Love Unlocked

That drawer was left locked for as long as I could remember.

What’s in it?” I had asked him.

Nothing Shreya. Leave it.” He had said.

Tapan and I have been friends since the last ten years. We passed out of the same college and now worked in the same company. Since our office was in a different city far away from our home town, we lived in adjacent rented apartments. We usually partied at his place as I did not want any bottles to be left behind in my apartment. My parents loved to surprise me and almost choked me with them. I was not willing to take that risk.

Every time I was at his place, I asked what was in that drawer of his bedroom cabinet. He always avoided the question. No matter what I did, he kept mum. Two years passed, and the drawer held his secret. But I was determined to get an answer to it, the minute I stepped into his house as his girlfriend. Settling my bags in his room, I turn towards him.

Hmmm… Now I need the answer. I’m your live in partner now.” I say cheekily.

Answer to what, my darling?” He asks innocently.

This damn drawer, what else. Today I need to know what is in it. Come on, give me the key.” I stretch out my hand.

He thinks hard for a minute and then smiles.

Sure, here it is.” He hands me a bunch of keys holding the right one for me.

That’s it. You give in? Wow, I should have been your girlfriend earlier.” I tease him as I unlock the drawer and open it.

It was empty. Not even a speck of dirt was in it. I look at Tapan with a confused face.

Happy now?” He smiles and sits beside me.

I was all excited for nothing then. What a prank Tapan. You are so mean.” I get up to leave.

He hold my hand and pulls me back.

This was not a prank. I saved this drawer for you.” He kisses my forehead.

What nonsense. This drawer has been locked since the day you moved in here two years ago.” I argue.

That’s why I’m telling I saved this for you. I cleaned it every day with the hope that someday you can keep your things here.” He says looking into my eye.

I’m filled with emotions and I can feel my eyes well up.

Oh! So you knew… I mean.. You were…” I couldn't finish.

Yes, I have been in love with you like forever. I wasn’t sure if you would reciprocate. But there was a hope in my heart that someday you will. Hence I saved this space for you here.” He says coyly.

You are too much!” I say and jump into his arms.

This post has been written for Write Tribe's Wednesday Prompt - 8.

~ Soumya


  1. well written. good read.

  2. Aah I love the way you've used the prompt image :)
    very cute!

  3. Replies
    1. I know, right? Very unlike me :P

      Thanks Ajay! :)

  4. Such a touching tale! Mystery solved! Loved it, Soumya :)
    'Agar kisi cheez ko sacche man se chaho, saari kayanat usey tumse milaani ki koshish mein lag jaati hai!' (Om Shaanti Om Movie dialog!)
    Effect of the clean Drawer! :)

    1. Hahaha, thank you so much Anita! :)

  5. Oh how so very romantic this is :):)

  6. Wow I wish there actually were guys like this.

    1. There are some. You need to look closely though :)

  7. Sooooooooooooooooo sweeeeeeeeeet
    I was waiting for a bad ending (as usual ;-)) but u r full of surprises (as usual ;-))
    Truly loved it <3

    1. Hahaha I like to surprise my readers once in a while! :)

      Thanks love!

  8. It is definitely one of the most romantic pieces I've read in a long, long time.

  9. He definitely knew what he wanted, and the world just conspires to help us when we are that certain about the right thing.

    Lovely post!

    Blasphemous Aesthete

  10. Aww... this is so romantic!! :)

  11. Aw this is so cute! Always elating to read your stuff!

    1. Thank you so much my dear! You are very kind to me :)


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