let someone get mugged!" Aadit
was praying desperately to the Powers-that-Be, as he was struggling
not to fall asleep. And it was becoming impossible to stay awake.
Mono was droning on for a unbearably long time (Forty one minutes, to
be precise) about capacitors and resistors.
frankly Aadit was feeling nauseous. He was almost sure that he was
going to strangle the next person he met, with a wire with least
Aadit winced. He was making bad jokes and that too
with himself. That never ever ended well.
he should take a leaf from the book of Hiren who was sitting or
rather sleeping, in the third bench in the next row. Hiren had
abandoned all pretexts of ever understanding anything that Mono was
so soulfully explaining, and had put his head down on the desk and
had gone to sleep. And the girl sitting next to Hiren was having a
strange expression in her face and looked like she could not decide
whether to laugh hysterically at Hiren or follow suit and slump on
opened his eyes wider, still feeling bleary eyed and realized that
Mono was an impossible man. Manohar Mandhar (A rose by another name)
at sixty three, had sent an entire class of rowdy teenagers, asleep
in two minutes flat. And Aadit just could not understand how a man
could talk non stop...Won't the man turn blue or something like
that, because the lack of oxygen....?
Aadit was horrified. Because he just realized that he was praying for
that to happen. That was not good thing to want. But Aadit had really
reached the limits of his patience. Mono had managed to exhaust all
of Aadit's patience within the forty five minutes that Aadit was
supposed to pay attention to the man.
that was when Aadit turned around and was depressed. Depressed was
probably a mild word because Aadit just saw Charak scribbling on his
book furiously and from the looks of it, it looked like Charak was
hanging on to every word that Mono had said, like it was Gospel
that woke up Aadit real fast. Because Aadit was consumed by complete
were so many things wrong with Charak...
more than Aadit'spower to compute.
Aadit's depression grew. Because he just could not believe that
Charak was his roommate in his hostel. His life seriously sucked.
the sounds of heaven were probably not so soothing as the bell
ringing, which marked the end of his torture. It was over. No more
Physics, until tomorrow. Aadit sighed. Tomorrow. Aadit finally opened
his eyes, paying attention. Probably he could call in sick. He was
for the next class, explain the factors affecting the resistance of
wires at constant temperature." Mono finished as he watched all
Aadit could not believe Mono's audacity. Was Mono really so
unimaginably dumb that he had expected all of them to have paid
attention to the class when he was teaching? Teachers were
seriously beyond his understanding capacity, Aadit decided. Even his
superpowers could not help him with that.
should be easy," Charak said as Mono walked out of the class.
groaned hitting his head on the desk.
Charak asked looking confused.
seriously need a girlfriend," Aadit said looking aghast.
Charak asked as he was checking his the ink of his pen. "Will
she help me write the notes?"
groaned again, realizing that he was stuck. For his entire college
life. Forget girl, no other human was ever going to talk to Charak.
Which meant that the only person Charak ever got to bore was his
poor, unfortunate roommate. The poor unfortunate roommate who also
did not have a social life because he was too busy saving the city
from impossible super villains whose sole ambition in life seemed to
be to make sure that Aadit never had a social life.
got to go to Chemical Engineering, class," Charak said putting
his pen back in his pocket.
blinked, a blind panic building up. "You mean it is not lunch?"
he demanded getting more and more horrified, by the minute.
was the first period, you idiot!" Charak fumed.
am sick!" Aadit said moaning. "I am so sick that I am
on!" Charak snarled.
that was when Aadit's cell phone started vibrating. Hard.
stupid bastard! Aadit stared at the cell phone feeling awake and
remarkably alive for someone who was dying just a second back. And
Aadit just could not believe how lucky he was. Somebody was really
watched the cell phone and nodded. "I will take care,"
Charak said nodding as Aadit smiled. A genuinely happy smile.
try not to get me expelled." Aadit said. "Anything else is
ok. And please for the sake of God, be careful while giving proxy
attendance for me," Aadit said in a pleading voice.
last time had been Charak had done an abysmally bad job and Aadit was
already just one step away from being suspended.
have made some modifications to the suit." Charak was speaking
in quiet tones as the two of them were walking out of the class. The
other students were already out and could not hear the two boys.
"Make sure that you don't break anything."
sighed as he peered into the next classroom and saw that it was
completely empty. He turned his attention to Charak as he entered the
empty classroom. "I thought for a second, you would be bothered
about me." Aadit said lying.
would I be bothered about you?" Charak demanded annoyed.
am going to rush headlong into danger and that is the question my
best friend asks me," Aadit said dryly shaking his head. "I
seriously need better friends," Aadit muttered as he disappeared
from inside the empty classroom.
from somewhere and appearing elsewhere was not half as cool as the
movies got it.
took some solid concentration from Aadit. And when Aadit teleported
from his classroom as he was visualizing the place where he had to
appear, for a brief second immediately after that, Aadit invariably
had a buzzing sensation in his ears, which made it impossible for him
to concentrate on anything around him.
reason all this was relevant right now, was that it took a few
seconds for Aadit to focus on the present place and by that time it
was almost too late.
was in a deserted road and he could see four hooded people around a
the woman needed help. Because the hoods were big, huge, mean and
stupid. Aadit honestly did not know what else to call four people who
were unsuccessfully trying to curtail one very puny, thin and very
angry, looking woman.
that was when Aadit realized that the woman was probably a teacher.
