Switching off my computer, I went down to the ground level of my office. Every employee has left for their home by now, leaving us alone. I always use to wait for this time to come. I went near his desk and asked him to play some songs online. Me and Rishi, my best friend, loved listening to the romantic songs and our choices over the songs hardly differed.
Searching on the kitchen platform among the perfectly aligned things, I asked him,” Will you have some tea? And yes, some biscuits too are there!”. I didn’t get any reply. I turned behind and saw him deeply engrossed in his work.
“Rishi, please stop working now. The office hours have ended long back. Stop being so pretentious and acting like a workaholic.” I said, winking at him. He looked at me with his irate eyes” Shut up. I need to submit these reports by tomorrow morning. OK! “
“OK. OK. I understood. I was just pulling your leg, so stop being serious. So, Mr. Rishi, now will you please tell me, would you have some tea or not?”
“Yes, I need it. Please!” He replied in his tired tone.
“Also, add some ginger in it with less sugar. OK!” He said teasing me.
Sipping my tea and listening to the songs playing behind, I thought to myself, what a wonderful life I have. A perfect job, a good salary, being single and best of all having a cuppa tea with your best friend everyday. Rishi and I had met each other in this office. We never talked to each other initially, but as I started knowing him as a person, I was getting attracted to him. No, not in the way you think! But, his kind and ingenuous nature allured me to talk to him. As the time flew by, we got close to each other. We came to office together and were the last ones to leave the office. It’s been a year now and our bond of friendship gets stronger day by day. He is my venting machine. Being a guy, I never felt weird telling him every minute detail of my life. He is the one who knows me more than I know myself.
“Rishi, you know what happened today?”
“What? Did he say something again? “
” Rishi, how you always come to know even before I say!”
Ashok is senior to me and he have asked me out many times by now, but I have always declined his offer mostly because I wasn’t sure, whether he was really interested in me or just was fooling around me.
“That’s me. I am smart, you know that already. You make me feel embarrassed by letting me praise myself.” He replied with his usual teasing tone.
“Yeah. Yeah, whatever. Anyways, you guessed it right. He asked me, whether he can drop me today again. I mean I don’t know, I like him, yes. But, somewhere I feel he is playing with me. He is not serious about me. “
“And why do you feel so?”
“Because when I denied his offer of dropping me home, he asked Ankita the same thing. It was so annoying, but I said nothing and just left from there.”
” If you ask me, I don’t like him at all. But it’s you because of whom I have to listen to the stuffs related to him.” Rishi said smirking at me.
” It’s jealousy my friend. I don’t know why all the guys in our office envy him so much. Yes, I agree he is a man with a striking personality and his good charms can attract any girl at the very first sight.” I replied with a mischievous smile.
” Very funny though. It was the sad joke of the day. “
“Stop being so covetous, Rishi. I still remember the day I had entered into this office and as soon as I laid my eyes on him, I was awed by his personality. The only desire I had later was, If I get selected I want him to be my manager. “ I shyly replied.
” Anyways, it’s your choice at the end of the day, if you wish to run after a funny looking pig. I am always with you. But, just be careful. I don’t want you to get hurt. ” Replied Rishi in his sentimental tone.
“Aw, I will Rishi. I know that you are always there for me. I love you. And I know you love me so much that you fear I may get hurt.”
” No ways. Who told you I love you! I guess you didn’t hear me properly. I fear that Ashok may get hurt. See yourself, so flabby, I mean so strong you are!” he replied sarcastically.
Two hours passed away, but our talk seemed to never end. We love being with each other and never realise how always, time was insufficient for us. We just never felt like going back home and always craved to go on with our vacuous talks. We are best friends and love each other, but not in the way you think. We are inseparable, but we never imagined to be Soul mates! We just wanted friendship, nothing beyond that. As not every friendship between a guy and a girl meant to turn in a love story!
Switching off the lights and closing the shutter of the office, we left with a smile on our faces. Our togetherness was the sole reason behind the grin spread on our lips.
PS: All characters appearing in this post are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.