Bruised Memories…

Due to technical problems with WordPress I could not press entries yesterday… So make way for our 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…

She froze…It was invariably the same face only with a few wrinkles on it.. They were the same eyes that had haunted her for so many years..She immediately turned her away her face to escape the vision of those dreadful eyes. She felt sick at the pit of her stomach.
She closed her eyes. Old memories flooded her mind and nauseated her.Her mind raced back to the old campus,the first few days of her college life.
Freshly out of school Liz was quite excited about being a grown up college girl now.Life seemed so beautiful and fancy free with the friends around.
And then it happened. .Something that she had been longing for all her life till now.She had read about it in novels,seen it in movies,but the feeling,she felt it on that beautiful afternoon  when her eyes met his.There he was on the corner table of the college canteen.And she could feel the “funny thing” happeneing at stomach that she used to read about in books.
She was too shy to share it with any of her friends but her best friend Jenny could make it out frm her eyes.
“Hey, I guess u already have a girly crush on him”
“Nothing like that”Liz  blushed
Liz had always been the innocent shy types since childhood.She was a dreamer who was always lost in dreams of her Prince Charming who she believed would someday appear in front of hers,take his hands on hers and drift her to the magical world of love.
“Come on Liz,Im ur best frnd. You can tell me” Jenny said.
“Who is he?”
“Oh thas Jacob…an intern”.
“I was just wondering why is he alone all the time,nithong else”Liz gavea shy smile.
“May be hes one of thoses unfriendly uncool types…come on we’r getting late for class.”
That night Liz dreamt of those dark brown eyes.They were radiating all the passion, all the love form them.They  were brimming with dreams.
She kept eyeing him secrtetly every day but never did she have the courage to bring the slightest signs of emotions on her face.
That afternoon Liz was sitting alone in the library.
“Hi” … an unfamilier voice interrupted her concentration.
Her heart skipped a beat when she looked up to see those deep dark brown eyes.
“Hi..i”,she stammered
“Do you mind if I sit?”
Liz was running short of words.She just gave a wry smile.
She doesnot know how the next few hours or as a matter of fact the next few days passed.She had never been so happy in her life.
The long after college hours spent in the nearby coffee shop were like magic.
( 2 wks later)
.It was a cold winter afternoon.They were sitting leisurly in the ususal coffee shop.
“Tommorow is the alst day of my internship Liz. I wll have to fly ovrseas after that for higher studies.” Jacob sighed.
” I know”. Liz frowned.
“I have arranged for something special today evening for u and me”.
” Oh iwhat is it” Liz griined.
“Thats a surprize. For that you ahve to come to my apartment.”
“your apartment?” Liz hesitated.She wasnt sure if that was a very good idea. Afterall it ahd just been 2 weeks.But then she trusted him.He was the guy from her dreams
That evening Liz wore one of her prettiest dresses.That was the last evening with Jacob begore he would come back for her and she wanted it to be really special.
The door was opened by Jacob himself.
“Welcome Liz”,he griined and led her inside where two other guys were sitting leisuresly.
“They are my pals.They wanted to meet you so I called them over.”
Liz felt a pang of anger.Jacob had never mentioned any friends for the evening.She decided to linger on for a few uneasy minutes and leave.
“Make yourself comfortable Liz,”one of them smiled offering her a glass of wine.
“I dont drinked” Liz replied politely.
“‘Oh come on Liz ,be a sport”,Jacob said.
Liz looked up at him surprizingly.He knew what kind og a girl she was,still how could he say this?
“Im sorry,I just remembered I have some work.Ive gotta go.”Liz stood up
“Hey whats the hurry?” one of them held her hands from behind. A chill ran down her spine.She freed her hands with a jerk and hurrried towards the door..
“Whats the hurry sweetheart”,Jacob crossed her path..”the evening had just begun”.
She looked at the dark brown eyes to find not love, but a cruel animalism,hunger and greed.
All she remembered about her last few minutes of consciousness was the excruciating pain inside her,faces of three insatiated beasts on top of her,a terrible heartache and thoses sharp dark brown eyes piercing through her soul ripping apart her dream and shattering her fairyland.
Her thoughts were broken by the sudden landing of the aircraft.She opened her eyes to feel her heart pounding like a horse.
Right behind here,lost in his own sweet world was th man who had killed the timid,innocent dreamer and was responsible for what she was today..a cold blooded executive of a multinational company carring a bruised heart and a sieved mind inside.

