by Lakshmi Menon
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Tears of repentance rolled down Shalini’s cheeks and she breathed heavily so loudly that he could hear, but he did not respond. He succeeded in suppressing the anger and despair that welled up in his mind and slept off.
The next day dawned and both of them wished sincerely a change in each other’s attitude. Because of their false pride the day had to pass mechanically again.
The long awaited holiday came the following day. Shalini found the life to be miserable and extremely difficult to pull on any more like strangers. After all I am the wife. What is wrong in me if I go and apologise to my husband this time?
Her guilty conscious pricked her mind.
She brought a steaming cup of coffee to Dinesh with her usual broad smile and a fast beating heart; in return she found a ray of victorious smile on his face, but she didn’t feel hurt and she told herself every time she need not be a winner. Slowly, his hands moved towards her. “Shalu…. My darling,” he whispered passionately. The moment she heard the very words she longed to hear for all this time, Shalini forgot her enemity towards her husband, and clung to him like a child. Immediately, Dinesh wiped away her tears, and held her tightly in his arms and showered her with hot kisses. He felt an unwelcome pang of guilt for hurting his poor wife.
“I’m ………sorry, Dinesh. I’ll not .....quarrel with you.... any more,” Shalini whispered in between sobs.
“So as I”, holding her more tightly Dinesh whispered into her ears. Shalini realized again how meaningful the life is!
The lonely lizard on the roof, witnessing the fun, made a noise approving their promise and closed its eyes shyly. The End