I couldn’t sleep. The past few days had been hectic and so I had retired early. But sleep eluded me. Rather than tossing and turning and disturbing the better half, I took my laptop and went to the other room. I sat typing some gibberish but that too didn’t pacify me. I felt some other presence. Like I was not alone, some movement, some …well that I was not alone that someone else was there too.
I thought of running to the other room. But I knew that sharing my ‘feelings’ with Ravi would not help. He would just laugh at me and ask me to drink a glass of water. He was not wrong, I am prone to these feelings of presences.
So I moved to the balcony to get some fresh air and to clear my thoughts. But what do I see or rather hear. Mrs. Kalpesh my landlady is having a nice conversation with someone down in the balcony of her ground floor apartment.
I moved back inside not wishing to intrude her privacy. Paced a little and then finally sleep welcomed me with open arms. Ravi woke me up. Having our morning cuppa I told him about my nocturnal experiences. And he said ‘So what Kalpana, Mrs. Kalpesh may be around 47 and alone. If she befriends someone, so be it. Everyone needs a companion.’
I am also a curious cat apart from the software engineer tag that helps me earn a decent sum. So for the next couple of weeks if I woke anytime in the night, I would go and eavesdrop on what was happening below. The same continued. Mrs. Kalpesh and a male with a deep voice exchanging sweet nothings.
I was not feeling well one day and so took a half day and returned home. Met Mrs. Kalpesh on the way in who looked droopy eyed. ‘Not getting enough sleep’, she said. ‘I understand’, I said and grinned mischievously.
She observed my grin and after a couple of minutes said, ‘ So you saw him’.
I nodded a yes.
She looked at me, smiled and then said, ‘Kalpesh visits me daily you know and we exchange notes on what we did the whole day’.