My distant pal


We became chat friends at a net cafe

Most of the time we sat next to each other

Not knowing  it was she  and I  him

We did wait for the bus at the stand

Just  a smile passed when our eyes met

Our mind always busy with the distant pal

One day the pal was all gloomy while chatting

Inspite of my inquiry she kept quiet

I smiled at the stand but she didn’t look

I sat in the seat as she stood thoughtless

I offered the seat next when it went vacant

Her exam results were out, she confided

Oh,  is that  all, I smiled cheering her up

I am leaving tomorrow for I cannot stay

won’t you be seen at the net cafe then

I will not be there as I need to pack up

She bid a sad bye as she got down

I saw her walk and disappear in the blocks

While the bus carried my sadly hurt weight

The next day dawn, I logged in at the cafe

She had put a mail thanking me for support

she was leaving the city as it was not in her

to crack the exam even in her third attempt

also was not sure if she would chat with me

I looked at the vacant seat beside me

Then it struck, she too had said the same

Logging out, I broke into a run sweating

the bus was waiting as if asking me to board

I hopped into it and off  where she left it last

I retraced her last seen steps into the blocks

meeting and confirming it was her was vital

walking in the sun long my vitals were failing

when a car bumped into me with her in it

What are you doing here, she asked tending

I came to meet a friend who is flying today

But miss I did just like this car gave me a kiss

Do you want me to drop you at the airport?

Yes yes! I scream, my dream having come true

In the cab I asked her where she was leaving

Both the answers matched and then I asked

What made her think she should quit study

She said she had fallen in love with her pal

Who went pale on hearing such sweet words

I don’t know how to tell him, her eyes damp

cause the pain in the heart now unbearable

Now that you have told him, he would know

I haven’t told him it is you I told, she flamed

Her looks made me all the more to smile

Can you tell me how it happened, I teased

The exam or love is what you want to know

I am asking you on your  love stupid, I joked

How can you call me stupid, she flared up

If you can call me umpteen times on chat

Why cannot I sweetly one time in person?

Ajay, you of all persons, she exclaimed!

After a silence that seemed an eternity

She told the cabbie to turn back home

I am not going anywhere but here

as she held my hands with gleeful eyes

With Ajay why can’t I Vijay over my exams?

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