Shruti rummaged through Neil’s clothes in the laundry basket and sniffed them. She was rewarded with a whiff of alien perfume. She checked his pockets. Just the odd railway ticket and some bills.
She explored his study table, read his scribblings on the notepad. She turned on the laptop and logged in to Facebook. Neil was tagged in some pictures near the rail terminal yesterday. There he stood smiling gloriously into the cameras. Perfect. Handsome Neil. On his left was another male colleague, but who was this new femme on the right. She decided to ask Neil about her, maybe invite her for some coffee. But why wait for coffee time when she could just ask Jenny. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
Shruti watched as Neil went about his morning routines. She would have been there helping him, but the headache kept her in the bed.
Neil was a creature of habit bordering on OCD. Before taking his bath, he had laid out his clothes on the bed in reverse sequence of what he needed first. He selected a tie to go with his clothes and kept it on the dressing table to be worn last. Today it was a striped pattern with small red boxes on it. Continue reading →