It was New year's eve. A time for new beginnings, resolutions and all of that redemption jazz. Everywhere people were talking about how 2018 was going to be so different than the past year. New plans were being discussed, new horoscopes being read, all in between clinking glasses and beaming faces. Yes, it was one of those typical new year parties.
“They sure invited a lot of people”, he pointed out as another group of friends entered the apartment.
“Yeah, at least the music's nice”, she said, rocking her head to the lyrics of 'Maybe I'm Amazed’ by Paul McCartney.
“Paul's my favourite Beatle”, he said, trying to listen better.
She smiled as they brought their bottles up and sipped at the pint of beer. In a crowded room, they had managed to find an empty couch that was somehow distant from all the buzz of the coming year. Lost in conversation, they hardly seemed to pay any attention to what was going around. Even the people who knew them had decided to leave them with each other. They almost looked like they were in a trance of some sort, and their friends knew that they deserved it: some time just for the two of them to catch up on each others lives.
It was a beautiful sight. They wanted to tell stories faster than they could breath and their ears weren't big enough to hear all that was being said. They looked at each other with a tinge of longing every time their sights met. It was a reunion, not of two people, but two parts of the same being.
This had been long due though, more than a year had passed since they had last met. Life tends to do that, it puts you on a mill, makes you run and doesn’t let you stop. But against all the odds, they had managed to not fade away from the other’s life. Though there were moments when they both had their doubts, but just like good wine, things had only gotten better with age.
He checked his watch and it was almost midnight. In a mild tone that could be easily mistaken for a whisper, he spoke:
"How fast time flies. I think back on all those conversations, and I realise that months have passed. You know how people say that when you're away from the person you care about, time goes like a snail and when you're with them, it just races you by. That's a load of bullshit. It felt like I had waited for just a day. I honestly don't know where all that time has gone. When I met you today, I felt like I had met you yesterday, and the day before that. It was as if we'd never been apart. And I believe that this moment, this particular day, is frozen in my mind and it will be there until we meet again."
He paused for a moment, smiled and said, “I think I'm starting to feel the beer. I hope that didn't sound like a dialogue straight from a Bollywood movie.”
She just smiled back, kissed him and said, "Happy new year."
Sketch By: Aurnaub Bose