Wrong Time for Mr. Right—My entry for the Get Published contest
What if happily ever after had an expiry date?
Megha led an almost perfect life. She had an almost perfect husband, almost perfect in-laws and an almost perfect world that she was perfectly happy in. Sure she was happy—Megha was a realist and knew when life was sufficiently fulfilling. She knew Ashok was a great catch and the little things that she secretly hoped would improve were just fuelled by the human desire to always want more. Besides, she wasn’t perfect herself, was she?
And then she ran into the perfect man. And suddenly, sufficient was not enough anymore.
Sameer was the best thing that happened to her, and the worst thing that happened to her. He made her feel beautiful like no one had ever done before. But while meeting her true soul-mate would have been exhilarating five years ago, now it was riddled with guilt, weighed down by reality and shackled by past commitments.
After a flurry of events make her a dishonest spouse, Megha wonders whether she should confess and salvage her marriage, or take the bold step toward the life she really wants. They don’t have children yet, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Their friends, his family and even her own family will despise her. But can she give up her dream and live a life of regret just to have their approval? She also wonders if she’s throwing away a good life for something that may be short-lived. Most importantly, she debates whether it is fair to break Ashok’s heart for no fault of his.
Whichever man she chooses, Megha wonders if her story will ever have a happily ever after. Her path seems to be strewn with heartbreaks—the decision to stay will break her heart while moving on will break the heart of someone she still loves.
But as she is still deciding, one of her lovers decides her fate without her consent.
What makes it real: This is inspired by some people in my life whose seemingly happy relationships fell apart because true love arrived too late. Much has been said about the person getting dumped and for a good reason too, but this story argues that walking away is difficult, too.
The characters are earthy, mature and genuine, but they are less than perfect in their approach to their problems and the choices they make. The story explores the agony of finding another true love when there is nothing really wrong with the love you already have, and dismay at the realization that you are the villain, the cheater and the heartbreaker. And that it was all your fault.
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