It was her engagement ceremony today. She was staring at herself in front of the mirror. She couldn’t even cry because of the heavy makeup on her face.

“What have you done! Why did you do this! You know Aditya loves you and you have rejected him…just because of your parents! You are unbelievable, Maya! You are impossible!”

“Maya, it’s time to go down! Come on!” said Diya.

As she was coming down through the staircase, her gaze fell on him. She could see him clearly in the midst of the crowd. He was looking handsome in the black blazer and blue jeans. She kept on staring at him regretting her decision.

Suddenly, she felt a tap on her shoulder; it was her best friend, Diya- the only one who understood her.

“If you loved him so much, why did you reject him?” said Diya

She didn’t have an answer to her question. She kept on staring at him, hoping he would look at her.

She never wanted to marry Anirudh! He had always been visiting her house and they had been close friends but, it never meant that they were in love. Suddenly he happened to look at her. She could feel her heart pounding in her chest. She could see the sadness in his eyes and the smile on his lips almost neutralized it. Now she couldn’t stop the tears from her eyes. She was crying on her own plight.

On one side was Anirudh- who had confessed his love towards her and on the other hand was this person who loved her dearly but never reciprocated it! They both were looking at each other with a mirthful smile. She was in her own trance and he was in his.

“Hi! Were you looking for me?” said Anirudh.

His voice got her out of her trance.

“Umm…Yes! Yes! Whom else would I look for? By the way, you’re looking handsome today!” she said.

“Oh! Really! Thank you! But not better than you for sure!” he said.

“You always have a reason to praise me!” she said with a fake smile.

“So, should we start with the rituals now?” her mom said from behind.

“Yes sure!” said Anirudh.

Her mother brought the two rings. She picked a ring and turned towards Siddharth. Without looking at him, she slid the ring in his finger. The thunderous sound of applause echoed through the hall. He also put the ring in her finger and a round of applause followed.

“A family photo please!” someone said from the crowd and everyone gathered around Anirudh and Maya. But gaze fell on only one person who was leaving the hall quite early, maybe because he couldn’t take it anymore now.

A tear rolled out through her eyes as she saw him go from the hall as well as from her life.

“Never ever take who you love you for granted because you never know what will you go through once they go away”


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