‘Yes? Can I help you?’ She asked.
Nothing came out of my mouth; I stood silently, my eyes fixed on hers, my heart beat faster than ever.
‘Auntie, can I have some water?’ I said a moment later.
She looked me up and down, frowned for a bit, then smiled – ‘Come in.’
Once inside, I looked around the living room which had two wooden chairs, a small table in the center and a long floor lamp; it was a tiny house having one small room, visible through the sheer curtain on the opposite end, a stove in one corner and a small wall cabinet above it. I saw her pouring water into a steel glass from an earthen pot.
I finished the water in one gulp.
‘Why are you standing?’ She motioned me to sit down.
I sat down, hesitated, fumbled for words, then said, ‘Do you stay here alone, Auntie?’
‘Where’s your family?’
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