Love Over Coffee
A girl dressed up in a black and white combined kurti along with white leggings and a dupatta draped around her neck stood in front of a house. She rang the bell and waited for a few minutes but, to her disappointment didn’t get any response.
“He bhogobaan! Kab kholenge?”, (Oh God! When will they open?) she muttered ringing the bell again.
A smile crept over her face as a lady in her mid-fifties opened the door. She smiled and asked, “Yes?”
“Aunty, actually I saw this advertisement on the newspaper for a room on rent. I’m new to this city so, I thought to come here seeing the advertisement”, she replied politely with a gentle smile on her face.
“Come inside”, the lady said letting the door wide open and allowing her to enter. She went inside with her luggage as the lady said, “Sit down.”
She smiled and settling down on the sofa asked, “Aunty, can I stay here?”
“Sure beta. I don’t have a problem. Just that I’ll let you know a few things and also about what we would offer you”, the lady replied.
The lady settling down on the sofa explained her everything that they would provide and whatever they won’t allow. She smiled and replied, “That seems to be pretty homely. Don’t worry aunty, I’ll abide by the rules and regulations.”
The lady smiled and asked, “What’s your name?”
“Oh.. I’m Sonakshi, Sonakshi Bose”, she replied as the lady said, “I’m Ishwari Dixit. Why are you in this city? For studies or for a job?”
“Aunty, I’m here for an internship. I’m a nutritionist by profession so, I’ll go back to Kolkata as soon as the internship gets over”, she replied.
“Maa, maa”, shouted a boy in his mid-twenties while climbing downstairs. “Yes, Dev”, the lady replied turning around.
He came and stood in the hall and looking towards Sonakshi asked, “Who’s she?”
“She’s our tenant. I told you about the advertisement, right?”, the lady replied calmly.
“Maa, I told you not to publish the advertisement”, he said annoyed.
“Dev, I also told we are giving this room on rent. I’m not listening to anything now. What am I supposed to do the entire day when you’re at office? Atleast if someone stays here on rent, I can talk to them”, said the lady. “She’s Sonakshi and she’s going to stay here till the time she’s in Delhi”, she added.
“Aunty, you can call me Sona”, Sonakshi said.
“Sona”, Dev uttered as Sonakshi interrupted saying, “It’s Sonakshi for you.” Ishwari giggled as both of them stared at each other.
“Maa”, Dev started after a fraction of seconds but, Ishwari interrupted saying, “I’m not listening.”
He looked at Sonakshi and gave her a disgusted look. “Mr. Obhodro”, she muttered and followed Ishwari towards her room.
It had been almost a month after Sonakshi’s arrival at Dev’s house and after their first meet. Things aren’t always what they seem to be at the beginning and things did turn out to be different for Dev and Sonakshi as well. Over the month, Dev and Sonakshi had grown closer and had become very good friends. Ishwari and Sonakshi shared a bond which was worth admiring.
One day, Sonakshi and Dev were sitting and talking in Dev’s room when Ishwari knocked the door and said, “Coffee.”
“Maa, you don’t know I’ve been waiting for this coffee for such a long time”, replied Sonakshi mimicking Dev. Dev stared at her while Sonakshi and Ishwari burst out laughing.
“Why can’t you go make your coffee if you want it so badly everytime?”, asked Sonakshi when Ishwari went out of the room serving them coffee. Dev made a ‘I am lazy’ expression making Sonakshi giggle which made Dev admire her adoringly.
“Well, Dev, you’ve got me addicted to this coffee now. I hated coffee so much”, said Sonakshi as a smile crept over Dev’s face.
“Thank God you like it now or else, I would’ve never been able to tell that you’re my best friend”, remarked Dev squeezing Sonakshi’s hand.
Sonakshi jerked his hand away and replied, “Whatever. Well, I need to go now. Talk to you later.”
Dev smiled and said, “Sure.”
The next morning, Dev woke up and found his coffee on the bed-side table. “How come maa served it so early?”, thought Dev. He shooed away his thoughts and picked up the mug to find a different one along with a quote on it.
