We are now done climbing down the stairs , we take some steps while making a right turn to move to cafeteria. David pushes the door and as soon as he is about to step in , a loud call stops him and we both turn back to see who’s it. As expected the college president is with his gang of Vice president, General Secretary, Secretary, joint secretary and the spokesperson. All of the posts are held by the people of one semester. David and I look at each other as they start to move towards us. David’s is totally angered and this made me worried as he getting angry means makes me alert. They are looking at us , looking straight in our eyes, just to prove their ego which I and David refuse to acknowledge and we look back in their eyes with bit more of ego as theirs. After some minutes of uninterrupted close contacts the Spokesperson speaks up with voice dominated by ego “What happened in the class, tell us in detail and we want to know everything in detail ” . His tone is authoritative and he wants us to show that he’s someone we have to bow to. “Listen Mr. Spokesperson, let me tell you the matter is with discipline committee and you have no right to talk to us in this tone. If you are the spokesperson, I am the President of Literature club , and my post is equal to college President . So you better behave ” I say in a firm tone and being fully authoritative, to let him know that his ego is of no use here, I take a look at the collage President and he’s already angered. “Raqif we are seniors and you don’t speak to us in that tone” this time it’s joint secretary who spoke. ” If you have come here as senior then let me tell you we don’t even care what you ask us. I am not going to reply even a single word ” . I replied in a firm tone, while still looking in the eyes of President. I want him to speak up, but I don’t know why he isn’t. I say to myself. “Do anyone among you have to say anything to us? We have to go” David finally speaks up. There’s complete silence for few minutes, no one utters even a single word. The students around us are looking at us waiting to see what’s going to happen next . As no one talks, Daivd asks me to move and as we start to walk away the college President finally breaks silence by saying “Stop” and then he walks to David and looks into his eyes with anger and David does the same. Both are standing so close to each other that their noses touch and everyone is watching without blinking even a single time. I wanted to speak but couldn’t.
While we all are watching, waiting to see what will happen next, college President pushes David forcing him to take some steps back. David gets annoyed and pushes him with full force that he falls on ground. Nobody is moving. Everyone is trying to figure out what just happened. College President is on ground but he has the same eye to eye contact with David. David walks some steps , holds his collar and lifts him up and now holds his both sides of collar and says “Listen Mr President, It won’t take me more than five minutes to do away with your ego, don’t force me to initiate action”. Everyone is stunned to hear what David just said. I turned my gaze around and saw people watching as if some film shooting is going on. I stand at my place. I am unable to move. I wanted to move but I couldn’t. I wish to move and my body refuses to coordinate. I let my body win over my wish. While I am figuring out things with myself, David speaks again and says “Listen I have been tolerating enough of your stupidity and ego but won’t tolerate it now. Be in your limits” . As David is still holding him I take a look at others who had come to support him , all of those are looking confused and they seem to be afraid of someone . I smile as I look down , just to make sure that no one sees me smiling. Till now a huge crowd has gathered and now gossips have also started. I make my mind to stop David as now it was enough. I walk up to David, hold his hands and he releases the collar of President but pushing him away forces him to take some steps backwards, he was about to fall but the joint secretary holds him and now he’s standing properly while setting his collar right. Now the General Secretary speaks “Raqif tell your friend not to behave like this, he’s has not to behave like this”. “Listen Mr General Secretary it’s you people who have problems with us since the day we stepped in the college and even this time it’s you who have come to us , for no reason. What happened in class is none of your concerns .We were going to cafeteria but you guys stopped us “I reply to him in an authoritative voice. The people around us are still standing as if they aren’t humans but cemented status. Let’s send them away I said to myself. “Each one of you is watching us as if some film shooting is going on, but that’s not happening I advice that each one of you should go to their respective classes”. I say it aloud and everyone starts to move here and there, while some start to walk towards their classes some to cafeteria and some walk step away and again start to watch what’s going to happen. Well still I saw about 50% of the crowd disappearing and that’s more than enough. I now turn to General Secretary and start to speak again “Yes listen you are seriously no one to ask us what happened in the class, why do you think we will even care to reply what you ask”. Instead of General Secretary the Secretary steps in to reply and says “Listen Raqif you guys are juniors and just behave like that. It’s up to us how we treat you”. I am now seriously angry with what he just said. His words made me think that he’s considering us as slaves. I said nothing, I walked some steps towards him and once I get closer to him I immediately catch his collar, and just the way David had done with the President. Giving him no time to react.”Listen Mr Secretary, you better behave, let me tell you that you are messing up with a wrong person. You don’t know with whom you are doing ” I say to him while looking in his eyes with full anger. I release his collar and take some steps back. And started to tell him that he wants us to be as slaves and be like obedient people but that is even far from impossible. We are aren’t here for free but only after working hard and cracking exam. As I speak President, Vice President, General Secretary, Secretary, Joint secretary and spokesperson listen to me very keenly. I continue to tell all of them that they should come out of this impression that we will be in their control and will say whatever they want us to say, we will obey. I end by telling them that we will respect them only if they do and if they don’t we won’t. We will do what they will do. I explained them everything in a firm tone. I stand looking at them. The Secretary this time speaks this time and says “You guys are no one just do what we ask you to do ” . The way he spoke got me angry , walk some steps towards him and get really close to him and while placing my hand on his shoulder and say “Listen Mr this tone of your’s might get others frightened but not me , don’t you even try this with me ” . I keep making a strong eye contact with him so that he gets to know the sensitivity of what I just said. After few minutes I lift my hand , walk away and stand with David. Everyone is standing in silence just watching each other doing nothing. The president breaks the silence by saying “So Raqif what is the conclusion ” . As I was about to speak David stops me and speaks “Listen we aren’t here to fight but just to study. You guys look for yourself and we will look for ourselves ” . Let’s go Raqif, David says and we both start to walk away. I smile as we walk towards the cafeteria thinking how we got our supper seniors scared even after being less in number.
(The story is just a fictional piece and has no connection with the reality. The Characters are also fictional. Views of the author are his own )