Cafe Coffee Day had never really been a hot favourite for him. Well, never since he had been to the cosy confines of Barista or Costa. But now, having been to the Mochas and the Costas, the CCD had lost its place of eminence in his eyes... Inspite of this, he decided to take her to the CCD rather than stay at Barista.
Maybe because they needed a place where the sound outside could mask the furious quiet between them, waiting to implode on the slightest pretext. A place where there would be some din, to form a curtain between the world working to its clockwork routine and the two of them sitting holding hands, after taking a day off from their offices. Words were a pretense, a formality they were not interested in- the hands could feel the thoughts of the other person louder than any megaphone could convey... Not that there was much to tax the thought process, either.. For all he could think of, was her... Her presence, her hand holding his, her eyes boring their way into his heart, and the look of ultimate contentment in her eyes... And similar was the case with her too....
The one thing he thought of, apart from her was, eerily enough, the theory of relativity... If only they could start running at the speed of light, so that time would stop and they would savour the moment forever... But if they would be running, how woul;d they savour this time? In the midst of this paradox, it was almost a welcome intrusion into that intensely private moment when a diffident staff boy nervously coughed and said, "May I take the orders, sir?"
Waving the proffered menu aside she almost automatically replied, "Masala chai" as he made a pretense of studying a menu he knew almost backwards. "One for me too", he intoned.
"That would be two masala chai, sir.. Anything to eat along with this?" "No!" she sounded exasperted. "Sir let me repeat your order. You have ordered two masala chai." "Yes!!!" she said, really at the end of her calm. "No! wait." Came the interruption from him, "Make it one masala chai for the lady and pone lemon demon for me."