It was a cold night.
I was sitting in a waiting room.
My train was 3 hours late.
Time and again I was opening my backpack, taking out something, holding it for a few minutes and then putting it back inside.
"Hi, aap kahan ja rahe ho ?"
Suddenly I turned right and saw a girl sitting beside me. She looked familiar.
"I'm Ritika. I attended your lecture a few months back."
"Yah I remember. That was what I was wondering. I saw you there." [I lied with a broad smile]
"If you don't mind, can I borrow that book?"
That thing was still in my hand.
"How's the book? Have you read it?" - she asked.
"I don't know. I haven't read it." - I sighed.
I shrugged my shoulders.
The book was intact. I had not even turned a single page.
There was something scribbled inside the cover page. She looked at it.
Thankx for making the lib software buddy !!!
Secy, Hall 5 RR
There was a seal below this text which read Hall 5 Reading Room.
She was puzzled trying to figure out the crypt.
"Well, its a gift for a dear friend of mine. She once told me that she wanted to read this book. I promised her that I'll get it for her. I couldn't get it online and even searched the entire city but couldn't get a copy back then."
"Oh.." she continued, "Wow, she'll be so happy when you will gift it to her."
"Yup. The day I got it, I asked her if she still wants to read this book. Hoping to give her a surprise."
"And what was her reply.. bataiye toh ?" - I could see the excitement in her eyes.
"Someone already gifted her a copy."
"I was simply too late ... "