And now we are 5.
She: P is coming over.
She: If stopped. She will tell – is out to get medicine from the chemist near our home.
Questions shot from either end of my brains – ‘What’s the hurry?’, ‘Why today?’ & the most relevant ‘Wasn’t P in Manali before she got here?’
She: P quarantined herself for 10 days. Like she could read my mind, then added, ‘Plus P is my bestie, I have to see her’.
She: (a matter-of-fact tone) M & G will be stopping by as well.
I shot her a look. Lockdown – section 144 – gathering of 4 or more people & all that jazz.
‘It wasn’t planned-’ she retorted, ‘we were chatting, it slipped out that P is coming over. & M invited herself over. I couldn’t say no’.
‘And G?’, the words spilled out of my mouth without thought.
‘M & G are a couple!’ she exclaimed while giving me a ‘what’s wrong with you?’ look. Hopelessly I rest my case.
And now we were 5.
Next part, tomorrow.