HEELS UNDER MY FLATS!?
CHAPTER – 5
“Wake up Shreya, let’s eat!” said Nrithya as she shook me till my death.
“I’m awake, I’m awake!!!!” I said as I woke up and sat on the bed with a ghostly expression. And to all of my lovely readers, WELCOME BACK. I hope you are not as sleepy as I am, if yes, then make sure you wake up, because this episode is all about finding the truth.
With a blurred vision, which was further interrupted by my short hair, that lay all over my face, the only image I could see was a chubby and a tall person, who’s pretty much my most favorite person of all time in the history ever. She belonged to the usual category of being my childhood friend, who did share the 2nd STD classroom with Anuksha, Athi, Sulochana, Ananika and Niranj.
“Get up Shreya, let’s go have some food, I’m starving with anxiety and dying with curiosity.” Nrithya said.
I was totally blank with what she had said and moreover I was curious and anxious to know something too, so I got up, and went to open the door while she pulled me back, made me stand erect so that she could hold my hair properly. She was tall enough to comb my hair and to even scold me for my silly-doings. With quite a good-looking face I came out of the door as she pushed me through the process.
Before I could reach the kitchen, where all of my friends were there, I saw a familiar face in the sofa, which acted as a bridge to connect these two rooms. As I came in the front to see his face, I was stunned and tensed too, for, it was just my one-sided love, who lives his life for food and me, who lives a life for him, in the long living room.
To avoid the awkward moment, I decided to join the others while they stood with knives and other utensils as weapons to make me share some time alone with him, and decided to be the silent spectators for it. With some disappointment and millions of butterflies in my stomach, I went near him and sat on the sofa, with a very casual gesture.
After millions of seconds, he finally spoke.
“Did you eat? Dinner was amazing.” he asked.
“Oh, not yet! Aadarsh, can I ask you something?” I said.
“Sure. What’s it?” he said.
I took my courage and decided to ask about the so-called fake proposal he did at my house, for I know he’s not a person who would play with such things. But as soon as I opened my mouth to ask, there came my forever- companion’s call. I excused myself and went out to attend the call.
“What is it Amma?” I asked her over the call.
“Are you girls behaving yourself? Did you eat? Wait… I can hear a boy’s voice, SHREYA WHERE ARE YOU? TELL ME THE TRUTH!” my mom said.
Before I could answer to her chorus, I made a 360 degree scanning to ensure that no boys were near me, nor was their voice made audible to my mom. It was a positive sign until I reached the last part, where Aadarsh’s breath was so close to me and I could sense his heart’s voice that was struggling to express its words. With my mom yelling over the phone call that rested in my right hand and him so close to me, I froze!
However my mom’s heat made me melt and I signaled Aadarsh to stay quiet while I resumed my consoling session for my mom.
“Ayyo Amma, please, IT’S A GIRL’S TRIP. I have no idea why you keep doubting that. We are leaving tomorrow morning, so bye. Take care. We are going to play so do not call again.” I said to my mom and disconnected the call.
When I decided to increase the gap between Aadarsh and me, all of my friends saw us in that romantic posture and cooked up the story that we are secretly committed. Again my chance to ask him the question of whether he truly loves me, vanished. I ran inside the house and went to the water tank floor, which was the top-most floor in the house and I sat at peace.
To my surprise, I saw Aadarsh near me, who held a bowl of curd rice for me and a coke-tin for him. I thought that this was the perfect scenario, with the sky above us and the night carols which were dimming for us to stay alone and to open up.
“What was that, back there in my house? You gave us a heart-attack and you just walked away?” I asked him, not with tension but with a hope that the night winds will surface all the negativities.
He gave me a smile, as he looked up and down and drank his soda. Finally he turned around and asked “Is this the only question you want to ask me?”
It was definitely a no and so I elaborated my answer and said, “Why did you say ‘was it’ back there in the car? And why did you stand so close to me back there in the grass? I’m just totally confused.”
He gave a familiar smile that he would do every time he knew I was convinced with his answers and said, “My proposal was not a prank Shreya!”
I heard the symphony of a thousand instruments and felt the flower showers on me and before anything magical could happen we were interrupted my Ananika, who came up all the way, just to call us down, as others were searching for us / rather wanted to disturb us. Ananika, this girl can be the best-spoiler and has been having it as her tradition since our 2nd grade.
Aadarsh and I shared an uncomfortable smile and went down. I bid bye to Ananika and Aadarsh (who carried my dinner bowl again) so that I could use the bathroom. When I opened the room’s door, I just dropped my phone as I was agitated and wanted to faint with what I saw.
Let me deal with all these complications next week. For now, let me check my phone because I can never get a new one, not even close for that. Bye, see you next week and make sure you don’t throw your phones for other’s actions.