It was a record of sorts ! I couldn't chat up, neither meet up with Aaliyah for one full week...hmm....ask me why ?! Well, I will squarely blame it on Hawaii ! Hey, now don't go shaking your head in disbelief. A week-long camp out at Hawaii is irresistible, wont you agree ? And to add sauce to the steak, Mr. B cut some slack for us and booked Business class. Good Man !
Hawaii. The bubbling tide, sunbathing dames, colorful people, and exotic drinks.....! The point is, I didn't call Aaliyah for a week now and she is being indifferent to me...sigh ! I don't blame her. Fine ! Here I go...need to mend this one, how about sandcastle and sculptures ? Now what was that...nah ! Then how about flowers...hmmm...cookies..? how about a card...? ....well, how about everything.....okay, let's make it big. I got it all and knocked her door. She bid me in half-heartedly. Felt like a stranger. And they say absence makes the heart grow fonder. Idiots ! Tried to put up my charming best....gave her the flowers... For starters, she looked in my direction...it always works. Then the cookies...okay, now do I see a smile. And then the card....I had her full attention now. Still not her usual self...tried to chat up, but she wouldn't budge. Finally, she looked straight at me, "You could've called once” I know I started to mumble some explanation and she cut me short...”I, you know, errr....” "Bob...it's just that you didn't even think about me, I mean...I'm here waiting for you...checking the voice mail every few minutes, blaming the phone, blaming my friends...blaming myself....going crazy...” Now, that's unfair...I screw up and she blames herself...! Moved beside her on the couch...put my arms around her.....and started blurting out... "Aaliyah, yup, I should have...I know, I'm sorry, alright ?! I'm at wrong n' I accept that, but it isn't like I forgot you or something....when you are there at that exotic island...you meet a lot of people, interesting people....yeah ! They talk, they impress and they move away....and I'm genuinely happy to meet these people and we exchange names and pleasantries. When I'm back to my shack and back to being Bob, then all these people whom I met all day seem like a mirage...almost a blur....the only thought I have then is of You. Yeah ! That has to be something, isn't it ? I should've called then...but I knew there is a week to go and some irrational logic said it would be nice to treasure these moments of longing....and tell you all about it when we meet. I told you now !”
I was literally short of breath when we parted away from the kiss. Well, the rest, as they say, is history ! Yeah, Absence makes heart grow fonder.