The Last Smile
Rahul looked into the imaginary mirror, one more time and took a deep long breath. He smiled gently at his own self, then slowly closed his eyes and started fading. Slowly and gently... gently and slowly... He knew what was happening and what was going to happen and he knew he was alone. Like before, like now. He had realized that it is better to stop breathing than to live a life without happiness.
As he started living the last few moments of his so called valueless life... he could see his past rewinding like a movie flashback.. The background wallpaper of each precious moment in his life... was her black and white picture. She was the one girl, he had always loved. She was his first love. He had loved many people in his life. But she was his first and now his last. They had fallen in love long ago...Thirteen years ago... when they were in college. In the four long years of intense friendship and strong love, they had realized that there was no one else in this world who would understand them more than each other. But the decision was made and the deal was sealed. They had to part. Destiny would not see them together. So they simply walked away from each other. It was painful, it indeed was. But there was no other choice. They simply had to let go.
Letting go of what is yours, is always more painful than holding on to what is not yours.
17 hours far away and on the other end of the world, Neha twitched in her sleep. Her husband and two daughters were sleeping peacefully with her in the posh king sized bed. The twitching transformed into violent jerks and she woke up with a silent shriek. At the same time, a part of her stopped breathing... somewhere in the world.