When did it all start, Shruti wondered? When did the handsome, sensitive, caring Neil become a narcissist flirt? Or maybe, he was always like that. Shruti had not noticed earlier as all his attentions and flirting were for her. But, she was not part of his admirers. She did not follow him around moonstruck. On the contrary, she was immune to his good looks.
Neil had taken it up as a challenge when his friends had teased him about attaining the unattainable Shruti, the smartest girl in class. He started the ‘chase’ to win over Shruti with a lot of caring, attention and flowers. Shruti was initially surprised and thought Neil will get over it. But he persisted till college ended. And by then Shruti was smitten.
It was a struggle to convince her parents due to their different religions. But Neil, the man in love, was ready to take over the world. She remembered his face then. So strong, so determined. And she was sure there is no one else in the world she wants to be with.
And now, just looking at his good looks was nauseating. Neil ate his breakfast at the table alone. He came into the bedroom, mumbled something about late work night and left for office.
Shruti looked at the whirring ceiling fan. What now? The whole day or was it her whole life that loomed ahead of her. Maybe, it was the curse of her parents or some ex-girlfriend of Neil’s.
….To be continued