This was strange..
The lock was missing..
Had Ma come home early? Had Arjun bhaiyya bunked class and brought his girlfriend home? Shikha didn’t want to walk in on them. On the other hand he might give her ten rupees again so she kept quiet.
Bhaiyya had said she should knock..
But Ma would question the knocking.
She stood tip toe but couldn’t see through the window. Shikha bit her lip wondering what to do..
“Lucky!”, she called the sleeping mongrel.
Someone must have heard her. She put her key away. Today, someone would open the door for her.