Hate to Love (Part 10)
fews years before…
it was my first day of college. I was little nervous. I found my class. I sat near the window. my class started and it was quiet boring. I got a new friend… shruthi . she was shy and quiet. she was quiet disturbed.
me: shruti, are you okay?
shruti: I fear ragging.
me: ragging? no way shu. we are not kids to get afraid. come out of your shell and enjoy your life shu.
me: come on. dont be silly.
then our class continued. then its time to leave.
me: i m hungry shu. let’s go to cafeteria.
shu: no. I m afraid.
I forced her to come with me. I ordered two milkshakes. I sat with shu. she was insecure. then I went to receive my order. I took the tray but some people crossed pushing me down. one guy turned back with a egoistic look and smiled at me. I just stared at him. then I washed my shirt as I spilled milkshake over me. then I headed to my table but those people were there. they teased shu. I ran to her and stood in front of her. that guy who smiled at me was again smiling at me.
1st guy: look here, friends…. OK. this girl deserves a punishment for saving that girl. so let’s make her round the ground thrice.
2nd guy: she’s so weak. how can she?
me: I accept your challenge and not punishment. and i challenge you that if i complete the rounds then you should not disturb me and shruti.. deal?.. if you are ok then I m ready.
1st guy: we accept your challenge. we seniors won’t disturb you if the challenge is completed.
I turned back at shu. she was totally blank. I smiled at her and ran towards the ground and I started running as fast as I could. oh man, my legs are paining really bad … I completed three rounds. I weakly stood near shu. I was breathing heavily. that ‘smiling guy’ gave me water. I ignored him. he felt bad. then I took shu to class. she was crying.
me: shu? why are you crying?
shu: I said na, they will trouble us.
me: not from now babes.
shu: how will you go home?
me: sadly, by bus.
shu: shall I drop you?
me: thanks but I prefer bus. I will manage.
I was standing in the bus stop. an hour later, a bus came. the college was far away from my home. it takes one hour journey. I climbed in. it was crowded. I felt hard to breath. unfortunately, no girls from my dept belong to my area. after two stops, the bus was almost empty. then I saw someone sitting at the last. I know him. he was the guy smiling at me. I turned back. I don’t want him to see me. but, there was no luck. he saw me and came towards me.
he: hey, er… I wanna say sorry… I didnt push you… it was …. my … mistake.. I m sorry
me: its OK.
he: I forgot your name
me: but I hadn’t said you my name.
he: oh k…
suddenly I hiccupped. he gave me water. I searched for mine but it was empty.
he: again don’t ignore me… I mean you water.
me: k. thanks.
he: please don’t smile, you’ve got a killer smile… that kills everyone.
me: really, ?? them am I talking to a dead one?
he: so , you are the beauty with brains. amazing… you got sense of humour too.
me: well, can I enjoy my privacy here?
he: you play with words too… I’ll not disturb you. bye..
he moved to his seat. he talked too much. but he didn’t flirt. I liked that. after an hour, the bus reached my stop. I could see him getting down with me. so, we come from same area. at least I got someone from my area.
I want to know his name. but its not much important.
the next, we played ‘point the person’ game. the dare was to take the pointed person on a coffee date. we rolled the bottle. shu got dinesh as her pair. everyone got a pair.
when its my turn, seniors came by chance and the bottle pointed ‘the smiling guy’. I didn’t expect this. how can I take a senior to a coffee date?