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Will the Special Bond Persist?

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

Pic: The Bond

Pic: The Bond

An orientation ceremony was going on. About 50 students were attending it. A speaker was talking about the premises and rules of the university briefly.

When the students’ focus was waning, a beautiful girl dressed in flowing burgundy entered the room. Everybody turned to look at her. The boys were stirred up. The girls were amazed. She looked gorgeous enough to grab everyone’s attention.

The orientation made its way to the end. Snacks were distributed out to the students. Teachers and authorities who had come to acquaint the students with the university started to leave.

Soon it was only the students talking and chatting. The lovely girl dressed in burgundy attracted many guys who badly wanted to make an impression on her. Very shortly, a slim and tall guy's voice topped over others, and he swayed the others away, making room for himself only in front of the girl.

He talked a great deal and tried to be funny too until the girl started giggling. They both laughed together for some time. Then the guy, whose name was Adnan, announced that the girl was his girlfriend and no one else should claim her. All the other boys felt at a loss and got subdued.

The girl called herself Cynthia. She and Adnan would miss classes and roam about the city by rickshaw. They had lots to share in their chats. However, they never missed a quiz, test, or exam. In fact, they were very particular about them.

They seated together in the class and also in any event related to the university. No one else made this kind of bond in the class. It was unique and special.

The bond was intact all through the four years in a row at the university. Then came the moment when students of the batch would be graduating.

Well, Cynthia hadn’t told her parents about her boyfriend. She even kept it a secret from her mother who always dropped her and picked her up from the university.

Now she lay awake in bed, thinking if her parents would consent to the marriage with her boyfriend, or this bond was just to last four years.

Pic: Will the Bond Between Adnan and Cynthia Hold On?

Pic: Will the Bond Between Adnan and Cynthia Hold On?

What more, Adnan had the same question for Cynthia and bugged her to tell her parents before it was too late.

Finally, one evening, when her mother was in the living room and in a good mood, Cynthia approached her and gently told her secret.

But her Mom fired up and said strongly that she couldn't wed her daughter to a guy like that. They had better plans, and they would seek a much more promising husband for her.

Well, Cynthia decided she wouldn’t go against her parents. If her parents had a much better husband in mind, she would go for it.

Meanwhile, Cynthia and Adnan had graduated from the university along with their batchmates. They talked over the phone every day until one day her Mom caught her talking and found out what was going on. She rebuked her bitterly and asked her to end the relationship.

It was then Cynthia made a final decision about their relationship. When Adnan next called, she said firmly that she couldn't pursue the relationship any longer. Her parents were against it, and so he had better not call her any longer.

It was the last call from Adnan. After all, he was a decent guy, not a stalker. He would listen to Cynthia and not have any ties with her any longer, no matter how heartbreaking it might be.

Meanwhile, Cynthia’s parents settled for an arranged marriage for her. The bridegroom-to-be came and talked to her for a while. Although Cynthia was not 100% contented, she approved of the marriage, and her parents went ahead further.

Her marriage ceremony was fixed on a date, and she would leave for Denmark right after her marriage. Her husband-to-be worked there and earned a reasonable living from his job and would like to take Cynthia with him.

Such is the story of the beautiful girl in burgundy who once made entrance to the university premises and got introduced to Adnan.

Well, Adnan didn’t let his life go stale. He attended birthday, marriage, and office parties. He was doing a good job as well. And he stumbled upon his genuine life partner through his daily life activities. He married her and had a son a year later.

Pic: Adnan Has a Son

Pic: Adnan Has a Son

Cynthia had a son too a year after. Both Adnan and Cynthia stirred up their classmates’ gossip once again.

Pic: Cynthia Has a Son Too

Pic: Cynthia Has a Son Too

They were the hot topic of the classmates' conversations for weeks until everything settled down again and every one of them was on their way to earning ample bread and building home and family.

Poll Time

© 2021 Rosina S Khan


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

Comment here.

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

Well said Ravi. Yes, that is how the culture works in the majority of the eastern countries. Thank you for your insightful comments. Truly appreciated.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on June 17, 2021:

Quite Interesting Rosina. Cynthia seems to be an interesting and well-fleshed-out character, But yes listening to her parents and agreeing to marriage might sound regressive but that is how the culture works in most of the eastern countries. Thanks for sharing.

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

Interesting to know this is a real life event.

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

I am glad you enjoyed the story. Yes, they found different life partners and led happy married life irrespective of their four-year relationship. I appreciate your comments, Misbah.

Love and blessings to you too.

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

Thank you for your kind comment, Vidya. Yes, they found genuine life partners without marrying themselves. I am glad that you liked the positive ending to the story.

Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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

Rosina, I enjoyed your story. It was a nice and engaging read. I feel sad that their four-year relationship couldn't evolve further but I am glad they both ended up in happy marriages

Thank you for sharing. Many blessings and Love

VIDYA D SAGAR on June 16, 2021:

A very interesting story Rozina. Many college romances do not stand the rest of time and family pressure. It is a good thing they both found genuine life partners and we're happy. A nice positive ending to the story. Thanks for sharing

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

Denise, your comment is insightful and full of wisdom. All you are guessing is correct. The special bond was not strong enough itself and it wasn't strong enough to go against tradition and the parents' choices. Under these circumstances, it is good they went separate ways, had different life partners, and led life happily.

I truly appreciate your feedback.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on June 16, 2021:

I have to guess that the special bond was not strong enough to last, or strong enough to go against tradition and the parent's choices. If that is true it would not have lasted if they made the mistake of marrying.



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

I am glad you liked the story, Fran. Yes, both had happy marriages, and by and by they concentrated less on their past. Your comments are appreciated.

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

Rosina, a great story and I am glad things worked out and I hope no one ever has regrets. Seems both have happy marriages so what else can you ask for? Thanks for your story.

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

Thank you, Ankita, for your encouraging comments. I really appreciate them. Yes, they chose different life partners and led lives happily.

Ankita B on June 16, 2021:

Nice story, Rosina. It is good to know that they both led their lives happily with different people. This is what matters to everyone. Thank you for sharing this engaging story.

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

Thank you, Brenda, for your insightful comments. Everything you say is correct and I agree that God has a plan; so probably that was the way it was supposed to be. It is based on a real-life true story. I appreciate your comments.

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

After the breakup, Cynthia and Adnan both found compatible life partners and they were happy. It is true Cynthia could have waited a bit longer to make a marriage commitment, but unfortunately her parents don't believe in marriage with a classmate. They are kind of old-fashioned in our part of the world.

Thank you, Pamela, for your wonderful comment. And I am happy you got the email notification.

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


It's sad that a relationship that lasted 4 yrs. couldn't go any further.

I think the parents should have met with him at least.

I do think that not letting the parents know was wrong. It's like hiding the best thing in your life.

Maybe that's why the parents refused to meet with him...they thought he was deceitful.

It is good that they both ended up in good marriages.

They say God has a plan...so maybe this is the say it was supposed to be.

Good write.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 16, 2021:

This is a god story, Rosina. I am not sure she made the right choice. It seems she could have waited a while longer to make a marriage commitment before getting married, It does sound like she is happy.

I got the email this time, so maybe it won't be a problem anymore. I hope that is the case. I enjoy reading your stories.

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

Yes, I am aware of the fact. In our part of the world, arranged marriages were the norm before but gradually diminishing, and love marriages are taking a stand.

Thank you, Peggy, for taking out the time to read and for your valuable comment.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 16, 2021:

I am glad that they both ended up in happy marriages. Arranged marriages are not the norm here in the U.S.

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

Thank you, Chitrangada, for your kind and meaningful comments. Yes, Adnan and Cynthia, after a breakup, got their own life partners and they were happy. Yes, not all parents are understanding and want to settle for arranged marriages for their children.

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

Hello Rosina!

Your story sounds familiar. This happens. It’s good that both Adnan and Cynthia had happy and successful marriage later. Otherwise, there would have been regrets.

I believe, that boys and girls should not hide these things from their parents. At the same time, parents should also give a patient hearing to their children, their point of view.

Nice and engaging story as always. Thank you for sharing.

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

Yes, I added flavors of both sadness and happiness to the story. I am glad you like it. I appreciate your comments, Bill.

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

A bit melancholy while at the same time a happy ending. Nice combination in this story.

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

Thank you, Dora, for your lovely comment. In fact, it is a real-life true story. I am glad you liked it with the young adults showing obedience to their parents. Yes, it certainly paid off.

Dora Weithers on June 16, 2021:

I love that the story had a happy ending. I also admire the obedience of the young adults towards their parents. That certainly seems to pay off.

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

Thank you, John, for finding the story pleasant. Yes, I know it's hard for your part of the world to accept arranged marriages. But, yes, both Cynthia and Adnan up happy which, as you say, is what really matters. I appreciate your insightful comments.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on June 16, 2021:

A pleasant story, Rosina. I couldn’t answer the poll because I do not know if Cynthia made the right decision or not. I don’t generally agree with arranged marriages, but it appears both Cynthia and Adnan ended up happy which is what matters.

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