Flash Fiction - 2
Mahesh could barely contain his anger as he saw Shalini inside the store with her husband and child. Standing outside and looking through the glass, he could see her laughing, playing with her son, picking out dresses, whispering in her husband's ear... all signs of a happy and contented wife and mother. And here he was, unable to forget her even after so many years.
This was the first time he was seeing her since learning that she had married someone else. He was still tormented by memories of their time together. He still had the tickets stubs from the movies they had seen, the restaurant bills from the meals they had shared, the greeting cards, the teddy bears, the photos... But here she was looking so happy beside someone else. Did she even love him then? Did she have any memories of him at all? Did she even remember him?
At that moment, Shalini's son yanked himself free himself from his father's hand and opened the door of the store. Her husband turned around and yelled "Mahesh! Don't go outside". Mahesh stood rooted to his spot as the kid ran back inside. He then turned around and started walking.