“Sir everything is sorted out. The decoration, cake, flowers everything is ready” said Mandy coming towards me.
“Would you like to drink some coffee?” I asked glancing at him.
He nodded his head. As I began to prepare coffee for him he asked “sir can I ask you something?”
“Sure” I said pouring the coffee on the cup.
“What is the reason behind all this arrangement? Is it someone special’s birthday?” he asked.
I glanced at him but he hurriedly moved his gaze away from me. Maybe he felt offended asking the thing which he never did.
I handed him the cup and said “I will answer you only if you agree to keep it as our secret.”
He took the cup nodding his head and saying “definitely it will remain as our secret for forever.”
“It is for someone special but…” I paused taking deep breath “but saddest part is she doesn’t know I take her as someone special.”
“Oh! One sided love” he said in teasing tone.
I smiled and looked away from him.
He took a sip and said “if you want I can help you out to propose her. I have the best idea…”
I interrupted “I cannot do that.”
“Come on boss. I know you can. You just need little bit of courage” he tried to persuade me.
“It’s not about being courageous” I replied drinking my coffee.
“What is it then?” he asked out of curiosity.
“I cannot tell you that” I said turning away from him and walking towards the sink.
“Is it family issue?” he asked.
“Noooo…” I replied washing my cup.
“What is it then? You can tell me… it will be man to man talk” he still tried to persuade me.
“I am not interested in man to man talk” I said walking out of the kitchen.
He followed me behind “being frank this is the thing that I hate about you.”
I turned towards him with my wide eyes and he hurriedly said “I mean the way you keep mystery hidden.”
I took deep breath and said “she is married to someone else.”
He was stunned hearing me. After all who would have thought that his boss would be in love with someone else’s wife?
I turned back and walked towards the hall. In a while I heard him saying “extra marital affair?”
“No, no it is definitely not that” I turned towards him “I said you she doesn’t know I love her.”
“Oh! Sad one sided love story” he said.
“Now will you please stop interrogating me and help me out to recheck everything” I said rolling my eyes.
“Sure” he nodded keeping the cup on the table and came towards me.
“So did you use yellow and white rose?” I asked him.
“Yeah, the decoration is all done with yellow and white rose” he replied.
I looked around and found that the hall was beautifully molded with rose and balloons. He had arranged everything quite well. I sat on the couch feeling exhausted. I haven’t worked much but still I was feeling so weak and exhausted.
“Sir, are you alright? You don’t look good” asked Mandy standing behind the couch.
“My head feels heavy” I said rubbing my temples.
“Should I bring you medicine?” he asked in concerned tone.
“No, no I guess it will be fine after sometime” I said stretching my arms but I panicked when my eyes fall on the wall clock. It was half past four and I had not changed.
“Shit… I need to change. Mandy you stay here for a while and if you hear the doorbell don’t open until I come back” I said and ran towards my room.
As I had just changed into my fine t-shirt and denim I heard doorbell ringing. I slightly pushed my hair backwards and walked out of my room. I saw Mandy was eagerly looking towards my direction. As he saw me he gave a smile.
“What?” I asked walking towards the door.
“I have never seen you on denim. You look good” he gave me a compliment.
I glanced at him raising my eyebrows and asked “are you a gay?”
“What? No… Why?” he asked hesitantly.
“No man ever passed compliments on me so I just think men don’t compliment men” I said and opened the door.
I was shocked when I saw only Arvin standing at the door. Trying to look behind him I asked “where is she?”
Arvin cleared his throat and moved aside revealing Lisa who was standing behind him. There she was looking like an angle in that sky blue dress. I found her looking so beautiful in that color.
“Happy birthday Lisa” I said giving her warm smile but she rolled her eyes and walked away furiously.
I glanced at Arvin who was giving me shocked gaze “It’s her birthday? You called us for the celebration?”
I nodded my head and said “can you help me out again… please?”
“God knows how many lies I have to tell her to bring her here. So, I am sorry I will not be able to help you out again…” Arvin surrendered.
“Fine…” I ran downstairs.
“Lisa…. Lisa….” I called her out looking downstairs and saw the she had not gone far.
I increased my pace and when I approached her I stood in front of her blocking the way “Lisa please listen to I am sorry. Please try to understand. I don’t know why I did so I am sorry.”
She stood folding her arms looking away “Lisa… please say something. Your silence is killing me. Please…”
“What should I say? I am totally out of words. Also if I say anything or do anything you will run away like in past and show up when it is too late”
I was dumbfounded hearing her “what do you mean by that?”
“Nothing…” she said pinching her nose bridge and said in irritated tone “fine what do you want me to do?”
“Just allow me to make your birthday special, please” I begged.
“But, why do you want to do so? Who am I to you?”
Well her question was absolutely reasonable “who was her for me to make her day special?” She need to know the answer but I knew it very well that it was totally useless to say her anything now.
After standing silent for a while I said in low tone “I thought you called me your friend once.”
Her eyes softened hearing me she then nodded her head and said “okay fine then I will take this as a favor from a friend. Okay?”
I nodded my head though I was not that satisfy with her answer. Both of us walked upstairs and when we stood by the door before pushing the door wide open I stretched my hand towards her and asked “if you don’t mind can I walk you in?”
She kept her hand on mine and nodded her. When I pushed the door and walked inside with her hand on mine suddenly flowers began to shower on us.
I was surprised because I haven’t planned that. When I look around I saw Mandy and Arvin smiling at me. It must be their idea anyway I admit that it was good one.
Leaving my hand Lisa spin around giggling like a small child. She was so happy when flower was showering on her. She then stood on the middle of the hall and said looking around at the decoration “is this all for me?”
Nodding my head I said “Yes, it’s all for you, Happy birthday Lisa.”
She suddenly ran towards me and hugged me tight “Thank you Steven. No one has ever done this for me. Thank you so much” she whispered.
All the evening we all had lots of fun. When it came to cake cutting ceremony Mandy, Arvin and I smeared Lisa’s face with cake. She was looking mess but instead of being angry she laughed out loud. She was really enjoying that moment the way I was enjoying seeing her happy. My heart was in ease seeing that smile on her face and I was ready to do anything for her smile.
I still can’t believe Lisa and I had that romantic couple dance in that evergreen song “my heart will go one”
Every night in my dreams
I see you, I feel you
That is how I know you go on
Far across the distance
And spaces between us
You have come to show you go on
Near, far, wherever you are
I believe that the heart does go on
Once more you open the door
And you’re here in my heart
And my heart will go on and on
Love can touch us one time
And last for a lifetime
And never let go ’til we’re gone
Love was when I loved you
One true time I’d hold to
In my life we’ll always go on
Near, far, wherever you are
I believe that the heart does go on
Mandy got on his car and waved at us.
“Bye…” Lisa and I waved back at him.
“Once again thank you for everything” Lisa said turning towards me.
“It was my pleasure to make your day special” I said smiling at her.
Arvin stopped his car in front of us and called out for Lisa.
Lisa suddenly leaned closer to me and planted a kiss on my cheeks “you look more handsome in denim than suits” she whispered loud enough for me to hear.
I was shocked as well as happy when she planted a sweet kiss on my cheeks. Not only that, she even passed me the compliment. It took me a while to come back to my sense by then she was already inside the car waving at me.
I waved back at her with big smile on my face. When Arvin drove away I my eyes suddenly blurred and I felt weak to stand. I rubbed my eyes to get clear vision but it went more blur. I fall on my knee then my body collapsed on the cold ground everything went blank.