It was the last week of October and the mountains were cold. The awkwardness had dissolved before the day ended.
“Thanks”, Annie whispered.
“Thank you more!”, Akash fought back.
“It is cold, can I hold your hand?”, Annie struggled in a breath.
“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to..”, she said when he didn’t say anything.
His hand found its way under his blanket and then through hers. And he found her hand. She fumbled in between her speech and never completed it, as her breath froze for the seconds in which he pulled her closer, turned her on her side and wrapped his hand around her.
For what could have earned him a slap, Akash thanked the weather for making things easier.
“Goodnight”, she mumbled.
Akash opened his eyes and froze for a moment. In his arms, slept in peace the phenomenon he had stumbled upon the previous day.
He was dreaming for sure!
He took another moment to accept the present.
He smiled, blissfully.
Seconds later, Annie opened her eyes and her lips widened in a smile.
Their eyes were locked into each other.
He kissed her forehead and pulled her closer.
“It is the best winter, ever”.