HEELS UNDER MY FLATS!?
CHAPTER – 1O
Wow. Welcome back to the finale or to the judgement day of my story. I know the last one was too heavy, and I hope you’ve had enough rest to listen to my story again because this is the chapter of solutions.
“WAKE UP! IT’S TIMEEEEEEE” Anuksha and Sulochana shouted at the top of their voices. Meanwhile, I was swirled in my blanket and was kind of getting my blessings from those two worst alarms, as my head was parallel to their toes.
Everyone would dream of waking up to the sunlight and with some fresh air, but I woke up to two dirty feet who were about to stamp me, but somehow, they realized my being at last and went to another direction. However, the automatic start was terrible and so I decided to get up. I went to the balcony and manually made my start a brighter one, as the sun kissed me on my cheeks at quarter-past-six in the morning and the trees gave me an aura that I felt refreshed already.
“I don’t want imaginary refreshments here. Go get ready for real, we are already late!” yelled Anuksha, who was already in her new costume
and was busy preparing the tribe to leave, so as to attend her bachelor’s party.
Her voice was so frightening, that even Nrithya, who is the sleepy-bag of our gang stood up immediately, and went inside the bathroom to get ready. In another 30 minutes, we were all ready and were busy loading our bags inside the car. Somehow, girls managed to get ready first and so we had some time left till the boys got ready.
Athi was busy arranging the bags in the dicky of the car, while I refused to be there and so came to the sofa and sat there. Nrithya came near me and asked if everything was okay after yesterday’s complications, to which I sat still.
Then Sulochana came and sat near me and asked a question to which I was not ready at all. “I saw Aadarsh and you standing right here, in this place, last night. Is everything alright? Or wait, let me guess, you accepted his proposal, didn’t you? OMG, my best friend has found her true love!! I’m so happy for you Shreya.” she said with so much sparkle in her eyes that I found it too hard to disappoint her.
“Sulochana, nothing like that happened, though I wish that had happened. We just stood there in silence and we parted our ways, when Aadarsh stood blank.” I said with a very dull tone.
“But why? I thought you guys loved each other.” Nrithya asked.
“LOVED Nrithya. I don’t know if I can be with him after all these tangled intentions and episodes. I know it sounds idiotic, but I’m just not in the state to jump into a relationship with him now. Moreover, Athi still loves Aadarsh, I can’t do this to my friend. In fact, I even waited for Aadarsh to speak up, but he was as silent as a corpse. What am I supposed to do with that silence? I want someone who can handle fights and can actually solve a problem, which he did not. I’m kind of losing my faith in him dude. GOD!” I said as tears blocked my vision but made sure that they did not fall from my eyes.
Looking at me in such a pale state, Sulochana and Nrithya decided to cheer me up and so started playing songs and danced to them too. They pulled me to join them, while others were busy mingling in it. I was not in the mood to dance at all, for, I was so heart-broken. Meanwhile Anuksha came to me and whispered in my ears that, “This is a bright new day, no places for yesterday’s pain!” That line, that single line meant so much to me and for a moment I thought that I was being so weak and meaningless. Therefore, I started jumping like kangaroos and was getting into the dance beats, really intense that I had almost gone out-of-breath, just like the others.
The DJ, who was Ashwathi, changed the song to a softer and subtle tone. That song made everyone in the house, mostly the couples, who were in majority, celebrate with their partners in their arms, while for me it was very seducing. When I decided to move out of that place, I was stopped by Aadarsh who stood right in front of me, lending his hand so as to dance together.
I looked at him with teary eyes, and I could see that his eyelids were also wet. Yet, I decided to just keep moving when he just held my hand and said, “At least as friends? Please!?”
Now that phrase made me pay respect to it and so I took his hand and started doing that boring, yet emotional ball-room dance to my all-time favorite song, “Take me back to the night we met”, by Lord Huron. It’s a song that comes in the web series called, 13 Reasons Why. Aadarsh and me saw the series together and did fall in love with that song ever since. But today, it should have felt magical but I was just finding it so uncomfortable to make my best friend’s crush as my boyfriend (even when he’s my crush too).
