She ran toward the solider boy, “Abu, Abu, Can you stay with me today?”
Abu asks her, “why? what is wrong with you? Why are you crying today? How many times I have told you that not to cry?”
She suddenly stops crying, “I am sorry. Silly me. I always forget about it. I am scared. I need to sleep. I am hungry but I don’t feel like to eat either. I am feeling very cold”.
Abu tells her, “Okay, eat something first. Why you can’t sleep”.
She tells,” Don’t you remember what date is today? Hello, my memory is getting poor but not yours. Don’t tell my dad or chachu about my crying. I am feeling alone. Can you believe that people say this world is full of 8 billion people? However, I am alone”.
Abu encourages her, “No, you are not alone. I am always with you. Banny and Ina boys are also with you. We take the turn to be with you”.
She tells Abu, “Thanks for being nice to me. You are a good boy. Sometimes, I think that you should have alive. Nobody could be going to make me cry if you were alive.
Abu looks at her, ” okay, you look tired and exhausted so go to sleep. I will pray when you sleep”.
She commands Abu, “Okay bravo, don’t let any monster come into my dream. only Bubby boy has permission to come in my dream so don’t stop him. I do like it when he come into my dream. Abu teases her, “I thought that you love me most”.She cleans her tears. Bright smiles come on her face. She admits, “Are you jealous of him, soldier boy? Honestly, I do love him more than anything in this world. Don’t tell my mommy though. She does not like him. You know my mommy better than me”.
She continues to talk with Abu when tries to sleep, “This is all your fault. You should not had died. I should had married you so nobody could make me cry”. Abu continues to tease her, ” Oh, I see. You were planning to marry me so nobody could make you cry”. She start to cry again, “Abu, Abu, it is all your fault. You were the one who always tells me not to cry”.
Abu laughs, “Okay, kid, go to sleep now. I will make sure that no monster into your dream”.
She wakes up suddenly when tries to sleep, “Abu, Abu, do you think that my bubby boy would ever know that I truly love him. Will he ever know the truth one day?
Abu advised her again, “what I had told you in the past. The truth and fire can not be written for a long time. He is a brilliant man. It may possible if he knows the truth already. Sometimes, there is no choices to make the right decision”.Abu becomes speechless when she said, “but dad had told me that there is always an option”.
Abu watches her sleeping. She mutters, ” It is a crucial day. He was not allowed to meet me. I had left for Delhi from Srinagar a year ago. I was kept looking for him everywhere but he was nowhere. This was the first time he had left me alone. He was so nice to me. He never left me alone for five minutes. There were many evils, demons, and devils. I will never go back to my native country. Can you believe that he left me alone in Delhi? My bubby is not a good bubby anymore. People say to many things which I still don’t believe it. Good or bad but he is a love of my life. Abu, can you be kind enough please, keep watching me while I am sleeping? . I have seen his recent picture today”.
She goes to sleep but Abu thinks, “you will never grow up. you will be always a little girl. Your childhood was the best time of your life. Your loved one had always stolen the rest of your life. Don’t worry, I will be always protecting you”.