I realised that I haven’t still finished the “escapade” series. Recently I was reading this blog where the blogger started a very interesting story and had me hooked for sometime. But she didn’t finish the story and I got mad at her. And then I realised that was exactly what I had done too. So, I decided to come straight back to my blog to finish the story or at least continue it. My apologies to anyone who was waiting for the next in the series.
So here goes. This is the sixth in the series of "The Escapades of the Jackdaws". In case, you haven't read the story so far, click here.
After Aunty V made them breakfast, she sat them all down and started talking to them. She asked them why they had all run away from home. She patiently heard their entire story and their reasoning. Although she was sympathetic, she didn’t once say what they had done was right. In fact after speaking to her, the Jackdaws almost felt sorry for what they had done. Well, almost! Once they finished, they went right back into rebellion mode. A decent lunch and a nap later, they were all bored. Suddenly, it seemed to them that all their initial excitement had fizzled out. All they had to do now was to sit and wait for Vee's parents to show up.
In the evening, Vee mentioned to aunty V that they would like to go out for a walk. Aunty V would hear none of it. She said that she wasn't stupid enough to let the girls run wild in the city. After much coaxing and cajoling, she finally agreed but only if Uncle V would accompany them. Being a softie, Uncle V agreed to go along. They finally got dressed and went out for a walk. Uncle V was very proud of the locality that he lived in. He walked along with them pointing to them and showing them houses of celebrities and even an ex-prime minister of the country. He was so vain he even told them, "Do you know the ex-prime minister and I share the same dhobi?!" The girls were quite amused by the man and kept egging him on for entertainment. Completely oblivious to the fact that he was being made fun of, Uncle V enthusiastically went on and on. Finally, he ran into a pretty neighbour and stopped to say hello. The girls quietly gave him the slip and walked on.
Once he was out of sight, Vee suggested that they run away again. Mee said that they shouldn't do something rash and stupid. She reasoned that one, they didn't have much money left and two, they had no where to go. So she suggested that they should stay on with Aunty and Uncle V for a while longer until they could figure something out. They argued for a while but finally Mee's reasoning won and they decided to head back home but not before they had devoured a few plates of pani puri and other street food with some of the money hidden in Mee's pocket.
When the girls reached Uncle V's home, they found Aunty V giving he winker an earful for letting them out of his sight. She was mad at the girls for having run off too. She promised them she wouldn't let them go out anywhere again! The girls feigned their apologies and went to their room. Aunty V had assigned them a room with a huge king size bed and they would all have to live there together for the next few days. There was a huge window on one of the sides of the bed that overlooked the street. It was a good place to watch all the happenings on the lane. Later, they cozied up on the bed. Mee slept on one end with Shee and Vee in the middle and Soo next to the window. They talked for a few minutes after turning out the lights but exhaustion hit them after an eventful day and they were all fast asleep in no time. Little did they know that neither their day nor their excitement had ended yet.