(OS) The Unwritten Tale

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Jan 6

(OS) The Unwritten Tale (By Taanihalai) (Thanked: 36 times)

His five foot eleven inch body was enough to make me stop and stare, as I walked in through the university gate, I saw him standing under the tree, he was the tall dark handsome kind of a man people read in novels about and instantly fell in love with.

He pulled off his shades as I walked past him and looked at me with his black eyes, I stopped and turned to look at him, until today, I hadn’t considered looking at him much from top to bottom but there was something about today, I just couldn’t take my eyes off him.

He had a well chiseled body and I could say that from seeing his muscles, I guess that’s why he usually wore short sleeved tees, to show off his muscles.

I giggled at my own thoughts as he raised his eyebrow and looked at me in confusion, he was dressed in a black jean and a black tee, and I guess what caught my attention were the red pair of shoes clashing with the black, red was my weakest point, I never knew what it was about the color, but it usually gave me a lot of feels.

He had his black hair gelled up to make his usual style, which actually suited him pretty well, this man standing before me was beyond perfection and I couldn’t say otherwise, I wondered how I hadn’t been able to notice this despite being studying with him in the same class for three months now. Maybe today it was because of my love for red.

“Stop staring at him, he’s weird!” Aria said. She got hold of my arm and pulled me away from there, I turned back to look at him once as he smiled at me.

He freaking smiled at me!

“Leave me!” I gave Aria an angry look as I pulled myself from her hold, she was my best friend and at times, I failed to understand why she acted this way.

“What are you angry about Khushi? Me pulling you away from the eye lock you were about to share with that Arnav guy? Come on, you can do better than this. I mean just look around there are so many guys who have been trying to talk to you, to take you out on a date and you are here busy staring at a divorcee who’s much older than you!” Aria said it all in one breath.

I stared at her in utter shock, I couldn’t believe out of all the people in the world, my best friend could say something like this.

“I told you to stop judging people Aria!” I said as I walked away angrily.

“I am not you Khushi, I am a human being and it’s in my nature to judge.” She rushed behind me.

“So you mean to say I’m a species from a different planet? And just so you know, no, it’s not human nature to judge, we decided that for ourselves and you being my best friend should have known I hate this! If you still can’t stop judging people, at least don’t do it around me.”

“Looks like you’ve developed a sudden liking towards him, you can’t even listen to a word against him.”

“Aria, me liking him or not liking him has nothing to do with all of this, I would react the same way if anyone judged anyone else too. Look let’s end this here, just please never say anything bad about anyone in front of me, we’re getting late for class now, hurry up.” I got hold of her hand and pulled her with me to the class.

We walked inside the classroom as Aria rushed to sit next to her boyfriend Aman, they had been dating since we joined the university and they were just perfect together.

I settled down on my chair as I stared at the blank board, I wondered what was it about Arnav that people found weird, he had been here for three months and he dint have even one friend, whenever I saw him, I would always see people looking at him strangely and saying he was weird for God knows what reason.

“Hi” I heard a voice that brought me back from the world of my thoughts, I turned to my right and found Arnav sited next to me, he was smiling brightly.

“Hi” I smiled back in return and suddenly all the eyes were on us, God! This was so irritating.

“I’m Arnav, I’m sure you know me, we’ve been in the same class for months now.”

“Yeah, I’ve been seeing you around, I’m Khushi by the way.”

“I know.”

“You do?” I asked in surprise, I mean yes I had noticed him around and half the reason was because people usually acted strange around him, anyone would have noticed him, but him noticing me was something new.

“Don’t be surprised, everyone around notices you, you are like the most popular person in this place.”

“I dint know that, anyway not trying to be nosy or something and you can skip answering this if you don’t wish to, but I’m just curious, I mean why are you studying at this age? Aren’t people supposed to be working and creating a future for themselves at this age?”

