Friday, September 19, 2008

Cobwebs

Friends are like moonbeams on a starlit night. No matter how bright the rest of the stars shine, the silver streak is still the one who holds the promise of hope.

After a heated discussion with Lav, who was quite adamant that Shaina was married to Akshay, the discussion ended with him banging the phone on, “I don’t need to explain myself to anybody and definitely not to a nobody! So think what you fancy!”

So well, back to the coffee shop, back to stirring thick latte foams with sparkling silver spoons and back to brooding, albeit not alone. Chris was stirring his own mug of coffee.

Putting her spoon down, she took in a deep breath, as if she were about to pose a question of paramount importance. But the question was of paramount importance.. to her! Though, as to why it was so important, she had no clue.

“You remember Lav?” She finally asked.

Chris continued stirring his coffee, “The one I feel for the woman, while I am making out with her or the emotional pfaff romance novels talk about!”

Momentarily baffled she frowned. Then realizing he was talking about ‘love’ and ‘Lav’ she let out an exasperated breath.

“When you are making out with a woman its lust not love,” she corrected him. When he looked all eager to debate this point further, she raised a palm to silence him. “I am not talking of the romance novels either! I am talking about a person! Who you happen to be friends with… or.. .used to be.. Lav Kulshreshtha!?”

Chris hid his smile behind a sip of coffee. The putting the cup down he grinned a more broad and idiotic grin at her.

“You mean the one you thought had a cute butt?” he asked grinning.

“I thought no such thing!” she retorted colouring furiously.

“Oh come on!” he said adding to her embarrassment, “The entire office knows about it! Everybody noticed how you ogled his back till he disappeared from sight!”

“What?” she asked totally mortified. He just chuckled further.

“Ok! Calm down! Maybe I was the only one who noticed!” he said sobering up. Then quite seriously he added, “ So why the renewed interest in god’s gift to woman kind?”

“Well,” she said fidgeting with the paper napkin, “ you remember how you had forgotten his wedding invite and asked me to pick it up for you?”

“uhuh!” he nodded his assent.
“Well, it was for his wedding right?” She asked, her heart beating faster with every moment.

“Uhuh!” Chris acknowledged in affirmative again.

She leaned back in her chair a sadly victorious grin on her face and whispered, “What a jerk?”

“Why?” asked Chris totally at a loss for what was happening, “For inviting me to his wedding?”

“No!” she exclaimed leaning close to talk to him again, “because he has the gall, to claim to be unmarried and meet sweet unpretentious women and fool them into marrying him!”

“Whoa! Hold it there!” Chris said holding his hands up as if surrendering himself, but in fact attempting to stop her flow of monologue. “Lav is unmarried!”

Totally taken aback by this, she scowled at Chris. Either Chris was fiercely loyal to Lav and had hence decided to sacrifice their friendship. Or there was something really wrong here.

“You did attend his wedding that night, didn’t you?” She asked clearing her cobwebs one by one.

“Yes I did!” Chris stated.

“And he married Shaina?” She asked taking the next step

“Yes he did!”

“Then how on earth is he unmarried!?” She asked completely foxed by his last statement.

“You see Lav married Shaina because Shaina was pregnant with Akshay’s kid. But Akshay was in the ICU due to a major car crash. She was four months pregnant and there was no way out but to have the baby. Nobody knew when Akshay would snap out of the coma. So Lav married Shaina. Seven days later, Akshay snapped out of the coma. Fortunately the namesake marriage, which had taken place more for the society, had not yet been legalized. So three weeks later, Akshay and Shaina were legally pronounced huband and wife by some court in Mumbai!”

Silence.

“Then why all the secrecy around it?” She asked bewildered and awed.

“Not many people know that Lav had married Shaina. It was just close friends and family. When Shaina married Akshay, it was decided that the Lav-Shaina wedding should die a natural death. Lav didn’t want to put Shaina through the agony of explaining her fickle minded nature while choosing husbands or justifying her pre-marital pregnancy. Whoever mention the Lav-Shaina wedding are just told that they made a mistake about the groom.” Chris explained.

