Once upon a time – (Chapter 8, FINAL)Difficult decisions

December 14, 2008 at 9:01 PM 11 comments


Continued from the previous chapter, Falling back to normalcy.

It was a simple party. Just the four of them with the kids at Kiran’s house. The dinner was a very memorable experience for both the friends as well as the wives. The kids had a nice time too. They were getting along with each other fine as the age difference between them was only a few weeks. It was nice to watch them play their unexplainable games. Seeing that would make anyone feel their life was complicated.

After the dinner, the wives were busy chatting while the kids were sleeping peacefully. Aditya and Kiran slowly climbed the stairs until they reached a door. Kiran opened it and Aditya followed him. It led to the terrace. It was not a new place to Aditya. They had been here very often in their school days. They would sit here and chat. Play board games with some other friends; and even share their sorrows at times.

There was a reason why Kiran brought him here. It was to remind Aditya of the days that they spent together without any worries. It was at this place too that Aditya taught Kiran how to whistle. When Aditya remembered all of this, he took a deep breath and relished each and every memory. The night was not a silent one though as there were parties going on almost everywhere.

But still Aditya could here a faint tune from somewhere nearby. Kiran was whistling. He was whistling a song that was cherished by both of them up until that point and beyond. Aditya’s eyes welled up with tears and he joined in with Kiran as they both whistled away into the night. After some time, they stopped.

They hugged each other and said, “Happy New Year!”. They both stood there while draping one arm over the other’s shoulder. Then it started. Fireworks lit the night sky. Celebration was in the air. But there is a saying. “All good things must come to an end”. Aditya enjoyed the company of Kiran on the beginning of a new year. While Kiran was trying to relish each and every second while it lasted.

“Chinnu?”, Kiran interrupted Aditya’s reverie. “What is it Kiran?”, replied Aditya. “I need to tell you something important. But I am afraid it is not going to be good news.”. Aditya was very worried by now. Kiran continued, “I am afraid we cannot be meeting as often as we thought we could. This past year has been very hard on our family. Business has not been going well.”

“The percentage of loss is growing by the day. I guess there is not much demand for our product here as there is in the UK.” “So what are you trying to say? If it is help you need, I will be glad to be at your side.”, interrupted Aditya. Kiran continued with renewed anguish, “No Chinnu, I am afraid it is past that level now. I was forced to dissolve the company to avoid losing even our profits from abroad.”

He stopped talking for a few minutes. For those few minutes, all that could be heard in the vicinity was the sound of the last of the fireworks for that day being set off. Kiran took a deep breath and continued. “We have decided to go and join dad in the UK. My dad wants us to sell this house and join him there.”

Aditya was feeling a mixture of emotions run through him. Some hours earlier he felt the utmost joy because he had found his best friend again. But now he felt very sad that they had to separate again. A whole series of questions were going through his mind at that point. But none found their way out of his throat. He waited patiently for Kiran to explain the whole situation.

“But I don’t want to lose you again. Can you come with me to the UK? You can work in our company itself.”, asked Kiran. Aditya was confused at that point. “I have made some commitments here Kiran. Besides, I don’t want to leave my parents alone in their old age.”, replied Aditya. “I agree with you whole heartedly. Even my father is nearing his sixties now. And he is not as rugged as he was before. I guess responsibilities are the only things that separate us now.”, replied Kiran.

“This is a very tough decision to take Kiran. But everyone has their own life to lead. Even though we may be thousands of kilometers apart, we shall always be in each other’s heart. And even technology has advanced to the extent of showing us what you do thousands of miles away.”, Aditya consoled Kiran. That said, they both just stood there staring into the darkness in the bitter cold of the night. Every one in the world is required to make difficult decisions in their lives. That is what sets them apart from the crowd.

As morning arrived, so did the time for Aditya’s departure. It was a very emotional sight as both of the friends waved goodbye to each other. After a week, they met again at the airport when Kiran was supposed to leave. At that moment, Kiran’s legs felt like they were made of lead. Difficult was the departure to both of them. Although their wives did a very good job of consoling their husbands, there was just one thought in each other’s minds. “Will we ever meet again?”. That was a question both of them did not know the answer to.

Hello readers! I hope you enjoyed reading the story as much as I did writing it. πŸ™‚ This chapter was the most difficult of the lot as I wanted the ending to be different and something out of the ordinary. I myself got a bit emotional while writing this part. So thank you for all the feedback and support you have offered. Until next time, yours emotionally, Pavan a.k.a Anniyan. πŸ™‚

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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. apoorva  |  December 14, 2008 at 10:26 PM

    Well ,I have no words to say.. I am bit emotional ri8 now…
    But seriously liked the story which was SIMPLE yet EFFECTIVE….
    Good work Pavan…

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  • 2. Su  |  December 14, 2008 at 11:38 PM

    a good end to the story. but a sad end to the happy times. its true that the hardest thing to hit u either on face or heart is… the truth itself! doesn’t matter if its joy or sorrow!

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  • 3. Sakhi  |  December 16, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    πŸ˜₯ where’s my comment???? waaaahhhhhhhh

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  • 4. Anniyan  |  December 16, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    apoorva
    Thank you. πŸ™‚ Glad you liked it. πŸ™‚

    Su
    The phrase “Truth hurts” is not an exaggeration. πŸ˜€

    Sakhi
    You wrote the comment for another post. πŸ˜€ Not a matter though. I am glad you liked the story. It is really an honor to me. A great story write like you liking my story is something that I am very grateful for. πŸ™‚

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  • 5. Reema  |  December 17, 2008 at 12:15 AM

    Nice story. Try your hand at writing shorter ones. Its difficult to keep track when one reads around 20 new posts daily!

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  • 6. vimmuuu  |  December 17, 2008 at 5:02 AM

    pavan my boy, the ending was really good.simple, realistic and touching.keep up the good work, expecting more from u!

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  • 7. Anniyan  |  December 17, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Reema
    I know. But this was my first attempt at writing a story. πŸ™‚ I will do better from next time though. πŸ™‚

    vimmuuu
    Thank you. πŸ™‚ I will try to keep up to your expectations. πŸ™‚

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  • 8. Quakeboy  |  December 17, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Hmm… ended in a different, simple but effective way.. Was like a journey than a story..

    Some how the amazing anticipation you created in all the previous episodes, ended in slight disappointment for me.. as I expected more adrenaline rush than a smooth flow πŸ™‚

    Good work.. I am too expecting a lot more from you in the future..

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  • 9. Anniyan  |  December 18, 2008 at 9:48 AM

    Quakeboy
    I wanted the ending to be different. I guess I messed up the storyline by doing that huh?

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  • 10. Dinesh Babu  |  January 30, 2009 at 1:15 AM

    Good ending. Kiran and Aditya can always keep in touch in Google talk or twitter or facebook. I mean there is so much way to communicate via the internet, they should feel close.

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  • 11. Megha Sridhar  |  July 6, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    An effective one put together in a very convincing way. The ending was simple, realistic and effective. There were very few flaws in the strength of the presentation though.
    But for the first one, this is commendable!

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