“For the attention of the passengers…………………..”Venkat listened to the electronic voice announcing the arrival of Shatabdi express from Bangalore. He eagerly looked into the direction from where the train was supposed to come. He had been seeing his watch every second from the moment he arrived that he felt the damn needles were not moving at all.
It had been a week since he saw Megha. Finally his misery was going to get over. The past one week had been hell without seeing her, hugging her. Everyday they spoke over the phone but it was not the same as having her near him and looking at her face while talking. He loved to look into her big black eyes, which would become even bigger when she would tell him something interesting.
He missed their daily walk to the park and missed sharing butterscotch ice-cream, their Friday night ritual. Though this ritual wouldn’t mean much to most people it meant a lot to both of them. It was their alone time and they would discuss anything under the sky and joke around.
He did not have a heart to say no to her when she asked him whether she can go and visit her cousins in Bangalore. It had been years since she had seen them. Though he did not want to send her he did not want to come across as a clinging person. So he had let her go. Not to forget that it was one of the most difficult things he had done so far.
He could see the engine of the train. His heart began to beat faster, after a week he will have Megha in his hands. “Why did the engine have to slow down as it approached?” was the thought which was running in his irritated head.
There the train had entered the station. He was standing where his darling Megha’s coach was supposed to stop. He saw his father in law peeping out. He was grinning at Venkat no wonder enjoying his suffering. He shared a special bond with his father in law, they loved each other, were close pals and enjoyed watching each other’s sweet miseries as well.
There behind him he could see a jeans clad leg.
The minute his father in law got down Megha launched into his hand crying,”I am never going to leave you and go Daddy. I missed you so much.”