Sashaying into the bar, she headed straight for the stool next to his, dropped her clutch on the bar and said, ‘One gin and tonic please.’
Her jet black hair framed her perfect face as she turned and smiled at him, saying, ‘Hi, I’m Meera. Do you come here often?’
Suresh went promptly into his imitation- of- a- goldfish routine, his mouth opening and shutting wordlessly. Meera grinned and squeezed his arm. ‘Nervous, huh? Don’t be. I’ll help you out. Just answer my questions. All right?’
He nodded, air returning to his lungs. You can do this, he told himself.
‘What’s your name?’
‘What do you do?’
‘What are your hobbies?’
‘Trekking, Cycling and Reading.’
‘Oh lovely! I trek too! We should do it together!’
Suresh just nodded, a smile slowly forming.
‘Let’s see. Favourite authors?’
‘Douglas Adams and Jeffrey Archer.’
‘Crime and Humour! I think I like you more’. She winked at him. A warm glow enveloped Suresh. The light-hearted Q and A continued and Suresh felt his confidence growing. After 15 minutes, Meera slapped him on the shoulder and said, ‘Why don’t you take my number and call me some time?’
Suresh could hardly believe his ears. Fumbling, he fished into his pocket and took out his phone. Eagerly he looked up but Meera’s face had changed.
‘On second thought, I just remembered, I have another engagement.’
Suresh just gaped. ‘What? Why? When?’
Sighing, Meera looked at him and said, ‘Sorry, boss. I don’t date men who have a ‘Hello Kitty‘ cover on their smartphones.’
He thought of telling her it was a gift from his 8-year-old niece, but merely nodded and said, ‘Yes, I don’t think we’re meant to be.’
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