Rajani could not take it any longer. It did not escape her that Madhav has been quiet and sad all day long. They are married for 30 years; she can tell even a slight change in his mood. They have gone though so much together. Now there is no one left. Their parents grew old and died. Their kids grew up and left. All they have is this empty house and each other now. Something was bothering him, and she cannot stand it any more. She walked to the varanda where Madhav was sitting all day.
“Why the long face?” she asked.
“Nothing.” His back still turned towards her.
She leaned closer; placed her hand on his shoulder. “How long have we been married. Do you think I don’t know when something is bothering you.”
“It is really nothing.”
She smiled. “You can tell me anything, you know that.”
He looked at her. “Yes, of course. But this is not a big deal.”
“Stop being adamant, and just tell me. You will feel better.”
“Okay,…” He paused for a bit; then placed his hand on hers and continued. “Do you remember the time your father found us in your backyard?”
“Of course, I remember.” She laughed. “You were so scared. He asked you to marry me, or he would put you in jail for 30 years. And we got married next month.”
“That is what I am thinking all day.”
“But that was 30 years ago and he is no longer with us. Why are you so sad about that?”
“If I went to jail,” he said. “Today I would be a free man.”