I sat down on the steps beside the lake, in a hope that the serenity of the nature would bring tranquility and solace to my perturbed mind. As I gingerly dipped my feet into the cool water, many fish surrounded to tickle my feet with their pouting mouths.
I was immersed reminiscing those days.
We were happy together.
Or, atleast, I was.
We made many promises.
Only to be broken later.
He cheated me. He betrayed my love.
As I disembarked the flight from US, my heart raced and my eyes pined for the sight of him. I was disappointed that he didn't turn up at the airport to receive me. I went to his home expectantly. The world spun dizzily as he shut the door on my face. I was devastated to learn that he was committed to some other girl in my absence. He said he was frustrated with the long-distance love. He accused me that I wasn't any near to him and left him alone at the time he needed me.
Our love melted with the miles that stretched to part our hearts. All those days I was away from him, I desperately waited for the moment of reunion and never gave a thought to any other man.
I thought our love was strong enough to endure the separating distance.
I was wrong.
He just didn't love me enough.
How do I tell my parents to stop my engagement with some other man?
I will get married soon against my wishes.
But how could I forget him?
Won't this twinging pain crunching my heart subside?
Interrupting my thoughts, a gust of breeze blew creating whirls in the lake. Leaves from the Maple tree, adjacent to the lake, fell from the twigs and with a ruffling noise, landed on the water.
I watched as a brown-tinted, withered leaf swirled on the water surface and after some time disappeared to the depths of the lake without any trace.
Another tender green leaf floated on the surface creating ripples which emanated from center and along with the water current flowed towards me.
I bent down to take the green leaf from the water. As I stared towards the leaf, holding it by its stalk, my gaze shifted to something moving behind the image of the leaf.
I saw my fiancé coming towards me, with a smiling face from the other end of the lake.
I saw it as a start to many more newer beginnings.
I smiled and waved to him as he sat down beside me.
I held the leaf close to my heart as I talked to him for the first time properly, pushing away my past.
After I got to know him, I realized that he was everything that I wanted my life partner to be.
I treasured the leaf which brought novel hopes into my life, inside the pages of my diary.