Broken Bonds: Scene VI

Updated: Sep 17

[After many calls, Mukund finally messaged back to Pratyusha that he would meet her in the Casting cafe they usually meet at. As the sunset, Mukund and Pratyusha sat facing each other after ordering two cappuccinos and a chocolate pastry. The waiter brought them the coffee and pastry]

Mukund sipped the cappuccino before saying:

So finally madam, you wanted to meet! What is the matter? Miss me? I know it has been a long time since we met but I think this meeting is for a specific reason. So, before I start expecting great things and imagine loads of stuff that actually never happens, please tell me why you wanted to meet me.

Pratyusha looked at Mukund staying silent as she did not know where to start, however, a moment later, she said:

Mukund, all this time you have been telling me that you love another girl as well but as days pass by, there is this question in my mind that pops up asking what is our future together? All this time, I waited in hope that someday you would bring up this topic but you never did. So, I want to know now what is our future. Have you ever given thought to it?

Mukund tasted the cake and started smiling as soon as he heard the word future. Mocking Pratyusha, he said:

Look at you! You talk like you an about to be a married girl now! We are just twenty-three and there are many years ahead of us. Planning the future is done by fools who can’t live their present life. Don’t worry, I am no fool as I rejoice to live in the present. I rejoice in every moment of it and my only goal is to earn as much money as I can. I believe in “Live the moment!” so don’t ask me stupid questions like having you thought about our future? Our future? Puff! If it makes you feel any better, my answer to your question is I have never even thought of my future.

Pratyusha was disappointed but she was determined to know given the choice whom would he choose, so she asked:

Mukund, can you seriously answer one question? I am confused about my life and please don’t make fun of me this time. I want you to listen very carefully. If you were to choose between me and Ritika, whom would you choose to lead your life with? Don’t you dare just say my name without meaning it, as you would have to leave Ritika forever and stay with me if you do so? I think I have been fooled enough just by hoping for great things from you! And you have been enjoying my lenience! Today, things must be cleared once and for all!

Mukund lovingly asked:

What happened to you all of a sudden? I have been telling since the very beginning. I love you more than her. Why don’t you just listen to me? We had great times in the past and I see us…

Pratyusha interrupted by shouting:

Don’t you try to beat around the bush again! Don’t tell me that you love me more and all that bullshit! Answer my question, if you have to choose between both of us, whom would it be? I am seriously not going to ask you again and you dare not joke again with your stupid answers. Just say is it me or her?

Mukund looked at Pratyusha’s stern face. He looked all around, he knew this day would come. Giving up on whatever might happen and unable to look at her, he closed his eyes before he said:

Ritika it is!

[He expected to be slapped or water be thrown on his face but nothing happened and when he opened his eyes, the chair before him was empty.]





This contribution is edited by Tarun Chintam & photographed by Pankaj Tottada.



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