THE NIGHT’S AS YOUNG AS YOU MAKE IT
By Neel Anil Panicker
Much after all the gifting and the talking and the laughing had subsided and the august gathering of Industry Titans and Young Turks in the making had broken up into small rarefied groups of twos and threes and retreated into their discreet corners, he glanced at her by from across the hallway.
She caught his eyes right, rightly read his message___the trademark gentle raising of the fingertips to his upper left collar bones.
She looked stealthily all around, and after satisfying herself that the coast was clear, she very surreptitiously threaded her way out, her ears ringing with the cacophony that permeated all around the large dome shaped inner ground floor that went by the rather exotic name La Dezirella.
‘The red gown only embellishes your beauty. You look stunning enough for me to declare that I have won the lottery of my life”.
She turned around with a startle, but heaved a sigh of relief as she looked into the smiling visage of Deep___his thick lascivious eyes as they ravenously devoured every inch of her curvaceous body.
Her face flushed, her cheeks blushed; but almost instantly she composed herself to reply him, “Your insouciance is downright insultful. Is this the way a driver speaks to his bosses’ daughter? Aren’t you afraid, you kangaroo?”
To that he smiled and retorted. “I know I am a kangaroos and easy meat waiting to be ripped apart in a sanctuary that’s teeming with lions and tigers and other wild forms. But then kangaroos are swift movers, aren’t they?”
‘I said, prove it by making me disappear from this crowd.’
To that he simply looked at her at first; then pointing towards the outre door, whispered, “Follow me outside. This cold evening will turn warm with your presence and I__your most humble chauffeur will take you for the ride of your life”.
And with that he tiptoed out.
Within a minute, she too stepped out.
The duo’s presence, especially hers, going absolutely unnoticed by the creme de la creme of Cochin City who had descended that freezing December evening in the coastal town touted as the Venice of the East’s most famous watering hole.