Brooksea Chameleon & Working From Home
The previews took loong she texted Akka, "Inime NEE kootindu po, U SHUD TAKE UR SON TO MOVIES"
"En di?" Akka texted back "Is he troubling you?"
"NOT HIM" she responded spontaneously "AYYOYO AVANA? HIM? AT THE MOVIES? REALLY?
She even CALLED to talk about the catastrophe.. II's phone glowed for ever... she used the cant talk feature and said "Aathukku vandu solren"
I will come home and tell u" she said "WHO IS HE WITH? BOY OR GIRL?" she asked
AYYYOOO IS THAT REALLY IMPORTANT NOW, HE IS HERE, THATS ALL SHOULD MATTER... I AM SITTING BY HIM" HIS LOOONG legs dont quite fit, his knee is rubbing my knee,
I am separated from his toes by one scrap of my STUPID BLACK LEATHER PUMPS... probably as well groomed as his fingers are... ONLY his face is prickly, his nails are always trimmed perfectly He has all the time in the world, must be sitting in spas all day
His nephew Nandan" she texted
HOW DO U KNOW NEPHEW? Could be his son too" Akka texted back, in order to make him ATLEAST A LITTLE LIKEABLE U know... being a Dad and all It just hurt II like she had a lesion in her stomach, a really red sore lesion as she told him he was Samyukta's son
HE LOOKED LIKE HIS Mama... TALLL, FAIR AND TOO MUCH HAIR EYES LIKE A WOMAN... lashes from here to Srinagar
BUT THE KID WAS FRIENDLY POLITE AND GRACIOUS
R&B's kid... hmmm.. how would he be?
I HOPE ITS A SHE... like ME she said ACCIDENTALLY
Only by accident... to make a point to say "she is aggressive and ambitious and smart"
Thats all... THATS ALL
That thought somehow turned into holding a lil one in her arms... as he tried to figet with her lacy shoulder strap on her camisole.
"Moolai complete a kalangiyachu" "Certified INSANE" she scolded herself
Took a deeep breath and shut and opened her eyes
A chameleon flitted across the screen
CHITHI SO TINY GUSHED Shravu "Ennadu adu"
"Brooksea Chameleon" 1"one of only 256 almost extinct species" said R&B in a hushed tone, leaning over HER
THEN SO BEGAN A LONG SERIES OF national Geographic Q&A between the lil twerp and the overgrown popsicle whatever
"I want to watch the MOVIE" she leaned forward and hissed in his locks behind his ear The same familiar feel of having him close made her dizzy
His arm was over hers... as he spoke to Shravu...
"I am pouring ur icy soda on your leg" she warned "Try it!" he said softly and took his own sweet time to lean back
She gave Shravu a earful about caring so much about animals.. and not enough about people
Promised she would take him to Madagascar after her next incentive bonus
Shravu and Nandan were HOOKED
Shravu began another Q
"Want to switch" R&B asked
U mean go to ur seat and SIT BY YOU? I bet the concession stand added something to YOUR SODA!
NO! she said loud
The people sitting down below shifted
Fine... she said switching spots
They both stood up for a split second so as to not obstruct the view to the people in the back... too long..
And PASSED EACH OTHER... he held her WAIST AS HE MADE ROOM FOR HER TO MOVE she held his watch...
For a brief nanosecond, she was fully pasted on him... like a cling wrap...
The movie was probably 18 hours she thought...
when it ended the boys jumped up spilling popcorn and skittles... all over, she picked up the bins and... the boys ran to the steps...she handed the bin to them
She chased in fear, the lights didnt come on the credits were done rolling...
She walked sideways her braid slid to the front... and reached and held Shravu, he held her right hand... with his left... she felt his watch for the third time
HE HELD IT ALL THE WAY
NO SHE HELD IT ALL THE WAY
TO THE LOBBY... The corridor was WELL lit let and WIIIDE
He stepped ahead to keep an eye on the boys, she dragged behind... dusting corn kernels off her jeans... her right arm stretched and in his hand...HE ACTUALLY YANKED
urging her to be quick
The boys were gone... he wanted to keep an eye on them
YOU HAVE LONGER LEGS she complained
And realized their hands were held...
Their gazes met near the lobby for the 11th time?, as she let go frantically
"Hey Uncle R can we go play the video games? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE?" he begged
R&B let go of her gaze and fished for money
"Shravu" WE ARE GOING HOME, Chithi has to WORK TOMORROW" she said that LOUDDD AND SMILING so R&B can hear
"Nee toonguve 12 mani varaikum U WILL SLEEP UNTIL NOON, Rakshasan" "Though its a Sunday CHITHI HAS TO WORK" she lied
"Uncle R" I want to play that motorcycle roadster"
"Uncle R? she asked the kid
"He doesnt want me to call Mamaji" he said proudly
YA LIKE MAMAJI WOULD BE BAD... UNCLE R SOUNDS LIKE AREA 51, the New Mexico Alien landing Site YOUR UNCLE R PROBABLY LANDED THERE"
R&B brought change...
The kids tortured them to exchange phone numbers
"WHY CANT UNCLE R BUY SOME KIDS FOR U? LEAVE MY NEPHEW ALONE" she ranted
"HANG OUT NEXT WEEKEND DUDE?" Nandan promised
"MONDAY" SAID Shravu
"Kandippa" she hissed "SURE" "U come home I am SO TELLING ON YOU" some cooked up story or the other
Now that she is an expert at lying... enrolled in her second semester of college...
His phone calls bugged him she snuck out with Shravu after 9:45
Did not go to work Sunday
When she helped Amma clean out book shelves at 8 in the evening
She saw a UNKNOWN NUMBER TEXT
"KMPG was locked. Must have worked from home today" ARGHHH