The countdown had begun. People were shouting at the top of their voices, they all were happy, unaware of what was going inside Sarah’s head. She was not sad, but she was not happy either. She came to the party because he was supposed to be here. He did not come. She was disappointed. She was tired of not letting her mood rub onto the mood of her friends. They had absolutely no idea that she had arranged to meet Sammy.

10 … 9 … 8 … 7 … 6 … 5 … she looks towards the door for one last time, 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 … Happy New Year! Everybody shouted. This time, she joined in. People then started wishing each another. She wished her friends. Finally, her closest friend Amy noticed the sadness in her voice

What’s wrong?” she wanted to know
Sarah shook her head, trying to say “Nothing” against the loud music that now filled the room. People had already started dancing to the new numbers.

She made her way out of the dancing people to reach the corner seat. Amy followed.
Has this something to do with Sammy?” another question
Sarah could never lie to her best friend. She did try a couple of time but she got caught on all the occasions. Amy was really good of reading in between the lines.

He said he had to talk to me about something important” Sarah explained.
Did he say what it was about?” Amy was always full of questions.
No. He just said that it was something important and he would be here before zero hours” Sarah said avoiding looking towards the entrance. Amy did that for her, involuntarily.
But he is not here.” Amy said scanning the crowd. “It is high time you forget about him” the serious tone set in, slightly anxious touch to it.

Are you alright?” was Sarah’s first question to Amy.
Yeah, I am fine. Let me get you a drink” saying so, Amy got up and walked towards the bar. Sarah watched her for a while and then scanned the crowd, hoping she could find Sammy. There was no sign of him. She should have been angry but she was not. Strangely, she was worried. Her intuition was warning her against something.
Amy brought two drinks and handed Sarah’s to her.
Cheers” she said and smiled.
Sarah drank the entire content of the glass in one single gulp. She should have not done that but she was thirsty.

Happy New Year” Amy said as Sarah started drifting into darkness.