She willed herself to not check her phone to see if he had replied. It had been about three days now. She hated that she was constantly checking his ‘last seen at’ status and yes, he had logged in just five minutes ago. Yet she couldn’t stop herself. This sinking feeling to find absolutely no communication from him was becoming unbearable, almost torturous.
And then, just as she sat down in her chair, her phone vibrated. With her heart thudding in her ear, she unlocked her phone and stared at the screen. Finally! It was his message.
But when she opened it and read it, she nearly stopped breathing. She didn’t know if he was joking or not. What was this?
The message was – “I met a Princess. Do you want to talk to her?”
The memories came flooding in her mind. She had never thought that her marriage decision would happen just with ten minutes of conversation with a guy she hardly knew! She never thought that she would be loved and celebrated by husband.
But all these happened, though hers was an arranged marriage. He was a kind of a man, who wanted to treat his wife as a queen. Her marriage was an elegant one, completely arranged by him. He had carefully decided their honeymoon spot and discovered few romantic spots which only few could know. He wanted to surprise her every second of their honeymoon. He wanted to see her big eyes, becoming even bigger as the surprises get revealed one by one.
During their honeymoon:
She was excited on seeing that he had booked a large cosy cottage, which she had always dreamt of. She felt shy that she was going to be alone with a guy for the first time. He held her hands and took her inside, she felt electric. As soon as he closed the door, he held her face “You are the most beautiful girl I have ever seen” and gave her a neat kiss. She blushed and ran away.
She took bath and started cooking their breakfast. As soon as he entered the kitchen, she blushed. He immediately assured her “Hey Reethi darling, am not here to kiss you, but to help you with your cooking. Give me all those vegetables, I will cut them. We will finish the breakfast soon and then have fun ;).”
Once they were done with their breakfast, they went to the beach.
In the beach:
They played in the water. First he took water in his hands and splashed on her face gently.
They looked at each other brimming with love!!!!!!
He wrote “I love you” in the sand.
She wrote “I am crazy about you darling.” And it went on till there was no space in the sand to write…
In the evening:
He took her with her eyes tied with a scarf. Once he opened her eyes, she saw the most romantic place ever seen. They got into a boat. While they were riding, she saw that it was a river which was between Mangroves forest where the fireflies had settled on the trees like stars in the Earth. It was a mesmerizing ride. When they were mid-way, he took her hand and kissed it. She smiled. He gave two rings to her, they exchanged the rings.
He held her hands and told “Listen Reethi, this is quite serious. I was not interested in love before marriage. But I had always wanted ever-flowing love in my marriage life. If you do anything that hurts you, let me know immediately, instead of keeping things in your mind and in turn hating me. I will do my best to keep you happy”
She replied “Kishore, I do not want gifts like this, expensive hotel stays, tours, car or bungalow. I just want you completely for me.”
He replied “Reethi, don’t worry. I am always for you”.
At night, when he was sitting in the lawn,
She went near him, hugged him tightly and gave him a kiss on his cheeks…
He bit her cheeks and made her sit on his lap and they spent time happily enjoying the beauty of the moon.
Their love for each other started growing day by day.
One day, she came back early from office and was searching for one of her novels when she found his diary. She eagerly checked the contents, it had the following line in it – I am the wealthiest man on earth because “A good wife and health is a man’s wealth”.
She got a silent tear of happiness. But she never knew that all this would come to an end because of the arrival of a new character in her life.
After two months of her married life:
One day, she suddenly fainted when she got up from the sofa. He got nervous and immediately rushed to the clinic. The doctor smiled on seeing his anxious face. Once the urine test results came, she informed him that “He was going to become a father soon”. His joy knew no bounds.
He called and informed his parents. His father asked him immediately “Is it a boy child? It has always been a boy child in our family. I won’t be happy if it is a girl child my boy.”
He replied “Don’t worry dad. If it had always been a boy child in our family, how would I give birth to a girl child?”
He started behaving as though he was the first person in the world to become a father. He started thinking about which school his kid would study, which shop he should look for his kid’s clothes and toys.
Every day, he massaged her to ease her pain. He gently caressed her with a flower to make her sleep. Prepared nutritious dishes for her and ensured that she had every bit of the food he prepared.
Whenever she got a craving for a particular type of food, the food would be there for her within an hour. Even her mom would not have taken care of her like that. She was in a blissful state.
Three months after she had got conceived:
He excitedly told her “We will soon find out the gender of our baby”
She gleefully told him “Dear, I would like to have a girl baby who would unconditionally love us”
He replied back seriously “No, I do not want a girl child. Let it be boy child or no child”
She was taken aback by his reply. She started getting stressed out worrying about the gender of her child.
At the scan centre:
The nurse shouted “Reethi’s attendant, Reethi’s attendant”
Kishore jumped from his seat in excitement and anxiety to know about his child’s gender.
Doctor “Reethi and Kishore, you are going to have a lovely girl child”
She was terrified and he was devastated.
He told “Reethi, I do not want this child. Abort it.”
She retorted “No I can’t. I want my first child.”
“Do you want me or your child”, he was adamant in his stance.
She begged “I need both of you”
He decided and shouted in a firm voice “You have only one option. Tell me it is either me or your child”
She voiced “I cannot kill my child for sure”
He hysterically shouted back “So, you do not want me. Ok am leaving, bye.”
The door closed with a loud thud, as he furiously came out of his home. On his way, suddenly something dashed on him and he fell down. Then only he realized that a small girl had dashed on him.
The girl’s head was bleeding severely. The girl was murmuring “Daddy daddy daddy, it is paining a lot, please help me”. He could not bear seeing the small girl’s anguish. He immediately called the ambulance and rushed her to the hospital.
Before she became unconscious, she lifted her arm but since she did not have strength, it fell straight on his hands. She clutched his hand and cried “Daddyyyyyyyyy”. He felt as though his unborn child was pleading “Daddy please save me”. He sensed tears flowing down his cheeks.
He saw that the kid had several bruises on her body. He could not see her condition and turned away with tears-filled eyes. He felt guilty that God has punished this innocent girl to make him realize the significance of life, be it a girl or a boy.
He snivelled to God with anger “Why do you have to punish this little princess, why can’t you just hurt me. After all, I had done all the misdeeds. I do not know how you do it, but save this girl, please.”
He lost track of hours and days, and kept on praying for the girl to recover. He had nothing other than saving the girl as his goal.
As an answer to his prayers, she opened her eyes after three days of silent struggle. She meekly called out “Daddy, daddyyy”. He gently patted on her hands and assured her that she is safe. He silently thanked God for saving her. She innocuously smiled at him. At that moment, he realized that he never wants to miss such a smile in his life. He instantly pulled out his mobile and messaged her – “I met a Princess. Do you want to talk to her?”