“He must have loved her!” She exclaimed on a whisper

“Completely. He still does. There is no place for another woman in his life.” Chris explained.

32 comments:

Prakhar said...

WOW!!!

How did you held on to this ...for such a long time...beautiful story! :)

rain girl said...

oh man oh man! you ever tried for some bolly flick?

Vinz aka Vinu said...

aah...i gave lots of thoughts how to end this story..
and this idea is totally new and unique...

great you got the grip till the end..
keep writing..!!
sad that the story ended over here..

PS: or still cooking up something..?

:)

Ding said...

ok i dont think anybody expected this twist! i would have liked it if lav had explained it himself to her.

b&b your writing is lacking its usual flair, the zing... just a take ;)

but good googly, this cant end just yet!

gunj said...

hmmmm
now is there goin to b another part telling us y is he looking to get married now??

•♥•♥Vicky♥•♥• said...

waah ustad waah..
kahani mein twist like ekta kapoor serails.

i hope this doesn't become as twisty as them :)

definitely story has something more to it.. it has na?

Mystique Wanderer said...

it is said that romantics...like to romance death...coz death brings glory to romance like no happy ending ever could...the beauty of romance can only be brought out by the pain it goes through...

nice i liked how u can keep your story crisp...mine flow slightly too long :(

rantravereflect/ jane said...

whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! here after a longggg timeee..
so sexy..

i mean the confusion was beautifully slapped together, n the last line was the crowning irony!

fukn good!

debasish.. said...

Dat was b'ful !
I luv all ur characters..

Me Mini Mini Mouse said...

Awwwww!!!
Y r such sweet men only in immagination... this was really sweet girl.

Sometime back thr was a discussion on a radio channel sayin romance is missin from our stories, out thoughts these days... i will refer them to this nxt time it comes up..

I really loved it...

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

Well written! :)

Scribblers Inc said...

wooosh!! not baaad!! :D

Scribblers Inc.

comfortably numb said...

lovely...sort of knew d guy would come out clean as I hinted in my last comment but in such a glorious way...kudos!!!
waiting for more...bring it on, jaldi:)

Cinderella. said...

Now this is something !

AshenGlow said...

The only thing that i really missed while reading this, is a bowl of popcorn.. This is getting better and better, buddy... Next time, il make sure i at least grab a cup of coffee before i read what's remaining! ;)

Simply Great!!
:)

Ashen

Macadamia The Nut said...

LOved it!!
I kept second guessing throughout the story :D And each time you tricked me
Goooood one!

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ Prakhar

Thanks!! But you see its a story in parts and i can reveal only on tiny bit at a time :)

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ Rain Girl

hmmm... plan to hook up with Ekta Kapoor next :P

Beauty and the BEast said...

@vinz aka vinu

still cooking...

Sigh! couldnt end it just yet... :o

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ ding

appreciate your critics! bring 'em on!

And yes this cant end just yet..

sorry that this one wasnt up to the mark!

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ gunj

I dont know if the other part tells you why he wants to get married..

But there sure is another part... :)

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ vicky

kya kare?? Cant let go of the Indian who loves these twists within me :P

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ mystic wandered

Your philosophy of romance reduced the romantic in me to tears..

But well I like never ending stories... so maybe I should indulge myself in a read on your blog...

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ rantravereflect/jane

Thank you!!

and good to have you back here!!

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ debashish

thanks!!

:)

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ me mini mini mouse

ooops! Dont go to the radio yet...

maybe you should read ahead

Everything is not always as it seems!!

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ Sameera

helo there!!

Welcome!

Thanks!

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ scribblers inc

why thank you!! :)

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ comfortably numb!!

lol!! yeah glorious indeed.. no wonder it gets classified as fiction ;)

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ cinderella

sure is girl :)

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ ashenglow

aww that was a sweet thing to say.. well bring out the popcorn now ;)

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ macadamia the nut

Welcome back girl!!

I kept you guessing.. wow!! :)