Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Cardboard Boxes

Well, you know, she stood in her doorway and said, "I guess that's it. We're done acting". I looked at my feet, at the top of her door where 415 was written. I looked at the hedge bearing witness to our Act 4, Scene 4. I looked everywhere. But I didn't look at her face.

She went inside. She didn't invite me in. So there I stood, with the light rain coming down on me, with the insects flitting near the lantern hung outside her house giving me company.

When she came out again, she was carrying a cardboard box. Nothing befits the end of something better than a cardboard box. Quitting a job that you have exchanged your life for, one month at a time, for seven years. Shifting from a house you've lived in for ten years. Ending something you thought would last. A cardboard box. One size fits all tragedies.

She handed the box to me and said, "There. Now go."

One look at the box told me what I needed to know. I looked at her face for the first time that evening and said, "But... "

She was quick to anger. "But what? It's too late to apologise."

She waited, impatient, expecting an answer. Something that would further tip the scales of the night in her favour.

I looked into the box, bewildered.

"But.. where are my comics?"

6 comments:

Slayer said...

LoL!!!

not bad mallu!!!

Anonymous said...

ha ha ha ha .. nice one..

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