"I am fine... I just dont want to go surfing" Ashvin mumbled playing with an art object on his coffee table
"Thats an oxymoron, if you were fine you WOULD want to go surfing"
"Umm.. I dont Oz"
"I am sorry... I cant say it enough times"
"I know you are" Ashvin looked at him emotionally
His eyes were a bit moist
"Life's a... umm" Oz mumbled
"And then some" Ashvin agreed readily
"Riz is in town, lets go to our fave watering hole and play pool"
"Umm.. no.. ask him if he wants to hang we can hang here"
"Give her time and call her" Oz advised
"She doesnt want time, or a call. I told you, she went to the restaurant at 9 and I had to leave soon after"
"You should have lingered and weaseled yourself into another night's stay"
"Nope... he was pretty tough. He said, "thanks for staying the night. I hope you have a good journey" "thos were his exact words"
"I dont know what I would do if someone did that to my daughter" Oz said softly
"Id probably rip the guy's guts out" Ashvin grit his teeth
"I guess you got out easy then?"
"Super easy" Ashvin nodded sadly
"She does look pretty" Oz said admiringly
The ipad lay on the coffee table, Ashvin was able to Google an image of her in her lab coat
"Very" Ashvin nodded
"She said she loves you" Oz cringed
"Yep... and that I am an asshole" he said
"Which ofcourse you are"
"Go talk to your old man, he is buddy buddy with her"
"Yep... hes going to jump up and hook me up" Ashvin smirked
"Goddd... you did this all to rake him over the coals and here you are..." Oz shuddered
"Even if I could meet her what would I say to her? She doesnt care I feel what she feels" "Exactly... every bit... every pore" Ashvin exhaled audibly
Being in love hurt like shit
"WHO KNEW... of all the constructed beauties Aunty tried to set you up with... you would fall for someone from the corner of the country"
"She looked gorgeous that night" he said softly
"Huh" Oz stared at his friend
"she has a striking honesty... she speaks her mind... she told me she wasnt "coerced" (doing air quotes) no drama" Ashvin whistled admiringly
"Are you in town?" Rachit's text blinked on his ipad and phone
"yep" he texted
Sharanbir had summoned him for some "work"
He had told Rachit he was scouting land on Ullal coast and wanted someone to tag along, he had promised "great native Konkan food"
"I have a day's work with Dadu tomorrow, meet up at 9 PM?" Rachit texted
"I guess" Ashvin agreed amiably...