she turned back to the other side and smiled, “may be a while ago, i saw this man who stumbled at the stairs, spilled beer on that girl's back and sneaked here hurriedly like a mouse.” "well, 10 points for your perfect observation but it was a dare given to me to spill beer on her. see my friends over there, looking like ghosts," i said in a victory tone.
she chirped, "i am confused whether i should feel sorry for that girl or be impressed by your show." i passed on the cigarette to her and said, "you can decide that while we take a walk down the road." the street was decorated with fairy lights for coming Diwali and there were no other people in sight at this time of 2 in the morning.
walking along, i ask her, "tell me, what is home for you?" "ah, that's a trick question. for me, home is dancing in rainy nights at my terrace, eating ice cream with my room-mate and sitting by the marine on some nights," she paused a while.
she stopped walking and looked to me, "you know, it has been 3 years since my parents divorced and today was their wedding anniversary. you know, reason for the tears earlier. so you see, now i don't find home in people. i have made a home in me, for me." i was startled but smiled to her, "now i am confused what is worse. losing your parents after this many years or me not being born with any at all. for me, there was never a home. and so i made friends into people and people into my home." she smiled back hopefully at me. i asked her, "so now again, do you dance?" "oh yes, if i am asked properly," she winked.
dancing to the slow music, i whisper in her ear: "my friends gave me one more dare to have a dance with you. i am glad i dared for this because somewhere i think, i finally found my home, in you."
the fairy lights kept glowing and our lips kept brushing.
Scene credit: @peakyblindersofficial
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