A Game Of Shame And Revenge

Make way for our next entry to the ‘And then…’ contest. Just reminding, I am not disclosing the author‘s name now so that we can have a fair voting. The write-ups would be posted in the order I receive them… Here are the rules & hints and here is The Scene…

He didn’t seem to notice her staring at him. His balding head, grizzly beard… gave her goose bumps. He was an enigma. Despite every criticism he had faced in the last couple of weeks, he had remained stolid and unabashed. If nothing else, she admired his superior, almost brazen self-confidence.

But how could she forget the taunts she had to face – because of him? He had shamed her. Beyond words could explain. Everywhere she went, people associated her with him. They called ‘her’ and ‘her people’ a ‘cheat’. The real reason for her taking this so-called vacation was to escape the taunts from her colleagues and friends.

‘This is my chance!’ she muttered under her breath, with a determination she never thought she was capable of. ‘I will have my revenge’.

Liz gave flashed her best smile. He didn’t notice. She jerked slightly, spilling water over herself. He noticed. She then took off her jacket with one quick sensuous movement. Beneath, she was wearing a lacy black vest.

This time, the man put his magazine down, and gave her a small grin. ‘Water spilled huh?’ he asked in a thick Indian accent. Liz smiled sheepishly, eyeing the little document holder tucked away in his seat pocket.

‘Hi, I’m Liza..’ she introduced herself with a firm handshake.

Hellow’ he replied, not letting go of her palm.

‘So what takes you to Sydney?’ she cooed.

‘You see, I have to build rapport.. we can have relationships, you know’ he winked.

Liz shuddered inwardly, but nodded. ‘I see. I’m so cold! Would you mind lending me your jacket?’ she asked sweetly.

‘Of course, anything for a beautiful girl like you!’, the man replied, and gallantly left to fetch his jacket from the overhead locker. Liz used the minute, to do exactly what she had planned.

By the time he had returned to his seat, she had covered herself with a small blanket, and pretended to have fallen asleep. The man frowned upon the opportunity lost! He looked for his magazine, but it was gone.

The next couple of hours were spent in silence, interrupted by the drone of the airplane, snores from the man, and the quiet ripping of some papers beneath Liz’s blanket.

When the plane landed, Liz beamed upon the man ‘It was a pleasure meeting you, good-bye’. He smiled half-heartedly. She sniggered, and quickly walked away to find a spot from where she could hide and watch the fun.

At the immigration gates, the uniformed authorities surrounded him. He seemed to be searching for something. He rummaged through every pocket, but couldn’t find what he was looking for, so desperately.

‘Sir, you have to produce your passport!’ the staff shouted impatiently.

‘You know who the hell I am?’ the man replied arrogantly.

‘We would if you could show us your passport’

Liz giggled.

The authorities looked at each other, and decided to take him in! ‘Bring the cuffs’, one of the security officers threatened. The man shook his head miserably. He looked wild and angry. ‘I’ll destroy you!’In a moment, his expression changed to Sad and Hurt. ‘Please believe me!’ And finally, helpless.

‘Take him to the interrogation cell!’ The authorities led him away unceremoniously.

Liz strode out of the airport, laughing under her breath:

‘You shamed me, you a*shole. You brought dishonour to me and my country. Made us a bl**dy laughing stock. Everywhere I go, people snigger at how corrupt, inefficient and shameless we are! Now you deserve this! May you rot in prison, you slimeb*all!’ she laughed to herself, and hailed a cab.

She stopped at a dustbin, to drop the shredded pieces of bluish-greyish paper. The passport of Suresh Kalmadi, chief (dis)organizer of the Common Wealth Games 2010.



Strangely famous, strangely familiar…

Make way for our fifth entry to the ‘And then…’ contest. Just reminding, I am not disclosing the author‘s name now so that we can have a fair voting. The write-ups would be posted in the order I receive them… Here are the rules & hints and here is The Scene…

She couldn’t believe it! After all these years of being incognito, she finally saw him here! He seemed to have ripened with age! It had been 15 years since she had last seen him. She wasn’t sure if he had ever seen her. Not to say that she hadn’t tried. She had dropped her pencil box like a million times in class, smiled coquettishly at him, tried to embellish her school uniform (stretching the limits of permissible in the bargain) in an effort to stand out of the crowd. For him. She could have batted her eyelids in Morse code, for all the attention he gave her. And now here he was. He was still effortlessly stylish, impeccably dressed and oh-so-handsome!

She opened her purse and rummaged through it for her face mirror. She opened it, checked her make up and then turned it a little sideways to catch a glimpse of him. He was chuckling away to glory, presumably watching a movie. The dimples! How had she forgotten about them? They seemed to have gotten deeper with years, and age seemed to have done him more good than evil. She saw his eyes flicker to her mirror and a frown formed on his face. “oh shit” did he see her? Now what was she to do?

She took a long deep breath, reminded herself that she was no longer a school girl, had one look at her impossibly packed appointment diary to boost her ego, and coaxed herself that she could handle it. She turned around, smiled her most confident smile, and tried her hand at some light hearted banter primarily to find out whether he remembered her

“hey there, anything good on the telly?” (wow, really what an opening line! I might as well have asked about the weather outside)

“um…not really. Just the usual, the weather report being the most interesting” he smiled a wry smile.

“not really a movie buff are you?” (strike one) 😦

“I do like movies, but I preferred it when movies were more than formula, dumb attempts at stilted conversations, and more about intelligent dialogues and meet cutes. (strike off strike one!!) 🙂 what about you?”

“Me too. They really don’t make them like Casablanca or Breakfast at Tiffany’s anymore”

“More’s  the pity”

“Any recent movies that caught your eye?”

“Not really. Are you travelling to Sydney for the film festival?”

“Yes actually. I’m a director

“wow! Really? Made anything I heard about?”

“if you’ve heard about ‘Pin the tail on the horse‘, then yes”

“Wow! You made that one? Wow! Saw that one with my wife, quite enjoyed it. I must say, you’re quite talented. I can’t believe I’m talking to Liz Preston! Pleasure to meet you!”

“Actually, the pleasure’s all mine. It has been a while.”

“I’m sorry have we met before. I have this feeling I’ve seen you before”

“Remember Liz Blair? The adenoidal girl in ninth grade?”

“Liz Blair? Wow! It really is you? You seem so different! Wow! You’re going on the list of my most prestigious alumni! Lizzie, is that you really? How many years has it been? How time flies!”

“Its been fifteen years!  And yes, time does fly!”

And then they lapsed into conversation trying to bridge the 15 year gap. Anyone who saw them talking could never have guessed that this student- teacher duo had barely spoken to each other while in their schooling years. Boy! Does fame make the world a kinder place or what! But don’t tell that to Liz Preston!