It was one of those summer evening classes we attended at school, for additional tuition and better scores. Unlike the routine, my session got over early and I was waiting for my friends to start our evening cricket. The wait seemed to be very long. Secretly, through the window, I signaled my friends in the class that I would meet them at the regular place and walked towards the kindergarten block of the school.
Our school kindergarten block, being isolated from the main building is perhaps the most silent, less illuminated and less frequented area in the evening. The place had all the qualities for a bunch of high secondary boys to chose as their regular meeting place and so we did. It was almost our exclusive territory after class hours. In addition, I had another emotional attachment to that place. To lie down on the slides at kids play area there and dream endlessly looking at the beautiful sky was one of the favorite evening hobbies.
I walked through the path sandwiched between a pair of narrow lawns, past the science laboratory to the entrance of the Kindergarten section. At once I saw a movement in the kids play area. Somebody was already there. An intrusion into our territory, that too at this time of the day, has never happened before. I was curious and angry at the same time. I moved closer with an intention to drive them out of our private land.
As I walked closer to the interloper, I was dumbstruck with what I saw. Sitting on the merry-go-round, was a gorgeous girl, with the most striking features that have ever impressed me. Like a child who just witnessed a magician’s masterpiece, my jaw dropped. She was alone and deeply absorbed in her thoughts that she didn’t notice my presence.
As she sat elegant on the merry-go-round, resting her arms and her delicate fingers gently gripping the iron bar, she looked as alluring and tender as a blooming bud of lotus. Her beautiful face, under the thin moon light appeared as innocent as that of a new born baby. Her prominent nose and luscious lips dazzled with its sensuality. With undeniable charm emanating, no man would ever want to take eyes off her face.
Gracefully, she lowered her right leg to the ground and gave a mild thrust to move the wheel. When she did that, her body arched to reveal her physique and her perfect curves of muliebrity. The sight sent vibes down my nerves kindling every single hair follicles to rise.
As the merry-go-round started to move faster, I could make out the excitement on her face. Soon her supple lips widened to blossom into a vibrant smile. May be it was her thoughts that made her smile. But to me it was a smile that that touched the bottom of my heart, soothing and tranquilizing. Her cherubic face, seraphic smile and serene expression, like the placid waters of a lake, would calm down even an extremely traumatized heart.
The more I looked at her, I felt more susceptible as though surrendering myself to some magical spells. With a new sense of well being flooded in my mind, I wished the world paused at that point for I could spend the rest of my life in that hypnotic trance of her angelic beauty.I don’t know how long I stood there in the empty corner of the school, mesmerized, a few meters away from the most beautiful girl I ever saw on earth.
I knew it won’t be nice to get caught ogling at a girl in a place like this, but I couldn't stop myself. My mind had already drifted to a fascinating world of exquisite delicacy . Like in a dream, I started to feel light, I could sense my body dissolving into the thin air. Finally, I even had a doubt if I really existed then. If it was a dream, I prayed not to be woken up at all.
In the meantime, she surfaced back from her deep thoughts and I looked at my side with a blank stare. Initially she didn’t spot me for I was at a darker corner behind the peer tree. But it didn’t take long for her to sense my presence. In an instant her expression changed. Perhaps she felt insecure. She hardly knew I was not there to harm her, but merely struck by her beauty.
Once she realized that there was no way she could escape from my prying eyes, she stopped the Merry-go-round abruptly, stepped down and walked towards the main block. As though escaping from a haunted castle, I saw her turn back inquisitively to my side. I didn’t move. Not because I didn’t want to, I simply couldn’t.
As the golden glow of the lawn lamps bathed her on the way, she looked like a skillfully sculptured masterpiece that had come to life. She moved fast, even then with such grace that my heart skipped a beat with every soft step she took. I stood there spell bound until she disappeared from my view.
This was the first time I ever saw her, even then my heart felt so empty and distressed as she walked out of sight. I could sense a bewildering array of emotion engulf me with my mind fighting to reach a harmony with my hormones.
I was feeling so odd having missed this pretty face earlier until another possibility struck my mind. She could even be a visitor. In that case I may not get to meet her again. The very thought of it being that way was afflicting.
Not willing to take a chance, I hurried to the main building she just entered, hoping to meet her one more time before she leaves. I was determined to talk to her, ask her name at least. And if she didn’t mind I would get her contacts too.
I would have just crossed the path to science lab which is on my way, I heard a voice calling out my name from behind. I didn’t want to stop. But the sound felt so familiar and authoritative that I briefly paused. He called me again. Oh God! That was my Principal, who by now was standing just behind me. Having no choice, I turned around.
With him, I stood restless, partly listening, shifting myself from one feet to another. Every time I felt a pause in his speech, I nodded my head in acceptance and tried all that I could to slip away. But nothing worked, for he was determined to complete what he had begun. Typical army man!
He spoke to me for what I felt, the longest 15 minutes of my life, about the new responsibilities I have with the upcoming school event. The moment he was done with the percepts, without wasting any precious time, I hied down to the school building.
With a little hope left to spot that pretty face again, I went around the entire building, and then the entire campus. Until that day, I never knew I could survey the entire 3 story, 3 block school building in less than 10 minutes. I could feel my heart pounding inside my chest wall, partly because of the running and partly because of the foreseen anticlimax.
From a distance I saw somebody who looked similar, standing at the school entrance. I was too far away that I could hardly confirm if it was her. Like an athlete in his winning lap, I ran to the entrance. To my misfortune, she stepped out and disappeared into the back seat of the car parked in front of the gate. Within seconds, the car sped away even before I reached halfway.
To me it felt like the end of everything. Was it frustration, sorrow or anger that dominated in my mid? I don’t have an answer. Like a child who lost his best toy, my mind wept, but in silence. I tried my best to make myself believe that I would meet her again.
With a heavy heart, I walked towards KG section where my friends would meet me. As usual, I found myself reclining on the slide; this time not staring at the sky but at the empty merry-go-around on which one of the most baffling reverie was staged.
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