Secret Santa

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“Argh! These assignments, I hate them.” Riya complained like for the millionth time.

Riya had planned for this weekend like a zillion times in her head. The perfect outfit and the fun she’d have with her friends she had always wanted to go for one of these weekender concerts. She loved the whole atmosphere and the euphoric feeling that came along with it. Being a part of the concert crowd was what she loved. And she had also being saving money for it since quite a few months now. And now to let go of all this just for a stupid assignment was what she was more than pissed for.

So she halfheartedly sat the whole evening with Tanya in her room and somehow after all the nagging and cribbing; managed to complete the whole assignment.

Next morning, we went to Miss Sengupta in the staff area and handed over the assignment.

“I didn’t expect you girls until evening.” she smiled.

For a change we did not return her smile.

“Seems like I did after all spoil your day, did I?”

“Well kind of.” I muttered.

She heard that.

“What were you going to do anyway?” She enquired.

There was silence.

“Well, now that I’ve already ruined your plans, why don’t you both help me with a little work that I have?”

“Ok.” We both said with no enthusiasm at all in our voices.

In my mind I was so pissed off. Anger at its peak.

She walked us out of the college and on to the street.

“So, what was the plan anyway?” she asked.

“We’re going to attend the weekender” Riya said.

“We had that planned for quite some time now.” Priya added.

“Ah, the weekender. The one they are having at the outskirts right?” she asked “Isn’t it too pricey?”

“It’s alright once in a while” Riya answered.

“Sure it is.”

There we reached. To a not so well off place named Aashiyan.

“Auntyyyyy” a small little girl came running to Miss Sengupta.

“How’s little Aanya doing?” she asked cheerfully

“I’m fine. But has Santa arrived yet?” she asked.

“Tonight, only when you go to sleep. He’ll come.” She narrated, as if a story.

“Okay.” She smiled and ran off.

Me and Tanya were so confused to say a word.

Miss Sengupta turned to us and said “They’ve been waiting for this day all year around. And work hard to be good the whole year only to hope and receive gifts they wish for. And you know what are their wishes?”

“Come along she said.”

Inside she greeted the manager in a room inside. She came out with a file.

She handed it to us.

“Why don’t you two go and read it in the garden?” she said.

We left without a word.

The kids were playing just there, they all looked so happy to see us.

We took a bench and sat. We couldn’t believe what we saw in the file.

Neatly written in what felt like handwriting on 6-7 year olds were wishes.

Arun Remote controlled car
Aanya Barbie doll
Tina Tea set
Rahil Birthday cake for jiya because the last cake got spoiled by me.
Siddhant Encyclopedia
Muskan Make up kit
Jiya Frock
Nupur School shoes

I and Tanya literally had tears in our eyes.

Just then a little girl came to us and said “Did Rahil hit you too? He’s like that only.”

“I did not do anything!” A boy said who we did not realize was hiding behind the bench

“I saw you, you’re out! You’re out!” the girl shouted happily and ran off.

“I’m not!” he too ran behind her.

Just then Miss Sengupta came, and sat at the bench next to ours.

“They’re all orphans. 2 of them the manager found left alone on the road.”

We were still speechless. We realized that we were cribbing about such petite issue.

“”They’ll finally get all their gifts, well most of them. With the humble donations people do for them. And after paying all the school fees and making the ends meet. Not much fund is left for their gifts. Last year we could only get 4 gift items, but you know what? Neither did they crib nor did feel jealous of the friends who got their gifts instead they all share whatever little they had. ”

“So, this year, do all of them get what they want?” Riya asked.

“No, just 3 of them. The organization hasn’t been receiving enough donations.”

Just then Riya had a little idea. She looked at Tanya with a huge smile and said “I have a plan!” she understood and so did Miss Sengupta.

They left Aashiyan.

Just when it was evening, they retuned back with huge packets in their hands, all beautifully gift wrapped.

All the kids rushed to us.

“Did Santa send you?” the little girl asked.

“Yes he did.” Riya Said.

They spent the whole evening with them and they were so happy to see all the kids jump with joy after receiving all they wanted.

Riya and Tanya reached their hostel, their friends were back.

“We had soooo much fun!” said Malvika

“So did we.” They smiled.

– The Lazyy Blogger.

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