Alex’s tone stumbled Nature. He was aware of Alex’s jealousy and insecurity towards NILE (Nature and smILE)’s relation and was scared to death as he was well aware what Alex can ask. He was terrified to even think of it. The thought choosing between Alex and Smile send shivers to his spine.
She was his love and his life. She was his inspiration. But Alex was his breath. If Alex asks him to leave her then he will have to stay away from her. He had no one except SMEX (SMile and alEX) as his own. One was his life and other was his breath. And he was praying that Alex don’t ask him to live HIS SMILE, coz if he asks him to do so he will be compelled to leave his life and choose his breath as he can’t stay without Alex.
Nature: Ye..yeh…yeah!! Yeah go on… (Breathing hitched in his throat) I’m listening.
Alex: Ummm… actually bro I was just saying what about that ummm… whom will you want to be with? What if someone ask your life from you????
Nature: (Trembling and shivering yet spoke composing) for me you come first Alex.
Hearing the determination and truthful answer made Alex weak and he was unable to ask Nature to forget Smile, all of the sudden Alex felt himself to be selfish and stood speechless.
Alex: Hnmm… unmm… okkaaay (releasing his breath deeply) got to go then bye.
Nature: (Exhaling a breath of relief) yeah okay buddy bye.
Alex’s monologue: I couldn’t ask him to stay away I’m so worried what will happen next? I’m being selfish I know but I am not sure how to get it all.
Nature’s monologue: Thank god he didn’t ask me to choose between him and Smile… But what if he does it today? (Worriedly) how will I live without Smile?
Tears made out of his eyes and raced to the floor in a parallel line. Nature starts reminisce his past…
I suddenly went to our past when I and Smile met, it was 10 years back during a social campaign. Smile was the representative of her NGO – HOPE that had held a campaign to treat 10,000 people of Rama village and I was there as the security personnel with my team. HOPE was her NGO that she had opened on her own secretly as a tribute to mother Lara (Mother of orphanage where she was brought up). Later we became friends and then I found a lot about her. I was really impressed with her. She had actually faced a lot. I had never seen such a courageous lady in my entire life. I still feel her to be the bravest girl I have met. During the campaign I found out how dedicated she was. How lively she was. I gradually fell for her.
I still remember when I told her that I want to marry her she refused me saying that she don’t want her dark past to be a barrier to my bright future. I was really sad as she was so deeply affected by her past that she was unable to overcome it. Why won’t she when she had to face the cruelty of life in a tender age after she was sold by her parents in her childhood. Mother Lara had saved her and raised her up. She was in that hell for 6 years. She then told me how brutally she was beaten for running away. She used to cry remembering those days. She told me how those animals would throw money and abuse her every single time.
I knew what she wanted to say. I felt bad but then I was determined to bring her out of her dark past. I wanted her to forget all her past behind. I was really successful too as within 14 months I was able to make her open her heart. She was really happy… no… happier than ever. That campaign had to last for 2 years but it finished before 2 months. Although she didn’t accept my proposal we decided to remain friends. We exchanged our numbers and bid bye to each other promising to be in contact. She was really excited to return back as she was going to meet her mother after so long. She wanted to share good news to her mother about the success of the campaign. She was happy oblivious of the dark shadow already covered her home – Orphanage Care.