It was not only Joyce who was upset with me. The entire class was up in arms against me. I ruefully reflected that all this was because of our Udaipur trek. A few days ago during our trek, our class was divided into two teams. I took the lead for my team along with my best friend Joyce.
During the trek when the scoreboard read five each, I went for the last task brimming with confidence to compete with Ahaan, the captain of the other team. I hated him because of his conceit. While we were performing our tasks he tried to needle me. He was audacious enough to say “you are a child of a single parent. How can a fatherless child win?”. I felt my temple and cheeks burning. I felt unable to think and found that my focus was faltering. I was no longer thinking of the game. His hideous face swum in the air around me. I reminded myself that it was not the moment to get even with him. I reminded myself that I would have to stay in the game. in order to prove myself, I began with a lot of impatience and anger, but I was constantly recalling his words.I felt that my cheeks were wet with my tears. Instinctively my hand went to wipe the tears aside. In doing so I dropped the rope that I had been clutching as part of the trekking task. This instantly gave him an extra point. Everybody thought I had aborted the task and made the team lose the championship.
It was the second period of Udaipur trek and I found tears welling up in my eyes again. Just then I felt a hand on my shoulder. Turning I found my class teacher asking me what had happened. Now I did not want to clarify and prove myself again because if the society can make fun of a child keeping all his achievements aside then they can never understand me and the hard times I have gone through. But this was Mrs Dubey, my favourite teacher. I narrated everything to her. Smiling sweetly, she sent me out of the class asking me to wait a few minutes. I thought she was going to talk to the class. When I returned my friends flocked to me hugging me and saying sorry to me. I felt so thankful to my teacher.