Absence makes the heart grow fonderRuby got married to Arvind in a simple ceremony about 3 years ago. They both were employed, Arvind a software engineer while Ruby was teaching in a school. Arvind was very caring but sometimes behaved strangely and started shouting. Ruby generally kept quiet at such times and tolerated the aggressiveness of Arvind. When Arvind became normal she used to ask him why he behaved so strangely but Arvind did never share the reasons about his offending behaviour. Arvind's parents lived in a nearby village and usually came here to live with them for 2-3 months at a stretch about 2 times every year. Ruby was very happy when the in-laws were there because her mother in law treated her just like her daughter. Another thing was that whenever Arvind went through his bad tempers, in-laws took the side of Ruby and worked like a shield. Ruby wanted that in-laws should stay permanently with them but due to agriculture work in the village and managing the staff etc, they could not come to stay with them on a permanent basis.
One day, in absence of the parents, Arvind suddenly flared on some matter and started to shout and blaming Ruby for some petty matter. Ruby lost her temper and retorted back in a firm tone which further infuriated Arvind much and he started to even push her. Ruby was really feeling bad and in a spur of the moment told that enough was enough and she was going back to her parents and she left Arvind same day and took a bus to go to her parents who were living in a town about 3-4 hours journey from there. Arvind did not bother and let her go.
It was first time that Arvind was alone after the marriage and after Ruby left he found that everything in the house was in a turmoil and realised that Ruby was taking care of all the matters so nicely and thinking all these good points of Ruby he started to miss her. His ego did not allow him to phone or talk to Ruby but his heart was telling him to contact her and apologise. Arvind was pondering over the situation minutely and then finally he sent a message to Ruby that he was missing her badly and wanted to apologise. Arvind was surprised to get the response so quickly as if Ruby was only waiting for his message. He read the message from Ruby - 'It was my fault Arvind. No need to apologise. I am coming back tomorrow.' Arvind did not believe his eyes. 'You are great Ruby' he said to himself.
Next day Arvind did not go to office and was in the house only when in the afternoon Ruby pressed the bell on the door and Arvind received her with open arms. Ruby whispered in his ear - 'Absence makes the heart grow fonder.'
This is my entry for the creative short story writing contest.