Standing on the platform eagerly waiting for the train to come was Adithya. He kept looking at his watch and found it reading 3 minutes to 6 p.m. He was getting impatient as the train carrying his mother was destined to reach at 6.
Adithya looked forward to meet his mother who was joining him as his wife Rashmi had gone to her mother's house for the first time after marriage. He stood with abated breath waiting for the train to come and when he heard the shrill whistle of the train he was relieved.
Adithya was pleased when he saw his mother alight. It was almost 8 months since he had last seen her and today his joy knew no bounds when he hugged his mother and welcomed her.
Nanda a cherubic woman in her early forties was enchanted to see her son after a long time and seeing him her eyes were filled.
Adithya carrying her luggage escorted her to his car and soon they reached his apartment. Nanda was pleased to see her son who in a span of 8 months had done wonders and was well settled in his life.
After having a look at the plush decorations of his flat, stacked with rich carpeting and exquisite furniture, looked upon his son and said 'you seem to be doing well.'
"Yes, these are gifted by the company" he replied.
"And the car" she asked?
"That is my own" he replied proudly.
"What did you do to get all this. Did any of your boss's daughters fell for your charms?" she asked him teasingly.
"No. My boss does not have any daughters" he replied.
"Then how did you posses all this" she asked smilingly while her eyes roamed again on the interiors.
"It's because, my Boss fell for my charms" he replied.
"How come" she said somewhat perplexed by his answer?
"Because she is a charming woman like you" he replied.
"I know how charming he is" she replied knowing very well that he was joking.
"Then why did you ask" he said.
"I wanted to see whether you have changed" she replied.
"Have I changed" he questioned her back?
"No, you have not. But I had a doubt" she replied.
"What doubt had you in mind" he asked.
"Being newly married, having a beautiful wife, well settled in life. I thought all this might have changed you" she replied.
"Nothing can change me. You know me" he said.
"Yes, I know you and I am happy that you have not changed. Tell me how is Rashmi" she asked enquiring about her daughter-in-law.
"Oh! She is fine" he replied.
"Missing her" she asked looking at his face.
"A little" he replied coyly.
"Only a little" she asked him quizzically.
"No I miss her a lot but now that you are here the things will change" he replied.
"How will they change" she asked.
"I will have your company till she returns" he replied shyly.
"You mean you will keep me only till she comes back" she asked.
"No, it's not that. You can stay here forever" he replied.
"But, I have come only for a short duration" she replied.
"Why don't you stay here itself Mom" he said.
"For how long" she asked?
"Forever" he replied.
"What about the farm. Who will take care of it" she said?
"Give it for lease or sell it" he replied.
"And you can stay here" he replied.
"Till Rashmi comes back" she asked humorously.
"No Mom, not only till she returns but for ever" he said.
"Will you bear all my expenses" she asked?
"I will" he replied enthusiastically.
'Think again, I am spendthrift" she said.
"You just have to say and I will get it for you" he replied.
"Are you so sure" she asked.
"I am positive" he replied.
"We will see" saying this she went looking into other rooms and was pleased to see them equally well furnished. Finally when they stepped into his bedroom she was surprised to see a huge cot laid in the middle of the room with rich coverings and mirrors fixed at different angles. Seeing her own reflections in the mirrors she turned to face him and said "it's enchanting."
"If you like it you can use it" he said.
"I love it" saying this she laid down on the cot.
It was when his mother in her enthusiasm relaxed on the cot her sari slipped exposing her midriff. Adithya turned his face from looking at her bare body but whichever direction he turned her reflection was there in the mirror.
Adithya shied and felt embarrassed to stand in front of her and as his mother saw the reason for his discomfort, she quickly pulled her sari up and set it right.
Getting up she went to the kitchen and as she was rummaging through the utensils she heard her son 'have a wash, we will dine out.'
Pleased with it she excused herself and went in to change.
