I still remember that day. I woke up early. I was so happy and excited as if it was the best day. My heart was beating faster like never before. I went straight to the washroom to freshen up quickly. In order to control my excitement and utilize my energy, I made my bed and cleaned my bedroom. Soon, I bathe despite the chilly weather. After having my breakfast, I arranged the things in the drawing-room to ensure it looks tidy. It was afternoon and I was eagerly looking at the wall clock. That day, I awaited the evening impatiently. My heart never rested and was beating fastly. After all, he, my love, was coming to my place for the first time. How on the earth could I hide my excitement and happiness?
The doorbell rang.
“It must be him”, saying I ran towards the main door.
I opened the door and then my eyes saw the most adorable being. He looked so good and had a pleasant smile.
“Hey! You’re looking good,” I complimented him.
In no time, he was into my arms. I hugged him tightly as if I would never let him go.
He was my love. In fact, to name it ‘love at first sight’ won’t be wrong.
I welcomed him and made him sit on the sofa. Oh! I couldn’t stop admiring his cute face and warm smile. My heart pumped blood with full energy. Those eyes, I tell you, were probably the most beautiful I have seen so far. I secretly thanked God for sending such an angel into my life.
Oh, I forgot to mention, he came to my place to stay with me. Only, if I was able, I would have stopped the time and lived a thousand lives at that moment. I felt a hundred butterflies flying in my stomach. I couldn’t stop smiling. Yes, I was madly in love with him. From that day, our days were filled with so much love, affection and happiness.
He used to cuddle me like anything and would never stay away from me.
I used to sleep, he spent the night staring at my sleeping face.
I used to sit quietly, he used to cheer me up by tickling me here and there.
I always used to comb my hair and he never wasted a chance to play with my hair.
I prefered eating silently, he threw some tantrums to grab my attention.
At times, I would get mad on him and then, he would try his best to please me.
I loved kissing his forehead and he loved rubbing his cheeks against mine.
I loved reading and he loved playing with his ball and peeping into my book.
I would shout at him to take a bath after he soiled himself by playing outside.
I loved snuggling in my blanket and he loved going out in winter.
I used to pull him to bed under the warm blanket and he would try his best to go out.
I loved his joyful face and he hated my teary eyes.
Together, we made so many promises to each other. We wished a million things in those moments.
Our days were passing so blissfully, until one day, he went out as usual.
I heard a loud screeching sound. Probably someone forcefully applied brakes to their vehicles. Curious, I went out.
The moment I stepped out of the house, my whole world came crashing down. He was there lying in a pool of blood. All those promises that we made, seemed to vanish like a vapor. I ran towards his motionless body. Though he was alive, he was moving towards death every second. He was breathing heavily. His eyes were probably finding my presence. Finally, he looked at me with a pale look on his face.
“Please don’t go. Have courage. Nothing will happen to you, love. Please stay awake”, I cried.
“Somebody please help me. Take him to the hospital. Help me, please”, I cried louder.
He struggled for every single breath. Some tears rolled from both his eyes. I don’t know if those were from the pain caused by the accident or by seeing his girl in tears. My heart ached after seeing him in this condition.
Somehow, I lifted him in my arms saying, “Love, for my sake, don’t close your eyes. Please don’t leave me alone.”
Devastated, I brought water to him. Sadly, he couldn’t drink a single drop. We took him to the hospital as soon as we could.
“Doctor please save him. He was hit by a vehicle. Do something, I beg you.”
He examined his pulse and looked into his eyes.
“What happened, doctor? Take him inside and operate on him. Do something.”
He examined him and gave an injection. Next, he turned towards my uncle and said, “I am sorry, he can’t be saved. He has a skull fracture and his neck bone has broken. Moreover, he is too young to be operated.”
“But doctor he is very active and is quite healthy. He has no health issues. You can surely cure him. I can’t live without him.”
“How am I supposed to live without you dear? Please do something, doctor,” I spoke to everyone present there while crying bitterly.
“See madam, this is just a clinic. You can take him to a big hospital but I doubt if he will reach alive.”
And then my eyes witnessed how he took his last breath.
He was gone. He left me alone and crying. His tears and blood soaked face was one of the dreadful things I have witnessed so far.
I don’t know if my cries of separation were audible to his soul or not but yes, his lifeless body was painful to see. I cried so bitterly that my uncle too couldn’t hold his tears.
We came back home with his lifeless body. I can’t explain the pain of carrying the lifeless body of someone you’ve loved so much. It feels heavy not because the soul is gone but because you know it won’t come back again. No matter how hard you try.
With heavy hearts, we cremated him that very day.
Now, it’s been almost 9 years since I lost my darling pet dog, Bruno. I fell in love with him the moment I saw his photograph. My cousin had brought him to our home. He was just a month old but very active and playful. We loved each other so much.
Even today, I remember, how lovingly he used to wag his tail whenever I called him to play with his favorite ball or returned from my evening classes. He used to jump and lick my cheeks. I regret being so careless to let him go outside that winter morning.
For the world, Bruno is not alive but for me, he is never dead. He is safe in my heart and will stay forever.
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Prerna loves to write and shower love on animals. She enjoys reading and exploring places. Though sweet in her pictures, at times, she is difficult to understand. Being a strong believer in hard work and karma, she loves solitude and peace. Apart from this, she loves petrichor and harmony and wishes to achieve her one and only ataraxia for a lifetime.