She reached the NRS studio at about 7:35 am. She entered her classroom ‘Advanced Batch Studio’ and was busy day-dreaming. A voice, familiar, said “Hey Alifa! Come Fast! Here.”
Alifa: Hi! You came so early today?
Neil: Yeah! You know na, how much important this is for me?
Alifa: Yeah, I….
Neil: (interrupting) By the way, you look different today. What’s so special, huh?
Alifa: (Hiding away her blush) No, nothing.
Neil: Whatever it is, you look good. (smiles at her)
Alifa: (shocked a bit) (after a pause) (smiled back)
Thanks, I am……..
Neil: (Again interrupting) By the way, are you ready? It’s ballroom, so it’s gonna be a bit tricky.
Alifa: Yeah, I know, but I am ready.
Neil: Yeah, you are a Ballerina, beautiful! It would be a bit more easy for you.
Tu club ki Shakira, hum galli ke Michael
Main desi kya jaanu, international rhythm……
Alifa: Ahh! Hahaha……..
But still, I think you should be careful about your feet positions coz Ballet has restricted feet. But in ballroom, you have to………
Alifa: (Interrupting) Yeah! Yeah! I got it Neil.
Relax. Just chill.
I know how important this is for you. It is important for me too. Trust me, we are gonna make it happen, ferociously, deadly and stage-breakingly.
Neil: Ummm, yeah! I know you will! You are extremely good. I am the one who needs practice.
(Taps his head at back and clutches his hair.)
Alifa: (Smilingly) Yeah, you really need to.
Hey! It’s 7:55.. ‘Sam-son’s might just be reaching here any moment. Let’s get the room arranged and start the music system.
Neil and Alifa started putting off the curtains, dusting the sitting cubes a bit and throwing the props from the floor to sideways.
They started the music system as well.
They were completely ready for today’s class. They didn’t want to waste a single minute today. It was their life.
They were waiting for the so-called ‘Samsons’ – Samar and Sonya, to reach the classroom.
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