“Our fate lives within us. You only have to be brave enough to see it.” Ruku uttered these words with a hint of arrogance and smugness in his voice.
His cycle was punctured and we were standing in a deserted field. I was standing there shaking in fear, imagining all kinds of bad things that could happen to us and this boy was uttering stupid lines from a Disney movie. I cursed myself partially for nagging him to go and watch this movie during our last date. I never perceived it would boomerang on me. A part of me actually felt like strangulating him.
My voice sounded rude when I asked “Do you have any idea what can happen now?” I am sure my body language was in synchrony with my inner turmoil.
He was nonchalant as before and said with a cool voice “A lot of things can happen. We can get robbed, you can get raped, I can get lynched, and police can pick us up suspecting indecency in public place.”
I seriously felt like slapping him. He was actually speaking out whatever I feared but was scared to utter. I looked at his face carefully and tried to decipher what was going on in his mind. Was he looking scared and nervous or indifferent and carefree? I could find out nothing because his face was as calm as a placid lake.
He perhaps finally understood my anxiety and to calm me flashed his beautiful smile. His smile always melts my heart and turns me into a smitten kitten. I blushed like a new bride and lowered my eyes. I was feeling shy to look at him.
He left his cycle and came near me. He came quite close and I could smell his sweaty body. I actually love his sweaty smell, it always make me feel giddy. He put both his hands on my shoulders and lowered his head to reach my eye-level. My eyes were still lowered yet I could feel his intense stare. He asked softly, almost in a whisper “what are you scared of?”
I kept looking down and did not reply. My one toe was fiddling with the other and my eyes were fixed on them. He lowered his head further. His head was now twisted below mine and my eyes met his. I looked up and he again flashed that mesmerising smile and said “Do you know why I uttered that line?” I said no by moving my head from one side to the other.
He chuckled and said “Us means you and me together and our fate is not in you or me alone but in us. So be brave enough to see it baby!” He embraced me in a warm hug and all my misgivings vanished.
Prompt:“Our fate lives within us. You only have to be brave enough to see it.”- Brave
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