A strange feeling

 thehindu.com  10/18/2020 20:06:55 

The story so far:When Nana cant fulfil Konicas request of getting Ranbir Kapoors number, she invites him for a meeting to prove that hes really a ghost.

They hadnt bargained for this. The colour faded from their faces.

You little creeps! This was your stupid idea! exploded Konica. Im out of this.

You cant go! shouted Maya angrily. Why blame us? It was you, Konica Di! You invited him here. Now, even if you go away, hes going to find you.

So the meeting was fixed for Sunday evening, but the place Nana suggested made even Mayas stomach flip.

Your Nanas bedroom?! said Konica. Couldnt we meet him anywhere else?

Like? Rocky shrugged.

The childrens park.

But everyone would come to know. And they might just frighten Nana away, said Maya worriedly and continued, I havent been into that room ever since Nana went away. It feels strange.

Suspicious activity

What sort of strange, Maya? asked Konica.

But why would a room feel different? asked Rocky.

Mayas response made both Konica and Rockys hair stand on end.

Nanas bedsheet. Mummy complains it always gets dirty.

Like someone might have slept on it? asked Konica. Did you notice anything suspicious?

How, Konica Di? Mummy keeps the room locked.

Nobody puts a lock on a door inside a house unless they dont want anyone to enter, said Konica.

Mummy sometimes puts flowers on Nanas picture. Now that you mention it, Mayas eyes became round. Yesterday, I saw her go into the room with a big glass of milk and close the door behind her.

Aunty takes milk for Nanas ghost, frowned Konica.

By then, Maya had begun to feel squeamish. No doubt Nana was a ghost but the prospect of him living in his own bedroom, right next to hers, made her very uncomfortable.

The next day, the children decided to meet at Mayas house. It was decided that Maya would get the key and unlock the door to Nanas bedroom while her mother was having her afternoon siesta so they could enter the room.

So whats this new game all about? Mayas mother asked Rocky, as he stepped inside on Sunday evening.

Maya sprang from behind the door and booed. Rocky dropped the shoebox. Youre nasty, Maya! he squawked, as Mickey crawled under the sofa.

Ghost bumps! grinned Maya and nudged Konica, who stepped in behind Rocky.

To be continued.

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