Ragini entered her-oh sorry Sanskaar’s room to take her stuff. Sanskaar who was just starting to unpack out his hands in his pocket and walked towards her. She looked at him with lots of attitude and folded her hands as she took one step ahead, such that now they had half-arm distance between them.
Sanskaar(bending a little,such that his face was a few inches away from hers)- What’s up shortie !! What do you want ?
Ragini(standing on her tippy toes,reducing the distance between them)-I’m not short ! I’m here to take my stuff ! You got a problem with that ?
Sanskaar(Now his face was soo close to hers that he could feel her breath)-Yes ! And by the way , I wasn’t talking to you, I was talking to the shorts you were wearing because I sympathised with them ! You got a problem with that ?
Ragini(She bit her lip and said in a really husky-ish voice -very seductive)- Maybe I do have a problem with that.
They looked at each other intensely, when Twinj entered the scene.
Kunj- Oh my god !! Don’t kill each other now !!
Twinkle looked at both of them with a really suspicious weird look.Sanskaar raised his eyebrow at Ragini and she squinted her eyes at him. Ragini huffed, stamped Sanskaar’s foot and went to Twinkle’s room and slammed the door shut. Sanskaar smirked and walked out of the room caressing the back of his neck.
Kunj- Twinkle, we really need to keep them away from each other ! They will chop each other’s heads off otherwise !
Twinkle- It looks more like they will suck each other’s faces !(Twinkle made gestures that obviously indicated they would have probably made out or atleast kissed at the very least)
Kunj- Stop doing that with your hands !! It’s gross !! I mean !! Chutki won’t ever do that with someone !
Twinkle- Kunj ! Please stop interfering with my best friend’s s*xual needs !!
Kunj(His hands covering his ears)- I can’t hear you !! La la la la la
Twinkle- Oh, please ! Like you don’t have such needs ! All of us do ! Accept it and move on !!
Twinkle walked away from there while Kunj made a sad face and went to his room. In the evening Sanskaar was smiling thinking about him and Ragini. He took out an old photo. It was a class photo.
Ragini was in 2nd grade. She was the cutie of the class. One of the main factors that made her a cutie were her height. She was the shortest person in her class. Because she was very sensitive, her teacher had made sure that no one really teased her. But then of course our dear hero was different. He said-“Tu na itni chottu si hai !”He would often tease her calling her shortie. Ragini and Sanskaar fought a lot as kids. Ragini does not remember this, but Sanskaar remembers every moment spent with her. She was his first crush. Some would call it puppy love, but she was actually the only girl he had ever had a crush on. When Ragini was leaving their school at the end of 4th grade, she was crying because she would miss her friends. Sanskaar went to her tickled her and said -“Thoda height bhi bada le apna !” (Now you guys are going to be like – really Mittu ? What kind of fights are these ? That’s the thing, Ragini holds grudges against people) Moreover on the first day of college if Sanskaar would have just shut his mouth, probably Ragini wouldn’t consider him her mortal enemy. On the first day of college, Ragini was being as anti social as possible. Sanskaar recognised her immediately and went to talk to her. She spoke to Sanskaar only because he seemed a little familiar.
Sanskaar- Hey ! Remember me ? Tumhara classmate tha main, till 4th grade !
Ragini(squinting her eyes and then twitching as she realised it was Sanskaar)- Youuu !! Your that idiot who would always fight with me and tease me na !! You know you made me cry a lot !! You are a horrible human !
Sanskaar- Okay ! Sorry ! But let’s be honest you were really short back then !!! You were like only ittu….
Ragini- Shut up okay !! And look I’m almost as tall as you now ! So which school did you go to ? And how is it that you are here ? Weren’t you in 3rd when I was in 2nd grade ? So how come you are in the same class as me ?
Sanskaar- I dropped out of engineering and then had to do my BBA and ab MBA ….
Ragini- Yaar !! Tum science students … leave such courses for us na , humko dekha hai kya doctor banke ghumte hue ?
Sanskaar- Oh madam ! Tum commerce students main itna bhi dimag nahi hai , tumlog doctor kaise ban paoge ?
Ragini- Oh please ! Humlog bohot smart hai !! And I’m living prove ! Ask anyone….. I was the topper in my college !
