It was the D-DAY as we were attending our chemistry practicals. Chemistry practicals were cool because of the atmosphere there. The teacher incharge would stand in the centre, with everyone around her like some accident had occurred. We both used to stand at the end of this hoard without a care about what was going on. That day wasn’t any different. Everyone was present, and yes, the girl with admirable beauty had paid heed to the invitation until now.
“Bhai, ready hai na??” I poked Darshan. He seemed a bit nervous as if he was appearing for some exam but still replied,”Yes, it’s everything or nothing.”
It felt satisfying doing this good thing but the consequences were still unknown.
“Listen everyone, the Catalyst is an important part in this reaction” shouted the teacher.
“Sunn be ma’am kya boli?” I taunted him with a wide grin. He laughed it off with his nervousness still visible.
“Bhai, meri bhi SETTING laga dena!!” touted Akshay in a way to tease Darshan. Apart from us, he knew this thing because of his ‘poke into everyone’s business’ ways.
“Haa!! I’ll do this stuff and make a living now. Log dosto ke liye STUPIDITY krte hai aur hum CUPIDITY”, I replied as all three of us broke into laughter.
It was time, time for the final blow. Shruti’s behaviour had been skeptical throughout but still I knew she would come. We were already waiting in the back corridor where nobody bothered to roam about. Ideal place for an ideal beginning.
And there she was, girl with an adorable charm with her curly locks sliding over her shoulder as she walked through without the slightest bother.
She didn’t seem shocked seeing both of us, maybe because we hunted together everywhere or maybe because she was okay with it.
“So?” I tried to break the ice.
“So?” she said shrugging her shoulders.
“What do you think?” interrupted Darshan.
“The FORT GUY huh?” she said looking at me.
“Yesss! The FORT GUY” I said with a sense of pride.
“So, what do you think?” asked Darshan again as if they were the only words he had practiced.
“I always felt that it could be him.” she said. That certainly did boost our confidence. But the atmosphere still had some nervous air in it.
“I do have a checklist regarding my special someone.” she continued,” and regarding you, let me see” she turned her back towards us as she said this. It felt as if she was laughing there.
“Okay, looks-check, courtesy-check, sweetness-check” she was speaking.
“Bhai ye toh maje le rhi hai apne?” Darshan whispered into my ears.
“Sabar kar baccha. You have waited this long. Thanda rakh” I whispered back.
“… Bad habit of whispering-check” she went on as we looked at each other, “good at heart-check, gives respect-check and the most important…” she turned towards us as we stood pretending someone who waited for results, “… Loves me-check.”
We both let out a sigh of relief and I poked Darshan to do the rest and then the moment it was.
Darshan went down on one knee and Shruti in shock as he said those words, “I LOVE YOU SHRUTI, DO YOU LOVE ME?”
Shruti was still in disbelief as she was looking towards both of us in total confusion, when she said, “BUT……”