Aadit nearly bolted from there back to his college.
were one species that Aadit had promised himself that he was never
helping. Because six months into his college, Aadit firmly believed
that teachers survived best when they are left to themselves.
the problem right now was that this woman really looked like she
could not survive the men at all.
be nice and let her go," Aadit said, hoping that it was a
threatening voice. She is a teacher...Aadit wanted to add. But
Aadit was almost sure that that particular sentence was probably not
very relevant to the hooded jerks. Which brought in the most
important question...Who were they? And why this teacher....?
comes the Shadow." One the Hoods sneered, pushing the woman
behind him, as he pulled out a fan blade from his pocket. That Hood
came forward, swiping the blade angrily, as Aadit stepped back, his
senses almost kicking into overdrive. The other two Hoods moved
swore because he realized that there were three people around him and
when he sensed the fourth one clamping the mouth of the woman and
dragging her with him.
little boy, what can you do?" the Hood swiped his blade another
boy? Did this hood just call him a little boy? Aadit fumed as he
caught the wrist of the man in an almost vice like grip and twisted
hard. Hood 1 fell hard, as Hood 2 telekinetically attacked him and
Hood 3 was worse...something shot out his hands. Aadit barely had
time to react as he focused right behind Hood 2, as the shot from
Hood 3 went and hit the garbage dump behind Aadit.
Now the Corporation would be after him saying he had to clean up the
mess, Aadit thought as he rematerialized behind Hood 2.
ears were still buzzing as he punched Hood 2 hard from the back, who
was looking blankly.
2 said something completely indistinct like 'KlaBla' or
something like that, as the Hood 2 collapsed. There was a time when
Aadit would have been curious as to exactly what the man had tried to
say. But over time, with the question of survival hanging over him,
Aadit had learnt to ignore these unbridled stabs of curiosity.
can you fight me boy?" Hood 3 asked snarling angrily, as he was
3 had no idea what a dangerous question he had just asked Aadit.
were frequent times when Aadit was in full form and he would have put
Mono to shame when Aadit was talking about one of the countless books
which he had read. And if Hood 3 survived that, he would have
genuinely felt that it was better to have collapsed before Aadit
opened his mouth. Because Aadit really talked, till the eyes of his
audience glazed over in compete defeat or absolute surrender.
talking about defence and attacking techniques were one of Aadit's
most favourite things.
3 could easily be forgiven as he attacked Aadit, who bent and pulled
out his staff hanging from his belt. It was just a staff and
seriously nothing even remotely dangerous about it. Even as he bent
down, Aadit flung the staff straight at Hood 3, bending down. The
staff caught Hood 3 straight on the feet, as Hood 3 stumbled falling
3 barely had time to adjust when Aadit's hand's started glowing.
said you are the only one who gets to do that?" Aadit asked Hood
3. A few seconds later, Hood 3 slumped back unconscious as Aadit
looked around and saw the fourth hood nowhere to be seen.
closed his eyes, concentrating and that was when he heard the muffled
scream and someone being dragged.
ran as he saw the Hood 4 who was still dragging the woman with him.
removed a gadget from his hands and set it for half a minute and
concentrated on appearing before the Hood.
4 shouted hoarsely as Aadit appeared before him and Aadit was really
glad he could hear nothing because of the buzzing.
one thing which Aadit did see was that Hood 4 was clutching his knife
at the woman's throat who was looking terrified out of her wits.
friends are not coming," Aadit told Hood 4 seriously, after
he felt he could talk and not throw up. Continuous teleporting
sometimes did that to him.
away." Hood 4 said wildly looking terrified. "I will kill
you." Hood 4 said swiping the air before him very uselessly,
with the knife.
man!" Aadit said stifling a sigh. "You got to say it like
you mean it."
Hood 4 and the woman looked at each other and despite the fact that
they were not friends, they both seemed to agree on one thing – the
boy wearing the blue hood and the suit, who was standing before them,
was probably completely nuts.
Aadit said as he fell down hard closing his ears
happened for a whole second and the woman was staring at Aadit like
he was really insane. She must have honestly felt like that the Hood
was slightly safer of the two males there.
that early....." Aadit did not have time to finish the
explanation as a real loud boom went up behind the three of them.
Sound Bomb – Charak's pride and joy (Charak did say that he was
going to patent the name), was so loud that though Aadit was prepared
for it, his ears were still ringing, badly.
Hood and the woman were quiet another thing. The Hood was slumped on
the ground not knowing what had hit him. The woman was more or less
was looking like the Hood as she was struggling to focus on Aadit.
on lady," Aadit said helping the lady up. "Let's get you
home." he told her in a really loud voice. He could not hear his
own voice. Neither could the lady.
I don't want to be kissed by older women for saving them." Aadit
muttered sure that the woman could still not hear him.