Another empty pint bottle hit the water and gently sunk to the depths. Chirag opened another one and quietly handed it to Pradeep. It was the last of the half dozen they picked up on the way to the bridge. It had been a long time since they last came up here. They sat on the edge, legs dangling over the edge, watching the sun set over the river.
"You know", Pradeep started, "getting married was my idea. I don't even know if she really wanted to marry me. I mean apart from just getting married which all of them want to do."
"when they reach that particular age," interjected Chirag.
"At that particular age, precisely, I just don't know if she wanted to get married to me in particular. There was Duleep also. They are still friends you know. I think she spends more time talking to him than me!"
"Well you have been busy…"
"Only because we want to move in to a pent house! I am glad where we are. Of course everybody wants to live in a bigger space but it's not like I really want to, it's her" Pradeep moaned. The chill in the air combined with the beer was taking effect.
"And then there is the… thingy," Chirag carefully approached.
"yeah… The thingy. It's not like it's bad. It's good, not great, but good. Of course after the baby and all, I don't really expect it to be like the old days. Phew! We had some crazy… thingy those days. Of course we have special days that we plan."
"you have scheduled… thingy?"
"Don't smirk. One day you will be married and god bless you if she will honour the schedule."
"ok ok, calm down now" Chirag laughed.
The sun slipped gently down the horizon. The remaining light was slowly draining out, the sky awash in hues of purple and reds. Soon they will get up and head back home. It was time to broach the topic before darkness fell.
"So you cheated on her?" said Chirag, staring intently at the water. A slight hiss betrayed his friend, he wasn't expecting the hit.
"Did she tell you?"
"I don't know why I did it. Yeah, it was sex. But that just wasn't it."
A silence separated them. A man weighted down by his deeds and the other with a emptiness within. They sat there with the darkness enveloping them. From somewhere the sounds of traffic drifted up.
"So now what?" said Chirag.
"I don't know. I wish she would forgive me. I wish she will take me back."
"No wishing you hadn't done it?"
"Oh yeah that too" Pradeep added. "But how did you find out about this?"
"I slept with Kirti last night" said Chirag, "I overheard her speaking to Kash in the morning."
"Finally it happened, didn't I tell you she wanted you! So how was it?"
"Fantastic! It was the best sex I ever had."
"Would I lie to you?" said Chirag.