She sat on the stairs of her college, her hair flying in all the directions. Her cheeks pale because of the winter breeze. Tightly wrapped in a sweater and a jacket above it, muffler around her neck, a pair of gloves protecting her sensitive fingers. She sat there since the past half an hour, reading her current novel. Occasionally looking up to say hie and hello to her friends and aquaintances. They all knew she was waiting there for him. He was always late. She checked her watch and again patiently looked in the direction from where he'll come running and panting, saying sorry for a zillionth time, and then smiling, the smile she could wait for her entire life to see. Yes, it was that smile that made her wait so patiently for him always.
They were best friends. Inseperable for the last 3 years. She secretly crushed on him and he crushed on every single girl in college except her! But he knew he couldnt live without her. The days when he broke off with some girl or had a new crush or took a new girl to date, he would tell her everything in detail... details no girl could handle but she did! She listened to them all, patiently, laughing all the time, not to hide her own feelings, but because they were so hilarious! She was the only thing constant in his life during all these years. She too was happy with just that. The fact that he called her up even at 4 o'clock, just to say he missed her! They truely were inseperables. Almost married to each other in a way no-one could understand.
She spend more time at his place rather than her own. She was the one who trusted him and sat besides him when he learned driving and ventured out on the main road for the first time. The rear seat of his bike belonged to her. It was an unspoken rule no one could break. He planned surprises for her birthdays. She had her first sip of beer with him when she turned 18! She had her first drag of hukkah with him on her 19th birthday. She shopped for him whenever she went shopping and it worked vice-versa. She knew better than him about his choices and he knew hers. She learned biking with him and came to him in the wee hours when she first scrapped her knees and broke the head-light of her bike. They both had had a hearty laugh over it with cups of chai in their hand.
During vaccations, his house was her home. She ate there, studied there, slept there. Watched movies, played games, went out on long rides and afternoon drives with him. He was her friend, best friend, brother, enemy, crush... all in one! If she was a social animal, he was a social monster! He had ten times more friends than hers and ended up talking to almost every second guy on the street. He was always late for movies. At first, she waited for him outside the theatre, but then, soon realized it was a bad idea, and went to watch the movie all alone, he always joined her after the first 10-15 minutes with the same smile on his face, and she couldnt be angry anymore!
He was the hunk of her life... the ultimate hunk in her eyes! Yes, she told him that often and he couldnt stop blushing. He complimented her by calling her 'moti'! Yeahh, she was stick thin then, and would jump happily when she heard him calling her 'moti'! :P She sat listening to him sing for hours. He wasnt a good singer but enjoyed singing and had a great voice! Sometimes, when in the mood, she would even dance while he sang and then dance with him! Starting from ball dance, waltz, salsa, to even baraati dance! He was not as great dancer as her but was a quick learner and complimented her perfectly! Almost all their friends, except the close ones thought they were dating, she just gave them a smile when asked about it. He took the pain to clarify their misunderstandings.... but the misunderstandings and questions never ceased...so he too gave up!
Eventually, she fell for other guys, and he for other gals as usual. She felt jealous everytime he got serious in a relationship and spend less time with her, and he felt insecure everytime she fell for a guy and couldnt stop raving about him and gave him less attention!
But today, after 3 years, he still is her friend, best friend, brother, enemy, crush... all in one package! They both fall on each other in times of need and support and love. They both know, there is this one person on earth whom they can wake even at 4 am just to say, I miss you so much! I miss our old days!!... or just hug and cry for hours without giving the other person a reason!... or just go and sit infront of the other without saying a word and everything is understood!!
P.S. - Before anyone asks me, yes, the girl here is me and the boy is my bestfriend cum brother cum lover! And he is one of the few 'men' I have in my life...and will always have!!