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The Bewitched Knights By S.S.Sahoo Characters: 16248

Updated: 2019-08-03 20:02


An indistinctive tolling of a clock somewhere far away, could be heard and I looked at my watch to find it was nearly seven in the evening. Noah told me earlier that he was heading back to his hotel suite and informed me about Chelsea hauling a taxi back to hotel.

Earlier, what Chelsea told me flashed through my mind and I heaved a sigh. Is she right? Am I really being judgemental judging her for the things that she did fourteen years ago and being blind to what she is now?

Well, she has been remarkable in her work and she was always careful with what she did, but fourteen years ago, we were just kids. A very ripe age, influences... Is it good to punish someone for their childish acts?

I mean, I was not really punishing her or something, but I do agree that I was just avoiding her. Precisely, just avoiding her. I can tell, that I was just being my normal self, but somehow I had managed to miff her. So, I got up as I held my jacket in my hand and made my way towards the door.

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My hands trembled a little as if having a mind of their own, refusing to go with what I have decided. Then again, I rubbed my forehead out of agony and then again went against my mind and finally pressed the buzzer. I waited for some minutes and soon the door opened and I looked at the person, pursing my lips thinking what to speak. She furrowed her eyebrows and pushed her wet hair back as she came out and looked here and there and then at me.

"Do you need anything?" she asked. Her eyes blood red and I wondered if she had been crying or it was the effect of the shampoo going inside her eyes.

"You told me earlier, you wanted to see the city, " I told her and watched as all of a sudden a smile appeared on her face and she bit her lips, probably stopping herself from smiling hard.

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It was only silence between us as I looked to my right to find her looking out of the window, a small smile plastered on her lips as she tapped her finger on her lap. Her body language indicated she was happy and somewhat satisfied with my behavior.

"What made you change your mind all of a sudden?" I heard her talking for the first time and I watched as the car's driver looked at us through the rearview mirror.

I shrugged and shook my head, obviously not having an answer to it but then chose to speak up not wanting it to be awkward. "I need some air. Probably, changing my ways, " I told her and saw her smiling as she nodded at me. She had changed into a light pink colored dress and left her hair open and for the first time, I thought that I was noticing a woman and what she was wearing. Is it because, I have got nothing to do?

"Sorry, " I heard her.

"Sorry what?" I asked and she shrugged this time.

"I said sorry. I shouldn't have talked the way I did, a few hours ago. Sorry, " she told me and I shook my head. "No, it's alright, " I mumbled as I looked out of the window.

Vancouver city.

Truly, beautiful city. Now, when I think of it, I actually needed a time off and it was not really Chelsea but I wanted to get out, have some air too. I watched as our car passed away from sophisticated cocktail spots to hard-partying clubs, diversity nightlife of Vancouver. We were heading to Yaletown for dinner. I thought might we have dinner before roaming around, taking in whatever way possible.

"I have already reserved a table for dinner, " I said wanting make some small talks and she did was nod at me with a smile.

Is she really the same girl from fourteen years back? She used to have urban hairstyle and badass clothes, talked nasty with nasty remarks that reflected her work and that was bullying, students like me. Actually most of the time, it was only Elliot and she would only tag him everywhere he went. In the beginning we didn't even knew her name but when she became his girlfriend, everyone noticed her and soon the bullying started.

"Are you always like this?" I heard her when the car came to a halt before the restaurant. I raised my eyebrows at her and she replied "So quiet and calm? Were you like this in the school too?" she asked and I turned to open the door.

"How would you know Ms. Kinsley, we never talked, " I told her as got out and came to her side to open her door and she came out and looked at me with something in her facial expression, which told me she wanted to ask many questions but couldn't.

"Shall we?" I asked as I looked back at the restaurant's entrance door and she nodded.

"No, really were you really like this?" she asked for the second time and though she didn't complete her sentence, I knew what she was asking about. I looked back at the menu card and then ordered the food. The waitress smiled at me and took the menu, brushing her finger with mine. As I looked up, she winked at me and I adjusted my suit and as I looked back, I saw Chelsea giving a pointed

and that made me look back at her.

"What? Really?" I asked and that made her laugh. "No, I am just on a diet!" she said and I nodded.

"How come you grew so taller? You were of my height as much as I could remember. What's your height?" she asked and I had a bite from my wafer as I looked towards the beach. Only the waves of the beach could be heard and it was already dark. Nothing could be seen but the chilly wind from the beach was soothing, and I loved it.

"Five-Four, " I said and she nudged me on my stomach which made me chuckle at her reaction. "No! Mr. That's my height! What's your?" she asked and this time I stood straight replying seriously "Six-three, " I said and that made her gasp.

"How did you manage to grow so tall? Why do you boys always get so tall? Damn!" she had a scowl on her face.

"Genetic. My dad is Six and I joined basketball back in the college days, " I told her and that made her nod.

"So? Did you forgive me?" I heard her voice and looked at her.

"Yeah, " I told her truthfully. Infact, I was never really angry on her. The fact that she used to behave like something she wasn't disturbed me and I really hate people who do that. Just why can't you be yourself? I don't really trust people who does this. I believe the person has some secrets within them that they don't want to get out. And that makes me skeptical of thinking whether to trust them or not. The person doesn't even have confidence upon themselves than how could anyone thinking of trusting such people with anything?

"Really?" I heard her surprised voice.

"Yeah, " I told her and realised a burden getting off my shoulder. I realised I have something against Chelsea from a long time and as I told her that I forgive her, a huge burden got off my shoulder, and I felt fresh.

"Oh my god! Thank you so much, Ace" she whispered and I looked back at her to find her hand clamping her mouth as she looked down. I realised she was sobbing, and I thought of leaving her alone. Like me, perhaps she also felt a burden getting off her shoulder.

"You realise we do mistakes in our tender age but when we get old, we realise how stupid we were and how absurd are the things that we did, " I told her and heard her hum.

"But did you seriously forgive me Ace?" her voice was timid and I looked back at her and told her with sarcasm "Do you think a twenty-nine year old adult would joke with you about something like this?"

"Nah, probably won't, " she replied and looked up.

"Oh and I have something to share with you, "

"Do you remember that girl, what was her name again? Sullivan... Victoria Sullivan ...right?"

"Veronica Sullivan, " I said and she nodded.

"After that chewing gum incident, she came to beat me.Gosh! she made my life a living hell after that. I had bruises for months. That girl was truly fierce and that made me wonder, I often saw her hanging out with you guy-"

"It's getting cold and we are already late. I think we should head back, " I told her as I threw the tissue paper into the bin and walked straight towards where we had our car parked. "Wait! Ace, " I heard her following me.

The ice cream's sweetness turned sour all of a sudden as I thought about of our school days.

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