Sanity in a cup; Liquid gold; Freshly ground heaven
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It’s a lovely morning and Tessa was walking on the pavement wearing a long kurta and a sling bag in a contrasting color. Ben walks behind her without her knowledge and smiles at himself watching her walk before him. With flowers in his hand, he approached her slowly.
“Wow! You look beautiful” he said as Tessa turns in both the directions before she could actually find Ben standing right behind her.
“You mean from behind?” she asks giving him a sarcastic look. While ben laughs at her question, before answering “No, I mean from all direction I suppose”
“From a clever boy,” He replied grinning
“yeah! Trust me I’m a good admirer” hearing his reply Tessa laughs loudly and continues walking, with Ben walking along with her
“By the way what are you doing here?” She asked seeing him walking along with her
“Stalking” Saying he points at her and smiles
“Well if I re-phrase, it means, I came to see you”
“And you brought flowers. How thoughtful” she replied seeing the flowers in one hand.
“Yeah! Why? Is that you don’t like flowers?” he asked a bit confused
“That’s a lame question to ask a girl. Don’t you think?”
“Right! But you know what, people are all different and I’ve certainly met weird ones”
“hm hmm… not when it comes to flowers” shrugs her shoulders while she answered. Ben smiles at her and she smiles back. He then takes the flowers and gives it a little twirl and the water sprays on Tessa. She bites her lower lips and stares at him and later wipes her face.
“Here,” he said while giving her the bunch of daisies
“Thank you! But no more flowers” She said smiling
“Agreed! Looks like you’re not going to the café, Are you?” he asked her staring at the road. Tessa stops short and turns and gives him a peering look. Ben stands firmly with his hands in the jean pocket.
“How do you even know that?” taken aback by his question she asks him
“Come on!” with little agitation she asked
“Your mom told me about the cafe” he answered her casually
“Oh! So now what are you guys forming some kind of team?” she asked looking directly at him.
“Wouldn’t that be nice?” he asked her not moving an inch
“Oh I wish” she replied sarcastically
They reach the entrance of a music store. She stops and looks at him. Ben looks at her too. No words were exchanged. They kept seeing each other for few seconds ignoring the passersby and then Tessa enters the music store. Ben exhales and follows her.
“A music store! Looks pretty cool” Ben said while Tessa gave him a glance sideways
“Yeah! Are you still following? Ah right stalking me?” she said flipping her hair towards one side. Ben looked at her and smiled before answering
“No, I’m here to buy music” and starts moving ahead of her asking “By the way do you come here often?” Ben pulled open the door for Tessa to enter.
“After you,” he said nodding Tessa entered the shop
“I asked do you come here often?” he repeated the question again and this time she answered “yeah! I come here often” she then turns and unexpectedly looks at him before she continued saying “you know what! They also have a small cozy café here and they serve the best truffles in town” she said grinning.
Tessa then keeps moving in between the racks browsing and searching while Ben looks at her and smiles.
“Are you browsing through or searching for something in particular?” he asked walking right behind her.
“If you tell me what you’re searching for maybe I can help?”
“Oh yeah, so there is something you can actually be useful for,” she said winking at him.
“Yeah! Apart from stalking” She turns and gives him an annoyed look
“Really stalking? Useful?” she says raising an eyebrow at him
“For whom? She asks swiftly
“for me,” he said winking at her
Tessa exhales deeply hearing his reply and Ben laughs in return seeing her expression and waits for her reply
“I’m in search of a birthday song to be played in the party today.”
“You’re having a party today?”
“No, we are arranging for a party in the café. For a guy and the party is for his girlfriend clear?” hearing it Ben replies nodding
“Wow that’s so cool”
“Isn’t it… It’s beautiful when people tell the world how much a person means to them” she says with excitement
“Not necessarily! Parties are fun… champagne flowing… girls coming and if its pool party there’s bikini too” hearing it she frowns at him
“Mister! This is India” winks at her hearing it
“I was saying about London”
Ben turns and looks while holding a DVD in his hand. She looks up and down at him with confusing eyes
“Here! David Lee’s birthday song is the best” he said looking at her
“Are you sure?”
“Trust me,” he said looking directly into her eyes
“I wish I could,” she said eyes
“Okay how about this… If this song is a success you have to grant me a wish”
Tessa looks at him for few minutes with folded arms. Ben looks at her eyes and minutes were passing like seconds for him as he waits for her reply. Since she doesn’t answer he breaks the silence asking
“Am I that handsome?” he asks winking at her
“You won’t be asking me to marry you. Right?” she asks with a serious face Ben laughs at her and replies, “no. Not for this one” not believing his answer she further asks
“Promise?” he smiles
“Yeah! I promise”
“Okay! I’ll take it” Ben hands it over
“you know, you should have a little more faith when it comes to people” Tessa snaps the DVD from his hand and walks to the billing counter after a little walk she turns and looks at him. Ben just stood there watching her
“Your right! But not with strangers” she says loudly hearing it Ben smiles.
While Tessa is paying at the billing counter, Ben browses through the rack of DVD’s and a girl enters the store sees Ben and walks up to him
“Wow! Looks who’s here” The girl spoke
Ben turns to face the girl and his expression turns somber. Tessa walks towards him and on seeing his expression she stops right behind the girl with a curious gaze.
“Hey, Aashi! How are you?” he says after one whole minute
“Great! So when did you come from London?” she asks with eagerness building in her voice
“A week ago. Good to see you” he replies in grim expression
“Yeah!” she answers with a big smile continuing “Same here, so how long are you staying here?”
“For about three weeks”
“More or less?” she asks
“More” he responds making a short glance at Tessa
“cool! Never thought I would find you here” she says with the same enthusiasm
Ben notices Tessa standing behind the girl when she saw him looking at her; she turns immediately facing the rack and started to pretend like she was browsing through it
“Ah! I came here with my girlfriend. She wanted to pick a DVD” Ben replied while hearing that Tessa’s eyes shot open
“Girlfriend?” Aashi asked with raised eyebrows
Ben overlooks Aashi and waves at Tessa. She stares at him murmuring something. Right then Aashi turns to see her
“Tessa! Over here!” Ben calls out to her and not knowing what to do Tessa smiles
Tessa turns towards them and Aashi smiles at her
“Hi!” Aashi says scanning her through
Tessa’s eyes switch between Ben and Aashi and after a few secs she clears her throat to respond
What would happen next?
Would it be a fuming Fight or an angelic smile?
TO BE CONTINUED…
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