They sit together, side by side, hand in hand, on their favourite bench on the beach and watch the sunset together. Deep love is evident on both their faces. They watch the glory of nature in silence for what seems to be an eternity, drinking in their surroundings, their togetherness.
She breaks the silence just when the sun is about to sink into oblivion.
She – Darling, do you see the myriad hues in the sky – yellow, gold, orange, red and shades of pink? It’s so beautiful, it looks as if a master painter painted it on a huge wide canvas…
He – Yes, sweetheart, I can see that. It’s so beautiful.
She – And the water is reflecting these hues. Like a huge mirror. Isn’t it breathtakingly beautiful?
He – Yes, sweetie. It is.
She – The birds are flying off home after a long day. Talking amongst themselves on the way. See the V-formation above us?
He – Yes, I do.
She – Can you see that fisherman over there? He is hauling the day’s catch into his back pack and going home. Soon, his wife will make fish curry for him.
He – Yes, my love, I can see him.
She – See, there are huge rocks over there. Miles and miles away. Isn’t nature beautiful?
He – Yes, truly, it is. God is great.
She – Yes, He is. Can you see that tall palm tree? Doesen’t it seem to go and on and on and on forever?
He – Yes, isn’t it gigantic?
She – (smiling) Yes.
Time slips by as they sit there in silence and absorb the beauty around them. The moon and a lone star appears in the horizon, and she nudges him gently.
She – See, it’s a full moon night today. The moon is so beautiful today, a full, bright circle of light. And the one star beside it looks as if it is a beauty spot, to ward off evil eyes from the moon.
He – Yes, don’t they look pretty together? (Smiles)
She – Yes, they do. Can you see that the water is silvery now, all bathed in moonlight.
He – Yes, I can see that, sweetheart. It’s breathtaking.
She – God is so wise. He has given us pain, suffering, tears, heartbreaks. At the same time, he has given us angels and nature to help us bear our pain. Hasn’t this sunset taken away all our grief? Hasn’t it wet our hearts? Isn’t it beautiful, divine, out of the world?
He – (kissing her lightly on the cheek) Yes, it is. Just like you – beautiful, divine, out of the world. What would I have done without you, my angel?
She – (laughingly) Come on, now. Shall we go home?
He – Yes. Let’s.
They get up. He picks up the blind man’s cane that was lying next to him on the bench. They walk back towards their home, together, hand in hand, as they had done ever since they had fallen in love.
Inspiration : 1) ‘A Walk to remember’ by Nicholas Sparks. A bittersweet love story. Thanks, Niths, for suggesting it to me. It touched me and brought tears to my eyes. It was a welcome change after reading all that non-fiction. 🙂 Loved the sunset scene and the church scene in the book!
2) The ‘Woh kya hai, ek mandir hai’ song that was playing on T.V. a couple of days ago. 🙂