Again it was the 24th of February.
Mellow rays of the sunlight flooded Aditi's small one bedroom apartment. The nip in the air, the fragrance of February filled up her senses. Her first class was at 10.30 am. ,
But it was the 24th of February.
Like every year, she had to be in the Physics laboratory by 7.30 am.
She opened her cupboard and opened a small card which had pink rose motifs . The ends were frayed now. The words written with blue ink had faded .
"Always smile like these roses ! " - A silent admirer. I will tell you how much I need you tomorrow - 24th February, at 7.30 am , Physics laboratory
25 years ago, same day , Aditi had smiled just like she was smiling now. She looked at herself before leaving for the college. She was still pretty and petite. The pink cotton sari suited her fair skin. She put on a light pink lip gloss and combed her short hair which had started graying near the temples. She pulled the off-white shawl around herself . She started to leave but as an afterthought she came back and put on a black bindi on her forehead. Yes, she looked nice , Aditi thought.
As she stepped inside the campus of Science College, her Alma Mater and now her work place, she saw young students laughing and talking in groups . Their face shone in the sunlight.
Aditi hurried towards the lab.
As she reached there, she saw her class mate and now her colleague Sagar standing near the lab door.
"Hmm... so... your annual rendezvous ... eh ... !" he winked.
Aditi blushed .
"Yes.... How stupid of me isn't it ? And more so because I had confided in you .... "
She looked searchingly at Sagar's eyes.
"Well ... see , I too make it a point to come on this date and time ... just to give you company ... " Sagar laughed.
They went inside the lab. It was still the same as it was 25 years back. They sat there and laughed and joked for about an hour.
"Aditi, My students are waiting ... I will leave now ... See you later ... "
Aditi looked up. She waited for him to say something.
Please .... please ....come on Sagar .... I have waited for 20 years .... My heart is parched ... I want to hear what you have not been able to tell me .... I know it is you ... don't you know that I know ?
"Ok... I too will leave .... "
"Until the next 24th Feb ? " Sagar winked
Yes. I will wait . Wait for you to tell me how much you need me .....
Aditi walked slowly out of the Physics laboratory towards class room no 404 .
Maybe next year .....
She adjusted her glasses and went inside to face her young students. ....
Teeny-Weenies will spice up the monotony of the leadership posts . Hope you like them. Looking forward to your comments.