“And what about the drink? You spoke so fast that I couldn’t even get the names.” she asked innocently.
“Don’t go into the names dear; just enjoy the flavor and fragrance. That is all what matters in the end’ I said smiling.
The waiter brought the cocktails and served them in exquisite glasses. I took the Daiquiri and beckoned Pooja to take the Mojito.
She looked at the drink which was laced with mint leaves and admired it.
“Cheers Princess!” I said holding up my drink. “To the most magnificent day of our lives”
“Cheers” she said shyly and took a sip. It must have been a bit hard for her as she coughed a little, but the after taste must have been refreshing, and she gave me a nod of approval. “What are the ingredients of this, honey?”
“Well it has some rum, with soda and lime juice mixed with mint leaves.” I said, “but leave the contents darling and enjoy the drink.”
“How do you know so much about these beverages?” she said smiling and taking another sip.
“I have a passion for exotic tastes” I replied grinning. “By the way, how’s the fit” I asked with a twinkle in my eyes.
“What fit?” she asked surprised.
“Gorgeous, remember you are wearing something new?” I said naughtily.
She blushed immediately, now getting the meaning of my query. “You really are a naughty boy…Aryan.” Then looking in my eyes she said “the fit is perfect”.
“Then how about a new pinch” I said.
Smiling, she extended her arm towards me beckoning me to pinch her there.
I took her hand gave a light peck on it.
“Not here darling! The pinch is always on the new garment worn” I whispered smiling and enjoying the game.
“Are you silly? ….You can’t dare to do any hanky panky here. It’s much too crowded and more lighted.” She whispered fiercely ,feeling suddenly scared of my motive.
“I will find a way Jaanu….really I will…” I said smiling.
She gave me a stern look but with smiling eyes ,shook her index finger, indicating to me not to try anything naughty in that place.
I kept smiling looking in those deep beautiful eyes and sipped my drink, enjoying the taste,……the fragrance……the ambience……..and the dilemma of a beautiful lady sitting in front of me.
The waiter meanwhile brought the food and laid the table. As he was laying the table, I was busy making preparation for a nice plan. Slowly I slipped my right foot out of my shoes. Pooja was busy admiring the food and I slowly took off the socks as well.
The table was covered with long and exotic table cloth with elegant Chinese patterns. It fell on both the sides and was long enough to make my movements almost invisible.
As the waiter left, Pooja smacked her lips in anticipation. She served two pieces of prawn in my plate and one in hers. Then she poured some sauce in both the plates and asked me to start. I took the piece and tasted it.
“Delicious!” I said munching the delicacy.
She too took the piece and tasted it. It truly was very well cooked, and she gave me a wink as she admired the dish. As we were enjoying the food , my foot under the table was working on the mind of its own.
Slowly I extended my leg under the table and slowly touched her tender calf with my bare foot.. Pooja almost jumped out of her seat.
“Ouch! ….what was that?” she said trying to get a look under the table.
“Relax darling” I said “It’s only my foot. It was itching so, I thought that I might rub
it against something”
“But why my leg honey?” She said glaring at me “The table has legs too.”
“Don’t be cruel darling. My foot is not used to hard things, besides I have to keep my promise”
“What promise?” she asked showing surprise.
“Remember…….. ‘New Pinch’?” I said smiling looking deep in her eyes.
“Aryan…….pleeease don’t be ridiculous” she whispered. “ Its much too crowded here for such things”
“ Look Jaan” I said “ I believe that the fun of romance comes from doing the improbable thing….. in an unimaginable place…… at an unthinkable moment. So, darling sit back,…enjoy the food……and enjoy the feelings.”
“But dear, there are so many people around; you just can’t feel me up here” she said desperately and crossed her legs.
“Darling!” I said laughing, “Crossing the legs won’t help, as I will find a way to reach my destination.”