The “Butterfly”

THE “BUTTERFLY”
Fiction Short Story
By
VIKRAM KARVE
“Do I need to flirt with every man I meet in the hope that he would marry me…?” she said, “That’s what my mother wants me to do – she literally pushes me towards every officer she thinks is an “eligible bachelor” – hoping that he would marry me….”
I remained silent – to let her vent out her emotions.  
She looked at me and said: “My mother – she pushed me into the arms of your course-mate – hoping he would marry me – but – your course-mate did exactly the opposite – he fucked me – and then – he dumped me….”  
“Please don’t use such vulgar language…” I said.
“Vulgar…?” she said, “You are a real prude – aren’t you…?”
“It doesn’t look good – a nice girl like you using such “four letter words”…” I said.
“Ha – Ha – “four letter word” – you want me to use the word “lovemaking” – do you…?” she said, “Well – there was certainly no “love” involved – it was an act of “lust” – he got me drunk – he took me to his cabin – and he fucked me…”
“He got you drunk…? Did he…?”
“No. No…” she interrupted, “I got drunk willingly – to loosen my inhibitions. It was my first time – and I was a bit nervous…”
“Oh…” I said.
“I had flirted with many officers before – but I knew where to draw the line. But all those flirtations turned out to be transitory – fleeting romances – but with your course-mate – it was different – he wooed me quite intensely – I felt that he was genuinely interested in me – I thought that if I let him fuck me – he would marry me – but – exactly the opposite happened – the moment I let him fuck me – he dumped me – I think that was all he wanted – to fuck me…” she said.
“That’s bad…” I said.
“He probably thought I was a woman of “loose morals” – not “wife material”. I was good enough to have a “good time” with – but not good enough to marry…” she said, “So – he went home – and he got married to the “back home type” girl selected by his parents. And – I have lost my virginity – so now – no one will marry me…”  
“Don’t say that…” I said, “Times have changed. People are more broad-minded nowadays…”
She looked at me and smiled.
“Will you marry me…? I am telling you that your course-mate fucked me and I am not a virgin. Come on – you marry me…” she said to me.
I remained silent – not knowing what to say.
“You see – it is easy to talk modern things – but doing it in actual life is difficult – most of you officers I have met – you show off that you are very modern and liberal – but actually – you all are narrow-minded MCP’s – like your course-mate – who fucked me and dumped me…” she said.
“Why are you saying all this to me…? Did I ever do anything wrong to you…?” I said to her.
“No. No. You are the best officer in your course. I still remember what you told me when I tried to flirt with you…” she said.
“What did I tell you…?”
“You told me what your grandfather had said to you – “If you don’t want to go to a certain town – then don’t take the first step on the road to that town…” – she said, “You made it quite clear that since you didn’t intend to marry me – you were not interested in flirting with me…”
“You follow the same principle too – albeit in the opposite manner – you flirt with a boy in the hope that he will marry you – like your mother advised you…” I said.
“Yes – but it boomeranged with your course-mate…” she said, “I flirted with him – I even let him fuck me – in the hope that he would marry me – and instead – he dumped me – and I lost my virginity in the bargain too…”
“But you have decided to “Bash on Regardless”…” I said, “You are going to keep “flirting” till you find a husband…” 
“Yes. I am meeting someone tonight…” she said.
“Here – in the Club…?” I asked her.
“Yes…” she looked at her watch and said, “It’s almost 8 o’clock – he should be coming now…”
“Oh. Then I should go – I don’t want to be a “Kebab Mein Haddi”…” I said.
I got up to leave – and I said to her: “All the Best…”
“I enjoyed talking to you…” she said, “Just talking for the sake of talking – no intention – no ulterior motive – no expectations – just simple conversation…”
“Me too…” I said – and I walked across the club lawns towards the bar.
Dear Reader – did I tell you the name of the girl I was talking to…?
Well – her name was “Nisha” – yes – Nisha.
THREE YEARS LATER
“Why don’t you sit in the wardroom and have a drink…” the OOD said, “I’ll finish off my rounds and join you…”
[The Wardroom is a Naval Officers’ Mess on a Warship or Stone Frigate (Naval Shore Establishment). OOD is the acronym of “Officer of the Day” – the “de facto” and “de jure” Commanding Officer of the warship in off-hours in harbour]
I walked down to the Ship’s Wardroom.
I was surprised to see Nisha sitting inside – she was all alone – except for the steward standing behind the bar.
I smiled at her – she smiled back.
I sat down in front of her.
“So nice to see you here…” I said to Nisha.
“Yes – it’s been 3 years since we last met – isn’t it…?” she said.
“Yes…” I said, “In the club…”
“I didn’t know you were on this ship…” she said, “in fact – I didn’t see you on other ships too – or – in the club – or in the mess…”
“No. No…” I said, “I am not on this ship – in fact – I am not even posted in Mumbai – I am in Delhi – I have come on Temporary Duty here – the OOD is my Boss’s brother-in-law – I have come to collect some duty free canteen stuff for him…”
The steward asked me what I would like to drink.
“Get me a “Chivas Regal” – Large…” I said – and – I looked at the glass on the table in front of Nisha. She seemed to be drinking whisky too – so – I asked her, “same for you…?”
“Okay…” Nisha said – looking at her glass, “But I am having “Black Dog” with Soda…”
I looked at Nisha and asked her: “So – where is your “host”…?”
“He has gone to his cabin – to “tidy up”…” Nisha said.
“So – are you still flirting with every man you meet in the hope that he would marry you…?” I said – tongue-in-cheek.
“No…” Nisha said, with a naughty smile, “Now – I flirt just to have a “good time”….”
Suddenly – the OOD popped into the Wardroom – he smiled at Nisha – then he looked at me – and – he said to me: “Ah – I can see that you are comfortable. I’ll just go to the gangway and call up the Captain – I’ll make the “rounds report” to the Captain – and I’ll join you here for a drink…”
(This story happened 45 years ago – in the 1970’s – and those days – when a ship came to harbour and berthed alongside a jetty – a landline telephone was rigged up at the Quartermaster’s Post near the Ship’s Gangway)
The OOD left – and – an Officer entered the Wardroom.
I knew the officer – not intimately – but – I knew him just by face.
The Officer had a “spoken reputation” of being an ardent womanizer – a “Casanova”.
I wished him – he wished me back.
Then – the Officer looked at Nisha and said to her: “Let’s go up to my cabin…”
Nisha finished her drink – she smiled at me – and – she left with the Officer – to his cabin – to have a “good time”.
After Nisha and the Officer had left – I pondered over Nisha’s words:
“Now – I flirt just to have a “good time”….”
Earlier – she was flirting with the intention of “hooking” a husband – and now – she had become a “hooker” – a “fleet auxiliary”.
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Dear Reader:
If you wish to know more about the sobriquet “fleet auxiliary” – please read this story (click the link below):
VIKRAM KARVE
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