Neil searched all over the table,and found nothing..Frustrated,he tried to recollect the sequence of events that transpired last night.........And then,it struck him that he had left it last at the computer table in the study room.........The study room resembled a mess.Books strewn all over,dirty laundry,cigar,newspapers and it looked like the typical suite in a bachelor setup.He finally grabbed the fone,which was lying under a heap of laundry.It was 0245 and Noyona would be sound asleep by now.He was confused as to whether he should make a call or if he rather check on her once it dawned.He convinced himself for the latter,and went to sleep........15 minutes had passed and he still lay down,eyes wide open.He couldn't sleep.Every time he shut his eyes,the gory image of the dream came by and he couldn't take this anymore.
It had only been 7 months since their wedding,which was one of the most grand events in South Bombay.There was an exodus of celebrities from all over India into the Grande Ashok for the wedding.....And 7 months later,they found themsellves separated by their careers.Noyona,a journalist had to leave for Hyderabad for her work and Neil,a Finance freak was left,alone in his South Bombay flat. He missed her sooo much right now...Noyona was about to complete her assignments and was poised to join him soon,back in Bombay..
He tries to shut his eyes tight and get off into slumber....It doesn't happen because even this time around,he is awakened by the gory image of Noyona lying in a pool of blood in front of him.Unable to take it anymore,he calls up her number....the fone rings and Neil is relieved..Atleast the fone is ringing...He waits expectantly for Noyona to pick up,but she doesn't.He tries further,twice,thrice,four times--she still doesn't pick up the fone.He tries calling Sasha,her colleague at work to enquire what's wrong??Sasha picks up the call,rather dazed and also surprised to see Neil calling her this late into the night..
"Hello........,What happened Neil?? "
"Hey sashy..,noyon isn't picking up the fone..Do you have any updates on her??? " in a very fatigued tone..
"Neil,she had left office on a half day leave,didn't tell me anything about her plans when I asked her.....Kya hua??sab tho theek hai na??"(what happened,everything is well alright?? )
"acha..thanks..I 'll get back to you later sashy,bye....Good night "
7am,Noyona's house in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad....
Noyona wakes up,rather earlier than usual.Someone's banging on the door.It must be the milk man,she thinks and says,"Oru nimisham..."(Just a second... )
A few minutes pass before she answers the door..As soon as she opens it,there is Neil standing with the milk packets...She rubs her eyes off to see if it indeed was a dream,and then pinches herself..No,it wasn't a dream after all..
"What???!!!!!How come,you are here right now???!!!!I spoke to you yesterday and you never told me anything about this visit...???!!! " in a hugely surprised tone....
"Actaully,I planned it pretty late yesterday and got going and thought I'll throw you a surprise first up in the morning...So got a ticket booked on the first morning flight and here I am...." grinning widely at her...
He was rather relieved that all was well with her..Unable to sleep further,he decided to turn up at the airport in another hour to be able to catch the first morning flight to Hyderabad...and here he was,breathing a sigh of relief at the sight of Noyona,in her pyjama pants,just out of the bed..
"So,what was with the fone yesterday???Tried calling you,last night...You did not pick up...??? "
"I am sorry.......had put the fone in silent yesterday after we spoke,so I did not hear you calling.. ", said Noyona
They got settled and just as she was making coffee,she called out, "Now that you have thrown me a surprise,lemme give one back to you.." and beamed at Neil....
"Ohhhhh!!!!What's that gonna be now???? "
"Well,my assignments here are over....and we can fly back to Bombay...together...and forever... tonight...."
Neil couldn't believe this..He fell out of his chair and rushed towards Noyona...and for a minute was just left staring at her...
"I missed you soooooo much..... " tears rolling out of his cheeks...
"So did I honey...." , said Noyona unable to control her emotions....
They were in bliss.....!
So that was the story,hope you had a nice read.. Right now,all I wanna say is thanks to the author (Aditi) who happens to be a good friend,for giving me this wonderful opportunity to express myself at her stage and also raise a toast in celebrating her 50 posts on the blogosphere..
Thanks a zillion for all those wonderful posts,that has given readers like me,wonderful memories and added new flavours to our lives...