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Sun Gazing continued…

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The first day after the vacations was the most distressing day for all the children. Tia and I managed to come early and occupy our seats together. Ritika was my first cousin but still I spent maximum time in school with Tia. Ritika had no best friend in the class but she got along with everyone very well.

I used to curse Ritika in every exam season, not because my mom made her to study with me but because she repeated the same mistakes all over again.

“I have completed the article on Brain Drain. Can you check it now?” asked Ritika in a polite tone.

“I don’t have any other option!” I replied bluntly.

The sloppy alphabets, distorted words and irregular spacing between characters had already triggered my nerves. Grammatical mistakes and incorrect spellings agitated me more. I didn’t think about anything and I slapped her. She didn’t say a word. Sometimes we don’t realise how our hasty actions could make us repent later.

It was the final exam day. I grabbed my bag, skipped my breakfast and rushed to board the school bus. I remember our invigilator, Mrs. Johnson who wouldn’t let anyone to concentrate on his exam.

“God is watching you. The extra marks that you score with the help of cheating won’t help you in future. Honesty is the best policy,” she was muttering on and on in her shrilling voice and everyone was so engrossed in writing the exam like the world is going to end soon.

I was feeling extremely drowsy and suddenly everything blacked out in front of my eyes. I started leaning towards the floor and called the teacher in my fading voice. I could see Ritika running towards me and Tia busy with her exam without any pause, even after seeing my condition. Eventually I collapsed on the floor.

“Ankita, are you alright?” I could hear Ritika’s worried voice. I saw a bunch of people surrounding me. The dispensary doctor was holding a glass of glucose water, teacher with a packet of biscuits, and Ritika holding my hand; the same hand that had slapped her a day before. My eyes were searching for Tia who was not there. I gulped the glucose water in a single swig and made my way to the examination hall again. Ritika and I were given some extra time to complete the exam. While writing the exam, I was preoccupied with only one thought- no matter how much I would score in this exam; I had already failed in discerning people.

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Sun Gazing..

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It was not for the first time that I was making this sacrifice of giving my four accumulated chocolates to my brother. Raghav had the habit of clearing his stock of chocolates on a daily basis. On the other hand, I inherited the characteristics of saving everything from my father. So the deal was final, he would drop me on his Scooty to Tia’s place.

 We used to wait for these monthly visits at each other’s place. It started with a different board game every time. Sometimes I used to wonder, how many games she actually had at her home. I had already tried my hand at monopoly, where we used to trade cities for that plastic coated fake currency; Straw construction, where we created various models by using straws and connectors; and Jigsaw puzzles of different animals and birds.

“Ankita, take one more piece beta,” her mom said, offering a freshly baked chocolate walnut cake cut into perfect triangular pieces. This was the part I enjoyed the most, being treated with some of the most delicious delicacies. After having our lunch, we placed our chairs in the balcony. Her mom came and kept two large mugs of cold coffee with evening snacks on the small table in front of us.

“Have you started doing the holidays homework?” asked Tia, with eyes strongly anticipating a no from my side.

“No, not yet,” my eyes still stuck at the chocolate sauce topping on the coffee. She breathed a sigh of relief with that. Although we were called as best friends in class but no one could deny the fact that I was her biggest competitor in terms of performance in academics.

I could sense the aroma of coffee funnelling up my nose with every sip and there we were sitting and gazing at the glorious sunset with our discussions about vacation trips. And then I realised that the day was worth spending those four chocolates on my brother.