The Day The State Split Asunder - 23
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After twenty minutes of in-depth discussion with her inner self, she dialled his number, and Adarsh answered her call in a single ring.
"Aarti! I know you will call me. Forever I will always treat you like a queen..." he said as soon as he answered, not allowing her to say hello. "I will be your eternal slave in the kingdom of happiness. I really can't say how happy I am today. You're a blessing of God, the incarnate of an angel, the brightest star among the millions-"
"Hello! Hello! Hold on for a minute when did I say I love you?" she interrupted his poetic flow.
"Aarti, can you tell me one thing frankly?" said Adarsh.
"Do you love me or hate me? Just say you hate me, I will walk away from your life, always and forever. I will never show my face to you. When you love someone, they deserve to know the truth. Tell me right now. Do you like me or not?"
She fell silent for a minute. What could she have said anyway then at that point of time? For every moment of truth, there's confusion in life.
"Adarsh, you are not understanding. This is a matter of life. I don't like you and it doesn't mean I hate you. I like you... but I hate you... I hate you but still, I like having you. I-I-I… am..." her voice trailed off, "I just can't explain it..."
"I know! You are not trusting me."
"No! it's not like that it's just a sort of unsettlement in thoughts. Why don't you understand?"
"If it is not no then it should be yes. Yes and no can never coexist. Aarti, please tell me what can I do to win your trust? I am ready to do anything for you because I love you..." his voice was assuring and promising.
She smiled. Somewhere in the corner of her heart, a spark got kindled.
"Aarti!" Adarsh continued, "If you don't mind can you come to the corner of the street. I have been standing over here ever since I dropped you. I didn't feel like going to the room. Come down! Let's have a face to face discussion..."
Stupefied with his words the mobile dropped from her hand. For a second she felt as if the weight of the world has been placed upon her shoulders. She immediately picked up the mobile and placed it near her ear.
"Have you gone mad? I can't come now! Let's talk about it tomorrow..."
"Call me mad or demented! I don't care. I beg you please… please… please… come down, let's discuss it face to face! I will be waiting for you. Please come, I don't have much power in my battery..." and he disconnected the call.
She called him again but his mobile was coming switched off. The next second a bedlam reigned upon her mind. It was absolute pandemonium. She picked up a pillow from her bed and threw it towards the wall.
What kind of a guy he is! If I don't go now he will stay there the entire night. If not today, maybe tomorrow or the following day I need to face him. I should talk to him and end this as soon as possible. Dragging it will invite more troubles but I can't go out in this nightgown Oh My God! I need to change my dress…
Unwillingly, she put on her jogging dress and started racing down the fleet of stairs instead of taking the lift. She walked out of her apartment and from the distance, she could spot a person at the corner of the street, who is seated on a motorbike. He got down from his bike. She was certain that it is none other than Adarsh owing to his tall appearance.
She was almost scared to death, and her legs began to tremble. She began walking towards him. Upon seeing her, Adarsh ran towards her, parking himself by a distance six feet from her.
"I love you!" Adarsh said, struggling to look straight into her eyes.
Aarti apprehensively looked around, to ensure there's no one watching them.
"Adarsh, let's not create any scene over here! Please leave, let's talk about it tomorrow-"
"No! I want to start tomorrow's day with the warmth of your love. I want the answer now itself!" his voice was vacillating with anxiousness. "I can't imagine my life without you!"
"Shhh… please try to understand. It's okay..." she took a deep breath. "Come to my home. Let's discuss it there, instead of on the road."
"No! I am not going to come… Tell me you love me. I will follow wherever you go even to the graveyard. But I want the answer now itself!"
Adarsh neared her and caught her by the shoulders.
"Adarsh, what are you doing? What if anyone sees us..." she was struggling to free herself from his arms.
"Aarti! look straight into my eyes," his voice was suddenly calm. His magnetizing tone compelled her to look straight into his eyes. "Finding you was the biggest surprise and best gift I have ever gotten. You're the only one who doesn't leave my mind for a single second. You know what, there were times where I forgot about my parents at least for a second. But as my heart started loving you, I couldn't stop thinking about you even for a single second. My happiness increases by tenfold, every moment that I spend by your side. I am ready to give my life away for you, I can't promise to solve all your problems but I promise you will never face them alone. My heart will always be your shelter and my arms will be your home. My love will always be with you until the day I die. I love you... I love you... and I love you always and forever..."
Adarsh released his hands from her shoulders. Aarti had tears in her eyes. She turned her gaze away to avoid eye contact with him. She felt helpless and wanted to run away, leaving everything else behind her, but she couldn't. He went back towards her, held her hand and turned her around.
"I know that you love me a lot. I cannot say how you changed my life. I have started noticing the happiness that exists around me. I really don't know how or when you became this huge part of my life, but I do know that I want to be with you, always and forever, " he inched even closer to her and pushed a strand of hair away from her face. "The decision is yours now. Say yes, I will be your slave, and you, my queen. Say No, I will go away always and forever..." He conveyed whatever he wanted to say.
She looked into his eyes again, she could easily see his eyes, overflowing with love. Without any hesitancy, she hugged him. They were so engrossed in hugging each other that they didn't even realize that they were standing on the road and it had started to rain.
Each raindrop that fell on them brought them closer and Aarti was able to hide her tears behind the raindrops. They hugged like they are not going to meet again. As he held her, he brought his lips close to hers, slightly rubbing his nose against her. He was about to touch his lips with hers, the horn of the vehicle from the distance startled him. He immediately pushed her away and looked around to ensure that there was no one watching them.
Adarsh and Aarti were bounced back to alertness. They moved away from each other and could not look into each other's eyes directly. They felt it embarrassing.
Even though Aarti was shy, the magical smile on her face was still glittery. She felt too uneasy to stay there anymore. She was about to turn and started sprinting towards her apartment.
Adarsh chased her and stopped by holding her hand. "Before you go just tell me I love you… Please… Please… Please… I am not going to leave you until you say it..."
"I love you…" She gripped his hands and pushed him against the wall of one of the buildings and leaned in to give him a kiss.
"I love you too..." he kissed on her cheeks and ran towards his bike jumping high in the air.
It happens sometimes like at first you don't even know it will happen like this one day. It may begin with a simple hello and you never would have guessed things would turn out like these. This is the magic of love.
You cannot make someone love you, nor can you prevent it, not for any amount of money. Love cannot be imprisoned, nor can it be legislated. You can invite love, but you cannot dictate how, when, and where love expresses itself. Love has no territory, no borders, no quantifiable mass, or energy output. Love is one of the best things in the world to give and certainly, to receive. There are several songs written about love with fabulous lyrics, that describe every emotion available when it comes to being or not being in love. Falling in love is undeniably one of the best feelings in the world. It is one of the most powerful forces in the universe which cannot be measured.
But one of the great joys of falling in love is the feeling that the most extraordinary person in the world has chosen to trust you, to share life with you, and to start a family with you. When you fall in love, you're given a very precious gift. It's like a big box filled with all the amazing things you've ever wanted and wished for. And it's all yours. But there is one thing that we tend to ignore. It's that writing on the box: Fragile. You'll be able to enjoy it as long as you take care of it. But if you shake it too much, you kick it around, and you neglect it, then you'll break it.
To be continued...