“If I did anything right in my life, it was when I gave my heart to you”, he read. “Strange! Love quotes”, he muttered when someone knocked the door. He turned around and found Sonakshi at the doorstep. He arched his eyebrows as Sonakshi said, “Your coffee.”
“What do you mean? Maa already gave it na”, replied Dev.
“No, aunty just sent it through me”, said Sonakshi.
“What about this then?”, asked Dev showing Sonakshi the other mug. Sonakshi stepped inside the room and reading the quote in the mug started laughing.
“Why are you laughing?”, asked a confused Dev.
“So, you’ve a secret admirer Mr. Dev Dixit”, remarked Sonakshi.
“What rubbish!”, remarked Dev as Sonakshi said, “Well, you’ve the coffee given by your secret and I’m having the one aunty prepared.” “Give that to me”, shouted Dev but, Sonakshi ran out of the room before he could catch hold of her.
The next morning, Dev found another cup of coffee. “I just want to thank you for being my reason to look forward to the next day”, Dev read the quote. “Well, this secret admirer seems to be a really interesting person”, thought Dev and sipped his coffee.
Now, it had been a long time the secret admirer was preparing coffee for him. Things change with time and so did it happen with Dev. He had secretly started admiring and loving his secret admirer. He loved the fact that the secret admirer no matter what always served him his coffee with the best ever quotes.
One another day, Dev woke up and found his coffee beside. He picked it up and read the quote, “I want you. All of you. Your flaws. Your mistakes. Your imperfections. I want you, and only you.” He smiled and sipped the coffee.
Suddenly, something struck his mind and he rushed out of his room. He went downstairs and barged into Sonakshi’s room. “Sona, Sona”, he called out when Ishwari entered the room. “Dev, Sona left”, she said.
“Maa, why didn’t you call me?”, asked a disappointed Dev. “You were sleeping so, I thought not to disturb you”, replied Ishwari.
“Maa, I wanted to talk to her before she left”, said Dev. Ishwari patted his back and said, “You can talk to her over the phone.” Dev nodded his head in a yes and walked away to his room.
The next day, much to Dev’s disappointment he didn’t find a coffee from his secret admirer. Things turned out to be worse without Sonakshi and the secret admirer’s coffee in his life even for a day.
Days passed by and now, a month was over. Dev was disappointed over the fact that neither Sonakshi was there in his life anymore nor the secret admirer.
He was sitting in his balcony looking at the sky when something struck him and he quickly picked up his laptop. He worked on the laptop for a while and then, rushed downstairs.
“Maa, maa”, he screamed. Ishwari came out of the kitchen and asked, “Why are you shouting Dev? What’s it?”
“Maa, I’m going to Kolkata tomorrow”, said Dev as Ishwari looked at him in confusion. “Why Kolkata all of a sudden?”, asked Ishwari.
Dev lifted his mom and twirling her around said, “Aap ki bahu ko laane.” (To bring your daughters-in-law) “Matlab..”, (Means..) said Ishwari excited. “Haa ma”, replied Dev.
“Acha, ab mujhe chod. Jab woh aayegi tab usse uthana”, (Okay, now leave me. When she comes then you pick her up) said Ishwari as Dev blushed a little and put his mom down. “Maa, aap bhi na”, (Maa, you also na) said Dev and ran away to his room.
The next day, Dev left for Kolkata and after reaching there he straight away went to Sonakshi’s home. He rang the bell and after a while a man in his mid-fifties opened the door. “Yes?”, asked the man. “Uncle, is Sona there?”, asked Dev. “Who are you?”, asked the man frowning. “Uncle, I’m Sona’s friend. She used to stay at our home when she came to Delhi for her internship”, replied Dev.
“Oh..Come inside. Asha, see who has come”, said the man bringing Dev inside the house. “Asha, Sona used to stay in their house when she went to Delhi”, said the man. Asha stood up and greeted him. They talked for a while and amidst all this Dev was searching for Sonakshi everywhere.
