When I tell the truth…
I was returning from the temple back to my room. She was walking on the other side of the road with her roommate. Both of them were my classmates too. I closed my eyes, silently prayed to God and hopefully crossed the road.
I began, “I want to discuss something really important with you and seek your advice.”
“Definitely, I am all ears”, She replied.
“There is this girl, who is really amazing. I feel I have fallen for her. There is only a single thought in my mind…and that thought belongs to her”, I said.
“So what’s the issue…that you have fallen for her”, she said sarcastically.
“Hahaha…No No! She is a dear friend. I treasure the bond. I am scared that the moment I share my feelings with her, I might lose both; her and the friendship”, I said anxiously.
“Listen the honest thing for you would be to speak up about your romantic inclinations towards her. If she is genuinely a close friend then I am sure she would understand it and won’t let it strain the friendship even if she isn’t willing to give the relationship a try”, she advised.
“I am still hesitant. I mean you are saying this because you aren’t in that position and this might still backfire”, I persisted.
“Trust me. If your emotions are heartfelt and sincere they will reach their correct destination and create the rightful impact. Don’t worry…just go ahead and express it to her”, she encouraged.
“That girl is YOU”, I said and there was complete silence. They both were staring at each other. She was stunned while her roommate was giggling.
“Yes…that girl is YOU”, I said again.
Suddenly out of nowhere, she started laughing. I was amazed and somehow embarrassed. Here I was pouring my heart out and she was blowing it up as nothing happened.
“Nice try Mr. Joker. I loved the way you worked around it. I am aware of your pranks. Keep working”, she laughed off loudly.
About thirty seconds later I said, “Exactly, everybody has fallen prey to my jokes and pranks except you”, desperately trying to hide my shattered heart with a wide grin.
I guess the irony of my life is when I tell the truth people treat it as a Joke and when I joke they take it straight to heart.
For all those who have been friend zoned,
For all those who have met similar fate,
For all those whose jokes are misunderstood
For all those who know how to smile on themselves…
It’s not a Goodbye,
But it’s a GOOD BYE.
Manas ‘Sameer’ Mukul