“I had left my studies in between for some reasons a while back and now that I had the chance to, I thought why not, I mean you don’t have to be of certain age to study, the chance to expand knowledge is meant for everyone right?”

“I like that thought…” I smiled at him and just then the lecturer walked in putting an end to our conversation.

He wasn’t as weird as people thought! In fact he wasn’t weird at all, people just liked making a fuss about everything.

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“Looks like you guys have become so close, you’ve forgotten you even have a best friend!” Aria said as she sat next to me in class.

Arnav hadn’t come to the university today as so the seat beside me was empty because for the past month he had been the only one sitting there.

“Come on, I would forget the entire universe but not you” I said as I pulled her into a hug.

“Let go off me before my boyfriend thinks otherwise about us and dumps me.” She broke the hug.

“That’s better, I’ll have you all for myself then.” I winked at her.

“At times you make me question a lot of things about you, you’re just so crazy, anyway let’s go to the canteen, I’m so hungry.” She held my hand and pulled me along with her, I had only two seconds to get hold of my bag and carry it.

We passed by the hallway as everyone stared at me strangely, I tried my best to avoid all those strange gazes at me until we finally arrived at the canteen and the only thought that crossed my mind was, how was Arnav even able to live with this?

Dint it feel bad? Walking around people who stared at you like you were an alien and whispering gossips about you?

“What’s with people looking at me strangely so suddenly?” I asked Aria as settled down.

“I’ll get the sandwiches and then we’ll talk.” She headed to the counter leaving me behind with a lot of thoughts running in my mind, I swear if I ran as much as the thought in my mind, I would have been the healthiest person in this place.

“Everyone around here knows pretty much about Arnav, and they find it strange that you are talking to him, I mean his wife left him because he was too hard to handle, he did a lot of strange things, he was always rude to her, he never treated her right, he is just a terrible person and everyone hates him for that.” Aria said.

She settled down opposite me with two sandwiches, she pushed a plate towards me and took off a bite from her sandwich.

“Did he himself tell you this?” I asked Aria, she gave me a strange look.

“No.”

“Did his ex-wife tell you this?”

“No… but people are talking about it, there must be some truth to it.”

“People will always talk Aria, for God sake I thought you were better than this. I told you to stop judging people at least from what everyone else has to say.

Aria look at me, because this is the first and the last time we are having this conversation, it’s easy to look at people and make quick judgments about them, their present, their past, but you’d be amazed at the pain and tears a single smile hides. What a person shows to the world is a tiny facet of the iceberg hidden from sight. And more often than not, it’s lined by cracks and scars that go all the way to the foundation of their soul.

Neither you nor I nor anyone in this whole university knows what happened between Arnav and his ex-wife and just because we live in a place where divorce is considered a taboo even in the twenty first century, we have no right to make assumptions about their lives and judge them.

They were two mature people who got married on mutual agreement and got separated on mutual agreement, sometimes people are not meant to be together, and whatever happens between them is not our concern, they chose how to live their lives and just because they live it differently from us doesn’t mean they are wrong.

I have spent each and every day of this whole month with Arnav, talking to him, getting to know him better and I don’t care what the world has to say about him, as long as he hasn’t done anything wrong to me, I have no right to judge him or to hate him or to do whatever the whole university has been doing to him.”

“Are you in love with him Khushi?” Aria asked with surprise covered all over her face.

“Seriously, there would never come a day when you’ll stop surprising me. We were talking about something else and you are bringing in a completely different topic.”

“No, I mean just the way you are defending him.”

“No Aria, I don’t know if I love him or not, but I do know one thing and that is that I like him, for the strong person he is, for not giving up despite everyone of us here treating him like ****. Instead of judging people by their past, stand by them and help them repair their future, I hope you would listen to me this time and stop thinking all this about Arnav, because you know nothing about him but he’s an amazing person.”

I picked up my bag and pushed back the plate of sandwich towards Aria, after this conversation, I dint feel like eating, I turned around and found Arnav standing behind me with moist eyes.

