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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: August 24, 2016

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Finally it’s over! Jamie thought as she finished her paper. She looked around to see few people were still writing, few were scrapping the pages. She saw her best friend, Ruby, on second seat parallel to her, turning pages. Turn around! Look at me! She tried to send a telekinetic message to her. She had nothing to do as she finished her paper early, there was still half an hour remaining. Ruby finished her paper and turned to see her best friend was staring at her. They started conversation through the facial expressions- eyebrows popping, eyes blinking.  They both understood what other was trying to say. And finally they submitted the paper 15 min early as they both were excited about the holidays. The thing about engineering holidays is that they start in mid June when sky becomes tar-black and large pillows of cloud starts forming, blotting out the old-gold colour of the sun. She was a big nature lover and rain makes it look even better, so yeah, Jamie was a big rain lover.
“Come on let’s plan something. I heard that our class group is planning a camping trip. It will be awesome right?” Ruby said as they both came near the canteen.  Jamie always wanted to go on a trip like that, wanted to explore the nature, wanted to stay one night away from home. 
“I don’t know. I have to ask dad first” Jamie said but she knew deep inside that it was impossible for her to go on a trip like that. Ruby didn’t say anything. Jamie told her that there was something she needed to do and left the place.
As soon as she reached home she noticed that black boots weren’t on the shelf, blue tie wasn’t on the tie racket. She sighed as she knew that her father wasn’t home. She threw her bag on the sofa and took out a bottle of water from refrigerator. 
“You home? How was your paper?” her mother asked her from the kitchen.
“It was good” she said as she collapsed on the sofa. She was exhausted but more than that excited.
Now I can finally do the things that I wanted to do! She thought. She had a long list of things that she wanted to do as soon as the exam would end. She listed them on the last page of her notebook titled – To-do things.
“First you need to clean your desk” her mother reminded her.
“ughhh… yeah” she said but she was not in the mood of doing that. “I’ll do tomorrow”
“NO. You should do it now, you know your father, no?” her mother said.
Jamie sighed as she knew that she didn’t have any choice. She got up by forcing her body to balance on her legs, with heavy foots she entered into her room. Her table was a compete mess – few books, digests, uncapped pens. She knew music will help her to finish the task. She paired her phone to the speakers and played her favourite playlist.  Then she started separating books, pens and put them in the drawer. She threw few crumpled pages in the dustbin. Suddenly her eyes got stuck on a thing she thought she’d never see again. It was her old notebook that she hadn’t seen for ages. She kept her work aside and started going through the notebook. She knew she was opening a door to the old good memories. That notebook was her life once. She used to write everything in it. That notebook was her friend that knew all her secrets. It used to know about her days, her dreams and some deep dark secrets. The notebook had few drawings she made when she thought she could be a professional painter. There were poems she wrote, shayris, few quotes copied from famous English writers. She was turning each page with constant tears in eyes and a smile on face. That’s a thing about memories it can make you smile with wet eyes.
“I was quite an artist” she sighed. She never realized when her dreams got lost in expectations. 
As she turned the next page, a tear drop roll down her cheek when she saw a wilt red rose between pages. That one thing brought so many memories to her. As she touched that rose she got lost in a beautiful phase of her life. 
She came back to senses as she heard a tapping on the window. She went near the window, it was raining. She saw the crowd of people ran for cover outside and umbrellas were opened as the clouds spat out their beads of water. Puddles began plinking as the rainfall became heavier. The roofs of the cars danced with spray. Few children were dancing and playing in rain. She wanted to go out but she knew she couldn’t. Still she asked her mother but her reply was the same as she was expected “What would your father say?”
That evening made her realize that she was a slave to the society and her father. She was living her father’s dream. Her dreams drowned in their expectations. They never asked her about what she wanted to do. 
*You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine.
‘Cause, baby, you’re a firework
Come on, show ‘em what you’re worth*

Those lyrics from Katy Perry’s song were enough to ignite the spark within her.
“Where are you going?” her mother shouted.
“I am going outside, in the rain.” she said and ticked the first thing from her To-do list – “To be free” 

 

 

 


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