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 'Your Dreams Are Mine Now'
Leave Me Never
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“You know you should
consider taking up interior designing seriously” Ayaan suggested as he stepped
inside Kayra’s home. The first time he was there, he hadn't paid attention as he was
preoccupied and the next time, he was under Mrs Iyer’s scrutiny. Now that he
was free and wanted to buy some time before Kayra gave him an ultimatum, he
pretended to look around. The house was small; enough for two to live in
comfortably but it was the way Kayra had arranged things that caught his eye. He
remembered how much she loved decorating her home. She had taken up the job of
designing his room too after she had taken one look into the messy room. She
had roamed so much to buy the right things she needed even when he had insisted
that he wouldn't mind if things were little different. But she hadn't listened
and when she was done, Ayaan couldn't believe it was the same room. She had totally
changed the look of it. How happy he had been!
“Why are you here
Ayaan?” Kayra’s question brought him back to the present. He sighed. There was
no point in beating around the bush anymore. “Why do you think I am here Kayra?
Don’t you know it already? I love you. I loved you when you completed my
assignments. I loved you when you roamed all over Mumbai to find perfect things
to decorate my room. I loved you when you cooked my favorite dishes though
cooking wasn't on your list of favorites. I loved you when you got jealous
when other girls talked to me. I loved you when you took care of me. I have
always loved you Kayra. I was shattered when you left. I flew to
Singapore so that I can leave everything behind. But I could never erase you
from my memories. You were always there – every little thing reminded me of
you. I tried to move on but I couldn't. How can one forget their soul Kayra?
You are my soul and I can never imagine living without you”
Kayra stood there,
speechless. She opened her mouth to say something but nothing came out. She
could feel a lump in her throat and her heart was beating fast. Tears
threatened to spill but still there was one little part of her that kept
reminding her of all the things why she shouldn't sway from her decision. There
was her past which had scarred her for life and then there was Ansh. Would
Ayaan be able to love him like his own?
Ayaan could see a wide
range of emotions on her face – surprise, happiness, love; but there was something
else too - fear? He could guess very well where her thoughts were leading. “Are
you thinking of Ansh?” he asked. “You saw how much he liked me even though it
was the first time I met him. Give it some time Kayra. Have some faith in
me. I will love Ansh just like you love him”
Kayra could hear the
earnestness in Ayaan’s voice. She knew he meant every word he said. Though her
heart yearned to say 'Yes', her mind wouldn't let her. Just as the fight
between her mind and heart was growing, Ayaan spoke up. “You will make me do
it, won’t you?” Saying this he sighed and went on his knee. He took out the
ring from his pocket and held it out. “Miss Kayra Sharma, I love you with all
my heart and I want to spend all my life with you. I don't care what happened in the past. All I want is to see you the first
thing in the morning when I open my eyes and the last thing in the night before
I go to sleep. I want to make your dreams mine and feel the happiness when they come true. I
want to be yours not because I want you but because I can’t live without you.
Will you please marry me?”
To be continued...
About today's novel: Your Dreams Are Mine Now is the latest novel by Ravinder Singh. Read more about the novel here.