I was suggested bed rest for two days by the doctor. To hide the truth from mom I told her that I met with an accident when I was driving Madhu’s bike that too when he wasn’t there. She still thinks that I can’t ride a bike and so she was furious at Madhu for giving his bike to me. I went to the college on third day after that night mare, everyone were asking me about my swollen face and eye , it was so irritating and embarrassing when everyone were staring at me. Every faculty who came to the class asked me for a detailed explanation of my disfigured face. Finally after class I went to the canteen. I ordered a plate meal and sat on table where no one was there, it was too tough for me to eat as the spicy curry were burning my torn lips and on the other hand I was not able to open my mouth completely. I cursed Shilpa as all this happened because of her.
“How are you now?” said Madhu occupying the empty chair opposite to me.
“Not able to eat properly “, I replied.
“Hello”, said Bhanu who came there a moment after Madhu met me. She sat just beside Madhu.
“How are you?” enquired Bhanu.
Damn ….. I am gonna break my jaw answering this fucking question.
“I am fine”, I replied.
“Sweetie can you get me noodles, I am starving”, said Bhanu. Madhu did not waste a second, he ran towards the food counter to get Bhanu what she wanted.
Sweetie…….. uffff…. It sounded to me as if she was calling a dog, never mind Madhu was acting like a dog.
“I think the que at the food counter is very lengthy and it will take him around 15 minutes to get the noodles, it is better if both of go out and eat”, I said.
“It’s ok I sent him intentionally as I wanted to talk to you in private”, said Bhanu.
“Can I ask you something?” said Bhanu.
Definitely she is going to ask something which won’t be comfortable for me to answer. What to do?
“Come on”, she said when I was hesitating to reply.
“Ok”, I said
“Is there anything between you and Shilpa”?
Hypothetical question. Even I wasn’t sure about what was happening between us.
“It’s just unexplainable Bhanu”.
“Ok that itself is explaining everything Arjun”.
Good for you now don’t eat my brain I need to finish my meal.
“What is your opinion about Shilpa”, Asked Bhanu a moment later.
She is hot, sexy, arrogant, head strong, alcoholic and what not….
“She is a nice girl but she is a bit bold”, I replied.
“Bit…! She is not bit bold she is the boldest. She is a slut”. Said Bhanu.
The rice just got blocked in my throat when she said that and I could not breathe properly so I coughed out the rice. Bhanu immediately offered me water. I drank some water and breathed heavily. It took me a minute to settle down.
What the …….did you forget that you are talking about your friend.
“Bhanu she is your friend, she helped you when you were struggling and this is what you say about your friend”. I said.
“Arjun, I know her and that is why I am telling you about her. All night she would be at pubs partying that too with different men”.
Is a girl partying at night with men called slut? What kind of a fucking statement is that and can’t the so called different men be her friends.
“Recently I have been observing you and I could easily find out your interest on Shilpa. But trust me she is not your type and even if something works between you and Shilpa it might not last long”. Said Bhanu.
Whatever Bhanu said was being accepted by my brain but my heart wasn’t accepting it. I could not take it when she was speaking so harshly about Shilpa. I just felt like supporting Shilpa and our never existing relationship.
“Bhanu, why do you think she was with different men? “, I asked.
“Maybe for fun”, said Bhanu.
“No, she doesn’t love any of them and I am pretty sure that once she is in love with anybody , forget about partying she cannot even look into the eyes of other man”, I said this and stood up without finishing my meal as I was pissed off when Bhanu was talking crap about Shilpa. Bhanu could not talk anything further. I took my bag and when I was about to leave I said,” She will die for the one whom she loves even if it is me who is not her type “.
I wasn’t really not sure about my statement and I know Bhanu was telling this for my own good but I did not know why I had defended Shilpa who doesn’t even care about me. Madhu saw me leaving and asked me to wait but I did not care, I just walked away.