Age! Why do you ask? questioned Robby
You only said that you haven’t done any adventure like this before, so I asked your age: said Ruchika. Without bothering to reply, Robby held Ruchika’s hand and ran towards a truck which was about to leave. They both hopped in quickly and sat quietly in a corner. Suddenly, the truck stopped midway. The driver got down to check something. Ruchika and Robby were hiding inside the truck between the materials. The driver’s partner came out asking him why they had stopped midway?
He said: I heard someone talking. The partner of the driver said that the road is lonely and there are many supernatural stories about this road. It is better for us to leave as soon as we can.
The driver was very sure of hearing noise from the back of his truck but then disregarded it out of fear of ghost and started to drive again.
Robby and Ruchika heaved a sigh of relief and made sure they spoke in whispers.
Robby: Thank God we are safe.
Ruchika: I thought we would land up in Jail
Robby: How can we? When I am with you, I will make sure with my life that you are safe.
Ruchika was by now truly, madly and deeply in love with Robby. She loved his caring nature which made her feel so secure but her mind was stuck at one question and that was Robby’s age.
She whispered: You didn’t tell me your age
Robby said in an irritated tone: Why this issue has suddenly cropped in between us. I don’t believe in discussing this crap. Age is just a number. A number which makes you count your days on earth!
She said: I agree, but there is something called a generation gap that comes with time. What if you are too young for me?
He took a deep breath and said: did I ask your age. What if its the other way. What if you are too young for me?
No that is not possible for sure: said Ruchika
Why not asked Robby
Ruchika said: You can somehow guess a person’s age. It may not be correct but it can be somehow close.
Robby said: Remember, looks can be deceptive. There is nothing in this world that is permanent. What if you find a good-looking man of your age and he not compatible with you?
Come out of this Indian mentality Ruchi.
The truck stopped again. Robby and Ruchika both went deep down inside the material to hide. That was when the driver opened the truck’s door and started unloading the material.
Oh no! what will happen now, whispered fearful Ruchika
Robby held her hand and whispered: Don’t panic! wait let me see. They were hiding behind the last line of bags.
Fortunately, the driver dropped only some of the bags and started to drive again. Robby stood to analyze and said: before their next stop comes we need to jump out of it.
Ruchika felt like screaming: Jump! are you out of your mind! He is driving so fast.
Welcome to an adventure with Robby lady: said, Robby. He gave his hand to Ruchika to hold and stand. That was when the driver put the break and both of them fell on each other. Robby did not miss a second and quickly jumped from the truck holding Ruchika’s hand. They ran and hid quickly on the side of the road because Robby was quite sure that by now the driver could feel something fishy going on in his truck.
The driver came out but by that time they were hiding in the bushes that were opposite the road. The driver’s partner also came out and requested the driver to move quickly from the place as he was sure that some ghost was trying to trouble them. The driver drove away his truck at high speed.
They were in the middle of nowhere now. They came out of the bushes and saw that was nothing nearby. No shop no house. Ruchika was very scared now. Ruchika said what if the ghost comes and scare us. Robby was very witty. He said: Don’t worry, the moment the ghost comes I will introduce him to you telling him that you are my Indian ghost friend and then you people can chit-chat. You can entertain him with some Indian stories: he said while laughing out loud.
Ruchika was scared and angry now. She said: We should have waited in the truck only. At least we would have reached Chicago.
Robby said: And that driver would have landed us in Jail. Who would come to bail us? As it is you don’t have much time, and whatever time you have I don’t think you would like that to enjoy in the American jail. Don’t forget you have to leave for India in some days. There was sadness in his tone when he said that.
Ruchika held his hand and said she can extend her visa. Robby did not say anything and asked her to walk fast from this place before an actual ghost caught them.
They walked briskly holding hands. Both were in their own world thinking probably what the future held for them. Ruchika was looking at Robby but when Robby would look at her she would act as if she was searching for a lift.
Robby said to Ruchika: you know, I have met many. Slept with plenty but you are someone I have felt emotionally connected with. It seems as if we have known each other for eons.
Ruchika looked into his eyes and said: I too felt the same when I first saw you but then I am scared of being in love. I have experienced men around me who would try to get me for my money but you never ever gave me that feeling. It was different feeling with you.
