All of it suddenly came back, the memories flooded. Memories she had tried hard to kill, to bury. She thought she had done so until she saw that face again. It all came back, the sorrow, the hurt, the pain at being cheated, the false promises, the lies, the betrayed trust, the death of a fine friendship. He had murdered it all for her in one go. It was so sudden then that she had never reacted. She had taken it quietly. She wanted to yell, she wanted to kick him hard, she wanted to slap him, to get her revenge, and bring out in the open that selfish being.
She had done nothing. She had questioned nothing and accepted it all. For most she had shown dignity through it all, only she knew deep down what she really wanted to do and for years she wondered why she had not done what she always wanted to.
Today her time had come, she decided to walk up to him and ask. Finally question his actions of ten years ago and seek the answers to questions that had haunted her. She dared, she walked up to him and then stopped.
She turned back. His existence did not seem to matter to her anymore, it did not then, it did not now. She had the answer for all these years but she had just realized; that he was simply not worth it. The man up there seemed to have conveyed it to her in the best possible manner 10 years ago yet she had questioned his decision to do so. And now she knew what he had meant.
She smiled and walked back.
He turned and saw a familiar face looking at him. All of it suddenly came back, the memories flooded. Memories that still brought a smile on his face. The face that made him that made his knees go weak, the smile that had melted his heart, his first crush.
They both walked towards each other steadily. He offered her a cup of coffee. She accepted. All those college memories revisited. The fun and the banter, it all blossomed again. They spoke about their lives after college. They had gone pretty much the way they had always wanted to.
After a pleasant chat both parted ways. They looked up and thank god for not giving them the courage to express their feelings 1o years ago. It was far more beautiful having each other for friends than anything else after all these years. Sometimes the man up there knows you better than you do yourself.
They smiled to see their better halves waiting to greet them at the doorstep of their homes.