‘What?’ Mehul was shocked for a moment. ‘I am flattered. But you didn’t have to. I notice you daily.’ He recovered himself quickly.
That’s what Sameep said too, mused Sonia, and looked at Mehul for some time. ‘Is there anything that you want to tell me?’ she asked. Can he hear my thumping heartbeats?
‘I like you, Sonia.’ Mehul seemed determined. ‘I don’t know when exactly I started getting fond of you, but one fine day I realised that my feelings for you went deeper than simple admiration, and that was that. It seemed natural.
You are one of the biggest motivations for me to come to work here.’
‘Does that mean you don’t like the work here?’ Sonia was concerned. She took her responsibilities as a people manager seriously.
‘not at all. I like my work but I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it half as much if I had to work with someone else.
The inclination for work is directly proportional to the person you work with.’
‘Coming to your feelings for me, doesn’t it get affected by the fact that I am married and older than you?’
‘Why should it? It is also independent of what you feel for me. I want you to be happy. If you are happy with me being nothing more than a colleague in your life, that’s fine.
On the other hand, if I can keep you happy by spending some time with you at the office, that will also make me happy. In either case, my feelings for you will remain the same.’ Mehul projected an understated confidence.
He is so mature for his age, thought Sonia.
Mehul continued. ‘I mean it is not easy to control myself when I am this close to you all day. I do desire you but that is a natural by-product of my interest in you as a person.
That won’t change if you don’t reciprocate.’
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