He hugged her with one arm while walking while she hugged him from waist. Ruchika felt secure in a relationship with Robby. Life was treating her beautifully. Not for one time she mistrusted or felt that she should be careful with Robby. Somewhere in her heart and mind peace, faith and love had started residing and that is what she had always wanted.
Robby asked: Is this your first visit to the US?
Ruchika said: no, my younger sister is married and she stays in Beverley Hills. I have been to U.S on vacation earlier.
Robby said: Oh! Your younger sister is married but then why not you?
Ruchika smiled and said with a naughty wink: because I was waiting for you. They both were about to go into each other’s arms when they saw a flash of light. One car was driving at high speed. Robby pushed Ruchika and himself to safety and moved a little more towards the pavement along the road.
They both smiled and said: Thank god for saving us. Robby could see some lights a few yards away. He said: I think we are near to some city, let’s go.
They walked towards the light. It was some kind of a road market near a motel. People were roaming there. The weather was becoming bit chilly. Robby and Ruchika chose to spend the night in the motel.
They took one room and settled down. On the side of the bed was a huge mirror. Ruchika realized that she was so busy for last few days that she had not seen herself in a mirror. She stood before it and saw herself glowing. Her sick looks were gone. She also realized that she had not worn any makeup for last so many days. She was not at all conscious roaming around with a man without an iota of makeup. The mirror charmed her as if he was saying: Ruchika you are so so beautiful! She realized that her thick facial hair that was stubborn and needed to get waxed in every 15 days was also gone. There was no facial hair growth. Her grey hair that needed touch up every fifteen days had also gone. Her face looked younger as if she was in her early 20’s. Her waist had the curve which she had struggled for long to get. Even the gym and dieting back India had failed her miserably. There in the mirror was a new beautiful Ruchika. She was so mesmerized by herself that she forgot that she was not in the room alone. She took off her shirt and saw that her arms, that she hated because of the extra bagging skin and her shoulders that looked like as if she was carrying some backpack always, were toned. She didn’t care about Robby observing her and explored herself more by taking off her pants. She saw her legs were toned and her stomach was flat, just as the way she always wanted it to be. She smiled in the mirror and said to it: I have been dying to have this figure. at last, after years I have it. She was turning from right to left making her long silky hair dance on her attractive bosom.
Robby was looking at her all the while. He lost control of his senses. He came behind her, held her from her curvy waist and whispered in her ears: You don’t have to look in the mirror to see your beauty. Look into my eyes and you would see it. He started kissing her neck passionately and caressing her stomach.
Ruchika was not the kind of a woman who would let go herself that easily but with Robby it was different. They were in love. She was very sure of her feelings. She wanted to take this relationship further. The heater of the room was not working and Ruchika started shivering. Robby held her tight and embraced her in his arms. He carried her to the bed and lied with her. In few moments the world stopped and Robby and Ruchika had their first intimate relation.
Ruchika was not at all guilty of losing herself to Robby. She thought even if the relationship won’t move ahead after her vacation, this would be her memorable moment and she will never be ashamed to recall her first night with Robby.
The darkness bid goodbye and light said a beautiful morning. Ruchika had slept peacefully till afternoon. She woke up to find herself alone in the room. Robby was missing again.
She thought to herself that Robby must have gone to arrange transport. But her second thought was what if he has left her forever. Ruchika’s heart was beating fast she was not sure what was happening around. Robby’s vanishing acts were becoming quite frequent now.
She heard a knock on the door. She was scared. She thought that the hotel people had someone to collect the money from her for staying last night. She remembered she had no money on her. Ruchika rushed to washroom covering herself with the bed sheet along with her clothes. The bell boy opened the door with the spare key to clean the room and went away.
She took a breath of relief and closed the latch of the door from inside. After freshening up, she ate whatever was lying in the fridge.Now she was worried about Robby but decided to wait for him for a while.
She sat near the window wondering if she would have met Julie earlier, her life would have changed a long time back. A tiny voice in her head said that things happen when they are designed to happen. She should enjoy her vacation on earth.
She patted her head thinking about the silly voice which had started hearing recently.
Looking out the window she saw a car stopping by and an old woman being thrown out of it.
She saw people looking at her but nobody was helping her. She shouted from the window to help her but she could not see clearly because the weather was bad and soon fog covered everything.
That was when the door of her room was knocked again.