Adithya took his mother to one of the nearby restaurant as he felt his mother would be tired from the journey and when they arrived back to the flat he heard his mother say 'don't you have any better restaurants?'
"We do have and tomorrow you shall visit one, now take rest. You seem to be tired" he replied.
"Yes, I am famished" she replied.
"Then why don't you go in" he said looking at the master bedroom.
"You don't mind me occupying it" she asked earnestly.
"No, I don't" he replied.
Nanda carrying her baggage went inside and after putting on her night gown as she lay on the enormous bed she felt a soothing effect. Her body felt relaxed and soon she was fast asleep.
The next morning as she woke up she was pleased to find herself in the new surroundings. After having a refreshing bath when she came in to dress up, she stood gazing at her own figure in the mirror. Looking at the reflection of her naked figure in the mirror she felt her body warm up.
She stood admiring her own figure. Turning to right and left, she stole a fleeting glance of her own curves and felt the age had not caught up with her body. Her body was well proportioned and she had plenty of youth still remaining in her.
As this sight had a soothing effect she started to dress up slowly, while her eyes roamed over her body. After finishing dressing up she walked out of the room light heartedly.
When Nanda came she did not see Adithya. He was still sleeping as the previous night the vision of his mother had tormented him. However hard he tried to shake the image of his mother lying on the cot with her waist exposed he could not succeed. It was lingering on his mind and at that instance he badly missed his wife.
Nanda took to preparing the breakfast and when she was through it she saw him coming.
A tried Adithya on approaching his mother asked "did you sleep well."
"Yes and I see you did not. Are you missing Rashmi" she asked.
"Yes" he replied impulsively and then shook his head.
"I know, I can understand" she said trying to soothe him.
"It's not that. I could not sleep for sometime, that's all" he replied.
"Why, what bothered you" she asked?
"I had vague dreams" he said as he could not reveal the facts.
"Can you tell me about them" she asked.
"I will, but not now" he replied.
"Okay, come have your breakfast" she said.
Sitting at the dining table close to his mother, Adithya looked straight into her face. His mother looked beautiful. He was seeing her from a different point of view. Her charming face brought much relief to him. Gradually the fatigue gave way and he felt refreshed as he kept staring at her.
Seeing him staring Nanda smiled and asked "what's up. Have I changed?"
"No, you have not changed but you look charming" he replied.
"Charming? Are you sure you are addressing me or do you have anyone in mind" she asked.
"Who can be more charming than you" he replied.
"Don't forget your wife" she replied.
"She is no match for you" he replied.
"You are lucky as she is not here, otherwise you had it" she said.
"Why? I am not sacred of her and moreover it is a fact that you are more charming" he said.
"Why do you find me charming? Because I am your mother" she asked?
"No, more than being my mother you are a charming woman" he replied.
"So you are seeing me like a woman and not as your mother" she asked?
"Yes, that's true" he replied.
"That's good and I accept your compliments. But tell me how different I am from others" she asked.
"Well you have a lovely face and you look attractive in every respect" he replied eyeing her figure and commenting on it.
"Do I look attractive in this dress" she asked looking at the old sari she had wrapped around?
"Yes" he replied.
"Then I may look better in some of the rich saris" she said.
"I think you would look gorgeous" he said.
"But I don't have any rich sari to wear" she replied.
"We will buy a few" he said.
"Why? Do you want me to look more charming" she spoke softly.
"Yes, that's it. I want you to be well dressed" he said.
"Well dressed or look gorgeous" she asked?
"Both" he replied shyly.
"Then you may have to spend your hard earned money in buying me a few saris" she said.
"I will take you for shopping after I return," saying it he left for office.
Nanda was delighted to hear his words and as evening approached she went up to his bedroom. There she started rummaging her suitcase and came out with a golden color silk sari. She had brought it for special occasion.
Holding the sari over her as she looked at her reflection she again felt warm sensations engulf her body and as she turned, her gaze fell upon the wardrobe which was slightly ajar.
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