It was a taxing and stressful day brought about by the chaos in her office. She needed some refuge, someone who could be man enough to ease her of some burdens in her heart, someone to whom she can share her work and who could help her.
The young man who was sitting adjacent to her had been transferred from another office and had joined last week. He was possibly shy as he made no attempt to talk to her even when she smiled at him a couple of times. She felt rebuffed. He looked tall, dusky and handsome. She actually wanted to cultivate his friendship. But he was aloof and distant making her gradually dislike him. She had also found him always staring at her whenever she glanced at his side.
As she stepped outside her office building that evening, she saw thick dark clouds gathered in the horizon, threatening to break into heavy rain. Her house was only two blocks away and she had to be at her home to meet someone. As she ventured out, a strong easterly wind started to blow furiously followed by a heavy downpour. Thank God, a small umbrella was always in her bag in cases like this. She braved the strong wind and the ferocious downpour when she unfolded it. The small umbrella was fragile and opened outside drenching her completely.
She heard some footsteps running behind her. She turned to see but she could not make out in the blinding rain and darkness. There was practically none in the road except occasional passing cars. She was scared and she quickened her steps. The man behind also hurried. She started to run. Very soon the man behind caught up with her.
It was her new colleague in the office. “Madam, you forgot your phone and the keys to your house. I saw you already out on the road and so I had to come running behind you. Come closer, I will accompany you up to your house.”
“How sweet of you to have drenched yourself only to hand over the keys and mobile? I thought you were rude as you never smiled back or befriended me. How wrong I was”, she said as she extended her hand. He took her hand and they walked together hand in hand under the heavy downpour smiling and giggling. She had found a new friend she had been wanting, thanks to the rain. A new romance blossomed as his arms wrapped her tightly.
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Written for Thursday Tales (Tale No. 7)
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