(This is the ninth part of a short story - Love takes courage) The next morning when he was alone with Pooja in his room, he started talking to Pooja.
"Pooja, you know how life is going to be for me now. There is no guarantee on when I will get a transplant. For many years, I am going to be on dialysis. Dialysis is not a pleasant thing. It suckes out a lot of energy. I will hardly have the time or the energy for something else."
Pooja replied, "Yes, I know, Rohan. We will deal with this. Don't worry. We will try to get you a transplant very soon. We will register in multiple hospitals. We can also look for someone to donate to you for money. It is possible."
Rohan said, "All that is fine Pooja. But I don't want you to go through all this. It is not fair."
"What do you mean Rohan?"
"Pooja, don't get me wrong."
"Tell me directly what you are saying", Pooja raised her voice, sensing what was coming.
"Pooja, you must move on."
Pooja was shocked. She froze for a moment. And then she suddenly burst into tears.
Rohan was shocked at her reaction. He got up even though he did not have the energy. Pooja signalled to him to wait there itself.
Pooja said, "Don't do this to me Rohan. You have no right to do this."
"Pooja, we must be practical. Things are different now. My life has changed completely. Please understand. You don't need to go through all this. I am not the same guy you loved until a few days back."
Pooja was still crying.
"Pooja, Pooja, please listen to me. You should find another guy and get married. You must basically get on with your life."
"Pooja, do one thing. First stop crying."
Just then, there was a knock on the door. Rohan's sister and mother entered the room. They were surprised to see the usually composed Pooja crying so bitterly.
Rohan explained to them what he had just told Pooja. Shwetha sat next to Pooja and consoled her. Rohan's mother berated Rohan for saying what he had just said. Turning to Pooja she said, "Look Pooja, you don't listen to what this fellow says. But you should think about it yourself. Think about the changed circumstances. Not now. But in the future, if ever you decide to move on, remember one thing, it is ok. We will all understand."
Pooja hugged Rohan's mother and said, "Thank you aunty!"