I'm on a wobbly ladder but I don't care. I have to pluck as many apples as possible, its a freaking competition. I see the other players ravishing the whole tree, the time is ticking. But I can't move cause I'm perplexed of her beauty. How her hair are reaching her shoulders, how her smile is sweet, her eyes like small pearls shining in this fog. Right now she's standing down with a basket in her hands gesturing me to pluck the apples, but I can't move I think I have fallen in love with her. AGAIN
Since the time I have remembered that all I wanted from my childhood is to play outside till my heart wanted. I wanted to make friends, I wanted to attend my schools every single day, I wanted the teenage crushes. But all I got was silence among ceasefires. What did a 16 year old girl want?
A normal and a hormonal teenage life...
I left reading books cause in books you find places, food, adventure and people. Which were not the part of my life, it were the craving of my life. And now instead of giving me hope, these books were now giving me the reality of life that I would never get them in this life time.
Snapchat was my magic portal. it was better than books cause it had animal filters . It would really transform me, would see amazing feed, stories, hacks and of course cute cat videos.
Its been a month I like have 10 friends who are super close to me now. They belong to different countries, backgrounds which enhance all our friendship. Sometimes we all would zoom call, collab and all. Everything was fine until his request came.
"it was ARYAMAN"
"Soul treasure" a not so unique name. Not so punky name, but it stuck a chord with me, cause there was only one girl in our community who talked about "soul" JIYA it was her phrase " the biggest treasure I have is my soul". And this username was clearly depicting that. And top of that the bitmoji.
Blue streaks, neon eyeshadow, high boots it was resonating her. I had synced my contact for friend suggestion and I found her.
I immediately sent her the request, and I don't have any regrets for it.
Why did Aryaman send me a friend request? Should I accept him or block him?
Aryaman was my classmate but more than that he was my crush. He was the boy who I used to imagine about in romantic songs, whose name I used to write on the last page of my binder.
We used to never talk with each other but that didn't mean that there wouldn't be secret staring. But why the friend request without thinking much I accepted it. And WTF he's already typing
I read the message...
"I KNOW ITS YOU JIYA"
I didn't expected that she would immediately accept my request. She has seen my message but was not replying.
Then my phone buzzes, she's texting ....
"Do I know you? who are you talking about"?
I reply with my sweaty hands
"I thought you must have guessed by right now seeing my username, and I'm talking about you Jiya".
she replies" I think you have mistaken me "?
"NO, I haven't Jiya but I think you have mistaken my intensions, in this valley of beauty lies loneliness that has gripped us. And I know that you are the most affected by it. I just want to share heart to heart soul talk that's it, and right now I have these beautiful golden tickets with me of apple festival. And I want you to come with me that's all I want, if you disagree simply block me".
I haven't ever received such a beautiful invitation and I loved the way he expressed his intentions to me and above all I couldn't resist the ticket. It was the only way that I could breath fresh air
"As usual you passed the test Mr. topper, how come you knew that it was me"
"You are the only person who has treasured my soul with yours"
I couldn't stop blushing.
We were chatting all day busy calling each other, the fun fact was that we used not have these cheesy talks but we used to discuss about the world, countries, food, music and sometimes even politics. But the best part was when we used to share and listen each other dreams. I got to see such better part of aryaman that I never even thought of.
"The next round is apple custard, you have been allotted 45 minutes. Your time starts now" blared the instructor of the competition.
Jiya immediately wrapped her hair in a bun but even I was rebellious I pulled down her hair immediately.
"What are you doing aryaman our competition has already started"
I said "It must be the competition for you, but I am here to watch you"
She smiled as, if I was a child and I swear we both were blushing
So our custard got hard, we didn't win any games or competition. But what we enjoyed the most was each others presence. I have like captured in my eyes her every move, her hair flic, her walk, her giggle and her maddening laughter. Like I have recorded her each and every move, cause in a environment like this the memories only give you hope.
So, like I'm a control freak person, I go crazy even if I come second. But we lost every competition badly but still I was giggling.
Want to know why?
cause I have won the game of love I have won aryaman. Right now walking with him in this chilly weather, all I can think is the day we spent.
At last I think this valley has seen love...
In this apple festival I found the ticket of golden heart. Which I will cherish all my life.