As Biology teacher was leaving, Jiten had signaled to Arvind, Peter, Raghu, Nitya, Bubbles, Pauline and Vinod to his right. Everybody nodded in understanding. Lunch would be under the tree to the right of Hockey Ground, behind the Goal Post.
Jiten, Bubbles and Vinod rushed out to book the spot with their lunch boxes, as others ambled there. Bubbles was looking at the group of five coming towards them. He was looking at Nitya in particular. He couldn’t take his eyes off her. He suddenly felt a lump in his throat and his stomach full. 'This is love. Damn! Do I love yes? Yes, of course.'
He slowly opened the box, and was digging his fingers into the box, as the entire group settled down.
“Dei Bubble, what have you brought?” Jiten was grabbing Bubble's box. “Woww!! Is this Fried Rice? Smells yumm, man! Tastes yumm too! Why are you staring at me that way?”
“Chumma….”, turning to his left, “Nitthu, what have you brought for lunch today?” Bubbles reached out to Nitya’s lunch box.
“Bubbles, tell me, na? Atleast now. Honestly. Are you in love with me?”
'Yes'. Bubbles didn’t raise his head. 'Why can't I bring myself to say yes?' He was still holding her lunch box and pulling it towards him, as if he hadn’t heard it.
“Nithu!!!” The reaction was Raghu’s. Everybody else was stunned. Peter managed a smile. Vinod and Pauline signaled each other with their eyes. Raghu turned to Bubbles, “Dei, Bubbles, whats all this man?”