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A Touch of Love in Jazlyn’s Heart

I love to write essays, short stories, and fiction. And I am glad to share them here.

Pic: Jazlyn

Pic: Jazlyn

Jazlyn was working at the office in full swing. She had a busy life, documenting reports and guides and updating the website of the office. She had other projects related to research, marketing management, and web development. She loved what she did. She helped her newbie colleagues as much as she could, and they were all like a family.

An ex-colleague of the current office had gone to Cornell University to get an MBA and a Ph.D. in marketing management. Jazlyn kept in touch with this guy because she had the burning desire for higher education abroad as well.She could get help from this guy. But that was not the prime purpose though. Jazlyn had a crush on this guy called Shahriar.

She was safe and secure where she was, comfortable with her job and a reasonable salary. Yet, a part of her burned to get out of her comfort zone to see the world out there.

It was Shahriar himself mentioning in his emails that she could easily come to Cornell University for higher education. Jazlyn thought about it and finally, her heart said yes.

It was not long before she started applying to the university online. When all her application materials were in order, she sent them there by DHL.

Meanwhile, she continued working at her office with her family of junior and senior colleagues. It was only when she reached home, she emailed Shahriar or looked up the updates of her application online.

Three months passed. They had picnics, conferences, and meetings. Jazlyn enjoyed her job position and wondered for the 100th time if she would not miss the jubilant life she had. Then she reminded herself she desired higher education for further career success and benefits.

Soon there was a big letter envelope reaching her residence and saying that she had been accepted into Cornell University for admission. Her living expenses were covered by funding. And she had to apply to the embassy for the visa.

Jazlyn was over the moon. After bustling around the house and bombarding the news to her family, she sat down at the computer to let Shahriar know the news of the arrival of her I-20.

The next day, everyone at the office including the Boss was overwhelmed with sorrow that a competent and lively employee like Jazlyn would be leaving the office.

As she was a senior employee, she was treated with kindness and was told she would be allowed a study leave. Jazlyn thanked the Boss profusely.

Meanwhile, Jazlyn made a visa application to the embassy. She would leave the office only if she got the visa. Fortunately, after an interview of solid questions at the embassy, she did get the visa.

With instructions from Shahriar about a list of things to buy, Jazlyn accompanied her Mom to the shopping centers to purchase the necessities and also other vital stuff.

She bought plane tickets after tours to several Travel Agencies. And then she was set.

Her office gave her a warm farewell and asked Jazlyn to give an impromptu speech. She wasn’t ready, but she did deliver a well-organized speech. The office released her, and she left for home happily.

Jazlyn was going for a Ph.D. in marketing management like Shahriar. He sent friends to the airport to bring her to the university campus while he was busy with something important.

Jazlyn attended the orientation. Shahriar’s friends showed her apartment the other night. Now with the help of a map, she reached the orientation center.

She wondered what happened to Shahriar. He turned up finally at her apartment and helped her make a list of things to buy from the shopping center nearby. Together they went there and got the whole set of items.

Jazlyn offered to cook and asked Shahriar to wait. But Shahriar said no. She should come to his apartment, and he would cook for her.

Fine. It was settled that way. Both had a scrumptious dinner at Shahriar’s place. Shahriar gave more advice to her about rules, ethics, law, and order around the campus, and Jazlyn listened attentively.

It took Jazlyn about two weeks to settle down. After six months, Shahriar would graduate from the Ph.D. program, and Jazlyn wondered if she would find new helpful friends.

Pic: Shahriar

Pic: Shahriar

Jazlyn constantly heard from Shahriar about applying for jobs. But Jazlyn had just enrolled in the Ph.D. program, and the offer of a job was not on her mind as she had a good teaching assistantship, a waiver of tuition fees as well as funding.

For a month, Jazlyn went about her ways while Shahriar went about his ways. There was not much communication between them.

Then one day Shahriar knocked her on Facebook messenger asking her to come over to his place to have lunch. Jazlyn was excited. She dressed elegantly and looked very attractive.

She reached Shahriar’s apartment and knocked on the door. He invited her in.

Shahriar had cooked rice, vegetables, and beef curry. As they ate, together they talked about a wide area of issues and subjects. Finally, Jazlyn thought it was time to leave. Shahriar saw her off at the door, and Jazlyn took a shuttle ride back to her apartment.

