Dara (Chapter 1)

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“Aku pulang.” Senyumnya sumringah sore itu. Aku menyambutnya di depan pintu. Kami saling melempar senyum. Tanpa aba-aba dan entah siapa yang memulai, kami pun saling merangkul. Pelukan itu semakin dalam. Entahlah, mungkin itu efek kangen. Yah, ini adalah kepulangannya dari perjalanan selama dua minggu ke luar kota. Bukan urusan pekerjaan. Keluarganya memintanya pulang karena akan ada pertemuan keluarga besar. Tanganku melingkar di tubuh ramping itu. Aku memejamkan mata sambil menarik nafas panjang karena merasa membutuhkan lebih banyak. Kepala ini mencari kenyamanan di dadanya. Seuntai senyum terukir manis di bibirnya. Dan tangan itu pun semakin mengencangkan pelukannya. Sungguh suatu suguhan sore yang indah. Sangat indah.

“Bagaimana perjalananmu? Aku dengar ada kesalahan penerbangan.” Kekhawatiranku masih ada walaupun gadis yang kutunggu-tunggu sudah duduk di depanku. “Lancar. Seperti yang kamu lihat. Aku baik-baik saja dan datang sesuai jadwal, kan? Itu bukan penerbanganku, Dis. Rute perjalanannya juga beda. Kamunya terlalu khawatir, jadinya nggak teliti gitu.” Dara berusaha menjelaskan kekeliruan informasi penerbangannya yang telah membuatku khawatir, dan berujung memonyongkan mulutnya ke depan. Lucu. Ngegemesin. “Iya, sorry.” Sekarang aku lega.

“Aku mandi ya,” ujarnya sambil berlari kecil mengitari kursi yang kami duduki, tangannya usil menyengol pinggangku. Aw. Aku gagal menghindar. Cuma bisa melempar tampang kesal yang tentunya tidak benar-benar kesal dan mataku mengikuti punggungnya yang perlahan menghilang di balik pintu kamar. Tanpa aku sadari aku tersenyum. “Terimakasih, Tuhan.”

Sore itu, di kamar yang tidak besar tapi juga tidak terlalu kecil untuk dua orang, Aku dan Dara bersantai-santai tanpa melakukan kegiatan yang serius. Tidak memikirkan pekerjaan. Tidak soal kuliah. Dan juga, tidak beberes rumah. ‘Me time’ untuk kami berdua. Sebenarnya rumah ini ada tiga kamar. Kamarku, kamar Dara dan kamar tamu. Tapi kamarku ini adalah tempat yang paling sering kami gunakan untuk menghabiskan waktu. Kami tidur di kamar masing-masing hanya ketika ada tamu, baik itu keluarga atau teman yang berkunjung.

Duduk bersandar di tempat tidur dan punggung beralaskan bantal, aku mencari posisi nyaman. Sambil memegang buku yang sudah lama tidak aku selesaikan membacanya. Aku berniat mengkhatamkannya hari ini. Namun, terkadang perhatianku beralih ke handphone yang berdering pertanda ada email masuk. Sedangkan Dara yang tidak jauh di sampingku sedang asik dengan game yang baru dibelinya. Tiba-tiba suaranya mengalihkan perhatianku.

“Dis?” Handphone yang sedari tadi dipegangnya diletakkan di kasur. Dan dia memperbaiki posisi duduknya.

“Ya?” tanyaku dengan sedikit penasaran. Kepalaku menoleh ke arahnya dan aku menutup halaman buku yang kubaca.

“Kamu dapat salam dari Mama. Katanya, kabar kamu gimana, kerjaan dan kuliah kamu. Mungkin mama kangen kamu, Dis,” dia mulai berujar.

“Ah, iya aku juga kangen. Udah lama nggak telepon mamamu. Maaf ya, Ra. Mungkin karena aku terlalu sibuk, jadi lupa bertukar kabar. Kerjaan dan kuliah menyita waktuku. Nanti deh aku telepon.” Aku berjanji. Dara menganguk sambil tersenyum. Tapi kemudian dia menghela nafas. Raut wajahnya berubah mendung.

“Kamu kenapa, Ra?” tanyaku. Alisku sedikit bertaut menunggu kata-kata yang tak kunjung keluar dari mulutnya. Perlahan dia menghela nafas lagi. Wajahnya serius. “Orangtuaku sudah mengatur pernikahanku, Dis. Mereka menanggapi serius kedekatanku dengan Indra. Teman laki-laki yang pernah aku cerita ke kamu.” Aku terdiam. “Dis, kamu cinta aku nggak?” Matanya menatap kedalaman mataku. Tepat di bola mata, dan tidak berkedip hingga sekian detik. Entah apa yang dicarinya.

Pandangannya semakin dalam. Aku gelagapan, dan tidak sanggup lagi dengan adegan itu, aku membuang muka. Ada yang ngilu di hatiku. Seperti jarum menusuk-nusuk. Perih.  Jemariku meremas pinggiran ranjang, sehingga alasnya mengkerut, tidak rapi lagi. Aku tidak tahu harus memberi respon apa. Dan tidak tahu jawaban apa yang dia harapkan. Selama ini aku baik-baik saja tanpa mempermasalahkan status. Dan aku pikir dia pun begitu, nyaman dengan keadaan ini.

