I was back in the arms of the man I love. And this time, I did not want to leave him ever. Not for a month and not even for a day. And as luck would have it, things went awry at the workplace and I decided it was the perfect time for me to get out. I did and within two days of returning I was a free bird with no project in hand. I wanted to take a break for a few days before I could resume work again. And so I did. Cal continued his work and I stayed at home reading and baking. My baking skills reached the highest level and soon I could whip out lemon tarts and red velvet cupcakes with my eyes closed. I was enjoying this relaxed phase of my life. I mean, I was madly in love with Cal and I had all the time in the world for him and for my inner passions. What more could I ask for. Cal and I met every day and I treated him to freshly baked goodies. His eyes opened wide with every bite and he chomped down every last crumb. That gave me more satisfaction than the baking. I was on cloud nine.
After a week I got bored of my freedom. I am a workaholic and not being able to be responsible for something was slowly getting onto my nerves. I like being busy and sitting idle is something that I hate. And I also hate the people who sit idle without doing anything all day. It gets on to my nerves when I see someone while away their time without doing anything. How much could I read? And how much could I bake? I had to reach the threshold sooner or later. I got in touch with the deployment team of my company who told me that there were no openings for my current skill set. I had just moved from Telecom to SAP, and there were no opening in SAP projects. I asked them to keep me updated. A month passed and two, yet nothing materialised. And thanks to being at home, I started gaining weight all of a sudden. Cal noticed the changes in me and was happy. Since I was stick thin before, he liked that I was looking healthier and fuller. PCOS struck and it was an added tension. When no project came across for three months I decided to change my domain again and get back to Telecom. One of my best decisions ever. I did and I got a great project within a week. Cal supported me to no end for the past three months. I was angry, cranky, depressed and what not. Yet, he bore it all without saying anything. He knew how much I loved my work and hence he understood my frustration of not working. Thanks to him, I managed to get past those troubling times. Else I would have lost it long ago.
My new project was peaceful and I made some good friends there. But after a week of joining they asked me to work in shifts. 12.30 to 9.30 pm was the time assigned to my team. So, now what was the problem you ask? Cal worked in a regular nine to six job and if I started on this shift, I would not be able to meet him everyday. I was confused as I did not want to let go of this project as it was a wonderful learning experience for me. Cal came to the rescue yet again. He asked me to go ahead and take the shift and assured me that we would still meet every day. So, he would finish work by six and travel twenty five kilometers to my area and wait in a Barista there. I used to finish work and come to meet him by about nine thirty or ten. He waited for two to three hours without flinching. Wow! I'm not sure if I would have done that for anyone. He used to bring a book and sit and read until I arrived. We just spent about an hour or thirty minutes together. He then dropped me home and travelled back to his place seventeen kilometers away. My love for him kept growing and growing with each passing second.
Once during a casual conversation on the phone, I told him that I felt like eating apple crumble pie from Boca Grande. That day he finished work and brought it for me, as a surprise. One sniff, and I guessed it. Apple crumble pie with ice cream. My foodgasm! Since I met him three hours after he had reached, I expected the ice cream to be all watery. But, being the smart ass that he is, he had packed the ice cream in a box of ice cubes so that it wouldn't melt. So at 10 pm that night, we sat on the streets and ate chilled apple crumble pie. It was divine and I was by now head over heels in love. A heavenly dessert and the man I love by my side. I wanted time to freeze then.To be continued.