Alex’s POV

I looked down at my phone only to see another text from Tarun cha cha.  I wasn’t ready to talk to him.  I knew if I called Tarun cha cha he would probably yell at me.  It wouldn’t be the first time.  I knew he did it out of fatherly love.  And, if I’m honest with myself, I would never let my own father speak to me the way Tarun cha cha did.  But then my own father always became reserved when he was disappointed with me.  Tarun cha cha always let me have it, but then all of that yelling had saved me from making more mistakes.  But in the process he always seemed to piss the hell out of me.  But, I was starting to resent the fact that I seemed to have to always lean on him to figure out my relationship problems.  Was I ever going to be able to solve them on my own?

Instead of answering the text I continued to walk on the beach.  I’ve always found this meditative.  I know I wasn’t perfect and I’d done my share of messing up, but cheating was not something I would ever do.  I can’t believe Anjali, who knows everything about me would even think that was possible.  Lots of things were possible with me, but not cheating.  I couldn’t help but think back on one of the many mistakes I’d made. 

After Anjali had written a letter to break up with me, I was so mad.  I didn’t speak to her, but then I bumped into her accidently and I lit into her.  Afterwards, I watched Anjali walk away from me, and I hurt, but I still wasn’t going to go chasing after her.  There were only two women in my life that I had trusted, Christina and Anjali, and both of them had broken my heart and trust. 

After seeing Anjali, I skipped work and headed back to my place because I knew I wouldn’t be able to concentrate.  As soon as I walked in the phone was ringing off the hook.  I quickly picked up the phone.

“Where are you?” Tarun cha cha asked.

“I’m at work,” I said. 

“So now you’re lying to me.  What else have you been lying to me about?” cha cha asked.

“What do you mean I’m lying?” I said irritated.

“I’m sitting in your office right now and your secretary said you’re not here – so you’re not at work,” cha cha said matter of factly.

“Just because I’m not at the office doesn’t mean I’m not working,” I said defensively. 

Completely changing the subject Tarun cha cha asked, “So what’s going on with you and Anjali?”

“Nothing, it’s over,” I said tersely hoping to end the topic but knowing that was probably unlikely.

“What happened?” asked cha cha playing along.

“Oh you know me, I got bored so I ended it just like you said I would,” I fumed.

“So why does the letter in your desk from Anjali, say she’s leaving you?” cha cha countered.

“What the hell are you doing going through my stuff?” I asked angrily.

“What the hell are you doing lying to me? Is that what you’re resorting to these days?” he asked just as angrily.  “Are you at home? And please do tell the truth this time.  Because if you are I’m coming over and you and I are going to have a talk,” he said in a stern fatherly tone.

“I’ll see you soon,” knowing I had no other option than to acquiesce. 

Thirty minutes later Tarun cha cha was at my door.  Oblivious to the fact I was dressed for the gym and I would rather be killing the squash ball then hear the sermon I was about to get.

He didn’t even sit down before he started in on me.  “So you think relationships are perfect? Do you think that your cha chi and I or your parents have a perfect relationship?”

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