I was leaning at the edge of our platform, not knowing how to get down. Ever since I came to this side of our house, I always wanted to get down. Maybe that's why my playing area was restricted to the backyard. The colourless mass staring up at me seemed to be babbling something, but I could not decipher them. They were too far away, always have been. My one leg was dangling down and I heard my mom shouting at me and came hurriedly to pull me up. I was chided for disobeying. They say we need to be our best. But how can we be our best, just the five of us? My books say we needed to conserve our resources as one. Yet we were clearly two, or more.
In the evening, I crossed the bridge between the platforms to reach my friend, Abdul. My parents were disdainful of Abdul's parents but I love them. They always fed me sheer korma. Abdul was my best friend and their platform was larger than ours. I used to play badminton with him there. He had a court too but he said Abba planned to leave that locality, for people kept arguing about their larger dimensions of land. I did not understand those intricacies, for I thought I was fortunate enough to spend time with my best friend. Abdul did, he was two years elder than me.
Abdul's ammi said we must not wander across the court. We were mostly watched while we played. But I wanted our time to be our time. I hated voyeurism. One day, I pretended to be thirsty and hungry so that ammi had to stroll to the kitchen every now and then. I got lucky. This is my time, I thought. I hit the shuttle cock harder than I should have and down it went, far below the platform. In order to retrieve it, I let my limitless body dive down the platform by the electrocuted rope to which we were always immune. ...(continued in comment 👇👇)
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