The early evening lull had come to the streets, that silence between the frenetic commuters and the vibrant party seekers. The bars and clubs were jammed with loud music and energized mob, the only visible life being the coffee-house that teemed with diners, chatting, relaxing after a busy day.
All the glossy wooden tables were lightened up with conversations, laughter and coffee mugs except the one. There was sheer silence on the table situated in one corner of the coffee-house. Meera 24-year-old innocent and charming girl, Rahul 26-year-old smart and young boy both sat across the table, this was not a regular meeting for them. There was a lot that they wanted to speak but there was hush between them which spoke a lot. While both were waiting for each other to initiate, the silence was broken by the café waiter.
After placing the order, Rahul started recalling some old coffee meets with Meera when they used to do the craziest things. The coffee-house was the place where they had confessed their love on 26th December 2014. Ever since then the journey had been wonderful for them apart from the last 6 months. Things had apparently changed between them since last 6 months when they were miles apart. Rahul had been transferred to Chennai from his job and Meera was in Mumbai. Within six months, they faced major understanding issues and they had realized that love was not enough for a lifelong relationship. All these months had been tough; trust issues had risen and had ended up into weeks of fights. The ego which never existed had grown between them. And one morning they decided to finally meet and end it for it had created a mess in their life and today was the day when they had decided to meet. Both being in the crucial age of their life, decided for being practical and not moving ahead. They knew the broken heart could not be lashed again.
When Rahul recalled each memory that they shared tear rolled down from his eye, Meera placed her hand over Rahul’s hand. From the day they met, they were madly in love. There was respect, care, love, fights, friendship, understanding and everything that an ideal relation needed. They never had thought that distance would be the actual test of their relationship.
While both sipped a sip of coffee Meera uttered: “How Strange it is Rahul, even though we were madly in love and everything was just like a fairytale but still we have to depart”. To this, Rahul spoke nothing but held her hand tight enough. He knew this was the last time and he just wanted time to stop for a while. They kept on recalling their memories and talked for hours and hours.
Clock ticked 11:00 pm and the waiter arrived and informed that they were about to close the coffee-house for the day. Rahul and Meera who were lost in their own world didn’t even realize what the time was. Rahul paid the bill and they walked out of the Coffee house.
“That’s it we have to depart” Rahul spoke in grief.
Rahul pulled Meera close to him and hugged her for the final time. “The warm and cosy hug will be missed”-Meera murmured.
And Finally, they departed with a smile on face and tear in eyes and with a hope of meeting again in the Journey of LIFE.
P.S: Love touches us in the most significant way and leaves us in the most painful way.