She entered the bus; her eyes caught me off board. I was left mesmerized. (just so that I don’t sound creepy, I have a weird eye fetish 😉 That’s the first thing that I notice in a person). Beautiful was an understatement.
My usual bus ride to college had an interesting twist that day as a girl in burqa entered the bus. The laziness induced in me due to the amazingly cool weather seemed to have disappeared in seconds as I saw her eyes. She caught me gawking and sat on the seat next to me. Neither of us began a conversation.
Sometime later I heard her voice; she was talking to someone, urgency evident in the tone. She kept saying ‘please’. I turned and looked at her. To my surprise I saw a drop of tear fall off those eyes. Her face was completely covered leaving only the teary eye visible. I felt her shudder and shiver. She sobbed desperately. Silent cries escaped her lips.
Meanwhile, I was confused. I did not know what to do. But then as the intensity of her tears increased I couldn’t help talking to her. “Please don’t cry” I requested. With the entire ruckus in the crowded bus she hardly heard what I said. “Excuse me, did you say something?” she asked. Her question kind of got me tensed up. In all my nervousness I said, “I don’t know anything about you, but nothing in the whole world could be worth your tears, whatever it is, it’ll pass. I don’t expect you to tell me anything either. Please don’t cry.”
She gave me a quizzed but surprised expression. Her tears stopped flowing. She settled back and I left a sigh of relief. My station arrived and as I excused myself to leave she said “thank you.” For once I felt I did something right.
After that incident I never saw her again until two days back. Again I was on the bus that she boarded. I saw those familiar eyes and I knew that it was her, the same girl I saw two years back on a random day. She saw me and waved her hands at me. Her eyes were glowing, it seemed like she was smiling. Those happy eyes spoke a million words.
I don’t know how this incidence would be of any significance to anyone, but I realized one thing out of this. Everyone needs a comforting word when they are down. I do not know anything about her, hell! I don’t even know what she looks like. It’s only her eyes that have been retained in my memory.
Be the comfort you would want to get someday.
Be the love you never received! ❤