Happy Friendship Day!
Posted August 2, 2008on:
KK looked again where he thought he saw Bets! He thought he might have been mistaken… so he looked again, but there was nobody there. Somebody honked from behind and he realized that he was in middle of the road.
Since he saw her (or thought that he saw her!) in the morning Bets had occupied his thoughts completely.
Bets… actually she was Bharati but when did she became ‘Bets’ nobody remembered!
All of them had nick names in their group. Sandeep was “San”, Ayushi was “kitty” (because she looked like a cute little kitten, always with a smile!) and Sameer was “Sam”!
He got his name “KK” for “Kishore Kumar”, as he sung well! A smile came on KK’s lips as he remembered his friends. And his thoughts again went back to Bets… the most beautiful girl of their college and his best friend!
How many years had passed since he met any of his friends? 12? No, 15. 15 long years! And not only had he not met them, he didn’t keep in touch with any of them. Actually he had run away from them, from Bets!
He looked around himself and measured his success. He had been very successful! Why, last year only he received “the best young entrepreneur of the year” award! But somehow, these days, his success seemed empty! And today, seeing Bets made him feel worse.
He went back to the last day of the college…
Everybody was happy to have finished the college and at the same time all of them were a little sad since they will not be meeting each other the same way again. But they promised to keep in touch.
Bets was behaving very oddly that day. She came to him and told him that she wanted to talk to him about something and it’s very urgent. KK didn’t understand. What could it be? She wanted to talk to him alone.
“Where will we meet now on?” she asked.
“Arey, you can come down to my place whenever you feel like and then we have each others’ numbers. We can always call to catch up!”
“No, but it will not be the same, will it?” she had tears in her eyes.
KK wanted to give her a bear hug but he refrained from it.
“Don’t worry, Bets, we will definitely meet! And you know what, you will not even have much time after a few months when your parents will find a great guy for you!’” he tried to make her smile.
But now, her tears were flowing freely.
“But I love YOU, KK!” she exclaimed.
It was like a bomb hitting him in the face. He had never considered her to be anything other that a friend. Yes, they were best friends! Chatting, joking, monkeying around, gossiping and doing everything best friends do! But love? Now, where did that come from?
KK didn’t answer her. He didn’t want to upset her but at the same time he was not ready for this relationship, any relationship for that matter!
That was the last day that they met. Bets tried to contact him many times but he just disappeared. And he severed the ties with all his friends. He went to Mumbai to set up his business and the rest is history. Today, he was the most sought after bachelor and a great businessman.
He was unable to answer this but the truth was that he didn’t like anybody enough to make her his wife. At times he missed Bets and wondered about her!
Way to his home back, at the same junction he looked around hoping to find her! He parked his car and went to the beach to take a stroll, in-case she is there! And there he saw her again… yes, it WAS Bets! No doubt about it!
He was in a dilemma whether to go and talk, but suddenly she looked in his direction and their eyes met! Surprise, shock and hundred different emotions flickered on Bets face. She stood rooted there!
KK went to her and both of them didn’t know what to say. Then a small smile came on their faces and the ice was broken.
Bets had come to Mumbai for a couple of days to a conference. She still looked beautiful. She had put on a bit of weight, but it suited her perfectly. The years had been kind on her body. Nobody would tell that she had completed 38 years! She looked downright sexy in her tight jeans and T-shirt!
Beautiful, sexy… What was he thinking! He had never felt this way about anybody before!
He invited her to his place for dinner and she agreed! He saw the same softness for him in her eyes. He felt as if he has found the right woman! It felt like home-coming!
They caught up with the lost time and KK was jubilant to know that Bets had not married!
After dinner as they sat down with a cup of coffee, he held out his hand to her… he wanted to make up for the lost time! He wanted her in his life! Back!
As his wife, his best friend!
She looked at his out stretched hand and then into his eyes….
“It is too late now! I think I should be going. It was nice meeting you and hey, thanks for the dinner. Catch you sometime
She gave a peck on his cheek, took her purse and left… without looking back!