As I enter the forest, nature’s symphony welcomes me- echoes of the creaking sound of crickets, the susurration of breeze, and the rustling of twigs and leaves.
This is where I come whenever I feel lonely. Half an hour walk into the woods leads me to the crystalline lake. My mother used to take me to this lake. The placid and tranquil water helps me calm my senses. I reach the lake and perch under the big oak tree. It has been my favorite spot ever since I remember. I open the book and start to read.
Flipping through the pages, I lose the sense of time. When the light starts to fade and my eyes refuse to read, I realize the sun has bid adieu. Looking at the labyrinth of the trees, I wonder how I will find my way back home. I check my mobile- no network! This night could not go any worse. Closing my book, I stand up.
I turn around and bump into someone. It is so dark that I can’t see his face.
“God! you scared the hell out of me”, I shriek. In response, all I get is a chuckle.
“Excuse me?” I lash out at the man.
“My my! you are something!” He says in the most teasing tone I have ever heard.
“You have some nerves. Instead of apologizing you are teasing me?”
“I didn’t mean to…” I almost forgive him for saying this but then he adds,
“I have better things to do.”
“Oh yeah?” I fume, “so what the hell are you doing here?”
“I’m sorry, I didn’t know you own the lake.” He feigns an apology by touching his chest with his hand.
I don’t know what to say to this stranger, I want to ask his name to put him into my enemy list. But I have to get back before it is too late. I start to walk away when he pulls me. And I find myself in the stranger’s arms.
“Seriously?” he says.
“What are you doing?” I demand.
“Well, I wouldn’t do that if I were you. It’s too dark for someone like you to risk her life.” He sounds concerned, yet I ask egoistically- “And what exactly do you mean by someone like me.”
“You are special.” He says, meaningfully or mockingly I can’t figure.
“Really? What’s so special about me”, I ask him. I betray myself and look into his eyes.
“I find you intriguing, I think there is a lot more to you than even you know.” He says in his husky voice.
His penetrating eyes make me feel he knows what I am thinking. Almost hypnotized… I can’t move or look away. He leans towards me, and my lips part in the anticipation of a kiss. But he chooses my neck instead, I allow him to kiss my neck.
He stops in what seems like half a second, and whispers, “Oh, I can’t do it.. not yet.. umm.. you are delicious”.
I open my eyes to see the stranger has vanished. My wobbly legs feel heavy. I don’t understand how he can make me mad in one second and in the next second I allow him to kiss my neck.
Standing powerless in the middle of the forest, I touch where he kissed me. It feels wet, I look at my fingers to see blood. I should be scared, yet the smile refuses to leave me.
(c) 2018 Priya U Bajpai
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