I closed my eyes and went back to sleep. It was probably several hours later that I woke up. We were going back to Dehradoon. The misadventure had killed our enthusiasm. Sahib was driving. Keshav was sitting next to him and Akshay had fallen asleep by my side.
I tried in vain to get up from my quiescent position on the back seat. My effort ended up interrupting Akshay’s dream.
Akshay: Is it still paining?
Kalsh: Nah… in fact I am enjoying it now.
Akshay: Very funny. Now see, this is important. Take this ointment and apply it on the wounds. (He gave me a tube.)
Kalsh: Great (I snatched it from his hand). Now tell me everything that happened since I fainted.
Akshay: Rest for now. It’s not time yet. You have been through a lot.
Keshav: Tell him about the covenant. (He jumped out of his seat.)
Kalsh: About the what? I didn’t know we had a covenant in place, especially when Sahib stepped on me. (I got up.)
Akshay: Hey calm down you two. It’s not that simple.
Kalsh: Then tell me how complicated it is? I am all ears.
Akshay: Should we? (He asked Sahib and Keshav)
Sahib: We have to tell him eventually. Better sooner than later.
Keshav: Everything suits me as long as I am not the one narrating.
Akshay: Alright then, gentlemen brace yourselves.