How easily do they tell you in stories, that under the night sky all that you can see is magic but all that she sees is mountain, her mountainous marriage that is. Namrata shifts her gaze at him and asks him, “What do you want to talk about?”
Pranav wished he was as systemized on this conversation as he is otherwise but his reflexes were betraying him, so he casually answered, “Anything and everything that we haven’t talked about.”
“Wouldn’t that be two years of our lives?”, she questioned him.
“What if I have been keeping things from you much before that?”, he asked her with a hint of jest.
“Have you?”, she inquired.
“Do you trust me Nam, at all?”, he asked her meaningfully.
“There is precedent to support that I should not.”, she replied sternly.
“Why do you think did I come with you?’, he proved her.
“I have wanted to know that.”, she answered.
“I love you.”,he tells her.
“I don’t know if that is enough Pranav.”, she replies.
“I try Namrata.”, he reasons with her.
“I do too. I try to believe that this is what love is going to be from now on. Love is sleeping in different rooms, it is avoiding each other every day for the fear of what our mutual contempt may tell us about our incompetency at this relationship, it is taking a trip holding on to the belief that we can redeem our marriage; it is walking in the woods discovering each other anew as if we haven’t been together for the last 5 years, it is looking for symbols in flowers, in songs, in a bottle of rum, it is hoping that simple words hold a deeper meaning inside. But I don’t know if this is enough Pranav. Because I don’t like that it will never be what it was before, that it won’t be Pretty Woman and champagne and cherries, that it won’t be unrestrained flow of words and emotions, that it won’t be rings of laughter that echoed across our home, that it won’t be going to sleep with my head on your shoulder fingers intertwined, that it won’t be the impulse to hold you purposelessly but possessively thinking that you are mine. I don’t know how to be satisfied with this when I have had more.”, she articulates to him.
Pranav looks at her, smiling subtly he says, “I quit my job to come to Kashmir with you. So may be I am still yours.”
This is the 13th chapter of the story I had begun to write as a part of AtoZ. To make more sense of it, hop onto the page Anniversary and Kashmir.