John, intimate boyfriend of Nancy, is all set to take leave of her to return to his home town abroad. On completion of the local assignment he is being called back by his overseas employer. Many of their colleagues have come to the airport to give him a warm send off. Overwhelmed by the thought of the inevitable, the impending separation, they look to each other with swollen eyes, listlessly recollecting their memorable association. Her eyes spoke the painful separation for ever, the warm moments they spent at the theatre, week end outings, the great joy when he won the snooker medal, the sweet moments they spent together in recent past.
“John my dear, is it a must that you return?” her mellow voice lingers in his ears, “No, it’s not the only option I believe”
A long silence greets them as they sat at the airport lounge.
“Looks like, sweetie” John mumbles “the world is jealous, doesn’t want us to be together any further”
Bang comes a loud announcement blurting out the flight status those ready to take off, those getting delayed and the ones being checked in. Nancy is happy, John’s flight is delayed, gets some more time to spend with him. Walking towards the coffee shop, they pass through assorted type of people waiting, some are immersed in looking into their laptops, others lying down snoring, yet some serious ones restless watching the monitors crawling out the flight status.
As Nancy brought mugs of coffee they choose a remote cozy corner to spend time lazily, away from the crowd. Pointing to the pair sitting at the table at other corner, Nancy exclaims “We too would look like them loaded with naughty kids, bags of hand bags, child stroller, had we the opportunity to continue our ……”
“Yes, yes, that’s why I’m made to leave you behind, is it?” John replies painfully.
A spell of silence engulfed them though both were haunted with the memories of their association.