The test of time

Cleaning your shelf isn’t always a bad idea. Sometimes, you find hidden treasures. That day, Payal found one – an old photograph. After a single glance at it, she could recall everything about it. It was a class photograph clicked in 4th standard! With her in the photograph was Ria, her better half! 

Almost 9 years have passed, but even today, Payal clearly remembers the day she met Ria. It was Day 1, standard 4th.

“Can I sit here?” Payal had asked of she could sit on the empty chair lying next to Ria. With this, began their beatiful journey. Days started passing by and time started strengthening their bond. From the day they met, 5 years had passed. Time made them understand each other well. Both of them were very fond of each other. All through these years, they used to come to school together and even go back together. They spent a major part of their day together. Whenever need arised, they used to be there for each other.

They shared laughter, they shared tears, they shared secrets, they shared memories.

Ria told Payal that within 2 months she will be shifting to a new place with her family and thus will be leaving school. None of them at that time took this seriously because somewhere they knew that no matter how far away they stay, the will always be together.

9th standard had started and Ria had left the school. Payal could feel Ria’s absence every single second. A simple “I miss you” was not enough to describe what Payal was feeling. They were in touch but a telephonic conversation is no replacement for a face to face conversation. After Ria left, Payal never shared anything about herself, her life with anybody. Ria was the only one with whom Payal was her own self.

Time took it’s toll. Academic pressure took over, things started changing. Slowly and gradually, they were busy in their lives. Yes, both of them were trying their best to be in touch but something was changing. Their conversations now reduced to a simple “hello, how are you?” THAT’S IT.With memories of happy days spent together, both of them moved forward in their lives. Somehow, they lost each other’s contact number which meant that now they were no more in touch.

Even today Payal  remembers those 2 years when both of them were not in touch. She clearly remembers that how much she used to miss Ria on her birthday! How she wanted to share everything with Ria. How at times she used to pray to God that Ria be safe n sound. 

Every test comes to an end. It was time for the test of their friendship to end. They had passed it with flying colours. Payal somewhere had accepted the fact that Ria was no more a part of her life. God had something else in store. 

10th November, 2015. 8 pm

Payal answered up the call on her phone.

“Hello!” she said.

“Hello, may I speak to Payal please?” came the reply.

These words were enough for Payal to understand the voice behind them. Tears of happiness started flowing from her eyes.

The call went on for 1 hour 40 minutes and was followed by an hour of texting. 2 years is a long time to be shared with someone in almost 2 hours. At the end of the call, they decided to meet.

Meet, and never leave each other’s side ever again. ❤

Yes, we can say that friendships are made in heaven. It is on earth that they face the test of time. 

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Author: Paranjaya

What I have failed to speak, I have succeeded to write! - Paranjaya Mehra

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