HEELS UNDER MY FLATS!?
CHAPTER – 4
I sensed few splashes of water on my face and a huge crowd of friends around me, but decided to stay on the floor, sleeping, as I was not ready to face anything that was alive. However, my friends are my BIG sisters, they did not just leave me, happily sleeping on the hot floor, and instead they did cool me down with a bucket of water.
“WHAT ON EARTH!???????” I stood up to my feet with a loud roar, as I was totally drenched till my shoulders.
“Were you really unconscious?” asked Athi, who wore these big glasses to straight her vision, yet somehow failed most of the time. She is also my childhood friend, in fact we were classmates from our 2nd grade. No, we are not the best friends who think alike, but who follows the law of ‘opposite poles attract each other.’ We, most of the time would feel that we were born to troll and tease each other. We would have no courtesy for each other, no sympathy or empathy, oh, well that’s just me, Athi, is the most sensitive girl in the troop but the naughtiest too.
“Nah, I was having a warm massage on the road Athi!” I said to her with irritation and loads of sarcasm.
“Your mom is keeping on calling all of us SHREYA. What shall we do now?” asked Ashwathi in a tensed tone that made me gasp for air, even more. Ashwathi is my school-mate too. In fact, I met her when I met Aadarsh and ever since our story continues.
I turned my gaze to Anuksha, who was very cool in resting under the tree. She gave me a wink and said, “Let’s PARTY SHREYAAA!”
Tell me this, what would you do if you were in my place? How about a hug and a kiss for her? No? So how about a punch on her face?
Well before my fist could touch her beautiful bridal face, Athi shouted to the entire street that she has some more bad news.
“What is it Athi?” I asked panicking. She started explaining from the moment she heard her phone ringing. My squad and I did wait patiently for her to come to the main content, but even after 5 minutes of talking, she did not cover it. With a huge chorus sigh, we said, “SKIP TO THE BAD NEWS ATHIII!”
“All the boys are there in your house Shreya. They are calling us there because your mother is about to break into a monstrous thandavam.” she finally said.
‘All the boys??? BINGO’ I said to myself and with a slight sigh of relief I gave others a broad smile and asked Ashwathi to get a cake before coming to my house.
Anuksha, Sulochana, Athi and me took the car and left for my house while the other 2 members went in Anuksha’s scooty to buy the cake. Nobody could understand what I was upto, until…
“We are here Shreya. You sure you are ready for this?” asked Sulochana as we reached my house.
“So we have a choice?” I asked as I got down from the car, followed by the other 3 and we walked in slow motion to our house, like superheroes. Before I found answers for this mess, I had to answer to my mother, who was raging like a volcano.
I went inside the house, which was unlikely empty, and that too on a pooja day and my mom was nowhere to be found. No, I was not searching for her but was searching for…
“Ahh, there you are, all grown-up lady. Come, please tell me what is happening here, are you and Aadrash into a secret relationship? What is all this Shreya? Is this how I brought you up? Why are you behaving like a pervert? Oh God, give her some good senses, pleaseeeee!” my mom started to cry.
I was least bothered about it, in fact I could tell you all those dialogues by-heart, but not now, because I found my key to escape.
“Anuksha?“ exclaimed Aakar. Aakar, is relatively a new person to us, because we knew him only through Anuksha. Anuksha and Aakar are the new-to-be couples, which makes him Anuksha’s lover/ ‘would-be husband’.
“Aakar!!!???” exclaimed Anuksha too.
“This was the moment!” I thought and pounced into action. Meanwhile my mom was shocked to see these two lovers’ shocking reactions. Now that’s exactly what I wanted. I signaled Sulochana, Athi, Marlon, Adarsh and Niranj to follow my lead.
“SURPRISE!!” we shouted, while others stood there with a blank expression.
As my mom gave me the same questioning look, I hugged her and said, “Amma, mission accomplished! Thank you! This is a prank to surprise both Aakar and Anuksha. How was it?”
Only then did my friends understand my lie and acted along. Everyone was acting as if they were excited, though was drowning in tension. I continued, “HERE’S A CAKE FOR YOU TWO!” I said, looking at the lovely couple while others were staring at the door for the absconding cake.
My mom dragged me to a corner and whispered, “A cake? Is this for real? So all his proposal is only a prank? Really? So you want me to believe it? Fine, I’ll buy this story as it’s not just you, but your entire troop that’s into the play.”
Only then I realized that Ashwathi’s emergency troop hasn’t arrived yet. Before I could make a tensed expression to Athi, they arrived and there was the sweet little drama enacted in my house’s living room.
Once everyone filled their tummies with that delicious, costly cake, we decided to leave. Before we could board our vehicles, my mom came to the door, saw the boys getting inside the car with us and asked, “Why are the boys getting in with you? Are they on the trip too?”
“Damn! NOT AGAIN!” I thought to myself and went to answer her, for no one else would open their mouths against my mom.
“There’s only one scooty amma, so they need a lift right? That’s why.” I said.
“Ahh, right. You’ve got an explanation for everything. I just hope I don’t get another dramatic proposal in my house, because the next time this happens, then you’ll become the bride, for real.” She said with a stern voice and went inside.
Finally we all boarded the car, while Niranj and Marlon boarded the scooty. Niranj is my 2nd standard friend too, and ever since we are damn close. Marlon was my classmate in high school, so I’m not that close to him. However, he’s the boyfriend for my best friend, Ashwathi and so became our big brother.
Back in the car, I spoke only when the car went out my house’s territory. “No please, don’t Anuksha.” I stopped her when she was about to give an explanation.
“So you and Aadarsh huh? The future bride and groom?” Athi asked with a wink.
“That was just a stupid prank ATHI, so please stop it!” I said on an upset tone, for, one: the whole mess and two: the proposal was only a prank as Aadarsh did not even greet me.
“Who said so?” we heard a voice as we reached Anuksha’s house.
Now who said that? Was it Aadarsh? Let me go take some rest first, I’ve got a whole lot of road miles to cover. Bye, take care and do some yoga, its good when you get tensed a lot.
“Bye till next week.” Came a chorus from my friends who helped me dig my own grave and to wake up from it too.