Campfire 

“Amicable, ambitious, charming as well as caring”, She said.

I had to intervene before she continued to jot down her ever long qualities she was looking in her Prince Charming.

“Continue dreaming sweetheart” I cheekily added.

“You shut up, can’t you see I am thinking something important here”, she turned to the other side of the bonfire and continued speaking to herself.

“Shouldn’t he be rich?”, Sakshi intervened as she moved out from her camp after a pretty long slumber.

“Ambitious is one of the quality in my list, won’t that suffice?” Ayesha looking through her cat eye glasses.

“Not everyone makes it to the top! those who end up staying behind are swept away among the strides of their very own ambition.” I tried to knock a little sense; philosophy was my major and I couldn’t be left behind here I thought.

Sakshi turned to my side, “So Ryan, you are pretty sure that Harish won’t be successful?”

“When did I say that! Ayesha she is manipulating you; you know how much I respect Harish” I countered.

“Just now! Didn’t you know Ayesha was trying to figure out whether Harish fits in her list or not!” Sakshi gave it back to me with a full platter to dodge from.

“Is that true?” Ayesha asked.

“Even you! I give up now. I was trying to help here.” I said.

“By confusing her even more?” Sakshi trying to hide her smile from distant.

I gave her a silent stare and left towards the river bank nearby.

After a while, Sakshi came from behind and sat next to me. I didn’t want to speak to her, she knew my condition but still was too casual to play with it. She knew how much I loved Ayesha, and how hard it has been for me to see her with someone else. Her parents were looking for probable matches while I couldn’t dare profess my love for her. I was scared, I thought I would lose her friendship. But now when I want to, I cannot convey the three beautiful words to her. Maybe that’s how it would end.

“I am sorry, I shouldn’t have pulled your leg.” She said.

“It’s okay. You’re right, Harish is perfect for Ayesha. You should convey it to her.” I said.

“I did, but not what you’re telling now, but something you had shared before.” Sakshi said.

“Don’t tell me you told her.”I said, trying to cover my emotions.

“She did. Why did it take you so long, why?” Ayesha from behind.

“I thought I would lose you.” Trying to counter my tears.

“You were about to.” Sakshi said.

“But I never thought about you in that way, you should have told me earlier. We could have at least dated.” Ayesha tried to explain.

“I know, I should have. Anyways, I will be alright. Don’t worry.” I tried telling her in vain.

She came close and hugged me, then she left with a silent tear in her eye. 

“Thanks. At least she knows now. I would have ended up feeling lost if I wouldn’t have told her. Thanks again Sakshi.” Still trying to control my tears.

“It’s okay buddy. Take it easy.” Sakshi said.

“I will, don’t worry.” I said as I tried to see the glistening pink sky where many stars added the sparkle to it’s existing beauty.

Before I could get more lost among the nature, “Do you want me to set you up with Disha?” She added cheekily

“I just had my heartbreak. Give me time.” Trying to mock her down.

“Is there a time limit or something for moving on?” She countered.

I looked the other way, trying to control my laughter.

“I can hit on you right, now that Ayesha is gone.” Sakshi coming back to her comic sense.

“Oh please, give me a break.” With a small smile on my face, I headed back to the campfire.

“What’s wrong? I can even cook, we could save date money! What say?” She followed.

“Don’t worry, I can afford the date in your favourite restaurant.” I said.

“Look who is hitting now! Ayesha see I told you he will be alright.” She said as she went and sat next to Ayesha.

I passed a gentle smile towards Ayesha and headed back to my camp to have a peaceful sleep. I was finally at peace with myself, at least in the relationship part. I knew I needed this conversation; though I felt hurt but it was okay as I knew it would heal because of the wonderful friends I have. I smiled staring at the tent above as I fell into a deep slumber after an eventful day.

Picture courtesy: drivethenation.com (On Lake Superior)