A New Hello


It had been 10 years since they had decided to be friends. They had been there for each other, right from the day they had met up till now. But now was when things were about to change. It was finally time to bid farewell.

As they sat in the meadow for one last time, they reminisced their first meeting.

Samaira had just moved into the house right next to Rihaan’s. She was a beautiful 6 year old with almond shaped eyes and golden colored hair. She loved going on adventurous little trips all by herself. And on her first day in the new neighborhood, she had done just that.

As she rode her bicycle down the street, every passer by gazed in awe. She looked absolutely adorable in her white colored dress. The day seemed great, and she felt that she was very close to making her discovery.

All of a sudden, her ride came to a stop. She fell off her bicycle and landed on the ground. As she struggled to stand up again, she heard a voice.

“Hold my hand”, he said.

She looked up and saw a young little boy dressed in a black t-shirt and blue jeans. He had an infectious smile and dimples that complemented it perfectly. She held his hand and stood up.

“Thank you.” She said with a smile on her face.

“I’m Rihaan. What’s your name?” he asked her.

“Samaira”, she said.

“You are very pretty!” he exclaimed as he smiled back at her.

“Let me help you walk back home.”

He took her hand in his and they walked back together. And since that day, he had never let go of it.

But now, Rihaan was moving to a new place with his family, which meant saying good bye. This was going to be tough.

“I wish we could always be together.” said Samaira.

“Well. I know just how to make that wish come true!” said Rihaan. “Look up at the sky and tell me what you see.”

“Thousands of stars”, she replied, confused.

“Now, go ahead and choose one. And I’ll do the same” he said.

Samaira pointed towards the sky, still clueless.

“It doesn’t matter where I go Samaira. We may be in different places, but we will always remain under the same sky. And every night I will look up at those stars, I’ll find your favorite one. That way I’ll always know that you’re with me. And when you find mine, you’ll always know that I am with you.”

She held his hand and smiled at him. And he smiled right back at her. The same way they had years ago.

And a few years later, he asked for her hand again. But this time, he never intended to let go. There was no more “goodbye”. Only a new life awaited them. With a new “hello”.

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