He'd first seen her at the shopping center. Well, that's what it had been, back in those days. They'd brought the entire structure down a year back and now it donned a new look. A new name even - mall. It was called the Sphere. It was sphrerical in shape, maybe that's why. And here's where he'd first seen her, falling in love with her, almost instantly. She had not noticed him,though. How could she? He was a pretty plain looking guy, somebody who'd be lost in a crowd. But she was something else. Her long flowing tresses complemented her fair skin, her almost flawless features could win her a beauty pageant anywhere in the world. But it wasn't about her beauty. It wasn't about how pure in thought and soul she looked either. It was something else. Something which told him that he had to talk to her, get to know her.
They had got talking in front of the cinema.
She turned and his heart skipped a beat.
She smiled. Another beat.
"Krishnaa?" His eyebrows went up.
She giggled innocently, looking around her.
"It's spelt with an extra 'a'. And that differentiates the gender."
"Oh, that's new."
He sat down beside her and looked at the movie poster above her.
She gazed at his face, her eyes doing all the talking. She nodded.
"Would you mind a lot if I join you?"
"No, why should I?"
They made small talk for a few minutes before entering the dark hall.
And that's how it all began. A year back, almost.
They were seated at the park, watching the ducks. He turned to her.
"Remember that movie where I first met you?"
Krishnaa pushed back a lock of hair from her face and nodded.
"I felt you'd snub me and leave."
"I'd felt the same. After all, I've not had guys just coming up to me and offering to watch a movie with me."
"But then I realized that you were different."
"Just like you."
"I'm glad I found you."
She smiled and gazed at his face like she usually did.
He looked at the ducks and spoke, almost to himself. "I'm glad I didn't survive that accident."
"And me, that fire."
They rose, held hands and walked on the pond, smiling, looking at the ducks around them. The ducks suddenly scattered. Perhaps they also knew their secret.