Episode 6


Enter Vinnie.
First day of practice, Vinnie was found singing Steve Aoki’s Just hold on in the practice room and she wouldn’t leave. Nathan yelled and called her names only to get back “If it all goes wrong, darling just hold on” as a reply.
And no matter the amount of convincing I and Ruthu did, Nathan wouldn’t agree to take all the instruments we needed and go to another practice room. Akul on the other hand would sit on the bench and watch the fun.
“This is our room, I’m not giving up” Nathan would say and scream at Vinnie yet again.
It’s not over ’til it’s all been said
‪It’s not over ’til your dying breath” Vinnie would sing in reply.
Two days left.
This time Vinnie held a dance practice in the room.
“But they’re going to play slow songs and we need to know how to Waltz our way.” She gave her justification.
Elvis Presley’s Can’t stop falling in love played in the background
She kneeled down in front of the fuming Nathan.
“Would you like to share a dance?”
Nathan screamed at the ceiling and stomped his way out.
One day left.
Vinnie was nowhere to be seen in the practice room.
We still had to decide the song.
I still had no idea as to what I was supposed to do.
Nathan had no hope it would work and I could sense him regret having been so stubborn by not shifting to another room with the instruments instead of fighting with Vinnie. But he wouldn’t admit it.
Nothing worked out that day. Our anxiety of having less time got the better of us and we all had to listen Nathan soberly cancel the band and thank us for trying to take part.
I, additionally had to hear innumerable curses directed at Vinnie that day as the both of us walked to the bus stop.

The next day, the whole of school auditorium was decorated with colour paper decorations, and party themed  banners. The local DJ had been called to perform at the end. Everyone looked happy and jovial. Nathan however, sat dejected in the corner.

It happened after three or four performances. Vinnie who was seated in front of us, cheering everyone and chattering non stop, earning a glare now and then by Nathan from behind her, stood up all of a sudden and walked upto the stage.
“What the hell-” he exclaimed
“Could you please get the music going?” She said having borrowed the mic from the MC.
The opening notes of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s Shallow filled up the whole Audi.

Nathan sat up straight. I turned to him and smiled, for I and almost half our class knew that had been his favourite song since its release.

Tell me somethin’, boy
Are you happy in this modern world?
Or do you need more?
Is there somethin’ else you’re searchin’ for?
Vinnie sang Cooper’s lines looking at Nathan.
Someone shoved a mic to him from nowhere as the music notes played.

Vinnie smiled and gave him a thumbs up from onstage.
Nathan got up, his face showing no expression.
Tell me something girl
Aren’t you tired tryin’ to fill that void?
Or do you need more?
Ain’t it hard keeping it so hardcore?

The crowd cheered and some one hooted from behind.
Nathan looked behind him and saw the whole of audience cheering him. He looked at me and I gave him a grin. He returned it and ran to the stage to join Vinnie.

I’m off the deep end, watch as I dive in
I’ll never meet the ground
Crash through the surface, where they can’t hurt us
We’re far from the shallow now

In the sha-ha-sha-ha-low
In the sha-ha-sha-la-la-la-low
In the sha-ha-sha-ha-ha-low
We’re far from the shallow now

That was probably the best performance pulled off that evening. And nobody was more pleased about it than Nathan, though he wouldn’t admit it.
And when Vinnie asked him for a dance during the the DJ mix, to all our surprise, he actually agreed.
“I still hate you, you know that right?” He smirked.
“It’s always mutual my friend” came the reply.
They waltzed their way to Calum Scott and Leona Lewis’s You are the reason and Ruthu even captured it on her phone to tease Nathan everytime they bickered after that day, which did happen the very next day when Vinnie threw Nathan’s Math homework out of the window.

Coming back to the present, all of us had conveniently forgotten about the restuarant incident until all of a sudden, one day I get a direct message on my Instagram.
Vinnie Aryan had texted me.

To be continued–>


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Kevin Kanae says:

    This is lit 🔥

    Liked by 1 person

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