Rishi and his gang had occupied their usual place.
Their usual place was a half constructed wall facing the famous women’s college of their neighborhood. Their way of unwinding was to tease the girls walking past them and grading them on the basis of their assets. To say that they were the infamous notorious gang of the locality would be an understatement. The women detested them and their presence.
It was pretty dry during that time of the year when the college was closed for the festive season. Until the previous day, the boys whiled away their time just chatting, but not anymore because the college reopened after the winter break that day.
As Rishi’s gang were passing their usual lewd comments on the girls, his eyes zeroed in on a burqa (hijab) clad girl, who wasn’t walking in a group. Though he never remembered seeing her in the locality and she was covered from head to toe, he found an instant connection with her.
With an unknown attraction bringing him closer to the girl, he approached her. His friends started their usual teasing even before he could talk with her and tried intimidating the new girl. Rishi couldn’t stop his friends, though he felt this sense of discomfort and protectiveness towards the girl.
He got shocked when the girl suddenly moved closer to him. She paused infront of him and removed her veil. Rishi was stupefied to see his little sister Radhika infront of him.
Rishi felt ashamed of himself when Radhika told him that she had heard about the gang’s antics from one of her friends and came to check on her brother herself.
The angry tears in her eyes spoke more than her words. Rishi felt as if he was slapped hard.
Festive, Pretty, Dry
FOWC with Fandango: Comfort