I really don’t believe it, you are accepting it. I mean you? “Yes” he replied with a smile. “I wasn’t mature enough to accept it then. But as you said, I am a changed man now”. “Of course you are. You are too fat now”. As both of them start sipping their coffee, their flight was announced to depart in 20 minutes.
They were about to complete their coffee when he popped the question “Can I ask you for a favor, for old times’ sake?” She had one of those smiles which said she knew what’s next, but nevertheless was curious about it “Yes, why not?” she replied.
“After you left, all my life I regretted not telling you how I felt for you. Not because I didn’t move on. I did, I have a fiance. But, I would never know how you felt about me. I was a friend, fool, crush, enemy or a compulsion as we were in the same office. You were my first crush and I don’t know what was I to you? I am tired of asking myself. What if? What if, I would have acted differently? I need to come to terms with that part of my life. Even if the answer would mean that I was a fool; I need to know. It’s like a part of life is still left incomplete, and that make me restless”.
“I can understand if you are offended. You are married, have a kid. This might not be the right thing to ask but I am not sure if our paths would cross again! If you can just; if you can’t say it, may be write it? I just don’t want that incompleteness in my life anymore and only you can help me out, please help me out”.
He was looking at her with frustration, not knowing how she is going to respond. She took out a pen, with an angry expression on her face, wrote something on a tissue paper and left with the kid without saying anything. He looked at that tissue paper. It was an end to his sufferings; just a peek and he would never regret not knowing the answer. He slowly lifts the paper from the table and read what was written.
“One thing you are right about, you are indeed a fool. You always have been. I wonder how a dumb ass like you scored a girl. It must be arranged from your family side I think, but yes, I did have a crush on you. If only you hadn’t quit office, or kept in touch with your friends. You would know that my fiancé ran away with his girlfriend on the night we were to be married. The incident taught a good lesson to my parents. They stopped forcing me to get married. I am single. This kid is my nephew and I am talking him to his mother. Wish you a happy married life. Goodbye”
He could not believe what he had just read. His eyes were filled with tears of joy; he could not control his feeling and shouted “O my god! I am a fool”. He ran out of the coffee shop searching for her. The steward shouted to remind him of his luggage, but he couldn’t care less.
All he wanted to do is find her, show her his fingers and shout loudly, “you are a bigger fool than I am. I lied. I never scored anyone. I am still madly in love with you and I think both of us can live a foolish life with each other, happily ever after, will you marry me???”