Dressed in a white t-shirt and blue jeans, Mansi stood there with her arms folded. The breeze was blowing her hair in all directions and her eyes were staring at the sea searching for answers – answers now hidden in the depths of time. Time and again she would dig into her pockets and take out a piece of paper, hold it to her heart and cry. Every time she did, she would wipe them off upon hearing her two little kids talk among themselves.
A few yards away, Raj looked at this woman with helpless eyes, while hiding behind a rock. “I wish I could, I really do.” He said to himself. “I wish I could hold you in my arms right now. I wish I could just kiss those eyes and take all your pains upon me. I know I cannot justify what I did, I can’t justify leaving you like this, but I know one day you will understand why. I wish I could just fall on knees and beg for your forgiveness and tell you that I still love you like I did the first day we met. But I know I can’t. The truth will always remain hidden and so will my love. I’ll always love you, no matter how much you may hate me.”
As he saw his two little kids try to build the sand-castle he smiled at himself and thought, “Your father was a coward, but I know you have gone on your mother and will grow up to be fine women one day. I wish I could see you grow up; I wish I could see you build your lives just as you build this castle. Don’t ever give up in life, not like I did. Don’t hide from you problems or mistakes the way I did. I love you more than anything else in this world. I hope you will love me the same way.”
“Come on darlings, time to go home. It’s getting late!” called out Mansi to her little kids. Raj followed them back home hiding in the darkness of the night. Back home, Mansi put her two kids off to sleep, put the lights off and went into her room. She sat back on the chair, switched on the table lamp and wept again as she read the little piece paper Raj had left. “Why did you not tell me!” she screamed at the note as if it were Raj himself. “We could have got through this together, only if you had not hidden it from me. But I promise you, I will not run away and hide, I will face whatever consequences this brings to us. Your daughters will never know the truth behind their father. But, I will never forgive you for what you have done. Never!”
Raj was hiding in the darkness of the room as Mansi uttered these words. Although he felt bad as he heard them, he was happy to know that at least his daughters wouldn’t grow up knowing the truth. A little later Mansi got up, opened her cupboard and put the piece of paper in it. Beside the note lay a rope – the rope by which Raj had hung himself.
As she closed the door and locked the cupboard, she said “I want these to remain here, as a testimony to your betrayal. But they will remain locked and hidden forever for I don’t want them to cast a shadow on my daughters.”