Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Dreams can change you

Rahul and Samantha were just done with the hundredth fight for the day. What were they fighting over? They themselves were not very sure. All they knew was that the very sight of each other made them crave to run away from each other. Or at least that is how Rahul felt like.

It was probably a lot harder for Samantha, since she fought against her parents for him. She betrayed and left them for him. She was thrown out of the church, since she had a Hindu husband. She was denied the right of baptism for her daughter, since she did not have a church to call her own. In short, life was hell for the first few years as man and wife with Rahul. But now, it turned out to be a lot more difficult. She missed him, and still loved him. Probably a lot more than when they were in college. But she was unaware of the reason for the sudden change in Rahul for the past few years.
He enjoyed being with his friends rather than at home. He enjoyed returning home late at nights drunk and out of his senses. He enjoyed beating Samantha once he returned home, for ‘sweet’ nothings. He enjoyed hurting her, and she enjoyed being hurt.

This time, they were returning from a party, where they had no other choice but to bare each other’s sight. It started off with Rahul complaining about her talking to another guy instead of to him. He was busy talking to another lady, and so the fight went on. The next thing Rahul knows is opening his eyes with tubes stuck to his noses and the beep of the ICU monitor. And the news of Sam’s death.

After a month’s stay at the hospital, Rahul returned home, which didn’t really seem like home anymore. Shreya was the only person who helped him with coping back to life. Her smile reminded him of Sam’s smile. When she got angry, he remembered Sam getting angry when he scolded her. When she cried listening at him getting angry, he wished Sam was there for him to beg forgiveness. He missed her, he wished for her to be with him, for him to caress her, to love her, the way she loved him in return.

But life had to move on. And so it did. He had a tough time looking after Shreya all alone. He left his alcohol bottles and the ‘evil’ friendship that came along with them. He devoted his life to bringing up Shreya in the best way possible, to make her happy, him happy and most of all Sam happy. He got back early from work, spent time with Shreya and helped her with her homework. He managed to make her eatable meals, which she had without a word of complain. But she asked about Sam at times. Too young at her age to accept the fact that she would never she her mother ever again, Rahul hid the fact till he thought was the appropriate time. But at times, he felt he was cheating on her. But he loved too much and the fear of losing her as well kept him going.

While walking to a nearby restaurant on a sunny Sunday afternoon, with Rahul busy on the phone, Shreya prefers walking on a zig-zag manner, only to fall and be hit by a speeding car.

With the thud of the plate, Rahul gets up. He realizes it was all a dream. He ran to the kitchen, to see Sam scared, for if it were a usual Sunday, Rahul would now be beating Sam for being clumsy and ruining his precious sleep. But today she saw him running towards her and hugging her. She felt him next to her. She felt hi loving her, the same way he loved her in college. And she returned the hug, hoping he would never go back to that sinful person that he was before his dream.

P.S: Sometimes people forget to express the love and feelings they have towards each other. and that is when God pinches you with ‘nightmares’ as they are called, to remind you that you better hurry up before it is too late.



18 comments:

Confused Soul said...

OMG U did it again! Beautiful story. U need to value love when u have it or if it leaves, u don't get a second chance.. Gosh I loved this! :D


P.S. I love how the daughter's name is Shreya.. Heheheh :P :D

Roohani said...

Quite interesting still with the fact that dreams r not this long.. :D

Zeba said...

Ah. Beautiful.

Zeba said...

Ah. Beautiful.

Ashwini C N said...

Wow. That was definitely something which I've been thinking about too. Sometimes we try to catch up with the speed at which life takes us, that we forget to stop by and enjoy the wonderful things Life brings us. May be, this is One of God's ways to help us realize that. Wonderful :-)

Writing Bee said...

@Confused soul: Very very true. You never get a second chance for anything! Value it now or repent later. The name was very unintentional but now I am glad I named her that :)!!

@Roohini: You never know love. Sometimes dreams too can take its time if they want to!

@Zeba: Thank you so very much :)

@Ashwini: Maybe this is why God has made up dreams. Because he can't be at every place at the same time, so he brought in angels to remind us to keep our foot firm on the ground and value the people around us.

Red Handed said...

Say it when you can or forever regret not saying it...
You wrote beautifully well!!
You always do.
It was so cute when he ran to hug her!

♫♪♥PhilO♥♪♫ said...

This was a lovely writing.. Yes, sometime people fail to realise the value of the other person.
Well written :)

Upasana said...

OMG! How beautiful!! You write such amazing stories, they leave me stunned!! Such a cute logic given to nightmares!! Now when i think about it, its so true!!

Keep writing some more!!

Writing Bee said...

@Red: From the bottom of my heart, I thank you :)

@Phil: Sometimes people need to be reminded about the other person's existence. Thank you :)

@Upasana: Thank you so very much love :)!! And I too hope I keep writing :P

Destiny's child... said...

Story! :)
I really like the last sentence. What else could it be? God pinches us...or may be our own conscience, that seemed to be sleeping all this while. :)

Well written.

Writing Bee said...

@Destiny's Child: Thank you so much. And I hope the pinch is hard enough to wake up the person

Saru Singhal said...

Thankfully, it took only a dream...Beautifully written...:)

Writing Bee said...

@Saru Di: Thank you so much :)

TayTay said...

That ended better than I expected :) Awesome job I loved reading this. :D

Following <3

Writing Bee said...

@TayTay: Thank you very much :)!!!

Sahana Rao said...

Loved reading the post. Ah! What an ending!

Writing Bee said...

@Sahana:Thank you :)!! Getting such a comment from such a wonderful writer is truly a great feeling.