Walking steadily towards her office, she entered in a hurry and went straight to the washroom, as usual, to freshen up and get started with her day. As she saw her reflection in the mirror she noticed that one of her earring was missing. Damn! she had lost it again. And within a split second, she was transported to a memory. To him.
It was their second date, kind of. Elevating a relationship from being good friends to dating is different in a way. You suddenly start seeing the other person in another light, yet when you are with each other, it is still similar to being old friends. So, there they were – Delhi’s winters. Her new scarf and earrings. His leather jacket. Expensive coffee. Random talks. Getting a bit comfortable yet figuring out what is it between them.
He noticed her earrings. It was a bit different from what she usually wore. It suited her, swirling every time she nodded her head. She knew he would notice it. They were one of her favorites, a gift from her friend.
As the day slowly progressed, she couldn’t clear her thoughts about him. Overthinking about other parallel worlds in her head and looking into his eyes, she just couldn’t decide what she wanted. He was being cutely nervous, the kind which happens when a guy really adores someone. She smiled and they continued walking around.
After a while, she went to the washroom to take a break, and as soon as she saw her reflection, she noticed her earrings missing. It was a mild shock. She thought, maybe he magically caught hold of them when he was checking them out just to tease her.
She went out and mockingly asked him to give her earrings back. He looked surprised. Clearly, there was no teasing happening here. And that’s when she got worried. With her ‘Oh my god! I lost them’ face, she looked at him, telling him that she had dropped her earrings somewhere.
And just like that, he started his way back, tracing their steps wherever they went. Halfway, she gave up. Disappointed that they won’t find them. But he was way ahead, scouting for them, as if he was on a mission. She looked at him from afar, and thought to herself, rather made a little bet to herself – If this guy finds both my earrings today, I will consider this as a sign and would definitely take things forward. Well, that was one of her ways of making decisions, expecting the universe to give a sign.
She walked upto him and tried looking around with him, recalling all the places they walked to. To one far end, where they walked and stopped for a while, was lying one of her precious earrings!! They found it and she smiled to herself, a bit eassured, a bit nervous. Her heart started beating a little faster and her head pictured a Monica and Chandler like perfect eight!!
‘It is just one of them, and even if that is it, I will better keep this as a souvenir. I guess I am just being too optimistic. This is not a movie. Let’s get practical and move on.’ , she thought. ‘But what if we find the other one? Could this be it?’, her mind wandered to the possibility yet again. She brought herself back while he was still looking around. She asked him to stop but he insisted on looking for the other one, once more. Smile again from her, but he was too busy to notice.
She looked at him and her heart reiterated her wish. It was a kiddish thing to do. Yet it made her heart warm. Once again they walked the same path in the opposite direction, this time till the end. And just when he started to look a little disappointed for the first time, amidst a grass patch, she found her second earring. It looked like it was waiting to be found. Waiting to fulfill a wish. Her wish.
She wore both of them, and for the entire evening, he kept a check if they were in place. It gave him an excuse to look at her every now and then, and her to blush a bit.
That evening, she introduced him to her best friend, taking a step further as she decided. It simply felt so right. They had an amazing time together. Her friend loved him too. The girls decided to go back home together and all three of them literally ran to catch their bus. When they both said goodbye to him and finally settled down, she once again checked if the earrings were there. They weren’t. While running to catch the bus, perhaps, she had lost one of them, again.
When she told him that, he said he will buy her a new pair, only if she promised never to lose them. She said she would try, but it might not be possible,given her bad luck.
She never got a chance to try and keep the new ones safe.
Looking in the mirror intently in her office washroom, she tried to remember where she could have lost them. She thought that if she went back again, she might find this one too. So, keeping her bags on her desk, she went outside on the road to scout for her lost earring once again, this time, all by herself.
As she walked back to her desk, a little disappointed, the thought of him and the time they spent crossed her mind and all she could wish was that, perhaps, in future, she might not only find, but will also keep a complete pair safe, adorning them with her bright smile.
Till this day, she has two single pieces of lost earrings in her collection. Not to remind her of the ones she had lost, but the ones she managed to keep, as souvenirs, as memories.