Post type : Short Story
She was traveling in a crowded bus. She didn’t get a seat, so had to travel standing . The guy behind her hit her from back second time. First time she ignored but second time she turned around and slapped him hard on his face. “Don’t you know how to behave ? “, she shouted at him. He felt ashamed and said, ” I didn’t hit you .” An old man who was sitting near by told her, ” He came few seconds back here, there was someone else standing here earlier.”
She felt sorry for him and asked him to forgive her. He didn’t say anything and turned his face away. “I am sorry again , please forgive me “. The guy replied with a smile, “Only on one condition. If you can come for a coffee with me. “
She agreed and they decided to have a coffee in the evening. She liked him very much. He appeared a gentleman with a great sense of humor. He was well educated and she got interested in his talks. Few days later he called her for coffee again. She wanted to say no but she couldn’t say that.
Soon they were meeting almost daily. Everyday she decided to make their meeting as the last meeting but she was not able to do that. Then one day she told him, “I should have told you earlier but I don’t know what was stopping me. I am going to get engaged soon. I really like you , but I have to get married with the boy whom my father has decided upon. “
The guy threw upon her a series of questions , “Ohh !!. Have you seen that guy? Have you met him ? How does he look ? “
“I haven’t met or seen him yet. “
“What !!! You are going to get married to a guy ,you haven’t seen even “
“Look, I didn’t want it either. My father survived one heart attack recently. In some other circumstances I would have opposed my father’s decision but not now. I am going to meet the guy soon but in any case I have to say yes . We are just waiting for his reply . I am sorry but this is the last time we are meeting. “
He said nothing after that. As he took out his wallet to pay the bill, it fell down. She saw the same photo of her in his wallet that was sent to his future husband’s family. She was speechless and didn’t have a clue what was happening.
The guy said with a smile , ” I knew that you were going to say yes in any case. My father came to know about this from your brother. But I didn’t want our marriage this way. I wanted you to like me and then only say yes. I would have never known whether you like me or not ,if you were asked. That’s why I delayed the reply and my family did not send my photo “
He continued , ” I am also sorry for hitting you twice in the bus. It was me only who was misbehaving but I had no other way to meet you. The old man in the bus was my father. If you would not have agreed to meet, I had to find some other way. But thank God you agreed for coffee that day “
She was listening all this with surprise and pleasure .
He asked her, “So, now I know that you like me. Will you marry me Now?”
This time also she had no choice but to say yes .