Friday, September 28, 2012

On a pleasant autumn evening...

He anxiously took his seat in the row just behind the driver, hoping that, like all days, she would take the seat diagonally across from him in the adjacent row. Sometimes, human will is so powerful that whatever is willed becomes true. Perhaps, it was one such evening for him. He had never spoken to her and he was pretty sure that she did not even know his name. However, it did not seem to matter for him.

The bus started. Strong winds held the rain at bay. Dark clouds seemed to herald an earlier-than-usual sunset. Tree leaves were changing colors from one day to the next and in that weather, as the bus gathered speed and the winds kissed the leaves, he was transported to cloud nine! The harvest season was underway and nature was glowing with a prominent swagger perhaps with the premonition that the predicted harsh winter would soon take its own toll...

As he thought about the changing seasons, he happened to catch her eye. He had wanted to steal a gaze or two and be reconciled to it for the short journey's duration because he knew the power of those probing eyes...She met his eyes and held his gaze for what seemed like an eternity. Later he would realize that it must not have been more than 5 seconds. Yet, those large round black eyes and the smile playing on her lips left him acutely embarrassed as if someone had caught him with his pants down. She was smartly dressed in a heavy jacket and blue jeans. He couldn't help notice that her choice of ear rings had improved. She now had long blue ones that probably danced in tune with her every change in expression.

The Sun was suddenly out from behind the dark clouds and it looked like a rainbow might reveal itself...she wore her ear phones and turned her gaze to the window. However, every time he tried to turn to catch sight of her, she became aware as if it was a game. This only added to his embarrassment and he buried his face in his bag. He wished somebody would call him..wished earnestly for something to happen that would relieve him of this pleasurable torture...!

After what seemed like ages, his stop came and he got up. She did not spare him with a graceful exit. Instead, she locked her eyes with his. He got down and just then, a flock of birds alighted from their spot on a balcony and as the signal turned green, flew gracefully above the heads of the people crossing the road. Perhaps, they best exemplified the urgent flutter of his heartbeats at that moment!

6 comments:

koipal nayapal said...

Dear Author,
i must say your words play magic...!

The way you involve nature in your write, the total composition becomes so lively and colorful.

Waiting to know what happened the next day...., and the day after....

Keep up the good work :)

Nimisha

Shiva said...

Thank you Nimisha Ji...You will certainly know more on what happened during subsequent days if "he" meets "her" again :)

Abhilash said...

Siva, what I love about reading your blogs is the eye for details. Your imagination and depth of thoughts in addition to the romantic soul inside you leaves me amazed. Keep going :-)Angel eyes being over exploited :-)

Shiva said...

Abhilash, thanks buddy... :-)

Shibani said...

Your eye for details is amazing.. "they best exemplified the urgent flutter of his heartbeats at that moment" - a wonderful way to express reality.. Your words do wonders :)

Shiva said...

@Shibani, Thank you so much! :-)