I LOVED it!
This was the best ending you could have given to this story. It was short, simple and ended on such a hopeful note. It warmed me completely from the inside. You can probably guess that I liked that little conversation between Sam and Alya at the end the very best. Of course they can't get there straight away but both of them want to be together again and that's quite enough for me.
Since we have reached the end as all good things must, I wanted to let you know why I loved this story so much. I have said this before and I will say it again. I see this as a story of love that was always cherished between the three protagonists and never forgotten. In the end, Alya could forgive Sam and Kabir because she knew that they had loved her all along and had always stood by her. She could see it, accept it, believe it.
Most of the story was about the inner conflict in the minds of the three protagonists and especially Sam and Alya. They were constantly waging a battle in their heads, trying to understand each other and in turn, themselves. I especially fell in love with these two characters because they were conflicted, layered, real and in a way, brutally genuine. There was something so genuine in the way they had both been hurt and in the way they finally came to terms with each other and themselves. I loved them both for this genuineness.
I loved the little doses of humor you added to the story, courtesy Jay. You managed to keep the story light-hearted at all the right places.
Lastly, I loved this story because of your FANTASTIC writing. You are definitely a magnificent writer. And I truly want to thank you for sharing this beautiful story with everyone here on Writer's Corner.
I would love to read a sequel. But I also want you to know that the story is great just the way it is, anyway.
I would love to read more of your writing. Keep posting.