Sanskaar- Abbey ooo Nakchadi !! Main bhi apne college ka topper tha !!
Ragini- Fine then ! It’s on !! Dekhte hai mid terms kaun top karta hai !!
Sanskaar- Ab dekh isme apna ego mat la ! Ab gussa thuk de ! It’s not like I said something which is not true !! You commerce students na …!
Ragini- Oh hello ! I’m doing this to prove it to all you science students !! Pehle toh tu mera dushman tha hi, but now we are mortal enemies !!
Sanskaar and Ragini huffed and walked away. They would leave no chance to tease the other and fight with the other. For Sanskaar, more than the fights, it was about not being lonely anymore. He was seriously the most anti social person ever, who didn’t have a girlfriend though many girls just kept trying to get into his pants. He would just keep studying everyday rather than doing anything else and would take a break for about an hour per day and watch Tv. Ragini on the other hand, was some how gifted and did most of her studies last moment. She would pay attention in class and then revise on the day before the exam. So, basically if she put in more effort, she would probably be ranked 1st, nation wide. Their war would seem dumb to people, but they passionately loved to hate each other.
Twinkle and Kunj had to suffer during Sanskaar and Ragini’s war. They couldn’t eat peacefully or sleep peacefully- because obviously the best time to fight is during the night. Sanskaar was a pakka non vegetarian, while Ragini puked when her cousin stuffed a piece of chicken in her mouth. But Ragini liked eggs. Eggwhites-which are practically tasteless, she really loved. And during this war, Sanskaar irritated Ragini even more, by eating up her perfectly cooked anda. And ya perfectly cooked because Ragini had become a good cook by now. One night, it was strangely quieter than usual. Twinj, though shocked, were extremely happy that they could finally sleep peacefully and just slept haathi bech ke. Ragini was sitting in the hall, late at night crying looking at her laptop. You see, all this while, Ragini had still been in love with Lakshya. She missed him, she missed their friendship, their fights, everything. It was going to be Lakshya’s birthday in just a couple hours and she couldn’t help but look at his profile. He would like her statuses, posts and photos. But neither of them ever wished the other happy birthday. She was crying thinking about the old times when Sanskaar saw her. He looked at her and instead of going to her and trying to comfort her, he stayed put. Because he didn’t want to embarrass her. After a while, Ragini wiped her tears, connected a pen drive to the Tv and sat on the couch as she started watching. Sanskaar sat beside her and they sat their watching in silence for a while. It was a playlist of the recently downloaded episodes of her favourite shows. As the next episode started playing, the atmosphere changed.
Sanskaar- Wait ! Isn’t this the season finale…. I mean the whole final battle and everything ?
Ragini(violently turned her head to him)- Your a Oncer ???
Sanskaar(Turned to face Ragini or rather jumped)- Hell yes !!!!
Ragini- So all this time we have been part of the same family and been against each other ? Oh my god ! I’m sooo sorry !
Sanskaar(Looked at her in shock)- Ragini ! Why are you apologising ? It’s my fault ! I was being stupid !!
Ragini(turned to face the Tv again)- Wow ! You know, it’s hard for Kunj and Twinkle to keep track on what shows I watch, so they have just given up !
Sanskaar- Don’t worry I got your back now ! I’m way too bored in life anyway …. So whatever show it is I’ll watch with you !
Ragini-(turned to look at him with a weird sparkle in her eyes, forwarding her pinky towards him)Really ? You promise ?
Sanskaar-(looked into her eyes and nodded as he held out his pinky and connected it to hers) Promise !
They just stayed like that for a few moments, their pinkies connected, looking at each other with a wide smile on their face. Ragini didn’t realise when the clock struck 12. They were still looking at each other and smiling. Then they composed themselves as they sat on the sofa looking at the Tv screen.
Sanskaar-*clears throat* Soooo… Apology Accepted ?
Ragini-(still looking at the Tv screen, nodded in agreement as she smiled) Yes, provided you don’t make mean comments about commerce students.
Sanskaar -To be honest, I did that only because I couldn’t choose what I wanted. I didn’t want to choose science in 11th and 12th, but my parents …. Ugh !
They stayed up all night, watching, talking,bonding. That night-on Lakshya’s birthday, they became friends.