I stood there dumbfounded and stared at her
with my mouth open and wondering if I had heard
correctly everything that she had said just now. Then,
I fell back against the basin and held my toothbrush
tightly. What exactly happened just now? Did she
really say all those things? I was trying to understand
what had just transpired.
Plop! Plop! The toothpaste dripped from my open
mouth to my toes. That jolted me back to where I
was and what just happened. I was brushing my
teeth and thinking of the test I had to face in school
when Rebecca barged into the bathroom. Without preamble, she looked at me with such a look that
if looks could kill, I would have died then. "Sister
dearest, if you think you can get away with what you
have done, think again. You've always been my idol,
my know-all older sister. I've always looked up to you
but now, you have dropped to zero. I will never look
up to you again. You .. you ... " She stormed out
unable to finish her sentence.
I quickly cleaned up and rushed out of the
room. Mum was at the top of the staircase looking
at Rebecca's retreating back. She turned and looked
at me with question marks written all over her face. I
shook my head and rushed down the stairs. Rebecca
had disappeared by then. I would try and locate
her in the school and talk to her. But, no. I couldn't
because we might end up having a shouting match in
school. As the bus drew near the school, I still could
not make out the reason for Rebecca's behavior. I
tried to recall but there was nothing in my actions in
the past week that I could pin down.
When I reached school, my good friend, Suzy
was waiting for me. I told her what had happened
this morning between Rebecca and me. She let out
a loud laugh and chuckled non-stop until I told her
to stop it. She put her hands on my shoulder and sat
me down on the canteen bench.
"You really cannot remember what you did to
her?" Suzy asked shaking her head in disbelief.
"Either you have lost your memory or you are
getting old!" Her words calmed me and then it hit
me. Rebecca was angry and she had the right to
be. I had totally forgotten what I did five days ago.
I had submitted Rebecca's name for the Spelling
Bee Contest. She had been unwilling to do it when
the contest forms were issued. I know that she was
capable of doing well in the contest and I had tried
to persuade her. But, she had stubbornly resisted.
So, I had taken it on myself to submit her name and
her name had been picked among all the entries to
represent the school. No wonder she was so upset.
I laughed heartily and did a little jig with Suzy.
That settled, I went to look for Rebecca. She was
talking and laughing outside her classroom. She
did an about turn and was silent when she saw me
coming. I went up to her. I apologized, congratulated
and cajoled her until she smiled and laughed at her
unreasonable behavior in the morning.
She hugged me and apologized and said,
"Thanks, sis, for having the confidence in me and
submitting my name. Sorry for behaving so badly
this morning." Things went back to normal between