He was mourning his lovers death. In day time, he do his job and in evenings, he got drunk. It's been 3 years like this. He hadn't talked to his parents or contacted any friends.
One day he got a call. He was so drunk that he didn't care to look at the number, he just picked the call. And from opposite side he heard a crying voice saying "I love you..... please come back. I'll do whatever you say."
He looked at his phone and saw that he didn't knew whose number was that. He was so drunk to say anything so he remained silent.
The stranger girl took it wrong way and said "I will kill myself if you don't come back."
He didn't knew what to say or how to say. He opened his mouth to say something but nothing came out of his mouth. So he cleared his throat and said "What you did to make him go away?" He don't know why he asked her that question? He was just going to say it's a wrong number.
She took a sharp breath. "I..... w..who... are you?"
"Well you called me, so you would know."
She said in timid voice. "Sorry, maybe I dialed wrong number."
"Well that was kind of obvious. So you didn't answer my question?" He slurred.
"Are..... are you drunk?" She whispered asked.
"You are stalling the question. But yes I drink a little bit."
"I don't think so it is little bit. I can hardly understand what you are saying. So I think so you are wasted kind of drunk."
"Are you lecturing me?" He asked in disbelief and irritation.
"No, I was just stating the truth." She said.
He can see her rolling her eyes while saying that. He smiled at that.
"Don't be sassy darling." He said with smile, feeling a little less dizzy.
"I..... I am sorry. I didn't mean to offend you. I'm sorry. I think so I should cut the call now. I am sorry to disturbed you. Please take care. And drinking is not the solution always. Good bye." She said and hung up.
He was shocked by the girl. First of all she said sorry so many time... it was not a crime, it was just a wrong call. And then she said alcohol is not the only answer. Well like f**k it is not. He thought.
He tried everything but nothing is helping him in reducing the pain. Only alcohol numbed his pain and mind. The only time he didn't felt so heartbroken and in pain, was when he was drunk.
So to hell with that girl.
He fell asleep. Next day in his office he got a message. He opened and just stared at it. It writes "How are you feeling?"
He never saw that number but he kind of knew who she was.
He frowned at the massage and ignored it. But after 10 minutes of debating with his mind he typed a "ok" and send it.
He waited and waited for reply but nothing come. When he just reached his house, he got a massage he saw the number and his heart did a flutter. He just opened the massage "Please do not drink alcohol today." It says.
He frowned again. Why it matters. No one ever cared then why she is so.... so.... ugh....
He typed furiously "You don't have any say in what I should or should not do. You don't even know me."
"I am sorry if I offend you again." She messaged.
He got angry and called her. The bell rings two times before she picked up.
"Why the hell you say so many sorries."
She didn't answer. He remained silent in hope she'll say something.
"Are you there?" He asked.
He sighed. He don't know why he is getting so worked up. He is not like this.
"You didn't answered my question yesterday."
"What question?" She asked so innocently. He can imagine the confused face of this stranger girl.
"Why did, whoever that guy was, left you?" He asked.
"Hmmm.... how did you know it was a guy?" She asked.
Obviously. She said so desperately to the person to come back. And said she loves the person. Oh, maybe she is lesbian.
"Are you lesbian?" He asked bluntly and then realized what he asked. "Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't mean to ask so bluntly." He said hurriedly.
The girl laughed. He felt a little tug in his heart, again, hearing the girl laugh. How much he missed making someone laugh.... but this time he didn't knowingly said a joke... he thought.
"Why would you think I'm lesbian?" She was still chuckling.
"You said it was not a guy so that means its a girl." He replied confused.
"Ok maybe it was a girl. What give you the idea of me being a lesbian?" She asked. He can hear amusement in her voice. He was feeling like he made a fool of himself.
"You said 'I love you' and if it was a girl then it makes you lesbian." He said now a little annoyed.
"And why would you not think that maybe it was a friend or a sibling or relative too." She asked
"Oh please the way you said 'I love you' proves that the person was a lover." He said.
"Okay.. well he was my boyfriend." She said all of a sudden in a low voice.
He don't know what to say. Should he ask her about what happened?..... or maybe not. She sounds so dull on this topic. Maybe I should not prey. Its her personal matter. He thought
Then he remembered he didn't the girl's name.
"What is your name?" He asked.
"Sorry I didn't even tell my name. I'm Shine. What is your name?" She asked all cheered up again.
He smiled at her reply. Shine is a beautiful name. He thought.
"My name is Fred." He answered.
"What you do Fred?"
"I'm a accountant. And what about you. What you do?" He asked. He didn't noticed that he changed his work cloths and now in bed. He frowned again. When did he did that? He thought.
He looked at the time. It was near midnight. How long he is talking to her.
Today he didn't felt the need to drink alcohol. Because he didn't felt so alone today. His mind was occupied by this stranger girl.
He was in his thoughts when he heard a yawning voice. So it is very late. He thought.
"What are you doing right now?" He asked her.
"I'm laying on my bed. Why?"
"No, nothing its just getting late. I didn't realize it is so late. We were so in conversion that we didn't noticed. Did you always up this late. Yeah maybe you have a boyfriend. And well you didn't answer my question yet again." He waited for an answer but what he heard, made him chuckle. He heard a snore.....
So the girl is asleep and here I'm talking to myself. He thought.
"Good night, stranger girl." He whispered and hang up the phone.
He fell asleep with a smile on his face..... after a long time. With a strange light in his heart, a light of hope......