INDIAN AUTHOR SHORT STORY: You've Got The Wrong Guy

Sreemoyee Piu Kundu, Author of Faraway Music & Sita's Curse pens down a love story for Cosmo

This wasn't the first time I was in Kerala, privy to a deliciously slow sunset on a beach, swarming with olive-toned tourists and the soft clamour of waves.

This wasn't the first time I'd lost one of my expensive leather floaters, now drowning in a gurgle of saline water. This wasn't the first time I was alone.

'Been here before?'

 'Talking to me?'

 'There isn't anyone else...'

'Sure?'

'No...I mean...there's always someone else...I have this theory that we are really never alone...'

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'I want to be alone.'

This wasn't the first time I had asked her to go away, indirectly, like the blurred headlights on the highway.

'Following me? This can't be sheer

co-incidence...every night...'

'You haven't shaved again!'

This wasn't the first time I didn't care. A storm was building up. I knew it from the way the sand under my feet felt.

'What day is it today?'

'Monday, maybe...'

'You seem like you stopped caring for things...a long time ago...'

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'It's time to call it a night.'

'I'll wait for you.'

This wasn't the first time I had walked back. And then...

 'Dushyant Singh Kanoria.'  'Ummm...'

 'Look, I'm kinda messed up...July 29...is...'

 'Wife's birthday?'

This wasn't the first time I was with another woman. It had just started to drizzle, the sound of crickets, strangely intimate.

 'Miss her?'

 'I…don't know…'

 This wasn't the first time I lied about the way Diya and I had first met...in a secret garden. The scent of tropical flowers equally potent.

'Names are weird. They mean a start. And you're clearly not in the mood to...'

'You?'

'Me?'

'Yes...sorry I didn't get down to your name.'

'That's okay.'

'Okay.'

It was the first time I'd met someone. Just like myself.

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