“You sing really well,” he said. It was the first thing that he said to me on our first meeting. He had come to my live concert and post the concert he came over to congratulate me on my success. He had a smile which could make all your problems vanish. He had a deep longing in his eyes. It seemed like his eyes hid a thousand secrets and I wanted to unveil each one of them at that moment. I smiled and said, “Thanks”. “So, you live in Mumbai?” he asked “Yes. You?” I questioned. He nodded and there was an awkward silence. Then he had to leave.
Could I call this love at first sight? I couldn’t stop thinking about him all night. I couldn’t even stalk him on social media. I didn’t know his name. Days passed by but the image of his smile never left me. A week later, I had another concert. Being a hopeless romantic that I am, I kept looking for him throughout the whole duration of the concert.
He was every bit charming and gentlemanly. In short, he was everything that I wanted. It was 3 months and we decided to tell our parents. Our parents liked us and soon an engagement date was set. It all happened too soon. I met a guy whom I liked and we dated and our parents too agreed. It was all too perfect.
3 months ago, I would have irked at the thought of marriage but now it all seemed to make sense. He made me happy, he chose to ignore my imperfections and he chose to see the good in me and so did I. My friends called him fat, old, etc. But none of that seemed to matter to me.
The day of our engagement arrived. I chose our clothes. I matched our costumes. The guest list was tiny which included only our closest family members. The engagement was underway. He put a ring on my finger. Exactly the one I wanted. He surprised me with everything that he did. I felt like a princess. I felt blessed. I wished time would stop.
He took permission from my parents to take me out to a date post the engagement night. My parents agreed. He took me on a yacht and we celebrated our engagement night in the most beautiful way possible.
He kissed me for the first time that night and we slept together. We returned to our respective homes. Nothing seemed different after that night except for the fact that he could never take his eyes off me whenever we met. The preparations for the wedding were in full swing. We were randomly shopping for some stuff in a mall when he suddenly asked: “What if all this doesn’t happen?”
“I don’t get you,” I said. “I mean the marriage.” I was crestfallen. I didn’t know what to say. Tears were dripping down my face. “Okay I was kidding” he retorted. But it didn’t seem so. I couldn’t stop thinking about what he had said. He called but I didn’t speak much. It felt like everything came crumbling down. Then I called him and his reply broke me completely.
He said “I’m sorry we can’t be together. I’ve been meaning to tell you this for a long time but I don’t think I deserve you. I’m sure you’ll find a better guy. Please forgive me if you can.”
Should I forgive or forget?
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