Leela the guard
They were diametrically opposite... in looks fashion and nature. Leela was the same height as Trisha, skinny and light skinned and wore hot pants and a skinny tee.
She could pass off for a 15 year old Trisha thought.
"All I can say is I AM SORRY" she said holding Trisha's hand
Trisha smiled confused
"You have to live with THIS... him" she darted a look at Ashvin, he was trying to find a letter in the stack of mail on the coffee table
"Did he tell you about me?" she whispered
"Umm... you are his sister no?" Trisha nodded
"Bus? Thats it? He didnt say anything else?" Leela was upset
"Shorty" Ashvin mumbled
"I AM NOT SHORT YOU BLIND AS A BAT DIRTBAG" she shouted standing next to Trisha
"SEE... SEEE. I am as tall as her... even taller than her" she jumped up
"I never said she is tall" he grinned winking at Trisha
"I am not like flag pole" Trisha said firmly
Leela rolled on the couched laughing more than necessary
"TELL HIM... I AM SO HAPPY. I LOVE HER ALREADY"
The cat came out and rubbed his body on Trisha's feet
"OOOH" Leela screamed jumped on to the couch when the cat climbed on "CHOOO CHWEET" "Did u get a CAT?" she asked Ashvin furiously
"Umm.. no... its Prasad's"
"Who? then who?" she looked at Trisha
"I like cats"
"HE LETS YOU HAVE A CAT?"
"He doesnt let me I bring it" Trisha chuckled mischievously
"WOW" Leela looked at Trisha admiringly
"Hey.. Lee" Ashvin was still poring through the white envelopes
"Hey Trisha.. do you get those beautiful purpled hued conches at Ullal beaches?" she asked Trisha
Trisha's eyes lit up
"I have many" she smiled
"SU--EEET" "Can I see? Can I see?" she cooed
"I only have some here, I have at home in Ullal"
"She talks so sweetly... I cant believe you... ummm" Leela checked herself
Ashvin and Trisha exchanged a glance
"You have lovely skin" Leela said sadly
Trisha nodded self consciously "My mother" she said
"My Mom... not so lucky.. she broke out so I BREAK OUT. She has thinning hair you dont see Ashvin balding" she whined
Ashvin started cracking up loudly...
"She actually did not believe I have real hair" Ashvin busted his wife
"SEEE I TOLD YOU. His hair looks unreal man!!"
Leela was stretched on the couch scanning her texts and typing furiously
She took a bunch of selfies and texted it to friends
"Your couch makes me itchy" she said scratching her calf
"If u wore clothes you wouldnt be" Ashvin said trying not to look at her legs
"JUDGEMENTALLL" "OH MY GOD... You are ancient!!" she was unhappy
"I am not" Ashvin was defensive
"I am sorry for her. Does he let you wear skimpy clothes?" she turned to a dazed Trisha
"Uh.. I wear what I want" she said
"Make sure it comes down to your ankles and wrists" she scoffed
Trisha smiled amused
"You are a source of amusement for Trisha" Ashvin said
"she has a pretty name too" Leela said with a forlorn look
"I like your name only" Trisha said
"Really?" "Thanks" Leela sat up energized her curls going down the end of her back "Well Mom says THIS CREATURE picked my name"
"Oh really?" Trisha looked at Ashvin
He placed a hand over his heart "Guilty as charged" he muttered
"Well...Thats the only thing I like about him" Leela said with certainty
Ashvin burst into laughter
"Sab inse darte hai, main nahi. If he ever scares you. TELL ME OK?" Leela patted her biceps
Trisha laughed for the first time