It was a wonderful cold busy morning. Natasha was busy preparing tiffins for her school going kids. Running from kitchen to dining table in the morning was an everyday task for her. The little one wanted to drink his milk from mumma. So, she just took a 2min break and made Duggu finished his glass of milk.

So, the kids were off to school and Naren(her husband )was out on an official trip. She quickly gave breakfast to her MIL and got ready for her office. It was 9:30 am.

“Ma, come close the door. I am leaving for the office and I will be little late today,” she said. But, it was not a usual call, her heart was heavy and her hands shivered as she was coming out of the house.

“Achcha Beta,” replied her MIL and closed the gate.

Natasha took an OLA. Something was making her nervous and she could hear her heartbeat.

“Bhaiya, M. G Road chalo,” (her office was in Rajouri then why M G Road?)

She got down from the taxi and there was a big black Audi waiting for her on the other side of the road.

She crossed the road and Aman opened the door of that black beauty for her.

……..Wondering who’s Aman??

Aman is a dashing, handsome man who is also her old school mate. Natasha was also a simple, happy go lucky types, beautiful and attractive girl during her school days and had a major crush on him. But as she belonged to a conservative family, never shared her feelings with him and was married as soon as she completed her college.

It was a typical Indian household scene, she was never asked for her opinion. But as any other young girl, she also had dreams of marrying a handsome, good looking and successful man who could just admire her beauty and make her feel like a princess. But was married to Naren who was a short, heavy and regular guy from a middle-class family. She didn’t say ‘No’ coz she was not supposed to. 😐

Today, she is a mother of two & with 10 yrs of married life with Naren, she had no complaints. He was responsible, taking care of her and kids very well. Yet, deep inside Natasha could never love him coz he was not a match to her fantasy. But the life went on…….and so the emptiness inside her!

Just a month back, Aman joined Natasha’s office as the CEO and within no time the old school friends came closer and started spending time with each other. Life once again became a fairy tale for her. Aman was not only handsome but caring guy with an absolutely amazing sense of humour. Natasha really enjoyed his company and so did he.

Today was the first day that both of them decided to spend some time together outside the office.

“Where are we going?”, asked Natasha. She was looking absolutely stunning in a chiffon saree.

“To a place where I can dive into your eyes and nobody is watching”, said Aman with a fishy smile.

That smile made Natasha nervous..real nervous. Aman never talked romantic like this to her.

They just entered the gate of a five-star hotel in Gurgaon.

“Let’s go to a restaurant. Why here?” asked Natasha

Aman stopped the car and gave his keys to the valet parking guy. Held her hand and took her to the reception.

“ I am Aman Chopra and I have a booking here”

“Oh shit!! we are going to a room”, said Natasha to herself but could not say no to Aman.

“Natasha take these keys and go to room 102. I will be there in 5 mins”, Aman instructed.

She took the keys and took the elevator. She was Numb.

She opened the lock and went in. It was a superbly beautiful room as she used to see in magazines. She was amazed. She felt as if her wish is coming true.

Why am I nervous? Why I am not happy?……, thoughts were pondering in her mind.

And she sat on the bed. It was a soft, spongy bed with a beautiful plain pink coloured bed sheet on it. And she remembered her honeymoon, Naren had booked a small cottage to make her feel special and it had a pink plain bed sheet on the bed. She was dressed in a saree, shy and nervy.

Today again she is in a saree, nervous, cold and shivering but it was different ….really different….and what was to happen was conflicting..…

With thoughts and memories boggling her mind, a knock on the door and Aman was in the room. Natasha felt weak and frail. As Aman came near, her shivering got noticeable.

Should I do this…..what about Naren…my marriage….his trust…his love….my kids….family…what if they all come to know….my own conscience….. Will I be able to forgive myself…..…….

It was an utter chaos and noise in her mind.

Suddenly, it was quiet…..calm…silence as Aman held her hand.

He just said that “Natasha, I know you like me and have liked me since school days. I know you fantasize about your life with me. I know you have unfulfilled desires, I can see it in your eyes coz even I like you but……as a friend and as a true friend I want to tell you something. Can I?”

“ Yes, of course, Aman”, said Natasha with a low voice.

He continued,” Natasha I Agree that we all want to live our lives as per our desires but believe me, but sometimes situations are stronger than our desires. But, to betray our life partners in the name of fulfilling our desires or other fantasies would be really selfish. My purpose of bringing you here was just to make you feel what you are feeling right now. When you are not able to take this guilt for a few minutes now, how will you carry the burden of this guilt for life?  Naren is a good man and today if you cheat on him, maybe he doesn’t come to know, but what about your own conscience? Can you pay this price for the fulfilment of your desires? I am sure NO.”

Natasha could not believe her ears. This was all that she wanted to tell him. She held his hand and gave a kiss on his hand. It was not out of love but respect she was feeling for him.

“ I am so lucky to have Naren as my life partner and you as my bestest friend. Thanks buddy!” she smiled and got up to leave.

She reached home early. She was feeling so light and free.

“ Natasha, tu to late aane wali thi?” asked her MIL.

“Ma, aaj Naren wapis aa rahe hain to socha unka favorite dinner banau isliye chutti le li”, said Natasha with twinkling eyes.

She wore Naren’s favorite red saree to look her best for no one but Naren and cooked a sumptuous dinner that day. That night first time in her life she gave a sensual hug to Naren.

“Aaj kya baat hai…kuch alag sa hai!” asked Naren.

“Aaj tum bahut handsome lag rahe ho isliye”, laughed Natasha making her hug even tighter and felt to be his wife deep inside.