Tender love


This is the story of a shy girl called Shea who  tripped into ” love sick thing” recently & can’t get enough of it.Outgoing Adi,her boyfriend,whom she proudly introduces as her fiance,is the guy whom every girl desires.What brought them together?

Shea was sitting in the cafeteria with her 2 besties & was a common sight in the cafeteria.She is found always in the corner table,away from the limelight,with her usual Friends,sitting in the same pose reading a novel.She was reading “the picture of Dorian Gray”,a classic novel of all times.her specs are sliding off her nose but she didn’t bother to adjust them.She was so engrossed that her Friends had to shake her to remind her that its time for the class.she looked up at them,totally lost & burst out in a lyrical tone.
All art is at once surface and symbol.
Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.
Those who read the symbol do so at their peril
.”

 Her Friends looked at each other & then at her.Tanya said sarcastically”okay princess!get your fat ass up,we have a class now.” Shea got up reluctantly & commented “i have a better ass than yours.”
“you!i am gonna kill you.” & she started chasing Shea.while saving her back,Shea bumped into a guy.she was about to fall down but he held her at the nick of time.
“easy girl!you will hurt yourself & others.” he spoke.
Shea straightened herself & blushed.”i am sorry.”
“omg!someone got lucky today.”Tanya teased her.
“oh shut up!its because of you i bumped into that fellow.”
“then i deserve a treat”
“why?i don’t know him at all & i don’t like him.”
“that’s because you don’t have time for anyone apart from your novels”
“that’s not true!i talk to you as well.”
“that’s not what i meant”
“then?”
“leave it,you are stupid.”
“no,i am not”
“yes! you are & now shut it,because our teacher is teaching us something important.”
Shea lost the battle,but She started wondering something else.Is she really dull?Is she missing out fun?at that very moment she made up her mind that she will seek fun.
Next day was the same for her,but she was vigilant.she kept an eye for any cute guy she could find.finding a guy is easy.its a great start for her ” fun list”Her friends were amazed but they were happy to help her.
“Hey!are you reading Dorian Gray?”
Shea looked up & saw that it was the same guy who held her yesterday.She was speechless.for the first time she looked at him closely.He was definitely a Greek god.He was tall,extremely fair,black hair spiked up at the right places,very handsome with headphones in his ears,wearing extremely low waist jeans,that was about to fall down & a loose shirt.He was a breathtaking sight.
“hi!aren’t you the same girl who bumped into me?”
so he does remember her ,but from a silly situation of course.That’s a good sign.She gathered herself & replied “oh hi!yeah,so stupid of me.i am sorry again.yes,its that book.”
“i am aditya,but i prefer Adi.I have always wanted to read this particular book.You are not finished with it,are you?”
“no,but if you want i can give it to you later on.”
Her friends were simply staring them.”um,hi!I am Tanya.So you are into novels like our stupid friend?”
He was laughing but agreed to her.
“oh boy!i have met the first guy who reads novels.” shuchi commented.
“not just read!i love them.” Adi corrected her.
the friends knew that if they vanish from there,Shea & Adi would definitely keep up the conversation & would go into detail,so seizing that opportunity,they went away from there giving an excuse.At first Shea was uncomfortable,being left alone with a guy but she took the risk.Adi sat down with her.Both of them started talking about novels,their fav authors,poetry etc.they instantly clicked.
“gosh!gotta go,i have classes now.” Adi said.
“oh me too!i totally forgot.”
“you are in which branch?”
“i am in ECE 1”
“and what’s your name?” He smiled at her.
“Shea!& i prefer it as Shea only.” both of them started laughing at this.
Their friendship blossomed & her Friends knew that it was heading into something else.Tanya took an effort & made enquiries about the guy.He was good & luckily he never had a gf.
one day Tanya got a message from Adi.He never talked to her outside college & never on phone.So it was surprising.
yaar!i think i have fallen for Shea,but i feel she won’t accept me.What should i do?
Tanya was elated,but she herself didn’t know what Shea thinks.So she asked for some time from him.
She called her at home.
“Hey girl!wassup?” Tanya greeted.
“Nothing much,i was just trying to figure out a maths sum.”
“okay!but maths is your fav subject.you shouldn’t have any problem.”
“i know but i am stuck now.”
“of course you will.You can’t concentrate in maths when you are checking your phone every 5 minutes for a message from Adi”
“what?are you crazy?We are just friends”
“oh really?he only talks to you.”
“so you are jealous?”
Tanya grew impatient.”Shea!its not about jealousy.”
Her voice was serious.Shea slowly spoke ” What do you mean?”
“you know it.”
“no”
“we have been your friends since kindergarten days & we expect some honesty from you.i hate secrets.”
Shea was totally clueless.”What happened Tanya?”
“Do you like Adi?”
this question took her off guard. “i do.He is a very good friend.”
“hmn,Do you like reading novels with him?”
“yes”
“do you like talking to him?”
“yep,but..” She was stopped short.It was like a questionnaire.
“Do you love him?”
“yes!” There was silence on the other side.Shea realised late what she had said in haste.
“hurray! I knew it.I knew it.My best friend has fallen in love.”
“Wait!Hell no,i got confused,  said it in hurry,nothing like that”
“stop it Shea! accept this.you can’t hide it from your friends.Everyone knows it.”
Shea didn’t know what to say.She did like him,but is it so easy to find someone who shares the same passion-novel.she always wanted him to be around.She looked for his messages & calls.Its a very different feeling.Is it really love?
“Tanya!do you think i am doing the right thing?”
“yes babes!he is the perfect one for you.” with this she bid farewell & cut the call.
She messaged Adi.
I need a treat from you coz i am bringing a good news for you.
Adi replied.
Tanya!I haven’t even slept with you,so how come good news? Secondly i love someone else.
He was really getting on her nerves now.
dude!are you guys always dumb?Shea loves you as well.
next day,in front of everyone,Adi presented Shea with a wonderful bouquet of orchids,her favourite & proposed her.It was a magical moment for her,a scene from the movies.He was kneeling on his knees & kissed her right hand ,specially the ring finger.
“i am going to put a ring on that finger.”
 
