The mobile rang the third time. Cursing self for not turning it on ‘silent mode’, he picked it up. Checking the screen, he took a deep sigh. It was his wife’s. ‘Not again’, he muttered under his breath.
“Tell me”, he answered the call in a stony voice. He then went silent except for some intermittent ‘no’s and ‘ok’s, for a while. Soon the criss-cross lines started spinning a cobweb on his forehead. He moved his hands nervously through his hair as the monologue continued from the other side.
“Will you stop that”, he said with a stifled tone. At that time, he sensed someone passing behind his cubical, in the aisle towards the pantry. He glanced at his wrist-watch and with the sense of urgency said, “You are making it messy”, with much bitterness. After a brief moment of listening silently, he yanked, “Call it off then. Never call me again”.
Saying so, he disconnected the call.
Shaking his head as if to get rid of the thoughts, he banged his phone on the table after turning it into silent mode. He felt a hand on his shoulder. As he turned around, he found his Project Manager, standing close to him.
“Everything all right?”
“No. I mean yes”, he fumbled.
“Sorry for overhearing your conversation as I was passing this way. Don’t know who you were talking to or what the issue was. But remember one thing, young boy, the person on the other side may not be there in the world for you tomorrow. Never say never” and walked away.
After a brief moment of trans, he turned his gaze around.
Picking up the phone, he dialed his wife.
“Sorry. Should we go out for dinner?”
A smile dawned on his face this time before hanging up the phone.
…All these events of the fateful day played back in his memory as he moved his hand longingly over his wife’s photograph. A tear escaped his moist eyes as he gulped a lump of sorrow. It was around a year that his wife had met with a freak accident while reaching the restaurant where he had reserved a table for two to patch up the differences over good food.
…Never say never, the prophetic words of his boss echoed in his mind, for a little longer, this time.