The newlyweds sat on the table flanked by the bridesmaids and groomsmen on their sides. Janaki sat right next to Andrea. She was smiling at the camera and people. She stared speaking through her teeth. “What is wrong with you?” Janaki asked Andrea, “How could you do this to me?”. “What have I done?” Andy asked innocently. “Oh, you don’t know what I have done”, she said almost shouting at her. “No”, Andy said rather irritated. “How could you invite him, HIM?”, trying to keep it low this time. “If you ask me one more question I swear to god, I will cry.” Janaki gave her the stare and looked her in the eye and said, “You invited Raghunath Diwan, how could you, like, how? And then not even give me a heads up on it.” The discussion was getting slightly heated and William decided to intervene, “Is everything alright?” Both Janaki and Andrea turned towards him and said a firm “No” and turned to their conversation immediately. “Oh, Raghunath Diwan. But what is the problem with him; he is a friend and a nice guy’. “Friend!? When the heck did you guys become friends and still you have not invited everyone from our batch and you invite him”. “He was my mentor in college, if you remember and I did not think he’d turn up anyway”. “But he did”! Suddenly they realised that quite a few heads had turned. They both smiled at the guests and Janaki started to speak through her teeth again, “This is not the end of it”.
Luckily, the best man called attention with the best man’s speech. Then the new couple danced and then the floor was opened to everyone. This made Janaki see that she was the only one sitting on the table. Andrea saw this and went to her “Hey, I am sorry, I should have told you. I am so very sorry, but I did not realise that it would bother you”, “It is ok Andy, I just did not except to see him here and seeing him suddenly just threw me off and I became angry, I shouldn’t have shouted at you, that too today, it was very rude of me and it is your wedding, how am I bothered with whom you invite, I am sorry”. “OK stop right there”, Andrea glowered, but then she said “I always thought you were over him, I mean, you said that remember”. “Yes, I am over him, but I just did not expect to see him there, I told you that already, I don’t I am just crazy”. William came there, looked at Janaki and asked “Could I take my wife for a moment ma’am, my friends want to meet my wife”, Janaki smiled and responded with a nod.
After quite a few songs had been played and Janaki had seen quite a few dances to those tunes, her face had started looking slightly blank. Andrea tried asking her to come to the stage but she declined. Everyone was dancing in couples and she did not want to receive the sad glances of the people, pitying her singularity. She did not care about the singularity part, not about what the people thought about her but today she did not feel it fitting to dance alone or perhaps she was waiting for a magic to happen today and make her a wish that she had harboured for a long time, she had completely forgotten about it had she not seen him today and she shifted her gaze to Raghunath’s table. She noticed every move he made. Every move of the hand, every line on his face when he talked, when he smiled and she sighed and then reminded herself “You are over him, for crying out loud, you were never with him to be so crazy ok stop, see how everyone is enjoying, dancing, having fun, are you crazy or what?” While she kept looking, he turned, their eyes met, she tried to hold his gaze “If you are over him, you can do this”¸ but she couldn’t and she turned. “The heck”, she muttered under her breath “Great now I will not be able to enjoy anything today, Andrea I hate you”.
She tried willing her mind to focus on the dancing, failing quite miserably at it. Her eye caught a movement and she saw, Raghunath coming towards her, she started to quickly look between him and the floor, again him, floor, him, floor and making sure that he was in fact coming towards her, she started to breath fast. “GET REAL” , her brain shouted just in time. He was standing right next to her and said “Hi! I don’t know if you remember me or not, I was in your college, Raghu…”, “Raghunath Diwan”, she said with a smile, “I have a good memory”, thinking that saying that will help her seem indifferent. “I see you have been sitting here for quite some time now and I thought that” , she cut him and said “And you thought that it will be fun to be mean and remind me of that” and gave a very mean smile. “Ah, no I thought that I’ll ask you to dance”. Her hear skipped a beat. Did Raghunath Diwan just ask her to a dance? “So you are asking this out of pity?”, she asked with an undercurrent of disdain. “Ah, NO, maybe I just asked you because you are looking so beautiful and I had been meaning to ask you but only did it now”. Her brain did a split second somersault and she said “Sure” and regretted that she said it too fast but then she thought why did it not happen that night