After about an hour, Dev asked, “Aunty, where’s Sonakshi?” “She must be coming in sometime”, replied Asha.
“Aunty, can I go and meet her. I wanted to surprise her. Please, can you let me know the address?”, asked Dev. “Sure”, Asha replied while Sonakshi’s father handed him the address.
Dev drove away to the address and finally found Sonakshi there. He took an appointment from the reception and went inside like any other patient. He settled down on the chair while Sonakshi was busy checking the list of patients she had to be attended in the day.
“Yes?”, said Sonakshi lifting her head up. She was shocked to see Dev sitting in front of her and squealed, “Dev!” She quickly hugged him and after a while, both of them settled down.
“How come here?”, asked Sonakshi to Dev who busy admiring her after one whole month. “Dev!”, she called out snapping her fingers in front of his eyes.
“Ya?”, replied Dev coming out from his thoughts. “How come you’re here?”, she repeated stretching a bit on the words. “Oh.. actually just wanted you to attend my marriage so, thought of coming and inviting you for the marriage”, replied Dev.
Sonakshi’s eyes welled up but, she controlled herself and asked, “So, when’s the marriage?” “The end of this month”, replied Dev as Sonakshi pretended to be happy.
“Umm..Dev, I’ll just be back. Okay? Don’t go anywhere”, said Sonakshi and excusing herself went outside. Dev smiled and followed her outside.
Sonakshi stood beside her car in the parking lot and cried to herself. She blamed herself for not confessing her love at the right time. Suddenly, someone placed their hand on her shoulder. She quickly wiped off her tears and turned around to find no one. She closed her eyes and muttered, “Stop daydreaming Sona! Dev is getting married. He would never come to you.”
“Only if you could open your eyes and look down”, said a voice. “Now, I can hear his voice in my imagination also”, she remarked.
“Only if you could open your eyes and look down”, repeated the voice as Sonakshi slightly opened her eyes and looked down to find Dev kneeling down before him.
“Dev?”, she uttered confusedly in a choked voice.
“Everybody has an addiction, mine just happens to be you”, he said. Sonakshi looked at him in confusion.
“Will you be Mrs. Sonakshi Dixit forever?”, asked Dev as Sonakshi’s eyes gleamed in happiness and excitement. She nodded her head in a yes but, suddenly said, “No.”
Dev looked at her shocked and asked, “Why?”
“I won’t accept such a simple proposal”, replied Sonakshi.
Dev smiled and said, “Since our love story started with quotes so, I would like to take your hand also by a quote.”
“The only thing I want to change in you is that ringless finger on your left hand. May I?”, proposed Dev taking out a ring from his pocket.
Sonakshi nodded her head in a yes as he slid the finger onto her left hand ring finger. He stood up and said, “So, Mrs. Dixit?”
“I can’t do this. You’re going to get married”, said Sonakshi and was about to give him the ring back when he said, “Only if you’re the bride, I can get married.”
Sonakshi looked at him in shock and within a fraction of seconds started hitting his chest. “You! What do you think of yourself huh? I thought I lost you. My heart had skipped a beat and you were joking around. I won’t leave you Mr. Dev Dixit”, complained Sonakshi continuing to hit him.
Dev held onto her hands and pulled her closer. “I love you!”, whispered Dev. These three words were enough to make Sonakshi forget her anger and melt down for Dev. She looked into his eye and the only thing visible was the eternal love he had towards her.
Sonakshi smiled and hugging him tightly said, “I love you too!” Dev smiled and hugged her back.
Hello! Well, this is my first OS based on DevAkshi. I don’t know how it was. I just wrote it in a hurry.
I hope you all would like. Please, do drop down your comments below as I’d be eagerly waiting for your views on this one shot. Suggestions and criticisms are always welcome as they’ll help me improve but, please no abbusive language.
Lastly, my fan fiction – Our Dark Past Love – would be updated soon. Frankly, I’m short of time for writing currently as my exams are going to start this week. Hope you all would understand and cooperate. Anyways, please drop down your comments below.