April 05, 2020; She fought with her boyfriend. Things were not working out. She was devastated, she was frustrated fighting again and again. Well, she didn’t know that this day had planned something beautiful for her. Zoey – her name, she installed Tinder for the very first time out of frustration. Never knew that this app could bring so much happiness into her life, at least for a year.
Zoey opened the red app. She swiped left to all boys until she saw a guy with pouted lips. She laughed “a guy with pout lips-hell no!” But, there was something which she could not resist to swipe his profile to right and fortunately, they matched. He turned out to be her first match on tinder. She was unaware of the upcoming. “Hie” he texted and a beautiful conversation went on between them. They chatted for hours. He never got tired of praising her pictures on IG.
Manvir was a Punjabi boy who was working in Pune as a Graphic Designer. Whereas Zoey was an English teacher in Pune. Due to the pandemic, she had to return to her hometown in Assam.
She was not into Manvir but involved him in her life just to forget her past. She kept telling him about her past life and her numerous boyfriends’ stories. Crazy her! Unknowingly, they were falling for each other. Pandemic was keeping them away from meeting. They started sharing each thing that happened in their daily lives.
The pandemic wave brought out all the hidden talents in people. Commoners started to make Dalgona coffee, baked amazing cakes, did their own haircut, and a lot. Manvir too shaved his head bald as he couldn’t get a perfect haircut on his own. Poor fellow! One day, Zoey took the courage to facetime him. Manvir cheeks became as red as a tomato. He was blushing damn! Manvir couldn’t speak much but kept on smiling.
It was Zoey’s birthday. He was the first one to wish her. On Zoey’s birthday, he gifted her a beautiful logo design of her face made by him.
Zoey thought that she needed a friend who will listen to her miseries without questioning. She needed a shoulder to cry on. She considered herself lucky enough to get him who listened to all her shits until one day, he called her up and said “it’s over”. She was shocked “what do you mean by it’s over?” Manvir realized that she got serious with him which he didn’t want. He was strong enough to call off that relation they were building. She felt everything shuttered. She cried and begged him not to leave her. At that moment she realized that she was already in love with Manvir. But, Manvir remained stubborn at his point of breaking that relationship of love or friendship, what it was.
The talking stopped, Chats became low. She was heartbroken once again but got a hold of herself.
Zoey’s parents were moving out of town for some days. She had to stay all alone. And, during this time again the bond between Zoey and Manvir started to grow. Hours and hours of talking, facetime; she was happy again. She had him back in her life. She is at the peak of love. Zoey dreamt her future with him. Manvir too couldn’t resist himself falling for her. But, he was mature enough to remind her that their thoughts didn’t match. He kept on saying that she was immature. It was never loved from his side. What he ever wanted was ‘no strings attached’. Zoey didn’t stop to love Manvir despite all those bitter sayings. She stood for her feelings. She kept on trying.
A year passed by. She still loved him and still trying to continue her life with him.
Finally, one day, she was ready to let him go. She decided to get him out of her mind. She was tired. She stopped talking to Manvir. At that moment, Manvir realized that she had already become a part of his life which he couldn’t let go of. Yes! He too was in love.
Despite all the pandemic situation, he flew to Assam, grabbed her favorite ring, and proposed to her on his knees “Will you marry me?” That line, yes, that line shot like a bullet in her heart. She couldn’t believe that the boy who was not into romantic stories, who didn’t believe in love, that day he was on his knees. For her, it was a dream come true. Tears rolled down her eyes. She couldn’t speak but only cry. Manvir hugged her tightly “I am here.”
And, the story continues……..