Shahriar invited Jazlyn multiple times for lunch. What bothered Jazlyn was that he was always the perfect gentleman. So gradually, Jazlyn stopped accepting invitations from him. She wanted something more from him. If he would remain the flawless gentleman, so be it.

But they emailed each other and updated each other with daily progress and work.

A month later, Shahriar would graduate and would be gone from the campus. He would go to Oregon to work. This bothered Jazlyn very much. She would miss him terribly.

After Shahriar graduated and left the campus, Jazlyn kept in touch with him via phone calls and emails.

Shahriar helped her with information, research, and her studies remotely. Jazlyn was grateful to him for that.

In a moment's glimpse, three years passed away, and the final year gripped Jazlyn. She was happy with her work progress, and so was her supervisor. All this was possible because of Shahriar’s constant help and support.

As the year was finishing, and it was becoming time for Jazlyn to graduate, Shahriar advised her to get married.

He said calmly, “Look Jazlyn. I know you are set for the job back in the country. You will rejoin it. But also keep in mind the prospect of marriage. It’s high time you got married.”

Jazlyn was kind of furious but didn’t show it.

She emailed him, “’I have already found my life partner and would soon be marrying him.”

He emailed back, “Who is it?”

Jazlyn emailed, “I don’t know what he will think when I tell him. So, I am delaying it a bit now.”

Shahriar replied jokingly, “It’s somebody among us, I know. I guess that is why you are delaying.”

Well, Jazlyn took a big chance and threw the snowball at him. She emailed coolly, “Well, it’s you. I have been always thinking about you.”

He replied, “Are you serious?”

Jazlyn emailed back, “I am dead serious.”

It was almost time to leave for the airport. Jazlyn checked emails for the last time from her roommate's computer. No response from Shahriar.

She boarded the plane, had exchanges of flights, and finally reached her motherland. At the airport, her Mom was waiting patiently for her.

It took Jazlyn a bit of time to collect her luggage and place them in a trolley.

She came out of the airport exit, and her Mom greeted her, and they both got into their car. The airport was not far from their residence. Within 30 minutes, they reached home.

Mom had cooked for Jazlyn, and she had a delicious lunch. They both talked broadly about recent events and especially, Shahriar, and they smiled at each other.

Jazlyn went to take a nap. She was scared of touching the computer. She knew by now there would be a reply from Shahriar, which would show if he had any feelings for her.

When evening rolled into night, yes, she checked her emails, and yes, there was an email from Shahriar!

He had written her a long email. He started writing about office problems and then went on to the topic she was interested in. He went on serenely that he thought Jazlyn was special, but love-wise he couldn't devote to her because he only saw her as a friend. And he couldn't change his mind about it.

Jazlyn quietly sent him a reply saying, “At least we can still be friends.”

That was the last email she wrote to him. She had a very bad cry and went off to bed crying. Her heart ached miserably, and she didn’t know how to calm herself. She had become gloomy while every fiber of her being screamed in extreme agony. Sleep refused to engulf her. Tossing and turning, she finally had a sleeping pill and went off to deep slumber.

Her dreams didn’t give her rest either, and they were painful enough to keep her agitated. She cried helplessly in her sleep too.

Finally, she took two more days off, trying her best to recover and become at ease. Then she rejoined her old office. There were new and old faces. Jazlyn felt good to have the office family again.

Poll Time

© 2021 Rosina S Khan


Rosina S Khan (author) on February 21, 2021:

Yes, Manatita, I would have liked to plot the story like you say. But the story is kind of based on personal experience and so couldn't change the direction of the plot. It's so much easier to design what we already know and experience through life.

Thank for reading and your wonderful comments. Hope your fingers are doing better now.

manatita44 from london on February 21, 2021:

A beautiful piece and fast-moving in the second half. It would have been interesting, him giving a positive reply in the email, meeting Jaslyn at the airport or somehow turning up in her own country. Haha

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 19, 2021:

Yes, Peggy, Jazlyn will find her twin flame when the time is right. Thank you for reading and commenting. I appreciate it.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 19, 2021:

If both people are not on the same romantic page, so-to-speak, one person always suffers. It is not always a smooth path towards true love. Jazlyn will find her person when the timing is right.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 18, 2021:

Thanks Brenda.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 18, 2021:

Still a good write.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 17, 2021:

Thank you, Lora, for such an elaborate and lovely comment. I uphold it in grace and appreciate it so much. You got the point of my story and I agree with all your viewpoints.

Thank you for enjoying the story. Blessings to you too, my friend.

