“Wake up, your friend’s come.“, mom yelled.
It was a blissfully sleepy Sunday afternoon. At that hour even God comes second to sleep. A true friend doesn’t show up as a mark of friendship. An enthusiastic acquaintance from school days isn’t even supposed to be there. Yet there he was, immune to common courtesy. I wanted to train my rottweilers on him. Too bad they seized to exist outside my imagination.
Grumpily I snuggled out of the warm confines of my bedsheet. I checked the phone and there were two missed calls from him. So my right cheek didn’t develop a sudden ability to vibrate on their own.
“Tell him, I’m not home.”
“Too late, I’ve already told him that you’re. He’s waiting in the hall.”, my mom walked out, switching off the fan.
My mother was unleashing this rude social experiment at me on a Sunday afternoon. So long to maternal promises of unconditional love.
After adjusting my hair, I reluctantly walked into the hall to see the perpetrator gleaming on my sofa. He had more gold apparels on him, than Xerxes from 300. On a casual weekend, he could be a bullion reserve to a third world country.
“Hi. I was asleep.”
“Ya da, your mom told me.”
Yet you’re here without a glimmer of discomfort.
“I called and you didn’t pick. So I just came.”
Wow. Decent people check if someone’s at home, before blessing them with their presence, asshole!
“That’s….sweet.But you could’ve just given me a call and I’d come to the wedding.”
“I wanted to see your parents and give my wedding invitation.”
Not see, ambush. And dude, the last we hung together, my balls were bald. And as special as you think our relation is, we’re not friends. As for my parents, they acknowledge the existence of the lizard on the wall above, better than yours,
He gave me what was supposed to be his invitation from a thick stack. It embodied everything that was him-the overall colorfulness,the sledgehammer subtlety and the obscene opulence. Had it been any more embellished, I could’ve pawned it for a home loan.
“Would you like some rosemilk kanna?”, mom interrupted our tête-à-tête with her host hat on.
Before I could turn that offer down on his behalf, he nodded willingly.
Maaaaaaa. Your rosemilk means ten more painful minutes with this prick from a scarred childhood, who doesn’t get the fuck-off on the forehead.
“So when are you getting married?”
“Not anytime soon da.”
“Then you’ll get married after thirty is it?”
Dude you’re really pushing it now. Not only are you overstaying an ungiven welcome, but stepping into unchartered territory to cover rosemilk leadtime.
“Why man. Do men hit menopause at that age?”
“No…..but it’s just”
“I’ve got a few things to do. So not anytime soon.”
The hall was loud with the awkward silence between us. And in a coordinated roll of the eyes I took a glance at the almost empty rosemilk glass and the clock. And voila….he finally got it and got up. God is a decent guy after all.
“Ok da. I’m starting. I’ve got a few more places to be.Come without fail okay.”
Atleast don’t surprise them.
“Even if it’s raining meteors, I’ll make it da.”
I opened the door for him and my resistance had finally paid off with the hard earned exit. I felt the relief that generally accompanies a good dump, after hours of constipation.
“Accompany him to his car and send him off properly”, mom mumbled while picking the tray.
“I don’t usually do that. Maybe I can go to his car to ensure he doesn’t come back.”
“I think I’ve brought you up badly.”
“I can’t change that now, can I?”
Another disagreement on the count of courtesy with mom. No food and beverages at home for the next few days.But the threat of his visit had stopped looming over my life like bad karma.I had weathered the storm. Now I can go back to the warm embrace of sweet sleep and try undoing the longest twenty minutes of my life, that I was never getting back. And also hide the rosemilk syrup from my mother.