A Meet with known or Unknown?

Alright so let the fun begin… here’s the first entry to the ‘And then…’ contest. As said earlier, 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…

Here’s the first entry and the author has written it from the point of view of Liz

I had met him for only 15 minutes, three years ago, no conversation had taken place, and lo! Behold, I saw him again. The world looked so small. My hear-beat again started racing, the way it had been when I was anxiously waiting at a Multinational co. office to get a job. This Monsier was also sitting in front of me. We had just shared some casual glances. My heart racing at 240 km per hour, I was somehow managing to appear calm, but turmoil in my brain had reached its limits. I knew this much, that it was a close call and either me or the gentleman sitting in front of me would get the most coveted job by the millions.

I could recall myself coming out of the chamber and sitting on the seat in front of him heavy words still ringing in my ears “Miss Koutnis, we are really sorry to say, It was a very really hard decision for us to choose, but since we have only one opening, you have to wait for any other opportunity, if it comes by. All my hopes, ambitions jeopardized in a jiffy, my mind had gone numb and I don’t know for how many minutes I remained in a state of dizziness, I remember woken up by the secretary, that there had been a review of situation, and I was called up again to see the director.

I had been appointed the new CEO of the company. But my eyes were searching for this gentleman. I hurriedly signed the approval letter and rushed out to look for this gentleman, but couldn’t find him. I knew very well in my heart, it was due to this gentleman that I had been given the job. Such a long time had elapsed, I had been overburdened with the newly held responsibility, that I never had any leisure time apart from work. There he was sitting right at the back of me, I closed my eyes thinking how to start up a conversation.

I was surprised to see him sitting next to me, when I opened my eyes. This was all happening like a film drama. How stealthily he had sent the man sitting next to me on his seat. ‘Very pleased to meet you miss Koutnis’ his voice rang sweetly into my ears. I couldn’t believe it. He knew my name. I….I…am also delighted to see you. I stammered. Oh! how much I wished to know about him. I wondered’ Is this what people call LOVE.

The airhostess had brought coffee, he served me gently with all the attributes of a gentleman. So ‘ I see you have taken the company to new heights. He said, sipping coffee slowly. pleased at heart,’ I said,’ I don’t know, I just do my job sincerely. Tell me about yourself, I demanded earnestly.

Well, Miss Koutnis, I am just a small entrepreneur, in to job providing millions, over the internet. And all the credit goes to you.

Perplexed, I said “ me! how ?”

He started, “The brief encounter I had at the M.N.C. office, moved my heart to the core. I felt myself miserable. I straight off rejected their offer on their face and made a pledge in my heart to make the world a better place for struggling job aspirants.

I founded this “Swerve” the online job search and placements service over the internet.

“Oh my God !” I exclaimed, “you are the founder of Swerve, the world renowned, mega corporate.”

“Yes’ he said, and Miss Kout’ he began…

I interrupted “Hey please leave the miss, You can call me kouts,”

Well “kouts, I am Karan Kumar, you can call me “K’

This name gave me the creeps. I stammered, “have you ever been to Minneapolis.

Mr. K ?” I do not want to keep you in suspense. I am the one who had taken the blame to save you in class of Miss Sanders.’

It was all clear now. I remembered’ the small boy, of my childhood days. Brave enough to have taken all the beating like a man. “The world is so small.” I exclaimed.

Mr. K, began, “I knew you at the M.N.C. office itself”, when I enquired of contesting candidate at the desk clerk. I knew it had to be one of us. So at the interview I had answered most arrogantly, so that you could be selected. They took my arrogance as quality and hired me. This was the limit. I went in and rejected their proposal immediately and went away. The firm resolution in my mind to start my own company. Will you join my company and my life as a partner?” He said.

I couldn’t believe it. He had proposed in the most off hand and casual manner. I closed my eyes. I hadn’t expected things to happen so fast. And like this. I murmured slowly, as if at the marriage altar, “I do, I do”. The longest sentence known in vocabulary.