One week has passed by and I have not seen him. We met last Thursday at Café Coffee Day, one of my favourite joints. I like their coffee. The aroma of fresh coffee which is rarely absent from the very moment you enter the cafe, stays till the time you are there.
I was waiting as he came. I could feel his presence even before he appeared in front of me. I suspect that not because of some deep love but because of his strong cologne. I had started loving it as much as I loved him. He smiled at me and sat in front of me. I tell you, his smile and only his smile has the power to brighten any of my dull days. We ordered two coffees and a banana cake.
“You said it is important. What is it?”
“Well I’m going to my hometown. I’ll be back in a week’s time.”
“But why are you leaving in the middle of the semester?”
“It’s my mom, she is not well.”
Silence – the uninvited guest- had made its entry and was going to stay for a while with us.
Although, I was sipping the coffee I’m sure internally I was sobbing. Each sip that I took seemed bitter in taste. Strange I had always loved coffee and its taste. It was for the first time, today, that I could actually taste its bitterness which I didn’t like much.
We paid. We moved and started walking.
Our paths were the same and steps matched each pace. Hand in hand we were walking but there still was silence.
We went to Lisa’s Flower Shop. It was our ritual before parting away he would give me a flower of my choice.
“So, you’ll be gone for a week,” I asked gloomily.
“Then why give one flower, I think you should give me seven- one for each day- to remember you.”
“That only seems fair,” he added with a smile which for the first time had an element of sadness in it. He picked up a purple orchid, one of his favourites. Then he gestured at the lady. All I could see was that they were talking while I was looking at the white daisies.
He was carrying a flower pot which had a beautiful purple orchid in it. Some were yet to bloom and would be due to blossom in a day or so.
“Here, take this. You could have this to remember me.”
I was so happy but my emotions of sadness were still covering me up. Although, I remember to have worn a faint smile which could be overpowered by tears that could stream any moment due to the smile or sadness which was too difficult to guess.
Today, is day five and I already miss him so much. The buds that were due have finally bloomed. Its petal; so soft like a baby’s blanket. I water it. I talk to it and have made friends with it.
I take my camera and click its snap. Upload it on FB and tag, “Thank you.”