My theme for this year's A to Z Challenge is A Reader's Take, where everyday I will be picking out a novel title corresponding to that day's letter and write my post based on it. To make it more challenging, I have decided to write a serial story. The novel I have selected for today is 'Second Chance'
Leave Me Never
(Find the series index here)
Ayaan couldn't believe
his ears when two days later Jason called him to update about the case. Not
only had he found Kayra, he had got her contact details as well. He was
tempted to call her immediately but then, he didn't know how she would react. And
some things were better discussed face to face. He wanted to see her expression
when she saw him after all these years. He wanted to see that shy smile that
made his heart skip a beat. He wanted to see the twinkle in her eyes when she
laughed at his lame jokes and those eyebrows which appeared to be knit together
when she was trying hard to concentrate. Oh, how he missed her!
Without wasting much
time, Ayaan put his things together and started with the journey. Life had
given him a second chance and he wasn’t going to miss it. It was early in the
morning and he would reach Bangalore by evening if he drove without stopping
much. His heart thudded with excitement. It was like he was in college all over
again, when he first had crush on Kayra. Encountering the sweet memories, Ayaan
drove, his excitement increasing with each mile he closed.
It was 5pm when he
reached his destination. The
thought of seeing Kayra after all these years made him giddy with excitement. Questions started buzzing in his mind - What will she say when she saw him? How would she react? Well he would find out soon. Just when he was about to get down, he saw a kid in school uniforms entering
the house. Doubts started creeping in his mind. Was this where Kayra lived or
had she moved? Was the girl tricking Jason when she gave the address? Or worse,
had she move on with life? A dark feeling started creeping up on him as he
thought about that. He didn't have to wait long. He got his answers the very
next instant. A car stopped in front of the house and Kayra stepped out from it. She still looked beautiful, or maybe more. His
heart did a small somersault upon seeing her. But it didn't take it long for
the joy to fade. A guy came out of the other door and stood beside her. He put
her arms around her and they started walking towards the house. As she opened
the gate, the boy in the uniform came out running and hugged her saying
Ayaan felt the ground beneath him sink. Breathing became difficult. How could he have assumed that Kayra would be waiting for him still?
Hadn't he runaway last time? It was natural for her to move on. And there he
was, like a fool, searching for her. Ayaan forced his eyes away from the scene that was enfolding before his eyes and fumbled with his car key. He needed to get away from this place and he needed to do that fast! After two failed attempts, he succeeded in starting the car and just when he was about to drive away, she turned and looked in his direction.
To be continued...
About today's novel: Second Chance is a novel by Jane Green. Read more about the book here.