Listening to the soft music with beer-can to his company, he was soaking in the golden rays at the beach. Watching the drifting cloud wander across the clear blue sky, smile mirroring the hope descended on his face.

And why it shouldn’t be?

This was the time of the year that he looked forward to indulging in life with his beloved, away from the abecedarian life.

Once a year, one-night stand with his steady partner was his way to escape from his perfectly imperfect life. Recharging and refueling his soul, he would have enough a ration to take on with grind of life.

Shrill sound of the mobile ring tone made him glance the screen. It was his. With excitement gushing through his veins, he picked up the call.

“Not coming this time”, said a dry voice. It sounded unfamiliar though he knew it was him.

Its not that time of the year without you”, he pleaded.

A long silence on both the sides was punctuated by the lapping of the waves on the shore. A thread of shiny tears trickled down his face as he heard the phone getting disconnected.

Taking a copious draught from his can, he heaved a long sigh. “Another 365 days to go till next rendezvous…”, he assured himself brushing aside the fear of weakening relationship year on year.


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#WordsMatter is the monthly blog hop hosted by Corinne, ShaliniR  and Parul
I received this tag from my beloved blogger Shilpa Garg at A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose. It’s my pleasure to pass on this tag to my dear blogger friend Esha at My Soul Talks. There are 38 of us on this Blog Hop and it will be spread over 3 days – 4, 5 and 6 October. Do follow the #WordsMatter Blog Hop and prepare to be surprised! 
Categories: Flash Fiction

16 Comments

Corinne Rodrigues · October 4, 2019 at 4:52 pm

I’m not sure whether to feel disappointed on his behalf or happy that he got his just reward (provided he was cheating on someone).

Esha · October 4, 2019 at 6:35 pm

Can imagine his state of mind and why he needs to go on that rendezvous so badly, year on year! His personal life must be in tatters but how long will this sustain him when things are falling apart around him? May be he needs to look deeper and find the real problem rather than drown himself in his drink! Nicely done tale, Anagha.

Jyothi · October 4, 2019 at 7:28 pm

That’s an intersting rendezvous! ” 🙂 Escaping from life for a day or two. It is so common right?

Shilpa Garg · October 4, 2019 at 11:27 pm

It’s not easy to see your partner move away from the relationship while you still pine for them. But guess, you have to move on too for your own sanity and happiness. A wonderful take on the prompt, Anagha!

Obsessivemom · October 5, 2019 at 7:39 am

Oh I feel for him. Sometimes all one can afford is that one small bit of respite from the daily grind. Nicely put Anagha.

Ramya · October 5, 2019 at 9:32 am

Meeting only once a year and still loving each other seems unbelievable for me.

Sunita Saldhana · October 5, 2019 at 9:57 am

Interesting take on the promt!

the bespectacled mother · October 5, 2019 at 3:55 pm

Candidly speaking, although it is well written, I could not understand what happened in the story towards the end.
The first 3 lines made me craving to hit the beach but it is cold and wet in here to enjoy the beach.

Parul Thakur · October 5, 2019 at 4:59 pm

That was interesting. I wonder if he was sad to see his ritual going for a toss or was it really the longing in his heart? Good one, Anagha. You sure piqued a lot of interest. Thanks for joining #WordsMatter.

Shubhra Rastogi · October 5, 2019 at 8:08 pm

This is a different take on the prompt. I do feel for him. #WordsMatter

pragya.bhatt · October 5, 2019 at 9:30 pm

Interesting! I do wonder about him though…is it a blessing in disguise?

Unishta · October 6, 2019 at 2:57 pm

So is this man a bisexual who lives for his one true love ? Don’t feel bad for him if he is cheating on his other partner.

Reema D'souza · October 6, 2019 at 4:28 pm

A really interesting take on the prompt. I wonder why that once a year rendezvous was so important for him.

Modern Gypsy · October 8, 2019 at 10:45 am

Interesting take on the prompt. Though meeting just once a year and still having a relationship go strong must be so difficult!

Dr.Amrita Basu · October 8, 2019 at 8:37 pm

A relationship with no future I suppose.One misses and the other dismisses.

Balaka · October 17, 2019 at 7:14 am

Don’t we all try to escape from our daily routine life for a couple of days? I would have been disappointed if my long awaited rendezvous went for a toss. So ya, I feel him.

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