Now, his father wore the same smile that her mother greeted me with and poured some more wine in my glass. Between the two of us, we had almost finished the Mendoza red.
His brother murmured, "Lyna wants you to check your WhatsApp. She said it's urgent."
I went into the room to check my WhatsApp. She had sent, "What are you up to? Have you gone crazy?"
I didn't quite understand so I replied back, "What do you mean?"
She then sent me a screenshot of her chat with her mother. Her mother had written, "We love Varun. We approve of him. We are fine with you two getting married whenever you guys are ready."
I couldn't believe my eyes. Maybe it was the wine. No, it wasn't. It was some kind of confusion. Her parents thought Lyna had sent me on some sort of approval trip. I asked Lyna to clear the confusion with her parents.
She said she did tell her mother that she already has a boyfriend in New Hampshire. But, her mother replied that you are not happy with your present boyfriend so why not Varun. Both of us were baffled.
Despite clarifying, they treated me as their to-be son-in-law. I asked his father for some beer and he brought a beer of each kind from the convenience store. I mentioned that I am thinking of travelling through Patagonia on a motorcycle. He took me to a local motorcycle seller.
I went for a walk in the town with her brother. He introduced me to everyone as 'boyfriend of Lyna'. The whole town started treating me as Lyna's fiance. A cafe owner called me in for some cafe con leche, a family invited me for a rare Mendoza wine, a deli guy offered sandwiches and everyone in the town greeted me with a wide smile.
For five days, I was the fiance of the town sheriff's daughter.
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