It was Sunday. I was waiting for my wife outside a shopping mall. She was suppose to arrive half an hour earlier but was late due to her mother coming at home without any prior notice. When I got her message that she would not be coming for next half an hour, then I got so discouraged and went to nearby coffee shop. Meanwhile sitting there I saw a couple talking to each other about coming late. I thought of my wife and whispered in my mouth.
Jonny: All these women. They always like to be late. Always the same excuse, someone came in without notice. Only for my past friend, jean. She was never late. Instead she use to cancel all her appointments for me, and was never late. Instead I was the late comer at that time. Well anyways! why should I think of her. After all she did not came to my marriage three months back. She herself never wanted to marry and when I was asked by her parents to convince her of marriage then she would say,”Why don’t you marry me?”. What a joke. Her great sense of humour always attracted me. I mean think of girl saying,”Marry me!!”. If I were a fool then I would have thought that she is serious and really wanted to marry me. Huh! all these women. You can never understand them.
Suddenly, the face of girl sitting before him appears.
Jonny: Hey! its jean. I was just thinking of her. Let’s talk to her. Must be her boyfriend or fiancee with her.
Jonny approaches the table of jean.
Jonny: Hello jean, how are you, saw you after so long.
Jean: O! hi Jonny. Its been so long to see you. Meet my fiancee. Actually we were just talking of me getting late every time he makes a plan to meet.
Jonny: What late and you. You have always been punctual and now you are spoiling your habits.
Jean: Forget it. Have a seat and my fiancee will get you a coffee.
Jean’s fiancee moves towards the reception to order a cup of coffee for jonny.
Jonny: So how is life? Why did not you came to my life? And are you getting married? But you never told me that you were in love, or he is just a pick of your family. Will you marry him? I mean he looks good, but I dont think you love him.
Jean: You are right, I don’t love him. But I don’t have any other option as the person I love is already married three months back.
She looks with wet eyes into the jonny’s face. Jonny gets so astonished and speaks in dispear.
Jonny: What? You never told me that. I mean I always thought that you were joking.
Jean: My badluck. Don’t worry I can live life now.
Jonny: Sorry! if I broke your heart. Extremely sorry. I did not mean to. But you should have told that seriously.
At the same time Jonny’s wife comes in and they both say good bye to jean and her fiancee. Jonny leaves the coffee without drinking. While going out of the Coffee shop, Jonny looks back at jean and at the same time jean looking towards jonny like he was not only moving out of the coffee shop, but moving out of her life forever. Her eyes showed so much pain, inability and helplessness, making jonny say again and again
Jonny: What have I done? What have I done?
Jonny: I lost the true love in my life and marrying the rich man’s daughter did cost me my life time happiness.