He sat in the common hall of his play-school. Looking around, watching the rising columns and other kids running around. Laughing, eating their lunch. He sat in the middle of all the chaos not affected by the development around.
Over the years, he made friends. Not many by any amount. For he didn’t interact much, other kids would think he’s weird and quirky. But it didn’t matter to him. For he was happy with what few kids shared their quirkiness with him. They would dream, talk, introspect and dream even more.
As the time passed and their minds matured, they began drifting. Dreams were shared no more. No more endless possibilities thought about. But it didn’t matter, because he knew he was still in their hearts.
Time came and went. Years rolled by and they were nearing the end of the life in school. Many of his old friends had changed schools or had moved out of town. Just a few remained.
All through the years, he had remained taciturn and quirky. Not interacting much, happy to watch the world change from his seat. Little did he know that kids around him would take it to be actions of a freak and begin making up stories about him. Soon, he was ridiculed, made to look like a fool, made fun of. He looked up to his old friends, but it didn’t matter to them a bit.
It dawned upon him that the world wasn’t as it appeared from where he sat. Not withstanding the idiocies floating around anymore, he closed himself off. No feelings flowing in and out.
He went to college. Starting from how it all began. Looked around at the world. Taking it all in. Observing people, getting to know some. As the time flew, he forged a few friendships. Created a bond of brotherhood with them. But still, he didn’t open up to them. Not letting his deepest thoughts flow to them.
They’d laugh, have fun, hop around the town. He would laugh with them, dally around. His friends would stay but not fully trusting. They came to believe that he couldn’t be taken seriously and he would take every decision on a whim. But it didn’t matter to him, for he was comfortable being the boy in the shadows.
Time went by and they graduated, said heir goodbyes. He moved to a new country, surrounded by unknown people, in a different culture. He was surrounded by a million souls and yet he walked alone. He saw the wonders of the new city. Buildings rising high, lights shining bright in the night. The city took him in, embraced him. He walked alone and somehow he felt like he was home.
But after a little while, his heart began yearning for someone who would understand. Someone who would take him in and let him take care of them in return. Someone with whom he could share what he was, who he was, what he was becoming and who he would become in the future. Someone who would hold his fragile heart forever.
These overflowing emotions flummoxed him. Creating a hole, deep and hollow. He found solace in talking with trees and leaves, they’d talk and whisper and ride the winds together. He found company in the distant stars and they’d tell him their stories from time immemorial. Shining and flickering a million light years away, each photon carrying a piece of their stories into his eyes. He’d look at the moon and ask if this was it. Was this all his ephemeral life would amount to. Walking in the dark, not knowing where he was or where he was headed. Not knowing who was watching over and whose name to call out.
One evening walking under the stars, he said to them he couldn’t take it anymore. He began questioning why he was walking the earth, what was his purpose here. He’d sit in his room and lose himself into his mind. His restless mind making new worlds within itself. Vast and oft times terrifying.
He never knew that someone was watching over him among the stars, for they listened and sent an angel across his path. He came across her in the most unexpected ways. her light shining over him warm and bright. Nourishing and rejuvenating him. As he got to know her, he realised it was her who he’d been looking for. His purpose in life, his home. Even though they hadn’t met before, they still felt so very familiar to each other. Two souls, counterparts of each other having found each other.
He finally found his partner in life, they both found their home. Fiercely in love with each other, vowing to hold the other Always and Forever.
He wouldn’t be in shadows anymore for the light shines bright upon his heart. He wouldn’t walk alone for he’s got his angel by his side. As he will always be there with her. Holding her hand and fighting our demons together. Always and Forever.