Sheena and Rohan had been going out for a month now. Rohan was a strapping 6’2”; his burly frame belied his gentle and generous nature. He had a huge build and a rough look that gave a raw edge to his masculinity. Sheena on the other hand was diminutive at 5’4”, and her slim frame made her look even younger and more petite.
They first bumped into each other at a coffee shop where a mutual friend introduced them. They found each other pleasant, and their friendship took off when they found that they worked in the same company albeit in different sections. Sheena was outgoing and fun. Rohan was quieter and had a warm, sensitive nature. Slowly, they were drawn to each other like moths to fire.
They felt their relationship progress from a casual like to spend time with each other to want to be around each other all the time. And, both of them went from handshakes to warm hugs and peck on the cheek. Sheena was not your typical obsessed with the latest fashion trends girl and enjoyed dressing simple and staying well groomed. Rohan was a typical male who found using moisturizer on his skin akin to make up. With great difficulty, he pushed himself to shave once every few days.
Sheena hated his unkempt look. His shaggy stubble, she really disliked. It scratched her cheeks and lips, and she quickly winced inwards.  The thought of going anywhere close to his face filled her with dismay. And, she could sense his confusion when she never showed any interest in kissing him. His deep eyes seemed to question her quietly, but he never asked her. And, she could just not bring herself to tell him directly.
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Back from work, she was flipping the channels absentminded when she chuckled loudly. She immediately picked up her purse and went out of the house with a mischievous smile on her face.
The next day, a neatly wrapped gift arrived at Rohan’s house. He was in a rush to leave for work. He took it and quickly unwrapped it feeling very inquisitive about what it contained. It was from Sheena. She had never gifted him anything this far. He was puzzled to find an uneven package inside. It had a plastic brush normally used to scrub clothes before washing them. He was deeply puzzled. There was nothing else in the package and certainly no note. He was holding the brush and moving it in his hands when he saw something and a quick sheepish grin came on his face. Smiling to himself, he locked his door and went out.
Sheena was anxiously waiting to hear from Rohan. He did not call her the entire day. He had received the package, and she was wondering how he took it. She was tempted many times to call him but waited. By evening, she was clearly at the edge of her seat when she received an SMS from Rohan. It simply said, “My place at 7Rohan!” She immediately got up and left for his place.
Her heart was beating rapidly when she rang his doorbell. Rohan opened the door. It was dimly lit. She could not see his face. As she walked in, she could smell a delicious aroma of vanilla and cinnamon. Some lovely candles were lit casting an eerie glow on the dining table. A bottle of wine was also chilling there. Behind her, she could sense Rohan watching her. And then, she saw her “gift” displayed on his table showing the words “Shave or Crave” that she had scribbled in bold letterswith a heart around then.
She immediately turned and found herself looking into Rohan’s chest. Glancing up, she did a double take. Rohan was clean-shaven and looked positively edible. His boyish features were clearly accentuated and a delightfully masculine after-shave hit her nostrils. She loved the musky smell. Her hands flew to his face cupping his smooth skin. She loved the touch of him. She felt a thrill of excitement go up her spine, as her pulse quickened. His eyes mirrored her own passion and also had a hint of laughter in them. All he said was, “Why didn’t you tell me earlier?” With a huge smile and a wink, her hungry lips reached out for his making impossible any further conversation!
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Much later in the night, she silently thanked Gillette’s Shave or Crave commercial that she had seen on television the previous day. He was indeed going to shave every evening. Wasn’t it a win-win situation for both of them ;-)!
Many years later, his son also grimaced at his prickly stubble. The guy has no escaping. He has to shave not only for his wife but kid as well!



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54 Thoughts on “Stubble trouble!

  1. This current look looks so unkempt.I wonder why it has become the rage, maybe because of ease.

  2. Ahaaa…. this is good 😀 Good luck Rachna

  3. Ha! This is a familiar story, Rachna….

  4. Rachna,

    Good one. Hope you win.

    Take care

  5. Good one there. Somehow people tend to be more creative when they are asked to touch upon the romantic aspect of their lives. Good luck 🙂

  6. Hi Rachna,

    HAHAHA..positively edible…good one.
    Lovely post, you’ve made him crave for the shave. 🙂
    Happy New Year to you and family. 🙂

    Here’s my take on this:


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  7. Hahaha…good one…good luck for the contest 🙂

  8. Smooth and mushy…Your post was much needed to lift that terrible gloom that has descended on all of us.

  9. Nice one,Rachna.Best wishes for the contest

  10. SIMPLY SMILING….:) while my fingers are trying to mend my mustache like Rowdy Rathore…..:))

    my best wishes for the contest and a very Happy New year to all of you…..

  11. ha ha 🙂 good one… All the best 🙂

  12. All the best for the contest!
    I always thought girls liked a day or two old stubble.

  13. I like the idea of the guy shaving for the son. Wife can become ‘ghar ki murgi’ but kids they cannot escape!
    All the best for the contest 🙂

  14. Good luck Rachna (although I have to admit I love stubble!)

  15. IT seems the whole blogworld is getting together to make men shave he he he But I am holding fort with my Moustacheeeeeee… MUUUUUU HA HA HA HA HA

    lovely article made me smile .. hope you enjoying ur holidays

    Happy new year to you and family and everyone around you 🙂

    • Hi Bikram, Wish you a happy new year too. Yeah the vacation was nice. And, mooch, I know you love yours ;-). As long as your significant other digs it, it hardly matter what everyone else thinks.

  16. That’s a nice story!! 🙂
    All the best for the contest! 🙂

  17. ahem ahem kuch jyaada hogaya ji

  18. Nice to see you attempting fiction and contests. Best of luck for the contest.

  19. But I like a man with stubble 🙂 Still, creative way of communicating! Thumbs up!

  20. rings a bell! best of luck for the contest!!

  21. Enjoyed that, Rachana. Sandpaper has its place – just not on his face.

  22. Nice story 😀 All the best for the contest! 🙂

  23. enjoyed reading this post! an engrossing story!! all the best for the contest!

  24. My best wishes for the contest

  25. Liked the post.. lol.. If my wife’s sees the post she ll burst in laugh..
    “He has to shave not only for his wife but kid as well!”

  26. all the very best for the contest Rachna!

  27. This was so cute 😀 That brush thing took all the points. The point when she turns around, her face bumping his chest, haha, super cute and so well penned in such short story. You got a fan lady 🙂

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