Seno opened her one eye, managed to move her hand towards the side table, took the clock and watched the time with one eye open. It was 12:00 am sharp. She got out of bed, brushed her teeth, washed her face, applied her favorite mousse on her damp hair to give a rough and wet look, took out her casual outfit. She loved been casual, she never liked her formal gaudy dresses. She then grabbed her duffle bag and looked for her father. But there was no sign of his presence at home. She left a note.
“I am leaving for the party as I took permission from you the last week.” Take care.
P.S, the food is in microwave.”
Seno locked the door put the keys in her bag and hurried down the stairs with all excitement. She entered Neo’s home which was being decorated by the most famous company of event management.
“Hey! Seno! There you are. Come on, come here”, Neo appeared from her room looking drop-dead gorgeous. She was wearing a combination of black and pink, her hair were as usual left open. She was wearing light make up on her eyes and a shiny gloss on her lips.
“Oh my! You look so pretty”, Seno said with her mouth opened.
Neo smiled and said, “Don’t worry you will be the same after half an hour now come with me.”
Seno was not able to understand her point until she sat in front of the mirror in Neo’s bedroom and two make artists started styling her hair and putting make up on her face. Seno could feel a great sense of amusement there. The make up artist started grooming her, making her look prettier. They got her hair straightened, which looked too glamorous. Neo gave her a nice dress to wear. And Seno wore it. Seno was looking even more beautiful than Neo. At first Seno felt strange but standing with Neo was just complimenting her.
Party was started. Seno’s all tensions were released she even forgot about her exam. She danced and danced and danced with Neo until she felt pain in her feet. She enjoyed the dance, she loved it indeed.
Neo’s brother cutted the cake; everybody had a great dinner which included all Indian dishes along with some continental. Seno enjoyed the party terribly; she loved the party and wanted the music not to stop.
“Listen Neo, I want to ask you something”, Seno said aloud in Neo’s ear because the music was very loud.
“Hmmmm I am listening go ahead”, Neo replied with interest.
“Ummm…. Where were you on last exam day? We tried to call you but your phone was switched off and then when you called me for invitation for the birthday party, I wanted to ask you this same question but you hung up on me. Is there something you are hiding from me?” Seno said with hesitation.
I am dead – Neo said under her breath.
“What are you muttering? Tell me where you were?” Seno questioned.
“Ohh.. umm…. Actually… nothing serious….. I just…ummm….. I just wanted something for myself so I left for mall”, Neo answered.
“But you never go to mall alone you always take me up with you”, Seno said suspiciously.
“ What do you mean by that?”, asked Neo.
”I mean where were you actually?”, said Seno.
“Is this you think about me?”, replied Neo.
“You think I am lying?”, continued Neo.
“Don’t you trust me?”, said Neo.
The one-sided conversation went on for 10 minutes. Seno kept quiet and waited for her to stop.
“I never expected such question from you, Seno; I know, now you have got a friend, Inna so you don’t care about me, and have lost trust over me”, Neo asked with a long sigh.
“ If I didn’t care about you, I would not have asked you this question and that after a long week Neo. How can you think like that?” Seno said with all sadness and disappointment on her face. Neo had never talked like this with Seno before, never ever.
“I am getting late, thanks for the party, I really enjoyed it, really.” Seno left for her home with tears in her eyes.
With a lot of confusions she entered her home. She looked for her father. He was asleep in his room. She went in and kissed on his cheek, entered in her own room looked at herself in the mirror and thought how cute she was looking, she looked at the dress and thought – Neo gave me this dress with so much love - she stood there for a long time and apparently her eyes met the picture of her mother. “Mom, I wish you could see me like this. I am all alone now, Neo was all I had and now she thinks that I don’t care about her. How can she be so rude?” Seno was speaking to herself holding the picture tight in her hands missing her mother. She started reminiscing those moments when her mother used to advice her.
One day Seno’s mother said, “Remember my child these worldly things are of no use, they will give you pleasure just for today. The real satisfaction of your soul lies in your prayers, in your good deeds, in your kindness to others. Always respect your parents, your elders. Money is not everything, beauty is not everything, make your soul beautiful and make your character beautiful.”
Seno was thinking about those advices and noticed that she was not following her mother’s advice, this was not her natural beauty. It was all artificial. She washed her face and again sat in front of mirror and said, “This is the real Seno, simple and sweet.”
Something stroked her mind, “You’re just an ordinary girl you can do nothing, nothing, nothing”, the statement which her father usuallay said.
She thought her father was right what was she doing? Putting make up on her face? Wearing gaudy clothes, showing off her beauty and dancing aimlessly? She again thought of her mother, - “Make your soul beautiful and do something practical do something of real worth, do something which will make your father and your mother proud.”
Then she remembered her own words which she said a day before to herself, “You will see what I can do and what I will do; I will show you what I can do, dad, one day I will show you”.
Is this all I can do? She was feeling like a fool, a stupid. Seno looked at her phone, expecting a text message from Neo but her phone also seemed to be upset.
Seno thought this was the time to be like Inna, this was the time to focus, and this was the time to make her future, as her mother said. Seno thought that wherever her mother is, she must be expecting something from her dear little Seno and this was the time to fulfill her expectations. Seno took out the dress which Neo gave her from her cup board and packed it to give it to her the next day at school. Seno, then cleaned her mind from all time-wasting activities, looked for her school bag and opened her notes and studied till sun rose.