Story 69


The countdown had begun. People were shouting at the top of their voices. They all were happy, unaware of what was going inside her head. She was not sad, but she was not happy either. She came to the party because he was supposed to be here. He did not come. She was disappointed. She was tired of not letting her mood rub onto the mood of her friends. They had absolutely no idea that she had arranged to meet him. 


10 … 9 … 8 … 7 … 6 … 5 … she looked towards the door for one last time, 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 … Happy New Year! Everybody shouted. This time, she joined in. People then started wishing each another. She wished her friends. 


“What’s wrong?” Her closest friend asked.
She shook her head, trying to say “Nothing” against the loud music that now filled the room. People had already started dancing to the music the DJ was playing.


She made her way out through the dancing people to reach the corner seat. Her best friend followed.
“Has this something to do with him?” another question
She could never lie to her best friend. She did try a couple of times but she got caught on all the occasions. Her friend was really good of reading in between the lines.


“He said he had to talk to me about something important” She explained.
“Did he say what it was about?” Her friend was always full of questions.
“No. He just said that it was something important and he would be here before zero hours” She said avoiding looking towards the entrance. Her friend did that for her, involuntarily.
“But he is not here.” Her friend said scanning the crowd. “It is high time you forget about him” the serious tone set in, slightly anxious touch to it.


“Are you alright?” She asked her friend. It was her turn to ask a question for a change.
“Yeah, I am fine. Let me get you a drink” saying so, her friend got up and walked towards the bar. She watched her for a while and then scanned the crowd, hoping she could find him. There was no sign of him. She should have been angry but she was not. Strangely, she was worried. Her intuition told her something was wrong.
Her friend brought two drinks and handed one to her.
“Cheers” her friend said and smiled.
She drank the entire content of the glass in one single gulp. She should have not done, she realised a little too late.


“Happy New Year” her friend said as she started drifting into darkness.

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