My corneas were aching as well. I needed to catch some sleep. I folded myself somehow in a nearby chair and slipped down instantly… deep into the rabbit hole.
I landed. A tender touch welcomed me there. “Hey who’s this?” My mind enquired.
“Hi, this is Alice!” The tenderness personified, as she introduced herself with a soft smile.
She looked at me. Precisely she looked into my eyes. I was fixed. Mesmerised by her sight.
I never knew her. But her company was so comfortable that in response to her introduction I could only say, “Hi, I just can’t do without you.”
Once said, I was expecting indifference from her. Nope. It didn’t occur. She took her strides toward me. Winged open her arms. Took me in, and asked, “Why? Tell me Rana, why can’t you do without me? I’m serious, tell me why?”
Oops! She even knew my nickname. Amazing!
My heart fluttered. I felt a sudden choke inside. It was getting tough for me to keep the eyes dry. “But, hey, I’m a guy. So can I cry?” Not really. Hence my jaws were struggling to remain softer. Huh! Sadly all in vain. Tears tore me apart. Sent my toughness for a toss. And simply threw me in the air of emotion that I never realised still alive in me.
Weakly, I could murmur, “Because I love you!”
Alice said nothing. She lowered her head on my chest and decided to nest in there. I thought for ever.
In a single moment, life became worth living a million years and everything turned hunky-dory.
Then Alice began to get sleepy. She slipped out of my arms and slept in dark. Her world of fantasies, her impossible dreams, and her larger than life confusions started to take its toll on her… and she refused to stay awake anymore in light.
Her heartstring uncoiled off mine, soon. To catch and give credit to the dollars with the wings. And willingly she chose the captivity to the freedom.
Also, from outside of the Rabbit hole, I heard a call. Gosh! The presentation awaited my presence, immediately. “I have to talk, talk, and talk… slide after slide, after slide… notwithstanding the landslide that happened inside.”
I was in a great hurry. I looked at Alice. Kissed on her forehead, caressed her mane (perhaps) for the last time. And silently said, “Tata!”
And on my way up off her, I left behind my heart on the layout of a YOUnique Kurti for Alice, which she can wear, nowhere, but only in the world of YOUnique-land!
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