Sunday 1 March 2015

Prose500 2015 Longlist Surbhi Tiwari

Silence speaks

They were meeting each other for the first time after having started to chat since two months. He was lying on the carpet and she was sitting beside him; trying to make him talk but he just wouldn’t utter anything except “hmmm”. She had to persuade him to talk; for the first time. She opened their old chats, photos, and brought up stories of her school, college, siblings everything, only to realize that all was in vain. He kept staring at her with some sadness in his eyes which only she could read. She wanted to know the reason. But he had decided to keep silent. There was no other way she could think of to make him open up and then they went back to their rooms to sleep. She was restless, couldn’t see him like he was!

She pinged him, and they started talking. He said, “I can’t believe we are chatting even after being in the same house”. She shared the same feelings! Inquisitive she began to put efforts to make him talk about what was bothering him so much. “If not me, whom will you share your feelings with, dear?” She asked with sheer concern. After 4-5 message exchanges, he opened up. He told he was feeling deeply sad. She asked if she could come to his room and the reply was “Yes, you could! :)”

She went in and they were together again. He kept looking at her. Totally blushing and figuring out words to speak, she said “I like to talk to you. You know that and I feel that the talk part is changing to….” She paused and tried again but paused again. He held her hand and asked her to resume… She began… “I like to talk to you... and I like you!”

He liked her too. His smile was enough to convey this to her. But then was the time he broke his silence. He talked of how their peaceful lives were taking an unexpected flip. He told “Our friend is deeply hurt because you are with me” The moment which should have been a wow, wasn’t that special now. It turned out to be a love triangle!

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