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A Step... Too Far!

The doorbell rang again. 20 year old Tony tried to ignore it, yet the ringing persisted. His parents and his sister were not at home and he wasn't expecting anyone this time of the day. It was about 2 o'clock in the afternoon. He had difficulty catching a nap and had preferred listening to music to ease his boredom. And now someone had come to destroy his little fiesta. Angrily, he turned his wheel chair around and maneuvered his way around to the door. He felt for the latches and slowly opened it one by one except for the safety chain which he kept on. He then opened the door, his blind eyes seeing nothing except darkness.

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"Yes?" he called out.

"Hi", a girl's voice called out from outside. Puzzled, Tony lifted his face in the direction of the sound.

"Can I come in for a second?" the girl continued.

For a moment, Tony was compelled to tell the girl to get lost. He hated it when someone intruded on his privacy but for now, he was curious to know why the girl wanted to barge in on his fiefdom. Somehow she sounded na?ve and vulnerable, not that he was a good judge of character and that too just by hearing the voice.

He hesitated a bit and then asked her. "What do you want?"

"Oh sorry, I didn't introduce myself. My name is Tara. I recently moved in the house opposite on the other side of the street and I often see you handle a violin and I wondered if you would teach me or atleast play a few notes for me?"

Teach her? Tony was perplexed. It had been years since he had last played a violin. He had given it up long ago when he was just 12 years old. His failing eyesight had brought him lot of humiliation at the hands of his friends and finally when he had turned completely blind, he had completely broken down and finally lost the mobility in his legs, unable to walk. For him, playing the violin was like bringing back all those bitter memories of his childhood.

"Sorry. I don't play the violin. Please go!" Saying this, Tony banged the door shut in anger.

The bell rang again. Tony waited for the ringing to stop. It didn't. Angrily he pulled open the door.

"I said go away!"

"Are you always this bitter with strangers?"

"Yes. Now leave me alone"

"Sure. Don't worry, I'll be back when your mood's fine. Take care...see you again." Saying this, the girl turned around and walked away. Tony stood still listening to the sound of her heels clicking on the wooden stairs till finally it disappeared. He closed the door shut and wearily pushed his wheelchair towards his room. He felt his way around to the cabinet and slowly raised his hand to feel the violin on top of the cabinet. He pulled it down and delicately felt its body. Across the street, Tara stared at Tony through the windows, a smile on her face.

She was back at his place the next day and at the same time and as much as he wanted to ask her to leave, he found himself opening the door wide enough to let her through. He shut the door behind her.

"Oh what a pretty house you have here."

Tony couldn't help but smile to himself as she browsed through the house. It had been years since someone had taken some interest in him and he immensely seemed to be enjoying it. They shared stories of each others life. Someone called out her name. She hesitantly got up.

"I have to leave. Pity, I didn't get to hear you play. Will you play the violin for me now...please..."

Her words seemed to push Tony back in his cocoon. She quickly realised it and changed the topic.

"I guess I got to go. Maybe some other time. I can meet you again, can I?

Tony turned in her direction and smiled, a genuine smile that had laid buried in his soul for years.


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