The Resolution, a short story by rmorarjee. Date added: 2008-11-08. Times viewed: 619.
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- Intro: Father Christmas had no gift for Raj............
- It was a sunny crisp New Year's Day. Raj walked all the way to the Hyde Park's speakers' corner, soon after midday. As Santa had not brought anything for him, he was very disappointed. He finished the whole bottle of wine and got drunk. All he wanted was the human companionship.
He noticed that there were not many people present in the park. He chose a spot to deliver his speech.
"I want you good people to know that the Santa did not deliver the gift that I wanted. I am very hurt and saddened by it. So, I have come here on this New Year's Day to appeal to you to be my friends for life. I have no one left to speak and trust. All I need is sincere companionship without which my life is suffocating."
A few people gathered to hear him. A young person put up a chair upon which a very fragile old woman sat. She wore a fine light yellow coloured dress with a matching hat. She sat silently observing him delivering the speech. He noticed her and continued,
"All I ask of you is your trusted sincere friendship so that my New Year's resolution can be fully met. Since the death of my dear wife last year, I have felt abandoned. It is a terribly lonely and agonising time for me. Thus utterly lost, I have come to beg your good and honest companionship."
Raj began to cry. Silence prevailed momentarily. The old lady felt the pain of her own uneasiness, due to the speech and the tears of Raj. She had experienced a similar situation after the death of her beloved husband some years ago.
Most of the listeners walked away. She remained seated, intensely listening to Raj's speech.
"Madam, I am very grateful that you are listening to my sincere appeal for friendship."
As he looked straight into her sparkling eyes, she said,
"I am prying into your brain and must confess that you are sincere about what you say. Consider you have got my friendship from now on. However, I must tell you that you still have to prove your sincerity to consider you worthy of this friendship."
Raj gently moved towards her and knelt in front of her and looked hopefully towards her smiling face and said,
"Thank you so much Madam, thank you. You will not regret my friendship, I promise. May I know your name, please? I am Raj, the one who seeks his New Year's resolution to acquire a sincere friendship."
"Call me Jessica. I am happy to meet you today. Here is my card, come and see me whenever you can. By the way, I admire you choice of what you are wearing. It reflects your personality."
"Thank you Jessica, I am honoured. Who is taking you home now?"
"Edward, my driver."
She left the place. Raj felt that Santa was not so inconsiderate after all. He looked at the card and was startled to read that the lady was none other than Jessica, the famous writer.
After several meetings with Jessica, Raj felt very happy and forgot his past loneliness. He now confided in one of the best writers in the world. His story writing improved significantly.
Raj finally succeeded in publishing the story he had begun to write soon after the death of his wife. His New Year's resolution was beginning to be realized.
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