There is a reason why you came into my life. Even if it was for a brief period of time. You changed the way I see this world. You changed the very concept of strangers. I was in for a surprise when I met you and I wish to God that I do meet you again at some point in time. Although I have no idea what your name is and I have forgotten what you look like. For me, you are a saviour. A saviour in the disguise of a man.
My friends had already gotten off the train and there was at least three more hours of the journey to my home left. It was pitch dark and nearing midnight and I found myself alone in that entire second class sleeper compartment. Except for you of course, which I didn’t know initially. I was seated on the two seater side of the compartment. Suddenly the TTE appears next to my window. He was on the platform and asking me where I was going. I answered him politely, trying to not let him know that I was alone and afraid.
The train starts off again. Within a few minutes, I hear the compartment door close. Next I notice the TTE come in. He sat right in front of me while he checked my tickets. He asked me which college I was studying in. He started to ask more questions which were getting a way bit too personal. He was a middle aged man and though I was supposed to feel secure because of his presence, he managed to put me into a state of panic.
I was not used to travelling alone , that too at night. And I never expected the compartment to be so empty. When the TTE got up to go somewhere, I closed my eyes and prayed to God as hard as I could. Then ,from nowhere, you appeared. You sat in a seat close , yet far from me. You could keep an eye on me from where you were. The TTE comes back and is taken aback when he sees you sitting nearby. The train was nearing the next station. It stops and the TTE says goodbye to me and gets off onto the platform.
I gave out a sigh of relief. I picked up my walkman to listen to music, all the while keeping an eye on you keeping an eye on me. You saved me that night. I am sure you did. I never got a chance to thank you. So now I am trying to do that. I hope you read this someday and understand how grateful I am for what you did for me. How indebted I am to you for saving me and possibly my life.
Thank you dear stranger, hope only the best happened to you in your life.
Written for Write Tribe’s Letters Unsent .