I am forgetting something

Short story

Alex works as a scientist for a government agency and is continuously working from last night on his research. He and his team are working on a chemical product that could provide a breakthrough in the industry. They are very near to completion. Chemical has almost been formulated, so he wants to finish the research as soon as possible. During the night he slept for two hours in his office’s lab and since morning he is feeling something different. “I am forgetting something. Maybe it is something important related to the research, but why I can’t recall it?”, he speaks to himself.

Other scientists have now reached the office. Alex greets them all. Maria, her assistant, also enters the office and reaches directly to his lab. Surprised by the gesture, he thinks why she didn’t seek his permission to enter the lab like always. Next moment he dismisses the thought and immediately turns his attention to the research.


Today a meeting is scheduled with his team and his boss. When he reaches the meeting room, the discussion has already started. His boss turns to him and asks him about the progress. “Research is very near to completion but we cannot solve some minor problems”, he replies. After listening to him, the boss gets disappointed as today is the target date to finish the research. Team has to submit the findings by tomorrow so he instructs him to put more effort and complete all the things by tomorrow morning.

Disappointed by the flak he returns to his lab, still thinking he is forgetting something. This thought is making him uneasy. His attention is diverted by a sweet fragrance of the rose. Instantly he realizes that it is Maria’s perfume. As he looks at her, he suddenly remembers what he is forgetting. He was planning to propose to Maria to marry him for a long time. Because of the delay in the research project, he forgot to talk to her about it.

He calls Maria and says,” Maria, I want to tell you something. I like you a lot. I feel that I have fallen in love with you. Would you marry me?”.  She is looking at him with perplexed expressions, both furious and grinning at the same time. After a brief pause, she asks him,” Do you remember where were you yesterday?”. He was blank and couldn’t remember. Then she laughs and says,” Dear husband, we got married yesterday and I am already your wife.”

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