Lora Hollings on February 17, 2021:

You did a very nice job with this story, Rosina. I think the story was realistically portrayed. We don’t always get what we want in life and sometimes we have to go in a different direction. But, I think if we remain flexible and realize that life is still good- that there are many opportunities open to us, then we will never feel so hopeless. We may fee sad and dejected at times, but then who doesn’t? It sounds like she has a lot of good friends and people who respect her back at her office. And that is a good thing! I really enjoyed your story. Blessings, my friend.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 16, 2021:

I am glad, John, you enjoyed the story. Thank you so much for your insightful and constructive comments. I really appreciate them.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on February 16, 2021:

I enjoyed the story and glad Jazlyn moved back home and to her old job where she was happy and valued. Love doesn’t always work out the way we want and can be one sided, which she found out.

It is good for your story that not everything went to plan for Jazlyn, as a story needs some adversity to make it interesting.

If nothing ever goes wrong or there are no obstacles to overcome the reader often becomes bored. Jazlyn I’m sure will find true love when the time is right.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 16, 2021:

Yes, Jazlyn had her higher education and as well learned her lesson. And yes, she will have to wait for her soul mate to turn up.

Thank you, Denise, for your gracious comments.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 16, 2021:

I am glad you enjoyed the story, Misbah. Thank you for reading and commenting.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on February 16, 2021:

I think it was Benjamin Franklin who said money spent on education is never wasted. I think she did well to further her education. It will help her but it is sad to think part of her reason was following a man. She shouldn't have counted on him. She will have happiness but will have to wait for it.



Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on February 16, 2021:

Very nice story Rosina. I enjoyed reading it.

Jazlyn is a sweet name

thanks for sharing


Rosina S Khan (author) on February 16, 2021:

I am glad you like the story, Ankita. Hopefully, Jazlyn will be happy. Thank you for your kind and insightful comments.

Ankita B on February 16, 2021:

Nice story, Rosina. I am sure Jazlyn will be happy and satisfied for the rest of her life because she resumed work in her old office and also got her degree. A truly engaging story.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 16, 2021:

Yes, you are right, Pamela, Shahriar was not the right man for Jazlyn but she will find happiness back home in her old office. Thank you for your insightful comments.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 16, 2021:

I think this is a very interesting story, Rosina. I think it is good that she went back home and to her old job. She will find happiness, but Shahriar was not the right man for her.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 16, 2021:

Thank you, Ravi, for enjoying the story. I appreciate your generous comments.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on February 16, 2021:

Nice story Rosina. I loved the way the story flowed in a uniform manner and kept the reader's interest throughout. Thanks for sharing.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 16, 2021:

Yes, you are right, Chitrangada, the important thing is to move on in life. I am glad you liked the story. I appreciate your comments very much.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 16, 2021:

Nice and engaging story Rosina. There is always something good, in whatever happens. The important thing is to move on in life.

Thank you for sharing this.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 16, 2021:

Yes, Jazlyn found her home back in her old office. Thank you, Bill, for enjoying the story. Your comments are appreciated.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 16, 2021:

Home is where the heart is, and I think she found her home in her old office position. Very nice story, Rosina!

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 16, 2021:

Yes, you are right- the dinners together were misleading on Shahriar's part. And you are also correct when matters of the heart get involved, it becomes too difficult. But Jazlyn is okay- she has rejoined her office and more new opportunities are sure to come.

Thank you, Brenda, for your insightful and gracious comments.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 16, 2021:


It is great that she furthered her education, but sorry to hear she got her heart broken.

Shahriar has proven to be a good friend to her from the beginning, but the dinners together at his place were a bit misleading on his part.

Hopefully they can be friends, but usually when matters of the heart get involved...it's too difficult.

Nice story.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 16, 2021:

Yes, tears don't last forever. It really is a warning for young ones. I appreciate your visit and comments.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 16, 2021:

What's bad is that Jazlyn made the decision about marriage on her own. Here's a warning for young ones who do not take the time to find out what the other person is thinking. Happy that she took it in stride. Tears don't usually last forever.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 16, 2021:

Thank you, Fran, for liking the story. Yes, it's good he was honest about his feelings. And yes, life is full of opportunities. Gratitude for reading and commenting.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on February 16, 2021:

Rosina, interesting story. Sorry, she was sad not to have her feelings returned. But, at least he was honest about his feelings. When one door closes, another opens. Thanks for the story.

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