Ananya was celebrating her 13th birthday. The whole neighbourhood was invited. Her friends from school were there too. Soon it was time to cut the cake. The sound of the birthday song echoed. The table was full of presents. One among them stood out—a large basket covered with a soft, red cloth.
She heard a faint sound, coming from underneath the cloth. Ananya removed the cloth to see what was inside. Woof! It was a puppy. Ananya’s face lit up. She never imagined her wish would come true after so many years on her birthday. Since that day, Ananya and Simba were inseparable.
Three years flew by like a breeze and their bond grew stronger with time. From his walks to his food, Ananya took complete responsibility of Simba’s every need. Ananya couldn’t imagine a day without him, and she never thought she’d have to. But fate had different plans.
Ananya got admission in a prestigious school away from her hometown. Although it was a proud achievement, she knew what it meant—leaving Simba behind. She tried convincing her parents to let Simba come with her. But it was unfeasible. Helpless and heartbroken, Ananya bid farewell to a wailing Simba, who somehow knew she wouldn’t come back for a long time.
Ananya grabbed Simba’s leash as she walked out. It was her way of feeling closer to him.