Aku dan Dara. Dia adalah gadis yang mengisi hari-hariku beberapa tahun belakangan. Bisa serumah dengannya berawal dari tiga tahun lalu. Suatu ketidaksengajaan aku bertemu dengannya di depan rumah ini, sebelum rumah ini resmi menjadi milik kami berdua. Aku berniat membeli rumah ini. Dan hari itu aku ingin bertemu pemilik rumah untuk nego harga. Ternyata yang berminat terhadap rumah ini bukan cuma aku, tapi juga dia. Kebetulan pada hari itu kami bertemu di halaman rumah dan mengobrol. Dari obrolan itulah aku tahu kalau dia juga bermaksud ingin membeli rumah ini. Singkat cerita, kami berdua bertemu pemilik rumah. Dan ternyata harganya tidak sesuai dengan anggaranku. Seandainya si pemilik mau menurunkan sedikit lagi harganya tentu akan aku upayakan dananya. Selepas pertemuan itu kami berpisah. Sempat bertukar kartu nama dengannya. Namanya Dara. Dan tidak ada kepikiran lagi akan bertemu dengan gadis itu.

Selang beberapa hari sejak pertemuan itu, Dara menelponku. Dia meminta untuk bertemu. Katanya ada hal penting yang ingin dia bicarakan denganku. Aku menyetujui. Dari pembicaraan itu, dia menyatakan bahwa jika aku masih punya keinginan membeli rumah itu, dia menawarkan join dana. Katanya dia bersedia menanggung setengah biaya. Dengan syarat aku tidak keberatan tinggal serumah dengannya. Aku melongo, seolah tidak percaya dengan apa yang aku dengar. Ide macam apa itu? Tinggal serumah dengan orang asing? Tidak ada hubungan apapun. Dia adalah orang yang baru aku kenal beberapa hari yang lalu dan itu pun cuma sekedar ngobrol basa-basi biasa. Tapi kenapa dia begitu percaya denganku? “Emm, aku.. Emm, kamu tidak lagi becanda, kan?”

“Aku serius. Aku suka sama rumah itu. Sayang kalau harus lepas ke tangan orang lain. Karena masalah kita sama, sama-sama kekurangan dana, berminat dengan rumah yang sama, kenapa kita tidak ambil jalan tengah saja? Ya, kan?” Di balik kata-katanya memang terpancar keseriusan. Aku mulai mempertimbangkan. “Tapi, kalau kamu keberatan, ya ga apa-apa. Itu pilihan kamu,” lanjutnya sambil tersenyum. Entah kenapa aku mulai menyukai senyumannya. Manis. “Baiklah, Ra. Aku mau,” kataku mantap. Dia senang. Wajahnya berbinar. Berkali-kali dia tersenyum yang memperlihatkan gigi putihnya yang tertata rapi. “Terima kasih, Dis,” katanya sambil tangannya menggenggam jemariku yang tergeletak di atas meja. Aku kaget, tapi aku tidak bereaksi. Mungkin seperti itu cara dia meluapkan rasa bahagianya. Aku hanya balas tersenyum balik.

Banyak hal yang telah kami lalui di rumah ini. Berbagi senang, sedih, tawa, galau, berbagi cerita tentang keluarga masing-masing, keluh kesah pekerjaan dan perkara remeh-temeh lainnya. Hampir tidak ada lagi yang ditutupi di antara aku dan dia. Seiring rentang waktu, yang paling sulitku bayangkan adalah jauh darinya. Telingaku sudah terbiasa dengan suara lembutnya. Mataku tidak bisa terlelap jika tidak melihatnya di sampingku. Dara adalah nafasku.

“Dis, Kamu kenapa diam saja?” Suaranya menyentakkan lamunanku. Aku memeluknya. Inginku rengkuh tubuh ini dan tak ingin melepaskannya. Hatiku berkata dia adalah pasangan jiwaku. Dia adalah sumber inspirasiku. Dia segalanya bagiku. Hidup bersama adalah pilihan terbaik yang harus aku ambil. Aku hanya perlu menjawab “Ya, aku mencintaimu.” Apalagi yang dipikirkan, semuanya sudah berjalan sejauh ini. Dan selalu akan baik-baik saja.

“Pertanyaanmu ada-ada saja, Ra. Ga perlu aku jawab kamu pasti sudah tahu jawabannya, kan?” Aku mencoba tersenyum. Kuletakkan tangan ini di kedua pipinya. Kubelai wajahnya dengan lembut. Perlahan wajahnya mendekati wajahku. Semakin mendekat hingga kurasakan hangat hembusan nafasnya. Bibirnya menyentuh bibirku. Ku rasakan ada semacam aliran listrik menyengat. Jantungku berdegup kencang. Suhu badanku berubah panas. Tubuhku tidak bisa menolaknya, malah menginginkan lebih. Seolah aku merindukan setiap sentuhan darinya.

 

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