I saw you the other day in Forum. You were eating at Mac D. I was really really happy to see you. I considered walking up to you and saying hi. But I didn't. Had it been that we hadn't spoken a word for a year I would have. But it's been only two months since we stopped talking. So I didn't know what to say to you.
And then I saw it in dangling from your neck. I can't believe that you still kept it. What do you do with it ? Look at it and cry ?? Why are you eating alone?
I wanted to run to you and hug you tight for not forgetting me and ask you all these questions. I certainly thought you'd forget me. You almost forgot me for a year now anyway. The tiny pieces of conversation we had prior to the two months hardly lasted ten minutes. I did not think I would matter to you at all.
But when I saw that shiny little piece in your chain it occurred to me that I might have made a mistake in judging you.
The phone calls, the flowers, the sketching, the skating. All the time we spent together for two years passed in front of my eyes like a flash of a camera, in photographs and short videos, including how we drifted apart, how we almost stopped talking and how we finally stopped talking.
That tiny little piece dangling from your neck is all that connects us now, now that you are out of my reach.
Ah! Here come your friends. So you are not alone. Hmmm.. who are all these people, they are so different from the people you used to hang out with. But then it included me in those days.
I walked closer so I could here the conversation.
"Hey dude! What's up? I booked the tickets just now. By this time tomorrow we would be in Mumbai!" (Mumbai? Why are you going to Mumbai?)
"Well, that's good news. Good for us. So what else?"
"Hey what's that thing in your neck? New fashion eh?"
"What ?!! You are kidding me right?"
"Hush up.. It's real!" (coming from another friend)
"Come on guys! What's happening??"
"You dont what to know"
"But I do"
"You really don't"
"He shot his girlfriend with it" (coming from the other friend)
"With this bullet?!" He was so sure it was a prank!
"YES. THIS BULLET"
"Naaah! Then why do you wear it?"
"This tiny little piece dangling from my neck is all that connects us now, now that she is out of my reach."
I looked at you with pride and back at the bullet that dangles from your neck.