“Can we talk?” He asked

I nodded positively as he walked outside the canteen while I followed him, I had no idea what he wanted to talk about or if he had heard my conversation with Aria and he was angry or whatever it was, I just followed him nervously hoping I hadn’t done anything to hurt him.

He stopped under his favorite tree, I guess he liked this place because there were few people around, he looked at me silently for a moment, without saying a word and my heart was almost falling apart, his moist eyes were doing so much to me than I could imagine.

“Why did you defend me?” He asked.

I took a deep sigh and walked towards him, standing face to face with him, I cupped his face and looked him into the eyes.

“Because you are my friend Arnav, and it’s not about you, I would have defended anyone else even if they were in this situation too.”

“This is wrong, we shouldn’t be friends.” He backed away and turned the other way trying to avoid looking at me.

“Why?”

“Because I am afraid I’ll fall in love with you, you’re amazing Khushi and you deserve better, not a divorcee like me, not an old man like me.” he tried to giggle.

“You aren’t old Arnav, we just have an age difference of about seven to eight years and that doesn’t matter to me, what matters is that you are a good person, you make me feel good.”

“I guess you haven’t heard about my divorce then, I will tell you all about it.” He turned to look at me.

“What if I say I don’t want to know about it? I don’t care Arnav, I seriously don’t want to know why you both separated, I don’t want to know anything about it, I don’t care what the world thinks about a divorcee, in my eyes you are an amazing person, whatever dint work between you and your ex-wife isn’t for me to know or for anyone else, maybe you weren’t compatible maybe you weren’t meant to be together but I am no one to judge that.

I’ve known you for who you are and although I haven’t known you much I don’t want to believe what people have to say about you, I want to believe what I see of you and what I feel for you, and don’t think you don’t deserve to fall in love with someone else because you are divorced, people who are in relationships break up too, and they get a second a third and even a fourth chance so why shouldn’t you? Just because you were married?”

“Why are you so non-judgmental Khushi?”

“Because I was a judgmental person once, you know Arnav, since childhood I hated my father a lot, I always thought he had no time for me or for my mother, he was always out of town, and for the few times he came home I avoided him.

One day I was playing with a kitty outside the house, I was so happy and then suddenly everything changed, my father ran over it with a car and he just drove away not giving any reaction at all, I hated him, I hated him more than anything else, I thought he was such a heartless person.

As I grew up, I moved away from him, I hated even seeing his face but then one day we had to go for a relative’s wedding, I spent so much time around him and realized he wasn’t the way I thought of him, I learnt that he cared for me and for mom and that’s why he was never home with us, because he was out there earning a better lifestyle for us, that day when he ran over my kitty, he dint even see it, he had no idea about it and that’s why he never reacted and he never stopped seeing me there because there was no use, he knew I would run away from him, I always avoided him.

When I realized the truth, I thought I’ll go and ask him for forgiveness and everything would be fine, we would be a happy family but when I reached home, I found both my parent’s dead bodies, they had met with an accident and they both passed away.

“I hated myself a lot Arnav, I hated myself for judging my own father the whole of my life without even asking him for once as to why he always stayed away from us, or why he killed my kitty with his car, I hated myself for hating the man who I should have loved.

He had always yearned for my attention, for me to call him dad, but I never did that, I lost him because I had judged him wrongly and I dint even have the chance to change a thing, and that day I learnt the most important lesson of my life and that was never to judge someone, we don’t know why they are the way they are so we have no right to judge them.”

“Oh my God! I am so sorry Khushi…”

“It’s okay Arnav, but if you feel really sorry about this, please promise me that you’ll stop feeling bad about the way people treat you, don’t feel bad about yourself, just be happy with what life gives you.”

“Would it be too early to say that I Love you?”

“No it wouldn’t!” I said as I jumped on him and hugged him tight.

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