“Anything else Sir?”, she asked looking up and pausing before hitting the “Place Order” button on the screen.
“No thanks”, replied the gentleman.
She heaved a long sigh, one that had escaped the formal decorum of the workplace, much to the surprise of the guest at the counter. She however was too lost to have noticed the puzzled look on his face.
It was just another busy day at the Café AllDay. Ramya had reported to duty on time. However, two of her colleagues for the first shift had not turned up till lunchtime. Manning the cash counter as well as the kitchen was keeping her on toes.
“Not at least today”, she thought to herself. The fast pace of the events in her life was exhaustive enough to drain her out.
“You are darn lucky”, many of her friends had opined when they saw a shiny yellow metal around her ring finger. And they were right as well. For Ramya was getting hitched. The groom was well educated and from a well to do family. Ramya would not have to slog to make ends meet was the main draw of this match! A queen-size life awaited her.
Ramya, on the contrary, was not sure. She wanted to clear the air, once and for all, for every concerned and connected with her life…most important, she herself. She had thought of taking a stand and saving her beleaguered tattered soul.
She turned from the order cum cash counter and paced towards the coffee machine, playing with the shiny engagement ring. She could feel a thousand bees swarming and buzzing in her head. Pushing the buttons on the machine, she stood gazing at the tiny, colorful, flashing lights. The dance of the lights had a therapeutic effect on her befuddled mind. Suddenly the gush of hot air escaped the nozzle of the coffee vending machine. It did trigger the ray of light that flashed across her mind!
“I must be honest with myself. If I don’t, I will spoil two lives. Amma and Abba would be devastated. If they don’t accept, the worst case would be they disowning me. I have enough strength to weather it, for its a question of life. Before its late, I must”, she crossed her heart. Sense of relief prevailed that reflected in shine returning back to her dull eyes.
“Your order, Sir”, said she while placing the lid on the tall glass of coffee.
Before she could change her mind, Ramya pulled her mobile and texted her fiancé as well as her parents. Once done she felt lighter, like the dandelions wafting in the air. She witnessed a rainbow, that the ray of light seeping through the water-filled bottles placed on the shelf at the entrance, has made.
“A rainbow, my true calling”, she pondered.
For she had made it clear by texting that she was bisexual and was out and proud to be what she was!