Sun, 25 Feb, 2024

Lost Love

By Alisha Pathak

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Today he became 60 years old and his wife 58. They had spent their lifetime together. They were a happily married couple. They had fallen in love at a young age and had promised to live the rest of their lives together. They had always shared everything between them, their possessions and their feelings.

Today, on their birthdays, the wife suddenly started to cry uncontrollably. The husband gave her a glass of water and told her to be calm. He asked her to share her worries with him and promised her that he would try to solve her problem. She took a while to calm down and started to say. “It was a long time ago. I was waiting for a train at the station to go to college that day when I saw him for the first time. I could not see his face clearly. He and I boarded the same train and later I found out that we were in the same college. He was a new student and hardly talked to anyone. He was busy in his virtual world. I wanted to bring him out of his virtual world and into the real life. I started to talk to him via the internet. I made him believe that he can talk with me and share his feeling with me. Sometimes we used to talk over the internet for the whole night. One day I convinced him for a video chat. He was wearing a mask on his face and so was I. By wearing masks we talked to each other normally like we always did. But suddenly, he told me that he wasn’t good enough for me and left the conversation. The next day, I found out he had left that college. I have not seen him since.

He was my first love and now I don’t know where he is. But I do have his photo with me now. I got that photo of him secretly from his bag but I have not looked at that photo. She went to their bedroom and brought a photo of him. When the husband saw the picture, he was shocked and smiled at her. It was his photo, back when he was still young. With tears in his eyes, he told his wife that she had fallen for him all along. He had run away because he was falling for her and was scared that she might reject him because of his past. The wife already knew about his past and had accepted him for who he was. On that day, they fell in love with each other once again.