It all started with that stupid project . Presenting a project with a stringent deadline is a bad idea. A disaster management project with a deadline of two days is a disaster itself . I was together with her in it, just like Adam and Eve, a pair completely unaware of surroundings not to mention one with snakes . It was six in the evening , the loutish professors had left, school was completely silent . It took only few minutes to turn to eerie . A non seasonal rain started to pour , the weather was ominous. Another round of labor and copying fused with her constant plea to God for ending work and my constant sarcasm finally finished a chunk of work we had to share , the last column in to do list was fetch a couple of guide books from library on fourth floor . The only fair means to decide was stone paper scissors ,my luck favored me . She sulkily went , cursing me and her luck which was about to get worse. She climbed staircase step by step, as she went away, I thought about us rather than I and her. Were we supposed to be a couple, I was a short, thick rimmed glasses wearing , nerd and she was cute , bubbly, innocent girl. There was no match between cupcakes and black pepper . In moment of loneliness I texted her.
I – Did you get them .
She – Package procured.
I – Cadet you have got nothing more than a couple of minutes to return
She – Dude , I’m on fourth floor, shortest way down is jumping right from the balcony.
I – Get down quickly.
She – I’ll use the staff elevator.
I – Do it at your own risk .
She – Got it.
So now I was expecting her arrival but she didn’t appear , I checked the ping on my phone
She had texted me , the elevator had stuck.
I – congratulations
She – Get here quick , I’m claustrophobic.
I- On my way , btw which floor any idea.
She – third
I – I wish you said first.
She – Move it , before I cry.
I – Press emergency button
She – I tried everything, stupid.
I – I’m almost there where is elevator supposed to be
She – Adjacent to the washroom near CS lab
I – Do you hear the thud on door
She – Is that you
I – Its supposed to be chairman’ s ghost.
She – your really stupid
I – heard that quite few times frankly
She – Get me out .
I – ya , once I get angry enough I’ll turn green and tear the door
She – you could just have referred superman rather than hulk
I – on a serious note , should I call cops
She – go call watchman
I – Ms. Claustrophobic, you interested in sending me away forever
She – Dont go, don’t go pls
I – lets wait till electricity comes back and lift restarts
She – I got a better idea
I – No we’re not playing truth and dare.
She – forget it
I – I should forget you maybe
She – if I die you ‘ll be haunted for rest of your life
I – girls never let me go , always sticking by me , even in afterlife
She – look dude, do something I’m getting uncomfortable
I – like what
She – wait I heard something hitting the roof
I – is it the chairman’s ghost
She – I’m serious, I have started to sob
I – look , don’t worry
She – it’s trying to get in .
I- the metal is too thick.
She- I’ll die ,you go
I – look if you’re about to die , let me confess something , I love you
She – it’s no time for a joke
I – believe me , I have loved you since the day I saw you
She – stop lying
I – you gotta believe me
She – are you serious
I- damn yes
I- first day when you sat with your friends, wearing a purple hairband . I sat parallel to you.
You never noticed me staring you . I got lost in your beauty. You were incomparable to any beauty I had ever known.
She – you still remember, tell me more
I – before exams when we were first introduced , you helped me with chemistry and I solved few of your maths sums. I did that so , we could have an interaction. First time in life , I felt shy.
She – How many more moments have you kept alive in your heart.
I – almost all.
She – they give me hope share some more.
I- I lost my heart again to you on trip , seeing you open haired and jubilant. Before that I might had a chance of exit , but now there wasn’t one . The specks of earthy gold sliding across your hair and that scenery, I still live that moment again and again.
She – why did you never confess it earlier
I- I knew you had a crush on someone else
She – so
I – why did you not confess
She – same reason, it’s no use now , I have been locked here for like an hour now.
I – I m not going even if it’s one lifetime.
Suddenly lights switched on , elevators door opened in slow motion . She came out having marks of tears rolling down her cheeks and hugged me and said we would never part our ways. I separated her from me and told her it was nothing more than a psychological trick to deviate her attention, I meant nothing of it and typing made it more easy , no facial expressions, no emotions. She cleared her throat and thanked me , we left premises and I dropped her at her residence, we bid farewell.
I could never stand up to my real emotions , masking them with insecurities and hiding insecurities with false confidence. I have no rational explanation for this , these are the moments when line between fiction and reality blurs