Wednesday, 15 April 2015


While preparing breakfast for Etienne the next morning, Nandhini had images of Swetha appearing before her.

She didn't think she could wait till Etienne said something about it, so she thought of asking him instead. How could she bring it up?

She could not possibly tell him that she had gone through his personal belongings. He may never allow her into his apartment. But her head would explode if she didn't ask him.


"Yes, dear?"

"Tell me about the girls you have dated." she could almost swear that his face turned pale. She immediately felt bad for asking. Maybe she brought back some really awful memories.

"Why do you need to know that? I don't ask you about your past!" Etienne yelled at her.

Tears welled up in her eyes. No one had ever yelled at her before. She ran to the room to get her bag and turned to leave. Etienne was at the doorway of the room. Tears flowed down her cheeks like a river. She began to sob when she saw him there, not quite sure if she was hurt or it was anger she felt towards him for treating her in that manner.

" I'm sorry baby, " Etienne apologised. " Yes, i dated someone but things didn't work out. her family did not agree to the marriage and so we could not be together. Her parents arranged for her to marry someone else.

Nandhini looked right at Etienne - puzzled.

Why was he lying? Why didn't her mention the incident

" What was her name Etienne? If you don't mind telling me."

" Her name was Swetha."

Nandhini just excused herself and told him she needed to get back home. Right outside his apartment, she wondered if there was more to the story of Swetha...

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