He hardly had time these days. It was a busy month and he never had even a small moment all to himself.
It was almost midnight. No sane person would want to go out at this ungodly hour. He anyways climbed up the stairs that led to the open terrace equipped with only his phone, ear phones still stuck on his ears and his keys. He honestly did not want to wake up his mother at this hour.
All she would be giving him will be a pretty long lecture.
He was in for a surprise when he saw that the terrace was well lit. Usually he will have to use the light from his mobile phone to find the ladder. Tonight was different. The moon was shining way too brightly that werewolves would be howling all night long.
Anish looked up at the dark sky only to find it scattered with so many stars and the ever so beautiful moon. He didn’t know how long he stood with his hands on his hips, his neck almost at an obtuse angle starring at the sky, dazed by it’s beauty.
He did not realise the time until his neck started hurting.
Standing up on that tank had always been a majestic thing for him. His building was the tallest in the neighbourhood and to stand on top of it made him feel like he was on the top of the world. Especially night times were his absolute favourite. Apart from the rare howls from street dogs, there was unambiguously no noise heard at that time. Of course the entire city would be sleeping at that time and that is exactly what he wanted.
That peaceful moment when the wind embraces you like an old friend and the moon looks down at you like your grandmother does with all the love. That is something he cherished and that is the major reason he did not want to move out of this house. He loved this spot.
Listening to random songs from his phone he looked up again and spoke to the moon, “You know! You are the second person who has the ability to calm me down so easily…” a smile covering his face.
“I wish the first person was here to get this sedative effect…”
“Wish granted!” a female voice behind him startled him.
“How did you know I was here?” Anish spoke to his wife Diya.
“I saw your bag on the sofa but not you. So I guessed you must have come up here with the full moon and all…” She sat next to him. They just sat there enjoying nature’s artistry for a while.
He just smiled at her. What more could a man ask for? A tranquil date stargazing on the roof top with his amazingly beautiful wife by his side…
“Enough skywatching mister. You still have to work tomorrow, remember? Come down!” he heard her stern voice and couldn’t help but chuckle at her timing.
It certainly has been a while since I wrote something. But then my little encounter with the moon and the stars made me want to write it. We all should spare some time in our ever-so-busy lives to sit and enjoy the nature like this once in a while. Just once in a while….
That special spot in my house will always have the power to put me at peace no matter how I feel. I wish everyone has something/someone like that in their lives. A heaven. A heaven by your side!
P.C: Miss Page-Turner’s City of Books