Friday, February 10, 2017

A “Quick Bite” at ‘Quick Bite’

Short Fiction – A Very Short Story

QUICK BITE AT QUICK BITE – Short Story by Vikram Karve 

I am having a Quick Bite at Quick Bite…! 
Hey  I am not trying to be funny.

“Quick Bite” is the fast food joint opposite our office complex – where we often rush out to have a ‘Quick Bite’
I sit at a table for two  concluding my quick bite with a cup of coffee  when I see the office macho-man Raj enter Quick Bite for a quick bite.  

His eyes search for a vacant table  but “Quick Bite” is jam-packed.
Raj looks in my direction.

I beckon him to sit on the vacant chair opposite me.   

As Raj settles down in his chair  I ask him: “All alone…? Where is your girlfriend…?”
“Girlfriend…?” he asks.
“Rita…” I say. 

“Rita is no longer my girlfriend…” Raj says.
"Really...?" I interrupt, “Thats great. It is good you dumped Rita. She is a shameless nympho.”

“Rita...? Shameless nympho...? What are you saying...?” Raj asks.  

“Musical Beds  Ha Ha  Musical Beds...!” I say, laughing.  

“Musical Beds...?” Raj asks.  

“Ha Ha – Rita – that’s what we called her in college   that shameless nympho Rita  we called her Musical Beds  – yes  Rita’s nickname was Musical Beds  just like we play Musical Chairs  Rita plays Musical Beds  but let me tell you Raj  better late than never – you have done the right thing – you had a ball of a time with Rita – and now – you have dumped her – yes – Raj – you have done the wisest thing by dumping that shameless nympho Rita...” I say.

Then  I hurriedly gulp down the remains of my coffee.
Raj looks at me with a perplexed expression on his face.

But I am in a hurry  and  I have got a lot of work to do.

So I quickly get up  smile at Raj – pat his shoulder  and  I rush back towards my office. 
Suddenly  I see Rita talking to my colleague Chanchal near the entrance of the office.

Chanchal waves out  and  she calls out to me.

So  I go towards Rita and Chanchal.

“Hey  you know what...?” my chatterbox colleague Chanchal says excitedly, the moment I come near them.  

“What...?” I ask.

“Rita and Raj got married yesterday. It was a very sudden secret hush-hush affair – parents’ opposition  you know. Thats why they did not tell anybody...” Chanchal says.

“Really...? You got married to Raj...?” I ask, surprised.

Rita looks at me and she says: 

Yes – I got married to Raj yesterday. 

So – I am not your friend Raj’s girlfriend anymore. 

Yes – I am no longer his girlfriend

Now  I am his wife...” 
With these words  Rita turns around with a flourish.

And  she walks towards Quick Bite for a ‘Quick Bite – with her husband Raj.

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This Story is a work of fiction. Events, Places, Settings and Incidents narrated in the story are a figment of my imagination. The characters do not exist and are purely imaginary. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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