Throughout the dance, we never shared any words and just when I was about to speak up, I saw Athi near us with a lost look yet with a smile on her lips, and I decided to part from Aadarsh. I went out to the car, and was followed by Athi and Aadarsh too.
“Shreya come on. Aadarsh is all yours now. I’ve moved on. I’m so sorry for this mess. I was very childish and I’m sorry. And I’m here to tell you that I heard you yesterday. I agree to everything you said yesterday and I’m sorry for being the worst best friend. I’m sorry!” Athi said as she hugged me.
“Dude. It’s okay. Moreover, I do not need your permission to make Aadarsh mine, yet, there are still few things that we need to figure out. That’s it, you chill.” I said, looking at Aadarsh who had a curious look on his face.
Athi went inside, to give us some privacy!
“What things Shreya?” asked Aadarsh.
“Why do you love me?” I asked him back.
“Because that’s the only thing I’ve been doing since I know your name.” he said.
That answer was so convincing yet I did not feel like leaving my guards down. “Why didn’t you speak anything yesterday? Don’t you think you should have?” I asked him.
“What difference would that have made? Such problems will take a fortnight to solve and moreover, I had nothing to do with Athi’s feelings. Somehow, I felt like telling you that I love you yesterday, because I’ve been trying to do that for a while now. That’s it. I was just acting matured.” he said.
“I’m not convinced Mr. Mature guy. Why didn’t you…” before I could finish, he interrupted me by saying, “Cut the chase. I know you love me too. Now, you in or you out of this relationship? I’ve wasted enough time by delaying my proposal to you, and I can’t wait anymore. So, tell me the truth, you still love me? Because I still do and will continue to do so.”
God, this guy is so amazing. My worries, doubts and every negative aspect got carried away with the morning breeze and I was refreshed with the falling flowers. I went up to him and said, “You’ve passed, I’m in.”
We shared laughter’s and hugs,
till everyone came rushing towards our direction and started throwing us in the air after our official promotion to being couples. When I could finally feel the ground under my feet, I looked at Athi, who gave me a hug and a cute dimpled smile, indicating that she was happy for me.
I gave one last glance at the house which brought so many scenes in my life that I would never have imagined even in my dreams. But somehow, at the end of the day, everything was settled and this time I was not awaken from the grave but from a cozy mattress called Friendship. I was so proud of my friends, who were already inside the car.
I got boarded too, but somehow, the seating arrangement sounded so weird because the pairs were changed and therefore it took us another 10 minutes to place people near their partners. Unfortunately or fortunately, Nrithya, Aadarsh and I were in the back seat of the Innova, while Marlon, Ashwathi and Athi were in the middle seat and Sulochana in the front and Niranj as the driver. It was perfect I thought, looking at those happy faces of my friends.
“Finally, GOA HERE WE COMEEEE!” I shouted and everyone joined the chorus, while Nrithya came out of it and mocked me by saying, “Well, yesterday someone said that they’ll leave to their house as the first thing in the morning, but today she is glued to this car seat with her lover beside her.“ Everyone laughed at me while I was laughing at myself, for being so stupid yesterday. The car went into motion and did hit the roads when I felt my mobile vibrating.
“Oops it’s my mom’s call!” I said, which made everyone go silent and tremble in fear.
“Hello Shreya, where are you? Guess you are already travelling?” she asked.
“Yes amma, we have just started. Will call you once I reach there.” I said.
“Okay. Who’s driving actually?” she asked.
“Shit, whom should I say?” I thought to myself but not too long, for Anuksha will always be my escape route. “It’s Anuksha amma. She’s pretty good at it. We are having fun anyways, so will call you later? Bye.” I said and when I was about to cut the call my mom stated her pooja.
