full on energy and enthusiasm. And yes as they say, with time you learn to move on.
But had they actually moved on?
She had already indulged herself into studies and made few friends. She knew her real friends who were somewhere 13000 km away, but over here she really wanted to be happy as she was chasing her dreams.
She often had a video chat with her parents and with close friends. Harsh was always amongst them. He always tried to make an attempt to let Sameer and Riya chat in person.
One month had already passed, and there was no message exchanged between them. Though she never failed to check her phone and mailbox, yes it was him who had never failed to make her sad. He had always tested her patience to the extremes.
One night the impossible happened. She was doing her assignment when she received mail. It was close to 11 pm in the night.
“Riya, I know you have no expectations from me, and also I am that kind of a person who should not be trusted. You have always been so kind to me, but I have always hurt you. You are a sweet girl, and you are good in every department of life, but I have always failed you. I don’t know why I am like this. Since one month we have not talked. You know how much I love my space and independence so you never forced me to talk to you as well thinking that would violate my space. I think I am the worst person who treats you like this, but you deserve the best Riya. I know you do. I don’t want to sound selfish, but yes it’s time for us to move out from this relationship which is little more than friendship.
I wish you all the best in life, and yes I should stop typing now. I am moving out from here for few months, today is my flight and this is the last thing I am doing as the air hostess is scolding me to switch off the phone. Riya you are the first and the last one with whom I wanted to share this. My phone will be switched off from now onwards. Hope our path never crosses each other.”
Sameer had only a few friends and no family. His parents got divorced when he was a kid. As he grew up, he decided not to be in contact with any of them. He was a strong-minded person. He knew what was right for him and what was wrong.
But the questions are “Was he right with what he did to their so called relationship which is a little more than friendship???”
Was he right in choosing silence over words for Riya???
Was he right in controlling his emotions and not giving them a vent to come out???”
Their story is still incomplete failing to find a way to end, still unending.