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“Did you see a doctor after that day?” I asked Sivan. We were sitting on a bench near Lake Soraj. This lake was the best place in town for youngsters like us. In fact, securing a seat on one of the benches was nearly impossible since everyone liked to hang out here. Sivan had asked me to meet him there.
“What option did I have?” he grumbled. It was funny seeing him brood like that but what was funnier was the fact that he was scared of doctors.
"It's funny how a doctor’s appointment can freak you out so much.” I laughed.
“Laugh all you want!” he sulked.
“Hey Sivan you look pale, let’s go to the doctor, shall we?” I teased him.
“It’s my phobia, an irrational fear. I can’t help it.” He snapped at me.
“Alright, what did the doctor say though?” I asked him.
“It was fatigue, like I said. My mom really freaked out when Rayna told her but she was at ease after the appointment; and thanks to Rayna I am not allowed to walk home with you guys after school!”
“It’s only some days Sivan” I consoled him. He gently took my hand in his.
We were enjoying the serenity of the place when my cell-phone rang. It was Mahir. Mahir was the first real friend I ever made. His grandparents were our neighbours even before I was born. As toddlers, we used to spend summers in his grandparents’ backyard eating mangoes. This was before I met Rayna. His parents worked in the city due to which he visited his grandparents only for summer breaks. The visits gradually declined as he got busy with school; he was one year ahead of me. Though he stopped showing up in Nanzal, he made sure that we were connected through the internet. I picked up the phone.
“Hello to the one who loves mango season!” I sang loudly.
“Hello to the one who’s the most fun!” he sang back.
“It’s been so long since we talked! What are you up to?” I felt giddy with excitement.
“I thought, since I have been MIA for so long, I should come meet you!” he chirped.
“No kidding! Are you coming to town?” I shrieked over the call.
“Yes, girl! I am done with school and it’s been so long since I saw you!”
“When are you coming?”
“In a couple of days; I will start college soon so I won’t stay long.”
“Just come already! I miss you! There’s so much I have to show you!”
“I know bunny, we will meet soon. I have to go now, will catch you later, bye!”
I disconnected the call and turned to Sivan. He was staring at me; his eyebrows raised, not one eyelid battering.
“Okay, shoot all your questions.” I nodded to him.
“First; who the hell is Mahir?” he asked.
“He is a childhood friend; his grandparents, the Dayals, live next door to us.”
“I thought Rayna was your childhood friend.”
“Yeah, after Mahir though.”
“Second; can you explain the whole point of ‘Lego’ in the conversation?”
“Oh that! I call him Lego because he was inseparable from his Legos when we were kids, and he calls me bunny because I had bunny teeth when I was a toddler.” I chirped.
“Or maybe because bunnies are known for canoodling!” he snapped. I was taken aback by the comment he just made.
“What the hell did you just say?” I asked him in a high tone.
“Nothing.” He shook his head.
“No, I heard you, Sivan. How did you even think about that?” I stood up.
“I am sorry, Siya, I really am. I didn’t mean it, you know that. I don’t know why I even said that, I am so sorry.”
“Why would you say that? I just told you he was a friend!” I was annoyed.
“I know… it’s just I get insecure; I get jealous. The thought of you laughing when someone else is the reason scares me. I feel like bottling you up!”
“You’re a creep, did you know that?” I couldn’t resist smiling. He laughed nervously.