Story Collection - Chaalbaaz

Definitely Tomorrow

Mayank looked around his room and sighed. It was a mess. The bedsheet was crumpled as if he had spent the night fighting with it, which in hindsight maybe how he slept. The pillow was in the middle of the bed instead of on top and the sheer number of electronic gadgets on the bed were a fire hazard for sure.

When Mayank’s eyes moved away from the bed, the sight was even worse. Where the bed at least had scope, the table had lost its identity completely. Everything from papers to boxes to books were on the table. He couldn’t even identify which was which at this moment.

“I will clean this up. I promise.” Mayank said to himself for the umpteenth time. Right now, that was all he could offer his room. He was getting late for a meeting and has managed to oversleep even in this strenuous situation. This meant that the room could only look at him in hope. Mayank tried to find the watch he had received as a gift but couldn’t find it in the pile in his table so he jumped to the next best thing — his smartwatch. It was an important meeting so he had wanted to look the part but as life would have it — that wasn’t possible today.

Mayank left the room and locked the door. As soon as the door was locked, Mayank’s mind got wiped clean. There was no room anymore to clean, no problems to sort inside the house. His whole mind shifted to the task at hand — getting a cab to reach the office at time.

Mayank was just in time for the meeting.

Once the meeting was over, Mayank felt the thrill of holding the room by himself. This was his first time with such a huge responsibility and when his colleagues gave him a treat, he just couldn’t say no.

By the time he reached home, he was completely smashed.

“Tomorrow is Saturday. I will definitely do it tomo…” Mayank said to himself and fell on the bed. Before he could complete his statement, he had dozed off.

The room remained in the same state that night, as with every previous night since she had left.