The Wedding Date

“What’s so funny?” he asked.

“I was just thinking about a dream I had last night.”

“What was it about?”

“It was about chivalrous knights in polka dotted tights.” She began to laugh again.

He didn’t crack a smile. “What’s so funny about that?”

She sobered at once. “Oh, Reyesh, where’s your sense of humor?”

“I guess we don’t find the same things funny.”

“I guess not.”

“So…are you busy this Saturday?”

“No. Why?”

“It’s my brother, Neel is getting married. I–was wondering if you would like to go with me to the wedding–as my date.”

She stared at him for several minutes. This was the first time since they have known each other that he asked her to go on a date with him. She was thrilled, of course because she was mad about him. “Sure,” she said, smiling. “I look forward to meeting your family.”

“They’re looking forward to meeting you too.”

“They are?”

“Yes. I’ve told them about you.”

That surprised her. “What did you tell them about me?”

“Just that we’re really good friends and that you’ve always been interested in our culture.”

“Oh.” She glanced away so that he wouldn’t see the disappointment on her face. It seemed like that was all he wanted to be–friends. Well, what did she expect? They were from different cultures. Most likely, he would end up marrying a girl from his own background. “Well, thanks for asking me. It will be my first Indian wedding.”

“I promise you’ll have a great time.”

“I’m sure I will.”

“I’ll call you later.”


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“I have to go now. I’m meeting Neel for lunch.”

“Enjoy your lunch. I’ll see you on Saturday.”

He smiled making her heart skip a beat. He had such an amazing smile. “Alavida.”

She wrinkled her brow. “Alavida?”

“It’s goodbye in Hindi.”

She smiled. “Alavida, Reyesh.”

His gaze lingered on her for a moment before he turned and walked away. As soon as he was out of earshot she frantically called her friend, Rhia. “Reyesh just asked me to go with him to his brother’s wedding on Saturday. What should I wear? Should I bring a gift? What will the reception be like? Do you think he’ll get upset if I told him that something came up and I can’t go?”

“Calm down,” Rhia laughed. “I think it’s great that he asked you to go the wedding. It means that he’s comfortable enough to have you meet and socialize with his family.”

“He told them about me.”

“That’s a good sign.”

“Yes, but he told them that we’re good friends.”

“Well, that’s what you are right now but that can change.”

“Do you think it’s possible that he and I can become more than friends?”

“Yes, it’s possible.”

“I’m really nervous about the wedding and meeting his family for the first time.”

“Don’t be. You’ll be fine. Let’s meet up tomorrow afternoon and we can go shopping for an outfit for you to wear and I’ll tell you what to expect at an Indian wedding ceremony. Trust me, it will be lots of fun.”

Posted for September 2020 Writing Prompts – #28 – Chivalrous knights in polka dotted tights

Source: The Knot;

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