The night was beautiful. Stars glittered in the sky watched by a full moon. The clouds had cleared after a downpour a few hours back. Shweta looked up from the balcony of Sagar’s apartment and smiled. It was just the perfect night for her date with him.
“Do you want to hear some music?” Sagar asked while prepping the dishes.
Shweta smiled and nodded her head approvingly.
Soon the room was filled with soft, romantic tunes. Shweta felt very much at ease as Sagar arranged the plates on the table.
The sound of Bon Jovi, however, sent a shiver down Shweta’s spine. When she realized the song was ‘Diamond Ring’, she panicked. Beads of perspiration lined her forehead and neck and she bolted out of the door.
Sagar was clueless at this behavior from Shweta. This was very unlike her, he thought as he followed Shweta down the flight of stairs.
When Shweta looked back to see Sagar pursuing her, she ran faster.
“Shweta, wait! What happened?”
She did not bother to stop. She somehow wanted to reach her place.
Sagar soon caught up with her and asked again, “Why did you run? You were having a good time there.”
Shweta could not respond. She felt claustrophobic. Her hands shivered and she doubled over on the floor.
Alarmed, Sagar patted and consoled her.
“It’s alright. Take it easy!”
In a few minutes, Shweta seemed to recover. The colour of her cheeks returned and she was able to stand up. She felt a little embarrassed at her behaviour towards Sagar.
“I’m sorry, Sagar. It was that song. Diamond Ring.”
“That’s a beautiful song. What in it made you run?”
“That was the same song the guy who molested me played that night six years back.” Shweta managed to say. She was struggling to holding back her tears.
Sagar was speechless. He looked at her with empathy and smiled.
Sometimes, music holds bad memories too, thought Sagar. He held Shweta’s hands in his and together they walked back to his apartment.
I’m taking part in the Write Tribe ProBlogger Challenge. The prompt for Day 8 is “Put your music player on shuffle/turn the radio to your favorite station – write a post using the song as your prompt.”