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12:00 AM, July 25, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, July 25, 2019

Double shot espresso

I hadn’t slept for days and I could feel my body finally giving in and drifting away. It felt like I was in a dream when I heard the phone ring. I patiently waited for the ringing to stop then closed my eyes. It hurt to even keep them open at this point. But, there it was again. Reluctantly, I got my phone from under my pillow and saw the familiar name flash across the screen.

“Hey.”

“Hi.”

“So, I know we ended things on quite a bad note but I’ve been thinking about us a lot. I’m leaving today and things are going to be difficult for us in the future but I’m not ready to let this go yet.”

“I don’t know what to say to this.”

“Don’t say anything now. Meet me at Bistro in 30 minutes. My flight leaves in two hours. If I don’t see you there then I’ll know your answer and we will never have to talk about this.”

But, before I could say anything she cut the phone. I ran downstairs in my shorts half wondering if I had dreamt the whole thing or not but I had no time to waste. Bistro was 20 minutes away from my home. I got into the nearest CNG and finally started breathing easily. I’ll get to see her. Half way along a heavy downpour started to slow us down until the CNG came to a standstill.  It was one of those summer downpours when the weather is all sticky and humid despite the clouds. I was still 10 minutes away and I knew at this point I wouldn’t make it even if the traffic let go. Without thinking, I jumped out of the CNG and ran along the flood of vehicles covering the road.

I’m not sure how long it took me to get there but I walked into the coffee shop with my shorts dripping rain water onto the floor. I felt people looking at me but I looked straight at our spot. Yes, we had our own spot. I felt a little relief to see a steaming cup of coffee on the empty table. I went over to the table and saw that she had ordered my favourite. A double shot espresso. But, I couldn’t see her anywhere. I probably looked quite helpless because a waitress started walking towards me with a smile on her face.

“Hi, is there anyone sitting on this table?”

“The ma’am sitting here left 5 minutes ago but she left this coffee here.” 

 

Tasnim Odrika likes pineapple on pizza and is willing to fight anyone who opposes her on this. Reach her at odrika_02@yahoo.com

 

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