Something was unusual. Kaya could feel the chill in the air, crisp and stinging. But she kept her calm, may be just her imagination.
“Is everything alright? “ asked Manav, his words punctuated with the rhythmic thunder claps that were summoning a storm outside.
Kaya turned from the fluttering curtains to Manav as he gently stroked her hair. The bellowing winds shut the window with a loud bang. She hugged Manav tightly closing her eyes in a moment of fear.
Fear, a trait one wouldn’t associate with Kaya, who loved the night and was out and about almost every night. Hanging around with friends or partying till wee hours or just walking back home alone.
But today, things were different.
She had never met someone this attractive in a club before, given that she was a regular in the party circuit in the city. He was new to the town and had this inexplicable charm that she thought had almost become extinct in today’s men. They had chatted up, being instantly attracted to each other. One thing led to another and in no time they were snuggled up in one of the posh hotel rooms, overlooking the Mumbai Marine drive.
She had felt magic, this evening, with Manav.
Something was very unusual. Kaya could sense something was wrong the way Manav looked around the room as if looking for someone.
And then she saw it.
The same fear she had felt moments back, in Manav’s eyes.
Unsure of what to do next, Kaya moved forward and kissed him on his lips. He kissed her back.
The feeling was surreal, as if feelings of true love that both had longed for years…yet a fear gnawing strongly, ripping apart their hearts. A chill ran through their spines.
Rain continued to splutter on the glass windows.
It had dawned upon them.
The splurge of passion had turned to dismissal and tears now.
Ashamed of each other, they calmly opened the window and flew away to the ensuing storm.
Few nights later..
Kaya had found Abhay and Manav had found Ruhaani. Finally they can get the warmth they desired from the “other kind”.
For true love, begets only fear.
Fear of loss for humans and a fear of not being able to live, even if it is just for a night, for the other worldly.
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