Did He Really See Her?

“No one can fall in love with me at first sight.”

Chandni knew this truth of her life from the time she was a toddler. She had heard the story about the disappointment she was to her mother for being born with average looks.

She tried to overcompensate for her looks by studying hard, getting good grades and excelling in sports. She never threw tantrums, accepted everything bought for her without complaints and gave in to the meal her weight-conscious mother placed in front of her.

After all, what could be worse than a fat girl with average looks?

Her father had no say; he had never even noticed it. He was too engrossed in making money for his trophy wife. He didn’t feel invisible. Her sister couldn’t have identified with her either, Vani had her mother’s looks and that is all that mattered in their household. 

She gave up on being acknowledged by her family. It took a long time for her to step out into the world alone but she felt exposed on her first day of college. It was embarrassing for her to be introduced to her classmates as the state-topper.

She smiled as their admiring gaze met her nervous eyes and kept praying for her days of obscure existence to return. A particular deep-set brown eyes haunted her for the rest of the day. Was her future finally catching up with her?

She decided to find out the next day and put her doubts to rest.

Stealing glances from him while pretending to look out the door seemed like good plan if only she wasn’t phased by his intent gaze and crude appearance.

She lowered her eyes every time they met his but with each round their eye-contact lingered a little more. She wanted to believe his kind eyes. She wanted to respond to his acknowledging smile. But her past was still fresh in her mind so the question remained.

Did he really see her?

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This is my entry for this week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge – Week Eighty Four: Crude.  We had to write an entry between 33 to 333 words using the third definiton of the word “Crude”.

I’m so glad that my prompt suggestion was featured at Trifecta this week. I had my hands full with the Photo A Day Experiment (PADE) that I’m hosting at my blog but I thought I should attempt something for this prompt! And I’m glad I did.

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