She looked so small and hazy from the distance
Clutching her favorite (and only) teddy, she was coming,,,, rather, stomping towards him
Though he couldn't see her clearly from this distance, but he could very well see the two streaks of tears flowing from her eyes and leaving a trail on her dust laden dusky face.
She came and promptly took her seat on the fenced wall, waiting for him to come. He was late by whole 5 minutes.
She was 10 and he was 12 and their friendship goes back to the date which even he doesn't remember.
After some time he came and took his seat besides her
‘Hey..’ he offered after few minutes of silence
‘So you won’t talk to me’
She twitched the ear of her teddy
‘Hmmm…’ he nudged her
She made her hold on her teddy even firm.
‘Look what have I got for you’
She shook her head
He bought his hands under her nose
Stubborn that she was, she shook her head again.
But stopped half way, for sitting in his palms were her favorite, melody toffee.
She tried hard to keep the somber expressions but a slight grin did pass her lips.
She hesitated, bit her lower lip, then gingerly she took one
As he was about to take his hand back, she scooped the second one too.
She gave him the triumphant smile on taking his share as well, without knowing that it was he who gave it up willingly.
She ate one, and kept one for later use.
After she was done with toffees, he asked-‘what did you have for lunch today?’
Her lower lips thickened and more clouds gathered in her eyes.
She didn't answered, didn't even look up.
She again started to fidget with her teddy.
‘Here’, he took out the lunch his mom made for him
She eyed him consciously, but accepted the packet.
It was only when she was half full, did she realize that she was eating his lunch and that he must be hungry too.
She guiltily looked at him and offered what was left.
He wasn't really hungry but took one or two bites so that she doesn't feel uncomfortable.
Just then the breeze gathered momentum, blowing away the hair on her face.
It was then he noticed the scar, freshly given to her by her step mom, just below her right eye.
He leaned forward and gently kissed on the scar hoping to kiss away the pain.
(sawali si raat-burfi)