Simi hesitated for a while before squaring her shoulders and marching into the building with sure and steady steps. The receptionist, Mrs. Roy, smiled at her and welcomed her to the office. Simi entered his office and saw Ayan was dressed in faded denims and a beige linen shirt, and he was wearing sandals instead of his regular shoes.
“Hi Simi, I have been waiting to see you since morning. Let’s go for a walk outside”.
“I thought we were spending the day at your office, where are we going? You are always so busy with work and we hardly get to spend a few hours in the evenings, that too not daily, so what’s happening now? This is unlike you to take off from work in the middle of the day.”
Ayan laughed at her confusion and led her outside the building towards the car and opened the door for her, she got in the car and fastened the seat belt before enquiring once again, “Ayan, where are we going? And why are you smiling that impish smile, what are you planning?”
“Just relax, my dear and enjoy the ride, we will be there soon.”
They parked at the entrance of the Rose garden and he pulled out a blanket and a picnic basket from the car’s dickey. Simi followed Ayan to the spot near the lake, where he was busy spreading the blanket on the soft grass for them to sit on.
“Happy Valentine’s day, my dear”.
Simi came out of the trance and blurted out, “How did you read my mind? I am speechless”.
“I know I keep long hours and am forever busy with my business but I remember every word you have ever spoken and have read all your stories. I know how you want to spend your valentine’s day, and I have fresh cheese and wine in the basket along with some chocolates and a book of romantic poetry by ‘Lucks’. I have also written a poem for you and would like to read it out to you, if I may?”
Simi nodded and smiled at him through tears of joy and love.
You mesmerize me,
you entice me,
You pleasantly surprise me,
with my depth of,
emotions for you.
Be gentle, be kind,
Oh my Valentine.
Cherish me, like I do you.
Love me, love me true.
Sulekha aka Lucks
The other contributors to the challenge are:
|1.||Francine Howarth||6.||Adura Ojo||11.||Andy|
|2.||Sally Stackhouse||7.||N. R. Williams||12.||Nilanjana Bose|
|3.||Sulekha Rawat||8.||Roland Yeomans||13.||Donna Hole|
|5.||Anna of Annas Adornments||10.||Linda Katmarian||15.||Suzy|