It was almost time for the morning assembly, and Andrew was still waiting near the second gate. Joseph was beginning to get restless.
"Dude," he started, "Why on earth are we waiting here? You know Vinod Sir is going to screw us up if we're late, right?"
Andrew didn't reply. He merely kept looking towards the buses that were parking outside. His eyes were desperately searching for a face.
"There she is," He finally whispered. Joseph turned to see a group of girls walking towards them. In the center was a short, thin, fair 9th Grader. Rebecca D'Souza. One of the most sought after girls in school. She had long, wavy black hair, twinkling eyes and a short nose. Her face was angular, and her cheeks were normally reddish in color. She walked with a grace that none of her classmates could ever possess.
She was Andrew best friend, the love of his life. They spent the past two years chatting, until they reached a point where neither of them could deny how they felt about each other. Once Andrew got his own mobile, they began talking on the phone. Soon, they were spending hours every day, glued to the phone, talking as though the other person was their personal diary. They were the closest of friends.
And presently, she walked past him without even giving him a glance.
"Dude," Joseph said slowly, amazed by what he'd seen, "What was that?"
Andrew's expression quickly changed. He began walking towards class very quickly.
"Dude, seriously, what was that? She didn't even look at you! What the hell?"
"She's showing attitude. That little --" Andrew said, more to himself than anyone else. "Just because I got angry with her yesterday. What, she thinks things will only be done her way? What, I cant decide stuff anymore? What the hell does she think of herself? Fine, she wants to piss me off, I'll show her how it's really done..."
He broke into a run, leaving Joseph behind. Watching his best buddy dash towards his class room, Joseph couldn't help but smile. He'd seen countless episodes like these. The biggest problem between Joseph and Rebecca, was that both of them had huge egos. Both of them wanted to be right. And the funny thing was, that's what made them so special. They'd argue for hours, get mad at each other. But never would they ever stop talking....
"I'm not going to talk to her," Andrew said.
"Listen man, don't simply act like a moron, alright?" Joseph said. It was break time, and the 30 minutes they'd get was normally when Andrew would meet Rebecca near the library. This time, though, Andrew wouldn't budge from the canteen area.
"I told you, I'm not going to meet her."
"Because I don't want to?" He replied. "And, because," he added, a cunning smile forming on his face, "I want to make her go mad. Let her get pissed off a little, it wont hurt."
During the second Break time that day, Jenny came along, saying that Rebecca wanted to meet Andrew. Andrew merely nodded his head, and continued to stand in his spot. Joseph swore loudly, and shook his head.
Five minutes later, Jenny returned, this time looking anxious. "Please," she said urgently, "Rebecca really wants to meet you!"
Andrew walked away without saying a word, towards the storage room area. Joseph's yelling was drowned out by the large generator that was running nearby. Finally, Joseph caught up with Andrew.
"You're mad, you know that?" Joseph said.
"Because, you're refusing to speak to the girl who loves you. Cmon man, you're simply taking things for granted."
"Taking things for granted? What am I taking for granted?"
"Rebecca. You think she'll just hang around forever, waiting for you?"
Before Andrew could answer that, he spotted Rebecca walking towards him. Something was odd. She was crying. And she looked as though she was in pain. Something else was wrong too. Andrew looked towards the large, metallic cage that housed the generator. Something was definitely wrong.
"Rebecca, NO!" He cried out, gesturing her to stop.
It was all too late. There was a deafening explosion. And it was all over.
[This is one of my proudest attempts at writing stories with twists. Please do leave your comments.Also, the title has double meaning. One is a reference to Joseph's statement. Secondly, I'm assuming you took Rebecca's death for granted? :)]
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