He sat at the table, with a full stomach and a tired body!

The journey he had completed had been a tiring one. His stomach had made noises so loud it could have woken a sleeping man.

But that was all a few hours ago.

Now, he was tired but satisfied. He had had a meal so filling, he felt like he could kiss the hands of the cook.

He sat in the garden, looking up at the sky. Just then he heard it. A voice!

A voice like he had heard never before. He looked around to see who it was.

It was a woman. He had always thought the concept of ‘love at first sight’ was nonsense but now he realized what it really felt like!

She saw him standing there and immediately stopped singing. She looked a little embarrassed.

He didn’t know what to say and so he blurted out the first thing that came to his mind.

He – Who are you?

She – I’m the owner of this little inn.

He – Your voice is…heavenly.

She smiled a sad smile.

He – Were you also the chef for tonight?

She nodded.

He stared at her in awe.  She stood up and walked away. He ran up to her and held her hand. She was taken aback.

He – I think I’m in love with you.

She looked at him with surprise.

She – All I have is food, love and poems to serve.

He – That is too much. Marry me. A day isn’t enough! I’m leaving tomorrow.

She – Meet me tomorrow before leaving. My room is on the ground floor.

And she walked away.

The next evening he walked towards her room, excitement rushing through him like electricity.

He knocked on her door. After a few minutes he knocked again. No answer!

He pushed the door open and fell to his knees at what he saw.

Her body hung loosely from the ceiling. Her face was pale yet beautiful.

He dragged himself towards a note that was on her bed.

“Dear stranger,

I’m sorry you had to see me this way but what you told me last night was what he had told me three months ago. I waited for him to come back but he never did. And that’s why I had to kill us both – myself and the proof of his betrayal growing inside me.”

Author: Zainab Haji



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