Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sex is not Love, and, No, I am not Fallin'

Rushing to see her, he stumbled and almost fell down in the middle of the busy airport.

"Stop laughing!" he chided her on the phone, "Where are you?"

"I can see you falling for me!" she chuckled.

He spun around, scanning the area, phone close to his ear. He heard the call being disconnected and almost simultaneously he was poked in his back.

He turned around, and there she was, all smiles. All laughter, to be precise.

"Finally!" he breathed out.

She nodded, shaking with laughter.

"It wasn't that funny!" he frowned.

"It was. You weren't watching yourself." she grinned, extending her hand to pinch his nose.

He embraced her as she did so.

"Nice to finally see you!"

"Aw!" she patted his head, giggling.

"Could've been more expressive." he muttered, pushing her luggage trolley and walking out in the general direction of his car.

She followed him, with a renewed round of laughter.

"Do you ever stop laughing?" he asked, stuffing her stuff on the backseat of his car.

"Nice drive!" she commented, checking out his massive SUV.

"Would you take a bit of interest in me? Or, at least feign it?" he said, leaning against the passenger door, his arms crossed against his chest.

"I wouldn't have come this far if I weren't interested!" she rolled her eyes, slapping him playfully.

Prateek and Arushi had been friends for long. They had been together through each other's hookups, breakups, successes, failures and everything. But since they lived in different cities, separated by thousands of miles, they could meet only rarely. This was one of those rare times.

"So, how's Loofah?" she questioned as he drove skilfully through the rush-hour traffic.

"She has a name, you know!"

"Oh, come on! She turns a little drop of anything into such a big issue. Loofah is perfect for her." she gave him a toothy grin.

"We talk infrequently ever since our breakup six months ago."

"You guys didn't talk much while in a relationship, either." she smiled, taunting him.

Her smile took his breath away, even though he had turned his head with the intention of making a witty comeback.

Instead, he took off his hand from the gearstick and squeezed her hand gently,

"Thank you."

"For being insane and keeping me sane." he answered the surprised expression on her face.

"Well, that escalated quickly!" she burst out laughing.

"Trust you to ruin the moment." he gripped the steering wheel with both his hands now.

She ruffled his hair and smiled at him, petrifying him momentarily.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

"My room?" she asked, happily, as he ushered her into a huge guest room at his house.

"With your immense luggage, I think you'll have to sleep in my room." he guffawed.

"Keep dreaming! Anyway, I am hungry. Feed me." she stated, slumping into her bed.

"Yes, ma'am." he saluted as he left the room.

When he returned, she had already changed from her jeans and tee into a pair of loose shorts and a huge tee.

"Food?" she pouted as she saw him return with a glass of apple juice.

"I've ordered stuff for you. Have patience."

"Stuff?" she looked at him suspiciously.

"Yeah. Pizza and similar things that you like. Italian stuff."

"Aw. Thank you! And, where are your parents?" she asked, sipping her juice.

"They have gone out for a bit." he answered, sinking down into the bed next to her.

She studied his profile for a moment before placing her glass on the bedside table and hugging him tightly. He was taken aback at first but welcomed the embrace the next moment.

His body seemed to be on fire. It had been long since he had felt that way. He was surprised at its intensity. And, he was shocked. Because he had no idea why his body was reacting that way. He had never had any romantic feelings for her.

His hands rubbed her back softly and slowly, his head snuggled in into her tresses, at the base of her neck.

He felt her pulling away just as he was losing himself.


He was gazing at her, his grey eyes misty.

She felt his warm hand push away strands of her hair, tucking them behind her ear. His hands lingered along the length of her neck and she shuddered.

"Pr-" her sentence was cut short by his lips that had taken hold of hers.

Epiphany had taken place a hug ago. He had realized why Loofah did not matter to him anymore. It was Arushi's presence, her care, her affection, her selflessness... He had become attached to her without realizing it. He had moved on without knowing why it had become possible. He had thought that his heart was now his own, without knowing it had found a new home.

