'Unexpected things are always welcome' this was my best friend Oshi's quote about life. She was 13 years old when I lost her in Tsunami. We were four best friends... Oshi (13), Harsha (13), Trish (12) and me (11).
Oshi was very fond of perfumes and she use to wear my rose perfume everyday.
Harsha was fond of foods like cup cakes, biscuits, fruit cakes etc and his most favourite place was the bakery near my house. We always see him there and he would smell as sweet as the fruit cake whenever we four met in my or my aunt's place. Elders would joke around saying Harsha soon would turn a baker as he always spent his time there waiting for fresh cakes to be taken first. Those days were lovely.
So on Dec 26 2004 me and dad were shopping as I had a party in one of my friend's home. Oshi, Trish and Harsha told they would join us so they were on the way. Excited, me and dad were waiting outside and I was filled with joy when I saw them coming.
Suddenly, people were rushing and there within seconds I was seeing water chasing the people. I had no idea what was going on. Dad and I ran to the corner and there he helped me to climb on a tree. He was down saving the people who were stuck.
I saw Harsha helping Oshi to climb on a branch of a big tree but couldn't, Harsha lost his control and he drowned along the rushing water. Helpless Oshi was hanging there, I was in terror I gained the concious that people were dying and my friends too.
A lady who was trying to save her own life while flowing she caught Oshi's leg as there was no control in both Oshi and the lady her hand slipped and there Oshi was taken along the lady with the rushing water. I closed my eyes didn't want to see anymore of it.
After everything calmed down me and dad reached home at night maybe it was 2 or 3 am already, we couldn't find our way just lost and taking wrong turns all we faced was the crying people or stepping on a dead body, everything was horrible. Dad was worried about mom and the families and me wondering all the way what happened to Trish.
Thank God mine and Trish's family were unhurt and yeah Trish was there lying down saved by his cousin brother. Days passed calling other relatives and friends to find out who is there and who is not. Harsha's and Oshi's family were no more except Oshi's little brother who is 12 now (adopted by my parents), he was at my place when Tsunami broke into town.
Days passed and I was like walking dead. Missing Oshi and Harsha, it was Jan 1st and we didn't celebrate. I was lying on the floor staring at my pink lace socks reminding me about her, it was her favourite colour and she use to wear it when she visits me.
Later when I closed my eyes, I felt somebody was watching me standing near the door. I thought it was mom but there was nothing. As I didn't know anything about paranormal stuffs so seeing nothing didn't bother me. Few minutes later I could smell my rose perfume I sat there thinking this fragrance is hurting me who could have used that. I got up to check my drawer but wait how could it be? I gave her the perfume long ago and now I am smelling it.
I cried hugging my pillow thinking it was Oshi in my arms, I still didn't knew that it was paranormal thing going on but I was deeply hurt and disturbed because of the fragrance was reminding me about her so much.
Trish visited me at night with his family, he came to my room very much sad than me. He told me he saw Harsha sitting on his bed staring at the window and faded away. I cried and told what I experienced, he told me that his grandmother use to tell him about loved ones do visit us and that's what happened.
Few moments later I simply felt the joy that I use to feel when all we four friends are together. Again I could smell the perfume and separately the smell of fruit cake. I was silent and next to me Trish's eyes filled with tears, 'they came to see us' was his reply when I patted his head, he saw them but I only could smell. The atmosphere was changed, it was sad but mixed wit joy. Trish's grandmother came to us crying and told us that she was happy to see four of us together again. We cried hugging her and I was hurt that I couldn't see them.
Years passed Trish (now my boyfriend) never left me alone and I feel our friends presence most of the time, when I am asleep I could smell the rose perfume.
We told our parents about our experiences and they told that they know and my mom thinks she saw Oshi entering my room one night.
Whenever I feel that I am filled with joy now, I think that its a sign that they are alright and will be here with us forever and not to be sad. She was right 'Unexpected things are welcome'
I have lot of experiences to share, if the readers are interested I'll update it soon.
Thank you for reading.