This is the sixth part of ‘The Captive of True Love’. So, if you are new here. Please first read the previous chapters here.
It was mental torture to know that there is a secret list of desires that I should have known today but now know nothing about it. I don’t know what to think about this, but, I think if I tried a little she might tell me because if she didn’t want to share with me, she wouldn’t have mentioned something like that in the first place itself.
Even Priya said the same on our phone call that day, I told her about this because by now we were sharing almost everything that was happening in our lives.
She told me about her upcoming swimming competition. She was going to practice at 6 a.m. every day for the next two weeks. I didn’t like this at all, for two reasons; 1) who swim in the morning? That too when the weather was consistently cold. 2) To reach the swimming pool at six she’ll have to leave the house earlier which means I won’t get to see her on weekdays.
I failed to change her mind. She had her decisions made clearly. She believed that swimming in cold water improves her swimming skills, I had no clue about it as I didn’t know how to swim let alone the hacks to be good at it. Plus she thought it will be a good reason to stay out of the classroom during school hours without anyone raising any objection.
Being the persistent boy that I was, I kept trying to convince her to change the time but she didn’t listen. Well, to be honest, I knew she won’t. That’s how she was, A girl with a firm belief system, someone who didn’t believe any changing plans at whims. She had discipline. Something that I lack big time.
Anyway, she changed the topic to stop my attempts of changing her mind, She gave me a task. She wanted me to find out the Vaidahi’s secret list.
“Mahesh, I just can’t take it out of my mind, since you have told me about her, I can’t help but wonder what is on her bucket list,” she said.
Well, I wouldn’t have taken it seriously if she hadn’t bribed me. Considering Vaidahi’s first-day debacle, I didn’t want to get into any trouble. I don’t know if a bribe is the right word but we had a deal, I’ll end her curiosity and I’ll get to know some of her secret wishes too.
Before ending the phone, She asked me if I have my list of things that I want to do before going to college. I had no answer. I took an awfully prolonged pause that lasted till she hung up on me.
On the next second, there was a text from her:
“Sorry. Mom had come to my bedroom. I’m waiting for your answer.”
I can’t even recall when I fall asleep while staring at the screen, thinking about what she had asked. I had no answer. Because, honestly, there was nothing I wanted to do. Usually what boys want to do in high school is to score, To score good marks, to score more runs in cricket matches, and to score girls. Later being the top priority. (By scoring girl, I just meant losing relationship-virginity, not the sexual one.)
I knew I’ll score good marks in exams. I was getting better at Tennis. And I had few relationships to fulfill the remaining criteria. So, basically, there was nothing I was wanted to happen. Well, I was falling for Priya but it wasn’t something I was desperate about. I wanted to take it slowly this time.
But I was wrong. When I got to know Vaidahi’s and Priya’s lists, I realized the fundamental difference between girls and boys. While we boys dream about having a bush of flowers in our garden, Girls plan everything. From which type of flower they want to plant, what shape they want to give to that bush to how they’ll manage to nurture it. All these with their respective backup options.