You are not alone

You are not alone

I need a break, Sara thought and went to the washroom. As she was putting water on her face, she heard a weeping sound coming from one of the washroom stalls.
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Sara was on her way to the office. She looked out the window and saw the houses adorned with decorations, streets lit up with festive lights, even the radio had Christmas songs on. But Sara was least bothered. There was not even a smile on her face. She took out her earphones, plugged into her cell, laid back, and closed her eyes. It was as if the outside world didn’t exist for her anymore.

She has been like this ever since her parents got separated. This occasion was particularly painful as it reminded her of that painful event when they decided to part ways. She was 13 at the time. For her, Christmas was just another day. She would stay indoors, watch TV and sleep. This was her holiday routine.

As the car pulled up in front of her office, she took a deep breath and stepped out of the vehicle. An important project was due so she had to come today. It’s not like she was complaining though. She went straight to her desk and started working. She wanted to finish her work as soon as possible. Listening to her colleagues discussing their Christmas plans was making her restless.

I need a break, Sara thought and went to the washroom. As she was putting water on her face, she heard a weeping sound coming from one of the stalls.

“Hey! Are you okay?” Sara asked after gently knocking on the door.

“Yeah… I am fine,” a familiar voice replied.

“Why don’t you come out?” Sara insisted.

After a few seconds, the door unlocked. It was Riya, her colleague. Sara gave her a napkin.

“What happened?” Sara asked curiously.

“I don’t know what to tell you. It might sound stupid. I don’t like this time of the year,” said Riya, wiping her tears.

“I hate it too. Especially Christmas,” Sara looked at her.

Riya was surprised. She wasn’t the only one who felt this way during holidays. This comforted her. Sara too was relieved. She finally found someone who can understand her.

“If you are not doing anything. Let’s meet on Christmas Eve. Maybe we will not feel miserable in each other’s company.” Sara suggested as they walked out of the washroom.

“That sounds great,” responded Riya.

“Hey, I have an idea,” Sara took out her phone and started typing. After a few seconds, she showed Riya her phone. She had created an invite for a Christmas eve party for those who felt lonely during this time of the year.

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