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Wednesday, 30 June 2021

You Came Like Autumn - A Short Story (Part 10)

 


Samar and Nivedita come across each other an at old age home after four decades. Although there are many unanswered questions spanning between them, their hearts still beat for each other. Read on to know what happens next. 


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“This is why your house was locked when I visited the next day.” Nivedita murmured.

Samar nodded. Nivedita could see the lines of repentance on his face.

“I embarked on a long journey to find the truth of my life. You can call it my selfishness or selflessness that I decided to go away from your life until I find the truth about my parentage.” Samar said.

“Were you successful in your journey? Could you reach your destination?” Nivedita asked, holding Samar’s hand.

“Yes. I was gone for around two years. After toiling around for more than two years, I met my father. I got to learn about several things. It was not my mother who had done anything wrong. It was my father who had betrayed her. He fell in love with a French woman when he went to France after marriage for his internship. He decided to leave my mother and the easiest way to do it was to stain my mother’s character.”

“I am so sorry that you went through this trial, Samar. If only you trusted me enough to let me accompany you in this arduous journey, we wouldn’t have been separated.” Nivedita said as she comprehended the kind of grief Samar has gone through.

“I could never forgive my father, Nivi. He is the reason I lost my mother and you.” Samar wiped the lone tear that escaped his eyes before continuing, “I returned to Kolkata after two years. I wanted to meet you immediately. When I went near your house, I saw you with your husband and your baby. You looked happy. Your mother and brother looked happy. I did not want to create conflict in your life. I wanted your happiness over mine.”

“Happiness left me the day you went away from my life. I fulfilled my duties and responsibilities. But I was never truly happy.” Nivedita said.

“I could never marry anyone else. I had spent my life traveling from one country to another, without making a home anywhere. I did not have the person with whom I had wanted to build a home. Forgive me, Nivi. I prayed to the Almighty every day that I get the chance to meet you once before death greets me so that I can ask for your forgiveness.”

“I forgive you, Samar.” Nivedita clutched Samar’s hand.

“If you have truly forgiven me, will you listen to a request of mine?” Samar said holding Nivedita’s hand. Nivedita nodded while wiping her tears.

“Spend the rest of your life with me, Nivi. Let us see the world together. Let us go to the best cafes and enjoy the best tea. Let us listen to the most beautiful songs together. Let us read Shakespeare and Tagore to each other. Let us enjoy every rainy evening together. I know it has been too late but one moment with you is equivalent to ten years for me. Give the gift of your presence to me, Nivi.” Samar said caressing Nivedita’s cheek.

Nivedita agreed. After all, how can she say no to such a beautiful proposal? Many years have gone but what matters are the days ahead. From this moment, every day will be a celebration of love, friendship, and harmony.

Samar came like autumn in Nivedita’s life. He took away all the withered, painful memories so that there is space for beautiful, new memories to sprout.



Art thou abroad on this stormy night on thy journey of love, my friend? 

The sky groans like one in despair.

I have no sleep tonight. 

Ever and again I open my door and look out on the darkness, my friend!

I can see nothing before me. I wonder where lies thy path!

By what dim shore of the ink-black river, by what far edge of the frowning forest, through what mazy depth of gloom art thou threading thy course to come to me, my friend?

(Gitanjali, Tagore)




This post is a part of Blogchatter Half Marathon.’ 

5 comments:

  1. Such a sweet story that I was compelled to follow till the end! Thank you.

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  2. Such a sweet story. It was an engaging read. And yes, the proposal is beautifully written.

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  3. What a beautiful story, Purba!

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  4. An engaging story, liked reading it, good build up, nice complete ending..

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  5. Loved it.. Thanks for the beautiful end.

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