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Hair on Fire

This is going to be the best time of your life– said one and all.

Courtship period- where the couple who got hitched, spend some ‘quality-time’ before the wedding day. The time when they bond, share and communicate their expectations. But not for Mira.

It’s been two months since that evening and Arjun hasn’t been in touch, much. She had felt butterflies in her stomach and heartbeats racing. As the bus took off, she had pressed her face against the window to see him one more time and managed a forlorn goodbye wave.

Mira sat in her apartment in Chennai and relished a bite of her favorite Coconut Barfi.

Why is he keeping aloof from me? Is longing to talk to him, a sin? Apart from a Good morning or Good Night SMS, Arjun never sends me any text. And if I do, it’s just a one word reply that I get in return. And not even a phone call? There is something terribly wrong. Is he ….ehh.. was he in love with someone? Was he forced into this wedding? What on earth am I to him? I am not asking him to pamper me with flowers or chocolates. I am not asking him for coochie coo lovey-dovey couple talks, for Heaven’s sake! My friends are also engaged. They are on phone all day long!

Her phone beeped just then.

Goodnight– it said.

What!! You’ve got to be kidding me! How can he be so detached? No. This has to end.

And she took her phone and frantically typed.

Hi. I guess you aren’t interested in this wedding. Request you to please let me know if it is so. There is no point in waiting for your one-word message every day. There isn’t anything to prove. But I thought you were great to be with and not as stone-hearted as you seem. And yeah. I will let my parents know to call off the wedding. You can inform yours too. Bye.

And she put her phone in silent mode and went to bed.

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You can read the first two parts of the series here:

Keen as Mustard 

Once Bitten, Twice Shy

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