Manya entered college the next day with a huge smile on her face. Goppu caught up with her in the cantene.
G: Oy hoy, Manya, bahut smiles dhay rahi ho?
G: Tum ladkiyan bhi na. Udhar Roopa pareshan baiti hai.
G: Om hit on her.
M: What? Om, from AD?!
G: Yeah! Can you believe that? Hypocrite!
M: What's so hypocritical about that?
Goppu looked her over. He suddenly grinned.
G: Oh, of course. Agar ek chor ko dosre chor ki chori ke baare mein bathao ge, tho ussai woh ghalat kyun lage gi? Right?
Goppu laughed and walked away. Manya rolled her eyes and sulked down deeper in her chair.
She looked up and saw Karan whisper something to Goppu. Suddenly, the whole basketball team and swimming team gathered around. Manya looked at them suspiciously.
K: Yeah, let's go. AD's going to say bye-bye to their captain!
Manya's eyes opened wide. AD ka captain-meaning Akash!
Karan stopped and turned. Manya marched upto him angrily.
M: Kahan ja rahe ho?
Karan gave her a nasty smile.
K: Tumhe saath le chalun?
M: Just shut up and answer the question!
K: Yaar, kya karein. Jab koi aur tumse yuhin baat kerta hai, tho tumhe bura nahin lagta. Aur jab main kerta hoon, tho you tell me to shut up?
He walked upto her, making her inch against the wall angrily.
K: Apne ashiq ko kehna tha that messing with Karan is a bad idea.
He looked at her one last time and walked away with the whole group of guys. Manya held her heart.
M: Oh no-Akash!
She grabbed her car keys off the cantene table and raced in the other direction to her car.
She sat in, her heart racing.
M: Lakein woh log ja kahan rahe honge?
She looked at the big clock on the Jai Shree wall. 12 noon.
Manya stopped her car in front of AD. Too late. She could see Karan's jeep parked already.
A few cheerleaders were standing out by the gate, laughing. They looked at Manya and raised their eyebrows. Kiran walked upto her.
K: Tum yahan kya ker rahi ho? Trying to spy on our routines?
M: Kiran! Please, tell me, tumne Akash ko dekha hai?
K: Are you kidding me? Tum AD ayee ho, and then ask me if I saw your college's biggest rival?
M: KIRAN! I NEED TO KNOW!
Kiran eyed her.
M: Dekho, Karan and the team might hurt him. I need to know where he is!
K: Jai Shree ki team? Idhar?
M: Haan! Woh dekho-their car!
Kiran looked at Karan's car and then back at Manya.
K: Oh, and you expect me to believe you? Tum bhi akhir Jai Shree se hi ho!
Kiran looked at her and sighed.
K: I don't know. I didnt' see hi-
Kiran stopped talking as loud screams came from the other side. Manya spun around, shocked. She suddenly saw the whole Jai Shree on one side, and the AD on the other.
M: OH noooo!
Manya raced upto them. Akash was standing on one side. He looked at her and stared at her.
M: Aap log yeh kya ker rahe hain?
K: Akash Rathod ko sikha rahe hain what it means to mess with me!
He suddenly lunged for Akash. Akash grabbed his shoulder and they both came into a struggle.
M: STOP IT!
Manya pulled Karan off of Akash. Akash glared at Karan.
Akash shook his head.
A: You wanna beat me, Karan? Tho chalo. Race ho jaye!
Karan glared at him.
K: You're on!
Karan looked at Manya.
K: Will you quit it? Pehle tho tumhe AD or Jai Shree ki fights se koi problem nahin hoti thi. Tho phir aaj kyun?
Akash's eyes flipped over to Manya. She looked at him quietly. She wasn't sure of the answer herself either.
Manya stood at the finish line that Goppu had marked. Akash and Karan drove off in their own cars. Manya's heart raced as she waited.
After about an hour, she heard shouts and chants coming from behind. She looked up and saw two cars in the distance. The black one was Akash's, and the white one was Karan's.
Karan's car was in the lead. Manya's eyes met Akash's through the windshield. She smiled at him and nodded her head supportively.
Akash grinned. He suddenly pushed his foot harder on the race brake and zoomed past Karan. Manya laughed and clapped excitedly.
M: Go Akash!
Karan's face turned to stone. He suddenly came close to Akash and hit
the back of his car.
The whole crowd became silent. Akash's car wheeled off the road and hit a tree, hard.
Manya's eyes opened wide in terror.
She raced to the car and threw open the car. Akash's head was bent backwards.
M: Akash! Akash!
Akash suddenly raised his head slowly. He looked at Manya and blinked.
M: Akash! Tum teek ho?
A: Woh, Manya-
M: Haan, Akash, bolo?
A: I just-
A: I JUST BEAT YOUR COLLEGE!
Manya jumped back, startled. Akash laughed.
A: Karan ne meri car ko hit kerke meri car ko finish line ke paar ker diya, while he was in the back.
Karan, from the back, pounded his steering wheel angrily. Akash got out of the car and gave high-fives to his friends.
M: Oh, wooow, Karan!
Karan glared at her. He suddenly grabbed her hand and pulled her towards his car.
M: Hey! Chodo mera haath!
Karan pushed her against the car.
K: I've had enough of you supporting them, Manya Sharma. Ab main tumhe bathaoon ga!
He was about to throw her in his car when a hand grabbed his arm. Karan spun around and saw Akash.
K: Oh, look. Hero phirse agaya!
A: Manya ka haath chodo.
K: Nain chodoon ga. Kya karo ge?
Akash grabbed a rock and suddenly hit it against Karan's face. Karan fell backwards, screaming. Manya jumped back in horror.
A: I SAID DON'T TOUCH HER!
Manya looked up at him. He looked at her in rage, and suddenly calmed down.
A: Chalo, Manya. Main tumhe-college chod dhaita hoon.
Manya looked at Karan who was being rushed to by the Jai Shree team.
A: Unless tum inke
saath rukna chaho, jo tumhari team se hoker tumhari izat bhool gaye.
Akash stopped the car a few feet back from Jai Shree. Manya giggled.
M: Kya hua? Darr gaye?
A: Please. Thodi si walk karo, vaise bhi moti hoyee ja rahi ho!
Akash suddenly leaned close to her and whispered,
A: Nah. You're perfect the way you are.
M: Acha, tho yeh bathao, itni fast car chalani kaise seekhi?
A: Seekhi tho nahin thi.
M: Tho phir?
Akash looked up at her.
A: Tumne smile hi aisi dhi thi, ke jee chaha gaari itni jaldhi chalaoon ki ek pal na lage aur main tumhare paas hoon.
Manya stared at him as he looked into her eyes. The music of PKEK began to play. Manya looked away and smiled.
M: Um, well...main chalti hoon. Thanks for...everything.
As Manya walked out, Akash jumped in his seat.
A: Aye, Ms. Attitude!
A: Kal-um...mere saath hills per chalo gi?
Akash's cheeks flushed.
A: You know, um, hills? Sheher se bahaar?
M: Oh. Kyun?
Akash rolled his eyes.
A: Zyada bau khaane ki zarurat nahin hai! Chalo gi?
Manya bit her lower lip.
M: Uh, yeah...
M: See you tomorrow, then.
As she left, Akash nodded.
A: Damn right I'll see you, Ms. Attitude!
Edited by sonikudi1 - 15 May 2008 at 3:00pm