By Nee Anil Panicker
The clouds were white milky sheets. Set against the backdrop of azure blue skies with the slightest tingle of violet, the view from the top was magical to say the least.
Naina had never come this high.
But Akram was insistent.
“Believe me baby, it’s going to be cool. Plus, it’ll forever free you from your fear of heights”.
He was like that__words like baby, cool, wow, yippie…flowed easily from his thick nicotine stained lips that always curved up in a half mocking smile.
His thick mop of curly hair loosened its strands and like a dog straining against its leash, desperately tried to break free__tossing and twirling, daring the icy winds that blew over them.
Sitting on the edge of a rocky outgrowth two feet away, Naina looked down from the hill top.
All she could see was a 500-metre bottomless pit of sheer green.
Her head turned dizzy as a whirlpool of disjointed thoughts began to swirl around in her head.
Had she really come this high? Could she have been such a fool to have acquiesced to this half boiled idea of this crackpot of a boyfriend of hers and tagged along on a Monday such as this when ideally she should have been in school
teaching tiny tots Jack and Jill and other arresting nursery rhymes. True, he was good. Good in bed, that is. I mean at her age, pushing the thirties, to get the undivided attention of a horny teenager ever willing to improvise was definitely a big boon, akin to someone bagging a lottery, she surmised. But then now this__ to come this far, to agree to climb a hill and stare down a rocky fall? No, no ways was this cool. No baby, no way was she staying one moment longer.
Having made up her mind, Naina signalled to Akram.
“Come, let’s go. I feel dizzy…”
The words hung in the air as her feet slipped behind a loose pebble and off she went floating like a bird deep down the valley.
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