His train of thought was derailed by something that he hadn't expected. Somewhere deep down, he knew she would push him away, probably with a slap on his face. But, she was kissing him back!

She felt his lips curve upwards into a smile as her lips nibbled his.

"Aru," he whispered, his breath hot against her lips.

"Shhhhh," her right hand moved slowly through his brilliant black hair, her left hand on his nape.

He happily shut up, pushing her down to the bed, leaving a trail of kisses from her lips down her neck, across the collar bone and back.

He took off his shirt with some difficulty as he was reluctant to leave her lips.

Her delicate fingers dug into his skin making him wince.

"Sorry," she whispered, as she kissed his chest where she had hurt him, switching positions, climbing on top of him.

He let out a moan of pleasure. Before long, her lips had found his lips again while his hands fidgeted clumsily, trying to get her out of her tee.

"A little help?" he asked, his voice husky.

"Be a man!" she challenged, biting his earlobe.

So he yanked off her tee forcibly, messing up her hair. The sound of the seams bursting was formidable.

"Hey!" she frowned, "That was one of my favorite tops."

"Now? Really?" he raised an eyebrow.

She smirked.

"C'mon! I look better on you." he drawled, pulling her closer.

"Corny!" she laughed, kissing him nevertheless.

It had steadily gotten darker outside. Their bodies were faintly illuminated by the soft glow emitted by the fairy lights hanging outside the bedroom window, filtering in through the translucent white curtains.

"Arushi?" he asked, as they lay there beneath the summer blanket, her head on his chest, his arm around her waist.


"That was-"

"Unexpected, I know." she finished for him.

"Yeah, that too. But I was about to say something else. I realized something about Loofah," he began.

"Isn't the stuff late?" she asked, suddenly getting up, "It has been over an hour. And, your parents, damn it. They could be home any moment"

She looked flustered.

"Relax!" he rubbed her hand.

"We have to dress up. Take your clothes and get out." she ordered.

He did as he was told, bewildered. This was unexpected. Her reaction, that is.

"Aru!" he knocked softly at the door. It had been nearly fifteen minutes and she hadn't come out. She never took this long to dress.

"Stuff is here." he informed a little uncertainly.

"Did I hear food calling out to me?" he heard her voice from the other side and he couldn't help smiling.

He heard the soft click of the door being unlocked.

"Sorry, I was washing my face." she smiled.

She seemed normal now.

"Arushi," he started.

"Oh, and, I got a call from work. I've to get back tomorrow." she told him, unperturbed, perching on the edge of the bed, away from him.

"But you just came! And, you promised you'd stay for a week at least."

"Duty calls!" she shrugged, biting off a pizza slice. "Mmmm. This is good."

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

They drove normally to the airport next morning. That seemed abnormal to Prateek.

Maybe I am over-thinking. Maybe she's just shy to talk about last evening. It was unexpected, after all. He talked to himself.

She prattled on about unimportant matters as they reached the airport.

"Oh, by the way," she chuckled as he unloaded her luggage from the car.

I guess she's going to talk about it. High time!

"I messaged Loofah last night." she grinned.

"What the fuck! Why would you do that?"

"From your number, sweetheart, as you." she winked at him.

"Are you out of your mind?" he was seriously mad.

"Oh, come on." she laughed, "I know you're in love with her and all. So I thought why not. And, you're gonna thank me for this. I cleared up every thing. She did reply and said she wanted to meet. Voohoo!"

"Yeah. Thank you, for clarifying every thing."

"It was clear right from the beginning." she smiled, "Anyway, I gotta go now. Hope to see you soon. You take care, okay? All the best with Loofah!"

She hugged him but he was too puzzled to reciprocate. She had already let go before he could react.

"Bye." she waved at him, walking away.

Did I just get fucked? He stood there, wondering.