Later that night, Maya impatiently twisted and turned as all her attempts to fall asleep had failed. Neither did the hot milk work and nor could music calm her restless mind.
“Arr”, she grunted and sat up on her bed.
The only thing on her mind was ‘Tej’.
Maya couldn’t get over the way Tej was staring at her. No, it wasn’t their first meeting, and no, Tej wasn’t new to her, and no, this was not the first time she had noticed Tej starting at her in a similar manner but, this was the first time upon asking Tej had very bluntly replied that he was staring at her.
“Why was he staring at me?”
“Well, maybe there was something wrong with my hair or there was something on my face…”
“But then why didn’t he tell me so?”
“Maybe he was just enjoying the moment.”
“But then what was that I saw in his eyes? That sparkle, that glow, that weird consciousness, what was that?
“I must be overthinking, or maybe was it, Lo…???”
“Arrrrgggghhhhh…creepy thought Maya!”
Maya knew that her mind and heart were playing games with her and she hated it. She considered herself to be a warrior who had no place and time for emotions in her life. (No, don’t get me wrong, it’s not that she didn’t feel for anyone, it’s just that she felt that emotions were the root cause of one’s weakness!)
But then what she couldn’t fathom was that why on earth was she thinking about Tej at this hour!? She felt all the more restless and reached out for her phone to see the time. It’s read 3:07 am.
“This is the haunting hour”, Maya giggled, “And maybe that’s why I am thinking about him.”
Actually, Tej was no less than “Casper(the friendly ghost)” in Maya’s life. They had met out of nowhere, they suddenly got attached to each other, and he knew everything about her, but she barely knew anything about him. Unlike a ghost, Tej didn’t trouble Maya, maybe that’s what distinguished him.
Maya knew that she had to calm herself down and the best way was to talk to Tej. She thought of calling him directly but then decided to check his social media to see if he online.
“Online”, it read.
She immediately typed, “Hey.”
“Hey”, Tej responded.
“What are you doing up so late? You are the one who goes to bed early right?”, Maya was curious to know.
“Actually, I’ve been thinking…oh never mind. I’ll sleep now you also sleep.” Tej told Maya.
“Actually, You’ve been thinking about Me!” Maya completed Tej’s message.
“Hey, how do you know?” He replied.
“You aren’t alone in it!” She replied.
*tring-tring* Maya’s phone rang
“Hello”, came the voice from the other side.
“Hello”, said Maya.
“You know, it’s until a week that we are gonna meet next. I wish we could catch up sometimes during the week.” Tej told Maya.
“How about tomorrow itself? I am anyway free and didn’t know what to do. You seem to be the perfect one to spend the day with.” Maya responded.
Maya wasn’t actually free, she had promised to take her mother out for shopping but none the less she couldn’t say “No” to Tej.
“Sounds cool.” Tej said.
“I’ll pick you up at around 10:00 am from your house”, Maya told him.
“Okay, so I guess we better sleep then else both of us will have dark circles”, Tej laughed.
His laugh even brought a smile on Maya’s lips.
“Good Night Tej” Maya whispered as a cool breeze blew in from her window.
“Good Night Maya.” Tej said in a low baritone.
As the night grew on them, both lay wide awake in bed still waiting for the sun to rise.
Peace! ~ αm ft. @365days365stories