It was a beautiful Sunday evening and Ronin got off the work early to go in the market to pick few things. While passing by a cute little book store, his eyes caught sight of someone familiar. “No! It can’t be her or is it really her” Ronin was confused. The girl in sight was wearing a white cotton dress, her raven her neatly combed and flowing down her shoulder, she was not wearing any specs still she looked so familiar. A face he would recognize easily in-crowd. Without thinking more he opened the door of the book store which made the bell tied up on the top of the door rang. That caught her attention and her hazel eyes met his dark ones. Soon the realization dawned upon her and immediately she averted her gaze and tried to bury her face in the book she was holding. “So! We meet again T” Ronin whispered in her ear. She looked at him and feigned surprise. “Of course, Ro we met again” she gave her a tight smile. “I was thinking of you” Ro leaned against the self of books where she was standing. ” oh really! I think of you whenever I heard that rhyme”, “really? What is that?” Ro asked excitedly. “Row Row row your putain de boat away” She gave her sweetest smile and turned to go but he stopped her. “hey that’s not fair. You don’t even know me and already judging by one incident” she turned to him and raised her brows. “I know.. I know, that was kind of desperate move but believe me, I was not in the right state of mind and it kind of just happened which I deeply apologize for” He looked at her with puppy dog eyes. She was still skeptical about his intentions despite that she nodded “alright! apology accepted” she again moved away but he stopped her by grabbing her elbow “well! Would you like to grab a coffee with me madame” he tilted his head to look intently at her “Look, I really need to rush today as I need to finish a lot of things so coffee won’t be possible. I am really sorry” she gave him an apologetic look but he was not ready to back down “its just a coffee besides I would feel you actually excused me for my behavior other day please.” She was not a very considerate person rather a rude one but here she was finding it difficult to decline him again and again “just a coffee” she said, “just a coffee” he affirmed. “Alright, you have any place in mind,” she said putting back the book she was holding all this time. “yes, I have one place in mind just around the corner” he veered her in the direction of the door and held the door open for her “after you madame” he mocked bowed at which she couldn’t resist rolling her eyes.
It was a beautiful small cafe with light blue walls and paint was chipping off the edges, the furniture looked old and antique. The whole cafe was loaded with fresh flowers everywhere. Ronin pulled out a chair for T “please madame” she frowned at him while sitting on the chair “can you please do away with these polished manners? I kind of feel uncomfortable” Ronin chuckled and said while grabbing a chair for himself “of course T” emphasising on T he added ” you know, at first I couldn’t recognize you as you are wearing dress with open hair and no specs but your hazel eyes gave it away” that earned another eye roll from her “can we order some coffee?” “sure” Ronin hailed a waiter to place the order “one hazelnut latte and for madame?” He looked at her “make it two” she added immediately. Once the waiter left to fetch the order Ronin looked smiling at her “so, what were you doing in a book shop especially in the culinary section?” She thought he didn’t notice the French cuisine book she was holding. Avoiding eye contact with him she replied “after tasting French cuisines in your restaurants, I wanted to try few of them myself so I had gone to that book store to pick French cuisine book but unfortunately they all were in French and I…” “you can only swear in French” he added amusingly. She pulled her lips in a thin line and stared at him “anyways internet is full French recipes in English so I am going to make use of that”. The waiter arrived with their orders and placed coffee mugs in front of them. Ronin spoke while picking his mug “I have French cuisine book in English. I can lend you that”. “No! That’s ok cause I won’t be able to return it” she picked her coffee mug and started sipping. “that’s okay, you can keep it as a gift from my side” he shrugged. “you don’t understand, I am leaving early morning tomorrow” she took another sip of coffee, “No! Where?” He sputtered out loud. She looked around, thankfully the handful of people sitting in the restaurant were too engrossed in their talks to pay attention “home” she answered calmly. “and where is that?” He asked again. “London, actually I was here for only two months for a student exchange program from my university. So now time to go back home” she kept sipping her coffee as if it was no big deal for her but Ronin felt a strange feeling in his chest and before he could think he spoke “your flight is tomorrow early morning right and I am sure there is one place you haven’t seen in Paris yet. I want to take you there”. She immediately set the mug down and stood up “Ro I have lot to pack and surely don’t have time for sightseeing” “T please we might never see each other again so I guess I deserve a little memory to keep as souvenir” his dark eyes searched her hazel ones for any sign of her relenting in his request. She shut her eyes and opened ” are you trying to use the emotional card on me like we will not meet again and all”, “no I am requesting you sincerely” he moved closer to her. “I don’t know. See a lot is going on in my mind right now so I am not sure whether I would be able to enjoy the place where you intend to take me” she tried to refuse him politely. “And here I thought you are kind of spur of the moment sort of girl, you know the one who loves to live on the edge” he tried to goad her. She narrowed her eyes “what do you mean? I am like that, it’s just I have a lot of packing to do so I can’t take your offer”. “It’s ok, no problem I understand and I don’t judge nerdy people” he retreated putting his hands in the air. “what do you mean by nerdy people” now she didn’t care she was creating a scene and everyone in the restaurant has their eyes on her “who said I am nerdy? You know what bring it on. I will meet you here in one hour exactly after packing my stuff and let’s see your hidden paradise which I couldn’t explore in my two months stay here” she chided. “cool! I will wait here” he sat back on the chair and made himself comfortable. He knew his plan was working but he maintained his poker expressions. She knew she got played upon but now she couldn’t back down “one hour” with that she stomped away.
To be continued….
messy bun and getting the stuff done….. loves the smell of fresh coffee in the morning, out and out dreamer, looks at the world through rainbow lens !