Goa is a dream destination for most of the people to visit at least once in a lifetime, but for the residents, it’s a daily routine as it was Eddie Steward who was working there in the SBI bank. She was single and a beauty with a brain whose best friend was her sweet little Patty more than any human. Patty was a beautiful white kitten who mostly used to remain clad in furry jackets enhancing her beauty, especially the royal blue jacket on her shining body hairs could give the painting goals to any artist. Whenever Eddie used to be free she takes Patty along to enjoy the tranquillity on beaches of North Goa. This was her every weekend plan until her parents who were living in South Goa called to tell about the suitable match they found for her and asked her to come home on a weekend as they had arranged a meeting.
“Ma, why did you arrange without asking me? I don’t want to meet anyone.”
“Eddie, we are listening to that from last two years but now we can’t wait anymore, how long you want to take? You have already crossed your age.”
“Why don’t you understand that I am not ready for marriage yet ??”
“And why don’t you understand, what we are going through.”
After this Eddie couldn’t say a word thinking that she might have the right to decide for her life, but she has no right of hurting her parents.
Eddie wasn’t single since she graduated the college seven years ago. She had someone in her life whom she loved so intense that when she had her break up she decided that she won’t marry. Though Ansh wasn’t a Christian lad, however, it didn’t matter to her and she decided to follow her heart until he left her broke. The day he realized that his feelings weren’t that serious for her to bound himself in a commitment. Her parents were strict about the rule, they made for their princess that she has to keep the honor of the family by getting married to a Christian boy which she knew very well but her heart didn’t.
Since the last four years, she became an introvert who wouldn’t like to socialize much with humans after getting stumbled and then she met Patty. She used to grumble with her most of the time when she had the urge to talk. When Eddie’s mother informed her about the arranged meeting, suddenly she started feeling butterflies in her stomach. Now she had been alone with Patty since so long, that a fear of incompatibility started haunting her. But she had no choice left now.
On Saturday, it was shiny beautiful morning where the sun was bathing the beaches with its colorful rays but for Eddie, it was kind of an examination day where she had no interest in breathing the beauty around, and she was nervous too. After reaching home as per her mother’s instructions, she wore sky blue silk sari wrapping tightly around her fair body, which enhanced her beauty. She wanted to tie her hairs but her mother didn’t let her. After some time, the boy and his family reached. His name was Richard Thomas, working in the five-star hotel and was perfectly apt for a tall, dark and handsome statement. After some time the parents of both parties asked Richard and Eddie to spend some time alone. Though Eddie was quite reluctant to talk; a question in her mind was nagging her whether she would be able to keep her Patty along or not. Richard gave a start to their conversation by asking her likes and dislikes but instead of replying him, she asked him a question, whether he like pets or not, especially cats. Richard was so intrigued by Eddie’s personality that he didn’t want to take the chance by saying no. This gave Eddie a reason to nod her acceptance, though she was still doubtful due to the love she had buried in the graveyard of the nightmare, she faced in her past, after which she had decided that she won’t fall in love again.
After her daughter gave nod, Eddie’s mother was quite overwhelmed. On Sunday morning, she went to the church for thanking Jesus. Their marriage had been fixed for a date which was after three months and shopping was started. Eddie bought an elegant white gown for herself while Richard bought Turquoise blue colored Tuxedo and the day came when they both took the oath in front of Jesus.
The wedding happened but nobody asked Patty whether she wanted to share her partner or not and this became a reason for her resentment especially towards Richard as he was the one who came in between. Eddie and Richard started living in Eddie’s house as it was suitable for three of them. Whenever both of them used to lock themselves in the room, Patty started yowling in such high volume that Eddie couldn’t stop herself from coming out. For the starters, Richard tried to understand the situation, but soon he started getting annoyed. He once asked Eddie for going out without Patty so that the duo may get some crucial time to spend. When they came back, as the door opened a foul smell get stacked to their nose, after maundering here and there, they got to know it was the poop which Patty did all around. Eddie became worried about Patty because she knew that Patty knows her place of doing shit. She took her to the doctor and everything was normal. He just advised Eddie for not leaving Patty alone which made Richard resentful. It was becoming difficult for Eddie to keep a balance between her spouse and her cat because neither Patty was ready for extending her hand of friendship to Richard nor he was.
One weekend on a bright Sunday morning when the sun was over the head Richard and Eddie got awake only to find that Patty was nowhere around. They both started searching her and when they didn’t find her anywhere, Eddie asked Richard to search on the terrace. After going to the terrace, Richard found her hanging with the grill on another side. He asked her to come back but she didn’t. As he bent forward to bring her back, his foot slipped and he lost his balance but by that time Patty came back. When Eddie came on the terrace she saw her husband lying in a pool of blood on the balcony of the first floor. She called the ambulance and took him immediately to the hospital. The doctors asked her to fill the forms so that they may take him to ICU as his situation was critical. This was the first time when Eddie was furious with Patty pleading her guilty for the whole incident. After three hours of operation when doctors came out, they repeated their words about a critical situation. By that time Eddie informed her and Richard’s parents about the accident. When they came and asked about the reason, she had no idea what she should tell. She just told them when this happened, she wasn’t there. During the night, Eddie’s parents asked her to go home and relax for some time. Though she was reluctant to go; however, the thought of some alone time to think that how all this happened, made her agreed to go.
As she reached home, Eddie sat quietly for some time thinking about the series of incidents, which started happening just after her wedding. While Patty came to her with a look of guilt in her sea green eyes, Eddie ignored her. In these years when Eddie and Patty were all together, Patty knew how to cheer Eddie but today she was unable to do so. As Eddie stood up to throw Patty aside, her leg tangled in the carpet and she fell straight on the table striking her face on its edge losing her valuable teeth which fell on the floor. She got swelling on her face and some scratches on her hands and legs. Eddie thought if she will tell her parents about it at the current situation they will become more tensed, which filled her eyes with tears and while continuously sobbing for some time, she slept. She opened her bleary eyes when the cat, all seven pounds of squirming flesh, climbed onto her belly. Squinting into the sunlight streaming in from the open window, she discovered that she was now the weary possessor of a pounding headache, and at some point, had managed to lose both a tooth and a spouse. She thought about the moment when Richard asked her to send Patty to her parent’s home and she refused. What if, she would have agreed with Richard? Is she also responsible for his agony?
As soon as she realized that she had been out of this world from long hours, she checked her cell phone. There were twenty miss calls in her phone quivering her body with the thought that what might have happened. She called her mother back and jumped in joy when she heard that Richard is out of danger and soon will be awake. She went to the hospital leaving Patty aside in her home. By the time, Richard came back in his senses and started asking for Eddie. Till the time Eddie came, his parents tried to check the reason of accident with him but he told them that as he was looking down from the grill of terrace, his foot slipped and somehow, he lost his balance and he doesn’t remember anything beyond. When Eddie came, she entered directly in the room and hugged Richard tightly, whispered sorry in his ears with tears in her eyes. In return, Richard replied with a kiss on her cheek. Richard’s parents left the room to let them spend their time.
While wetting the shoulder of Richard’s clothes with her tears, Eddie told Richard that she has decided that she will not keep Patty along with them anymore after all these problems, but what Richard has said, startled Eddie’s eardrums,
“She is the one, who was with you before I came in your life. So don’t let her go, because you won’t remain happy without her.”
© Payal Tyagi
This story I wrote for Twinkle Khanna in Write India season 2 contest but could not submit it on time and the positive part is, this is the first time when could I write such a long story of more than 1500 words depicting the foibles of human condition through fictitious characters.
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