Shea was blushing so much that some of the girls nearby were giggling.Tanya looked at them & they stopped.Shea accepted his proposal obviously ,before he could even finish speaking & they were a total hit in the campus.Adi pampered her with gifts,but she had to hide them from her parents.
“Adi!please don’t buy me gifts.i hate pampering.”
“you are my princess,i love giving them.”
“then i am the wrong girl for you.i am not like others.”
“okay fine!i won’t give.happy?”
she smiled.They were the perfect couple.even if they fought on something,they made sure it was resolved that day itself.A play was being organised,like every year,& this time,both of them tried in the auditions.They were selected.Studies along with play practise were eating their time.They hardly got time to spend with with each other.
After a gruelling month’s practise,the dress rehearsal of the play came.The dramatics dept. was sitting as audience.Most of the actors were on the stage.some were sitting near the chair.Shea & Adi ‘s turn was supposed to be at the end.So they comfortably sat behind the stage in the greenroom.It was empty except for them.They were chatting happily.Adi showed a mimicry of a teacher & she burst out laughing.He liked when she laughed.It was electrifying.Adi was so mesmerized by her,that he took her hand & made her stand.A slow dance number was being played from the play & he started dancing with her in the green room.
 
They at first were laughing,but grew silent.They were communicating through eyes & it was a sight to behold.It was a cinderella scene.Adi came closer & held her tightly. a heat was rising between them.His hands were caressing her back,she kept her head on his shoulders.He kissed her head.She looked up at him.they stopped dancing.He cupped her face & said” you know what i am madly in love with you.”
She was blushing.she hugged him again.He unknotted her hair,which fell softly on her neck.She parted away & was about to tie it back but he held her hands & pulled her closer.she could feel his breath on her face.he was very close.she looked into his eyes & knew that passion was playing in them.his lips parted & touched hers carefully.She responded.he tasted every bit of her lips.they were so delicious.their lips were moving gracefully.his hands were caressing her back that it sent a weird feeling down her spine.The kiss was so intense that their boundaries were being broken.He slid his hand through her dress in the front & was hungrily groping her.Shea pulled herself away from him & gasped.
“NO!” She yelled.
There was an awkwardness between them.He loked at her & realised what he had been doing.He was so ashamed that he turned his back & held his hands on his face.Shea adjusted her dress & walked to him slowly.
“hey!i didn’t mean to startle you.please don’t turn back on me.”
“i shouldn’t be doing that.you must be thinking what a rogue i am.”
“no!i love you very much & trust you .It was definitely,er,bit hot, back 5 minutes ago.but i loved every instant of it.i felt so different.it was like i don’t ever wanna lose you.”
“i regret it very much.the kiss was okay but not that!it was aweful.”
she looked in his eyes & the tears hung in them.she cupped his face & kissed him on the cheeks & a brief kiss on the lips.
“don’t do this”
“stop it Adi!this was my first kiss,don’t ruin it for me.”
“fine! but i promise you i won’t do that ever.”
“which one-kiss or touching?” a smile was dancing on her lips.
if you want both!”
“lets leave touching.kiss is more than anything” & with this she started kissing him again.They gave wonderful performances in the play.The play was a success & so were Shea & adi.7 years down the lane,they got married & have raised a beautiful family of 4.
 
 
The love is always beautiful.its out of the world feeling.When someone takes the plunge in it,only they know how to define “love”.Love in college is very unstable,immature one,but unlike Adi & shea,they knew how to make it work.they braved the ups & downs together.it was a tender love,which needed nourishment & security.tender because it always had the risk of falling down,but Shea & adi watered & cared it so carefully,that it blossomed into a strong love which stayed with them forvever.

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