by Aniket Thakkar
“Well, its Valentines Day today…and I assume you don’t have a date!” Elaina smirked.
“I smell sarcasm in you voice missy… But yes… I mean No, I don’t! And you?” I sort of ate up my last words.
“Thankfully, your nose is much sharper than your brain” she retorted with her characteristic giggle, and continued “and IF I had a date, who would give you company, you dork?”
“So what do you wanna do today?”
“Aww… You’re blushing!” she teased, “Let’s sit at Starbucks and decide”.
We got up on the escalator and I don’t know if it was the air on Valentines Day or if the cupids thought of me as an easy target… My mind took a walk in the memory lane, and it was full of all the fun Elaina and I had over the years, of all the times she had my back covered and also the times she intentionally didn’t. And while I was lost in thoughts, a kid rushed up dashing into me and I fell over her.
“I love you… I… I’m sorry” was what came out of my mouth.
“You LOVE me… and you’re sorry about it?” She accused me.
“Yes… I mean no… not that way” I stammered, wishing I could dissolve into thin air.
“See I can get on your nerves so easily” she smirked, “and I want to keep doing that for the rest of my life!” she whispered as her hunting lips found their prey.