The music was loud. Loud enough to be aptly called Rock Pub, she thought.
She looked out at the dance floor to see her friends dancing to the tunes oblivious to everything else. Arjun even tried some kind of goofy hip hop move which totally sucked. Bosco and Divya laughed and pelted him with some tissue balls. That brought a smile on her lips too.
Arjun looked at her and cupped both hands around his mouth and called out, “Aditi Agarwal, come out here now.”
In response, she cupped one hand around her ear and then shrugged to indicate to Arjun that she couldn’t hear him. Though she heard him just fine. But she just wasn’t in a mood to dance.
She looked at the piercing blue color of the cocktail she was sipping. Oh great, I’m on vacation and I’m blowing this too, she thought.
Just then, she heard someone pulling out a chair beside her. “Hey there”, he said as he flopped quite easy next to her.
“Excuse me? ” was the first thing that came to her mind but instead she said,” What do you want?”
It came out sounding very rude she knew but this was a total stranger who had no business saying Hey there to her like they were friends or something.
The guy smiled. It was a kind of boyish smile with a dimpled chin and all. Quite in contrast to his lean and tall body.
” I was wondering would you like to dance with me? ” he said.
” Why would you wonder that? ”
” U look like you could use a dance. ”
” I look like? ”
” Yes, u look tensed. But u r on vacation right? ” he said titling his head to her friends dancing to Despacito.
She snorted. None of them even knew what the lyrics meant but all swore they loved it.
Wait a minute, is he still here?
” I’m sorry. I don’t wanna dance with you. ”
” Why? ”
” Uhh bcoz u r a total stranger and I’m not comfortable dancing with strangers?? “, she hoped the words had the proper sarcasm rolled around it.
” Oh but I’m not a stranger. I’m from Mumbai too. ”
” Wait a second. How did you know I’m from Mumbai? ”
He held up his phone, Facebook staring back at her.” I heard ur friend call out ur name. So I looked u up “, he admitted sheepishly.
She threw a dirty look at Arjun on the dance floor , who was kind of hair flipping his bangs out of his eyes laughing.
” Okayy, this is even more creepy. I wouldn’t be comfortable even talking to u now. ”
” Okay, how about if I tell u my name? I’m Aditya Sehgal. ” He extended a hand.
” My answer is still a NO”. She said ignoring the hand.
“Okay, let me buy u a drink at least. ”
” You know why don’t u buy a drink for a girl who would actually dance with u and give u ur time’s worth? ”
” Okay, let me ask you straight then. Do u have a boyfriend?”
” Yes I have a boyfriend. ”
” One of them? “He asked Indicating Aditya and Bosco.
” What? No, not them. ”
” So the boyfriend’s not here and u r hanging out with them? ”
” They r my friends okay. ”
” Okay, let me buy u that drink.”
” Even if you did, I would still go and dance with them, not you.”
“Okay will do.”
He gestured at a nearby bartender. The bartender duly turned up with two shot glasses.
” U do shots naa? ”
” Yeah, I do”
” I figured. So ull drop me a message on fb when the boyfriend finally leaves? ”
” What makes u think he is leaving me? ”
He smiled and just clinked glasses with her.
She shrugged and downed the drink in one shot.
” Cu Aditya Sehgal”, she said getting up to go and join her friends.
He smiled that smile again. ” Yes, Cu very soon, Aditi Agarwal.”