Stretching languidly Neel peering through the blanket and reached for the clock on the side table; Gosh! its 10.30 Noyona must have gone to office. Damn! how could i have missed her! he hurriedly run the water for the shower, pushed the left overs from the night before into the fridge and made himself coffee. for a freak moment he wondered if at all Noyona had been home the night before, but then he just dismissed it not really recognizing anything out of the ordinary. he mentally ticked off the things he needed to do, he had to visit her in the office, get her flowers and ask her out during lunch, he had to apologize to her for the moron he had been. then he wouldn't let go till she forgave him and then he had to contact the travel agents and book those tickets to wherever she wanted to go. sigh! he knew this couldn't fail, after all this wasn't the first time, and like why will she refuse, she will have her favourite flowers and her loving husband at her beck and call, what else can a woman ask. damn! he really missed her!
Picking up her favourite yellow roses Neel just glanced at his wedding ring, i just hope things work out, he prayed silently for he knew Noyona might explode, specially since she hadn't grumbled a bit in the last year or so. he knew he hadn't been fair but he was trying to do this not just for himself but her too and to provide well for both of them and for the tiny tot who would complete their lives someday. a smile began at his lips and spread all over his face, as his eyes shone at the thought of their child. Noyona will make an amazing mother, he had seen her with her niece and with Rashi too. she had this amazing gift with babies, they somehow always went to her, even the most cranky ones and it surprised him. swiftly he parked his car at her office basement and took the lift to the 13Th floor, to where her office was. he met Tara on the corridor and heaved a sigh of relief.
"Hey Tara can you tell Noyona that Ive come to meet her?" he smiled
"Hmm not really.. I'm kinda busy. see you around." Tara murmured and walked away
Strange! if he hadn't mistaken, Tara was not only cold but was rude too. he wondered what just happened. she was extremely warm and friendly to him and she had always got along with him right from the formative years of their dating. she was fiercely protective of her friend but she somehow always sided with him, so he was always at peace that he was well represented. Tara's attitude towards him,hurt and surprised him. shrugging aside these thoughts he went into Noyona's office and peered in.
It had a deserted feel to it, the table was cleared and papers and files were in a neat pile on the table. the laptop was missing and specially Noyona's chair looked abandoned. he wondered what was wrong, was she out for a meeting or something? what was going wrong? now panic gripped him and he just knew something was just very wrong.
"Hey Neel you here?" Neel turned to face Anwesa, Noyona's colleague.
"Have you seen Noyona? i need to talk to her."
"Huh? you don't know?she is on a leave."
"Leave?" Neel asked baffled
"Yea she hasn't been well or something and she is on a stretch leave . she hasn't been coming to office for almost a couple of days,"
That means she hadn't been to office since Friday and that's like four days since he had left. so where was she, if she was on a leave? and why didnt Tara tell him that Noyona was on a leave? what was happening here? Fear and panic almost rendered him numb and helpless. where was he to look for her? what next??
"Neel you okay??? you don't look fine, here drink some water... is Noyona fine? is everything okay between you two?"
"Yeah.. ya things are fine.. just I've been out on a business trip just came back recently.. so i didn't know that she is on a leave.. she had left early this morning so i thought maybe she had come to office"
"okay.. but you sure you are fine? because you look pale!"
"Yea I'm fine! don't worry Anwesa.. i will manage fine." he gave her a ghost of a smile and walked out of Noyona's office towards the parking lot.
Where was Noyona? if she is on a leave and not at home, where could she be? had she gone back to visit her parents? and how the hell was he going to find her?!! what if she had done this on purpose and had left him forever? his mind was numb, he didn't know what to do, but he knew he had to find her, he had to; she was too precious for him to loose. having made up his mind, he drove his way back home. he had to find a way to find her. all he needed now was a plan to find her and when he did he had to win her over, for losing her was a thought that turned his blood cold.
to be continued...