Sam, Josh and Celina were inseparable since their childhood. Thick as thieves, together the naughty kids created quite a havoc in their neighborhood and were rightly tagged ‘Troublesome threesome’.
Winters always see them huddled up under a quilt, having their own pajama party, talking non-stop nonsense. Thunderstorm or snowstorm could never deter their enthusiasm. Come Summer, they claimed a tree each in the clearing, made their hammock swings and camped up there all through the day, until their parents got worried sick and sent in a search party for them. They could care less!
They made a pact at the age of 12 that they would never leave each others side ever and only death could do them part.
But, fate had a different idea. Sam had to relocate to London, when they were 14 and soon, Celina’s family left the place when she lost her mother. Josh was so devastated to stay back alone in a place that held so much of memories, they had created together. The friends who had promised to meet every year, couldn’t keep in touch after a couple of years.
Summers and winters went by, new friends were made, but the magical bond created once, couldn’t be recreated.
Twenty years later, Josh chanced upon his closest, but lost friends and reconnected with them through an Alumni portal. His joy knew no bounds, when his friends made a plan to visit him next Summer.
On the D-day, when the friends finally met, they were overcome with joy and words failed them. Together, they went back to their special place, a place they had painted red with their laughter and innocent mischiefs. They ran and claimed their spots, jumped on the hammocks already anchored by Josh, just like old times.
In response to Sunday Photo Fiction-13th September