Dinner @ home
"where were you all day?" Mandira softened her tone by the end of that sentence
"First I went to the BU library, then to bookshop, then"
Mandira had lost interest by now
"U cannot access MU library online?" Ashvin asked
"Some things... but not everything" she said sitting down wearily
"Do you want to eat at home or go out?"
"Ghar par khaana ban chuka hai Ashvin"
Trisha looked at her confused
"I made lots of food... no cook lasts in this house" Mandira sighed
"I wish I knew the answer... I am a bad cook" Trisha chuckled
"THANK YOU" Leela thanked her with hands folded in prayer
"My Mom despite looking modern thinks all girls must know how to cook"
"Girls nahi kaha maine kabhi" Mandira went on the defensive
"YOU SAID IT... Dont lie Mom... bhai ko kabhi kuch nahi kehti aap"
"I told him to cook. He is too busy going out with friends"
"I cook... when I have to" Ashvin grinned
Trisha took of her sandals... and bent and stretched her toes
"We should both get a anklet tattoo" Leela teased
"You already have three beta" Mandira dissuaded her daughter
"I need one for meeting Trisha"
"No you dont" Ashvin waved a finger in warning
"Hey Tri.. you and I should go out... like... umm" she looked at Trisha and signaled
Trisha smiled innocently "Your brother is watching"
"Like I care?" Leela shrugged
"Lets go eat?" Ashvin offered
"You did not eat?" she asked
"Nope... waited just for u" Ashvin grinned harmlessly
"His friend Chirag was here Leela ate with him, he had a bunch of pakoras... he didnt even go to work out at the apartment gym" Mandira was unhappy
"Chirag was here?" Trisha sounded excited
"yep... sadly you werent home" Ashvin's tone wasnt sad at all
"He will come again?" she asked
"Not tonight" Ashvin sat relaxing on the lounger
Trisha got up and grabbed her bag
"I will go with you so we can make plans for tomorrow" Leela chuckled chasing after her
Trisha showered and reappaered in the kitchen in a half hour, wearing a orange night shirt that came down just below her knees
"You will serve?" she asked Ashvin as he heated the food
"Do u want to eat now?" he asked Leela
"Is that a trick question?" she asked suspiciously
"He never gives u food?" Trisha teased Ashvin
"Trishhh" he warned
"He is probably goingt o charge me for my two week stay" Leela was unamused
Trisha laughed heartily
Ashvin served for all three and they sat down to eat
Trisha ate with her hand, Leela began with her fork and copied Trisha, ate exactly like her
"I see you are eating like an adult today" Ashvin mocked her
"I ALWAYS eat like this" Leela lied
Trisha was amused by their banter
"Yep, always... 90% of the food sits on your plate as u text with icky fingers"
"You have NO friends NERD"
"I have friends
"Yeah all of them dorks like you"
"what is a dork?" Trisha asked sincerely
Leela "presented" him like he were a chief guest
"Did u really have to ask that?" Ashvin pretended to be upset
"I notice you didnt argue... which tells me you agree with the title" Leela said
"i am not a dork.. I wear glasses sure... I part my hair on the side... and like my hair to be neatly combed"
"And you never wear socks"
Trisha almost choked on her food
"Thats not a dork thing" Ashvin argued
"With THAT HAIR and THOSE GLASSES... yep... it is"
Leela got up washed her hands and began to leave, Trisha began to tidy up
"I can do it... you go get picked by my sister" Ashvin laughed
"I" LIKEEE HER" Leela spoke slowlly as if Ashvin was slow to comprehend
"Oh wow... sorry Trish" he mocked
"I LIKE MAN EEE People... just not youuu" Leela said
"You two argue very much" Trisha said decisively
"I wont argue with you" Leela said following her again
They sat on Trisha's bed, she showed her her last vacation pictures, her BF's home, her cousins, their dogs in Delhi, a kitten one of her cousins had
Pictures of vacations from years ago
Ashvin stopped by an hour later
Trisha looked at him longingly
Leela was half asleep on Trisha's bed?... infact snoozing deeply
"You are not sleepy?" Trisha asked in a whisper
"Depends on what I get in return if I answer that" he whispered back
"A pillow?" Trisha offered
He walked around and sat by her
"Was she nice to you?" he whispered
Trisha nodded pleasantly, smiling
"You like her?" he asked
"what about me?" he asked