“Hello, Beta” Said the elderly woman standing at the doorway.
Seema smiled respectfully. It was raining outside.
They had shifted to this flat only the previous day, and a whole lot of things were still in disarray.
She invited the senior lady inside anyway.
“Oh no dear, my husband is waiting for his tea, I have to go. Some sugar please, child, if you don’t mind?”
“Oh, of course aunty…”
Seema gave her the sugar. The granny thanked her, turned slowly, and walked to the house opposite theirs.
A moment later Seema slapped her forehead. How insensitive of me. She took a step back in for their umbrella; the poor woman might get drenched.
But as she was about to grasp the umbrella’s handle, she stopped…and stood straight.
Wait a minute. It’s been raining the last one hour. And aunty was bone dry when she came. How…
She then slowly craned her neck out.
The old lady stood near the gate and waved at her; and slowly disappeared even as Seema watched, her mouth open, and her heart beating furiously, much like the lashing rain outside.