April 13, 2016. 2.38 am
“Jesus Christ, you scared the shit out of me! What are you doing sitting the dark? I wouldn’t have known you were even there had I not seen Rahul’s yellow eyes!” said Kabir while stumbling towards me in the dark.
“Are you okay?” he asked sitting beside me, when I didn’t respond.
“Get lost Kabir I want to be alone.”
“I’m done with this bullshit ok. You can’t go around destroying everything that finds itself in your path – whether its somebody else or yourself. Just because your parents didn’t plan you, doesn’t make you a human error. You were obviously brought into this world for a reason, and it’s not just because your dad forgot to use a condom…”
“Gross,” was all I managed to say with my cracked voice as I buried my face into the nape of his neck, while he hugged me tightly. For the first time, Rahul didn’t run away from the room Kabir was in and his loud purring hinted that its time I stopped, too.
February 1, 2017. 1:58 am
“So on my way back home today, there was this dude walking beside me who was talking on the phone. He said things like ‘The work is done. When will I receive the payment? You promised I’d receive it immediately after,’ and I swear it sounded like he murdered somebody,” I said hanging my bag on the hook behind the door and taking off my shoes.
“Whoa! Please tell me you probed into it?” Kabir said looking up from his computer with fascination.
“I followed him for a bit but it was dark and he was venturing into a shady area. So I aborted mission,” I said plunging into the beanbag beside him.
“I would have followed him further,” he said looking back into his computer as Kiara waltzed through his keyboard onto my lap, and purred as I scratched her chin.
“I really wanted to but I was alone and I think my addiction to Criminal Minds stopped me from looking into this,” I said while turning on the tv. “How come you’re still awake? It’s way past your bedtime.”
“Sleep is evading me tonight.”
“Sleep is like a cat. When you ignore it, it comes to you.”
He rolled his eyes as we watched the latest episode of Criminal Minds in silence.
“Do you think you judge people too easily?” He asked, bringing me a mug of coffee during an ad break.
“Yes. You can always count on me to judge people,” I said smiling sweetly.
“My god, I think this is the most honest you have ever been. I need to catch you at 2am more often.”
“Like you’re so innocent. You told me you judged me the second I got back home on the night we first met!”
It was on a Saturday that we ran into each other outside a nightclub. I was avoiding my drunk friends and he was taking a cigarette break. Assuming I was out to smoke as well, he offered me a drag. ‘No thanks’, I had said, ‘I like my lungs cancer free, the way they are.’ He shrugged and put off the cigarette, making small talk. And that was that, we never seemed to run out of topics to talk about since that night.
“Hey! I’m nicer than you think okay. I just observe and comment,” he said taking my mug and sipping on the last two sips of coffee that had the unmelted sugar. I hated sugar in my coffee but he only drank anything sweet. Bitterness wasn’t his thing, and sweetness, not mine. That’s probably why we got along so well.
“That’s called judging, Kabir. Oh I have an idea!”
“Unless it involves us being in bed right now, I’m not listening to your ridiculous ideas. I’m going to sleep. Do you want to get Rahul off the bed for me?”
“He will get off the second you go into the room. He hates you, you know that right?” I said not moving an inch, since Kiara was still perched on me.
“I don’t understand it. I feed him, play with him, and everything and he still hates me. I think he’s just trying to spite me because I didn’t let you call Kiara Anjali, because we were cool for a bit there, in the middle, you know? Your cat is as weird as you, woman. I mean, who even names cats after characters in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai?” Kabir whined as he walked into the bedroom. Funnily enough, two seconds later a soft meow greeted me, and Rahul joined Kiara on my lap.
“I can’t believe you didn’t let me call her Anjali. And I think it’s the fact that you still call him my cat and not our cat. Maybe that annoys him,” I said loud enough for him to hear. When I heard him grumble inaudibly, I decided to join him.
“You know, when you didn’t make a move on me three months after we started dating people told me I needed to seduce you,” I said getting under the comforter in the dark room. Two seconds later I felt something walking over my foot.
“I don’t understand why they don’t respect our privacy. I mean, I don’t think they would like it if we watched them do the nasty, you know?” Kabir said, exasperated. Clearly, one of them had walked over him too.
“But I didn’t need you to try and seduce me. I didn’t make a move because I didn’t want you to feel pressured into doing things you weren’t comfortable with.”
“I told them that that wasn’t possible because I was as seductive as a cabbage.”
“Is it because you have so many layers?” I could feel his breath on my forehead now.
“That’s a very good metaphor actually. I think I’m going to use it somewhere. But no. It’s because cabbages aren’t as nice to look at like colourful other stuff you know, like carrots and beets and all?”
“For the record, cabbages are my favourite fruits,” he said coming closer, his prickly beard tickling my neck.
“I’m pretty sure cabbages fall under the vegetable category,” I said, in between my laughter.
“Whatever. Shut up now,” he said shooing away Rahul and Kiara so they wouldn’t have to watch us ‘do the nasty,’ that night.