UBC DAY 7 – THE BATTLE OF SECTION B
The two had been friends since four years.
They had been in the same section “B” every year.
Both of them shared birthdays.
Both their names started with the same letter.
Both of them had got shiny new steel rulers as a gift.
They knew what they wanted to do.
As soon as lunch was over, both of them stood back to back, took five steps, turned around and said, “On Guard”.
They dueled like they had read about in novels.
Then came the decisive blow. A jab missed the other ruler, but caught the other boy right above his right eye, and he dropped his sword with a clang.
The teacher who had entered just in time to see the blow, confiscated the swords, and reprimanded the aggressor first, checking the victim to see if the cut was deep. When she saw it wasn’t, she reprimanded him too.
When the school bell rang at the end of the day, the two of them stayed back.
“Sorry, I didn’t mean to.”
“I know. But I have just one word for you – REMATCH!”
They hi-fived and made the deal. In a moment, all was forgiven.
The two soldiers walked out together, as friends. On the teacher’s desk, their swords lay forgotten.
(7th July 2014)