The Cafe

He had noticed her the moment he entered the cafe. She was sitting on one of those large comfy chairs with her laptop in her lap. The 3 empty cups and a plate on her table indicated that she had been sitting here for quite some time now. She sipped ice tea while staring at her laptop.

In this crowded place, she seemed oblivious to anybody around her. Headphones in her ears, she looked like she had cut off from the world around her.

He forgot about his own laptop opened in front of him.

Dark ebony hair curled wildly around her face. She had loosely tied a section of it away from her face. Plain white shirt and blue jeans worn with pink Jutti’s. She wasn’t one of the many girls around him who hid behind layers of foundations, mascara, eyeliner and what not. He could not see any trace of makeup on her face.

She occasionally smiled at her laptop screen. Maybe she was watching a movie or some sitcom rerun. And her smile tugged at that place in his heart which he had long forgotten.

Her eye’s twinkled when she smiled and it made his heart jump. He wondered what she was watching on the laptop of hers which made her smile so prettily.

She was not a conventional beauty, but there was something about her that made you want to keep looking at her.

He could have watched her sitting there all day if she had not shut down her laptop, put it back in her rucksack and started to walk away.

He immediately looked down at his laptop, afraid that he would be caught staring.

Her every move towards him increased his heartbeat. He would never have had the courage to look up at her if she had suddenly not stopped right in front of him.

“If you talk as brilliantly as you stare, then do give me a call”, she said while slipping her card on his table.

She smiled that angelic smile of hers, winked mischievously at him and left the place, leaving behind a strong whiff of her jasmine perfume.

And all he could do was stare dumbfounded at her walking away while he silently blessed his stars.

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