Flash of Thunder… Lightning Struck … And then it Rained…

Here’s the next entry to the ‘And then…’ contest. Just reminding, I am not disclosing the author‘s name now so that we can have a fair voting. The write-ups would be posted in the order I receive them… Here are the rules & hints and here is The Scene…

Was it Him? Or was her mind playing tricks on her? Maybe she was just imagining things! Maybe it was not him but someone else!! After all, what was that old adage – there are 7 people in the world who look the same as you or something like that!! She took a closer look. She was right! This was not Him! This guy looked much younger. This was just someone who looked a lot like Him!! But the resemblance was so striking that she could not help but keep staring. The mannerisms, the tilt of the head, the way he grimaced at something, it was all so eerily familiar.

She thought back to over the years when she had joined her organization… a young, carefree, blithe girl… she had grown leaps and bounds in this past decade and a little more…from a regular as like everyone else, team member to a high-ranking, prominent individual… as per the company’s growth curve she was on fast track… her nickname around this place and in circles she moved in was ‘Dark Horse’…

And then she had met Him! Him with his striking good looks, the very epitome of Tall Dark and Handsome, the intellectually stimulating conversations that she had with him, his clever and witty retorts … they had share a good chemistry … the age gap between them did not seem so much when they were discussing matters of no great importance blatantly ignoring the other person seated on either side of them for the evening. She had mentally thanked her friend for seating them together for the evening. The birthday party had not held any more meaning for her than that.

Things had progressed quickly between them after that. But when he had proposed marriage, she had balked. She had weighed her career higher than him and that had been the one mistake that had cost her dearly. Even after so many years, her career still took predominance in her life… Her mind went back to that day when she had met Him last… the day it had ended and started at the same time… she had gone to speak her heart out with him but somehow it was Him who spoke everything that day… everything that he had ever held inside him for all those years, he spewed out the lot and that too in no uncertain terms…. In a sense, she had missed the bus! And along with the bus Him too….

He looked up in the midst of turning a page and caught her gazing at him. He smiled at her. She returned the smile, half heartedly, wondering if she should muster up courage to talk to him. She finally found herself going up to him. Talking, starting off by saying that she knew someone who looked a lot like him. He asked her as any person would, what His name was!! She replied, and he exclaimed – “Hey, that’s my dad’s name! Did you know him?”


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