“Shreya listen, be careful, do not talk to strangers, do not spend so much money on useless things, please don’t buy new clothes because your cupboard is already overflowing, do not…” she continued her mantra for another 5 minutes and did finally come to an end, but it was not the end of the call though.
“Alright, do call your papa and update him about your where-about. Okay? Don’t forget. Bye.“ she said and disconnected the call.
Well, I was in no mood to call my father for I was enjoying the beautiful ride which was happening after so many years of planning. It’s been our dream since our 2nd grade, and here we are, executing in our realities. I couldn’t believe anything that was happening. I was on a dream trip with my lover beside me and my lovable friends all around me.
But was this the same scenario the days before? Absolutely not. Well, I learnt one thing for real that is, “This will also pass!” and what do I mean by that? Be it the worst of cases or the better of it, both are not permanent things in your life, they will keep changing, for life is all about ups and downs.
In fact, I’ve always thought that my life was just like the flats, you know, very flat with nothing interesting except for the bhajans that my mom makes in the house. However, it’s these extra people in my life who reminds me that my flats have heels under them and so I have to be careful with each of my step. This was so evident yesterday, for I was about to fall into the thorns but was saved by the same person who pushed me down. Now, here I am, back again on the flats but with some heels under them too. I looked around and understood that everyone’s life works the same way and that there is no escape from it.
I was interrupted from my philosophical thinking by another call. This time it was not my mom but the cool person you should know, my dad.
“Hello appa, I’m on my way to GOAAA!!!” I shouted in excitement.
“WOWWW… Take care and come home soon. I miss you already.” he said as he was returning home after his business tour from Bangalore. My dad is a software engineer and was also this cool guy who knows most of my secrets and would act as if he knows nothing in front of my mom.
“OMG, will be there very soon!” I said.
“Now just because of my confession, don’t make your trip flat. But however, I’ve got some new heels for you so I just hope you get home soon. Go have fun, bye.“ he said and disconnected the call. “What more heels? NOT AGAIN!” I thought to myslef and let out a laughter and cut the call.
I was so damn happy, because I had no reason to be sad. However, there was one last thing I wanted to do which was to ask for an apology for the drama I created yesterday. “Guys, listen up, I’m so sorry about yesterday, I know I was a hypocrite but it was just that I was so hurt and tired of so much mess that I had to open up so harsh. I’m sorry if that has hurt anyone.“ I said.
“Shreya, don’t worry, our lives are always with Heels under our flats! Ignore it, let’s have fun!” they all said and was embraced by their partners, while the single members in the group were embraced by the nearby girls.
There it was, my trip to Goa. However, I did travel so many places in just half-day, even before I could actually travel to a single place. It was one hell of a crazy journey. If you ask me, I’d say I want to live those moments again, for, they brought in the best and worst of my friends and that big crack brought us even closer that a day-out or a conference call wouldn’t have done. Even with my mom, our quarrel will continue to be there, and in whose absence, I’ll definitely get bored, for, those fights prove me how much she loves me. This is my life and this can be yours too. If it is so, then remember, there’s always Heels under your Flats!
Thank you so much for being my listener and audience for these 10 amazing weeks. I’ve had immense joy and pleasure to be narrating this story of real incidents portrayed in a fiction form. You guys have been amazing, thank you so much for all your love and support and do ping me up if you’ve had similar experiences in your life, or anything that would justify this blog series’ title. Take care and have fun and remember, be there in times of storm, celebrations and everything because they are just seasonal beings, so do not restrict yourself. Live every moment and stand up for the ones you love and make sure you don’t leave them for a silly fight. Thank you, I love you all and a big hug and a bye to all of you, till we meet next, probably with another exciting, adventurous story.
“Arghhh, Shreya, shut it already. We all know what life is, now shut up and enjoy the trip with your boyfriend.” my friends shouted.
“Shit, Bye, see you soon!”