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“I don’t think I have ever been up before the sun rose!” I told Sivan, beaming with excitement. We were at the railway platform, waiting for the five am local.
“Ready to paint it red?” he smiled at me.
“You bet!” I smiled back at him.
“But where are we going?” I asked him.
“Hop on the train first, you’ll know.” He said.
The train came in the next few minutes and we climbed in. The seats were almost empty with only a few people sitting here and there, dozing lightly. Sivan and I decided to stand near the compartment doors as our destination was not that far away.
“My parents never let me stand near the doors!” I told him gleefully.
“Neither did mine. That’s what makes it more liberating!” he smiled foolishly.
“I know! And if you put your face out a little and pretend the hand bars don’t exist, it almost feels like it’s you who is moving so fast, not the train!” I enacted while telling him this. He stood next to me to try what I was saying and for a minute we made complete fools of our selves. He started giggling which made me giggle too.
“You’re quirky” he laughed and nudged my shoulder.
“For some people, that’s offending. But since I am quirky, it’s fine with me.” I winked at him.
After the next two stops, the train came to a halt at the smallest platform I had ever seen. Sivan quickly grabbed my hand and dragged me out the door. As soon as we stepped down, the train started moving again.
“What is this place? I never knew this small platform existed before.” I sounded as surprised as I was.
“That’s because the small platform didn’t exist before. This was made a few months back to officially make this place a train stop.” Sivan told me.
“So we came here for the newly built platform?” I asked sarcastically.
“Don’t snap at me just yet. Walk with me, the place I want to show you is a little far from here.” He said, pointing to a narrow muddy path down the station.
“You didn’t say we had to walk before!” I sulked. Early morning and a long walk, I saw where it was going! Being Sivan he was going to love it and being Siya I was going to be exhausted!
“Come on now, follow me.” Sivan commanded.