They made me wait outside ladies restroom for 25 mins. I felt so abandoned and weak, when everyone saw me waiting outside the lavatory with ladies’ handbags and wallets.
A day before, I planned my evening after the last exams with two teenage girls. I have been out with girls before and so I know, someone will screw up. I stayed calm and the evening came.
As planned, I reached the assemble point, one of the friends’ home on time. I entered the house only to see the girl Bubbles, lying almost lifeless on beanbag, with Cindrella movie playing on the TV. If it was a stranger, he would’ve called the cops. But I, someone who knew that was her routine, brought her back to reality from Fairy land.
By good grief, the one who proposed the plan, Bunn entered the house, while Bubbles screaming, “I don’t know any plan! What? Are you people pranking me? I didn’t even bath yet!“; with Bunn interrupting, “So, what if you hadn’t taken a bath, you rarely do!“, and winked at me. I, as always clueless, buried my face in the newspaper left on the tea table.
Moments passed. As she took quite a long time to finish bathing, Bunn switched on the Television to show me some good horror movies. I maybe a “man” and she a “girl”, but I was the one closing half my eyelids and she, the one who teased me for my fear.
Bubbles after a good bath and a glamourous make-up came out of the room. The one who lied almost dead a few minutes ago, looked like a contestant in beauty pageant. But I didn’t admire her beauty, for all I wanted was to execute the plan.
We went down and suddenly Bubbles exclaimed, “hey! Adya also asked me out today. She’d get upset if I don’t take her now..“, with my growing tension, I looked at them only to be controlled by the both with a manipulating smile.
Again, finally, after minutes of waiting, they all gathered and we begun. Adya, the one who claims to know all the routes, lead us, with myself and Bubbles discussing all about women’s fashion and possibilities of time travel. Suddenly, there was a brake sound. It was none other than Adya. She looked so confused and I had to assist myself with virtual navigator. Again, we missed the routes, for Bubbles the incharge of directions wasn’t so good at reading maps.
After so much misdirections and misleading, we went to the destination as planned. All the three gasped at the closed shutter with a notice bearing, “Only on weekends” and we were one day short of weekends. The girls quickly hushed something and made a plan out of nothing. They lead again and I silently followed, with my GPS on.
They stopped a few blocks away from the Mall, they proposed to go now, and parked the bikes under a tree. Bunn, so easily said, “brother, please take care of our bikes” and even suprisingly got a positive response from an entirely unrelated tea-vendor.
I followed them silently to the mall, where they spent 500 pennies on unreal dashing cars. I was given the mobile camera to shoot their amateur game. They were confused and unable to drive the dashing cars for half the time. The man in-charge had to bring them back on track. Still, whatever was left, the three of them shared with screeching loudness. The time ended and the trio silently stepped away from the cars. The smile on their faces stayed for atleast two hours.
I was then made to follow them again, to the lavatory. They entrusted me with their valuables and Bubbles while saying, “we’re going to the restroom to take some selfies. Stay here..“, was pulled away by Bunn and Adya.
In the beginning, it was tiresome and idle. It was not Herculean but Sisyphian task. I lost my consciousness and I felt nothing. I just stood there after my legs couldn’t bear standing. I waited patiently for almost half an hour and they appeared before me. They didn’t look so happy. I could clearly see what upsets them, but before I could say a word, they cheered themselves up with what they have. They started their little chit chats, passing comments with hidden gossips on each other and sooner their smiles were restored.
They saw someone familiar, whom I am familiar to as the one who gossiped about a friend of the trio, but I couldn’t see any tension in the air. In fact, it was like a reunion of two long lost friends. They tolerated and smiled at each other, and went to an extent of embracing each other when they parted.
Out of nowhere then, Bunn asked what Bubbles would do if all her ex-boyfriends come together there. Before she could say anything, Adya shouted the whole place won’t be enough for that, and started running as fast as possible.
What can I do? I smiled as always and remained quiet.
Bunn probably wanted to ask a question in private, “why can’t you and Bubbles..“, interrupted by my senior who went on talking for a few minutes, but all that while, the three girls who were making high-pitched, remained calm and started talking silently with themselves.
After he took leave, Bunn resumed her question, “why can’t..“, now to be crashed by a phonecall from her mother asking her to leave at once. So, she hurried to her bike and they started their ride back home at once.
Myself and Bubbles stood alone in a busy street. With honking horns pressuring us to move at once, I extended the foot rest and she hopped on. We begun our ride back home. To escape the signal, the crowd and the noises, she asked me to take an alternative route. Maybe she felt like watching the stars too which were left unnoticed due to inventions of Edison and Stevenson. With me before her, she looked up and forgot to ask what she wanted to when she took me through the darkest roads.
Again, she begun, “Aru….“, and disturbed by the cosmopolitan loud truck horns. We both went mute, even till I dropped her home. She stopped after a few steps, paused, and went on.
I, started my engine, moved a few blocks away; turned back for one last time to see her room’s light being switched on and I left, finally being able to speak atleast to the forgotten stars.