74 students, one Auditorium, no trainer and lights out. Somebody falls and rolls down upto the stage.A painful wail is heard.Scroll below to find out what happens next.You can read the first part here.
THE MINDBOGGLING FINALE
Let me rewind the sudden loud thud and someone rolling down towards the stage, in slow motion. The turn of events for that restless multitude bumping into each other could not have led to anything different. It was romantic Ruchi and jolly Jyoti who first collided and then in the hurry to stabilize herself, Ruchi stepped on someone’s feet, and as she moved a bit trying to find space in the dim light, her feet got tangled with the wires alongside the wall and she fell backwards. Fortunately, Arvinder caught her in time. But then, sarcastic Saksham standing just behind her lost his balance and slipped. This time, Shivam came to his buddy’s rescue. It could have been a ‘dil mein ladoo phuta’ moment as in a Cadbury shots Advertisement for many onlookers, but the horror filled in the air had frozen everyone’s thinking ability beyond getting out of there safely.
Thus, after so many fails, it was only Vasudha from Mumbai who could succeed in falling straight on the carpeted floor. We were very surprised to see her lying down as if she was resting on her bed!
Sensible Sahil and Coregrapher Nitin, standing nearby, rushed to help her get up. Aditi and Avneet too supported her and helped her walk back to an adjacent chair. We later got to know that this courageous soul had managed to injure her knee on the last day!
” Someone call downstairs! Tell the office people to open these damn doors!” Jasleen told her group in concern. These inseparable six in whole 15 day course, looked as anxious, trying to find and dail help, all at the same time.
The flash lights were continuously getting dimmer, and the panic was increasing by the moment. The lights were still out. Then the inevitable happened. Something fell on Jasleen’s shoulder, and as this group was still standing by their chairs in the row near entrance door, we all saw red eyes, flashing in the darkness, jump from her shoulder, to her hand. Another similar creature followed suit, jumping over everyone standing in that row, rushing out of nowhere towards its accomplice. Shrieking at top of her lungs, Jasleen tried to shoo it off and ran ahead towards the crowd gathered at the entrance door. This caused a great show, as that crowd ran helter skelter, away from Jasleen and the razor sharp teeth creatures following her.
It was then I saw the proverb,” friend in need is a friend indeed ” being demonstrated in front of my eyes. However, it was a PUBG force in action this time. ”JAI MATA DI” came a loud cry from Piyush and Shubham along with Abhay repeated the same. When else could their PUBG experience come handy. But the big question was, ‘Where were the arms and ammunition?’. The trio looked at each other.The chairs surely could not be taken down. Then Abhay saw the store room on the left side of the stage. “Yes! Gather the equipment buddies”, he cried and the three of them followed Jasleen, who was running frantically towards the stage. The electronics and stationary items backstage were about to be extinguished with no hope of any recovery of tax depreciation on the loss. The sacrifice of branch assets was important to save their friend and the MCS batch from this terror.
As they reached the store room door and were about to turned the knob, it flung open itself and a hobgoblin type figure jumped out in front of them. It had big hairy legs and arms, with face twisted in an evil grin, and eyes as red as beetroot.
The ferocious gang of three ran back as they came. Jasleen by this time had taken off her high heeled boots and had been successful in shooing the accomplices of this hobgoblin away from her.
Seeing this new entry to the already dismantled class, the banging on the doors grew more frantic. People were screaming and were going louder in their pleading.
The hobgoblin caught Sarcastic Saksham’s neck first, who sensing the gravity of the situation, went down on his knees and reasoned, “Please let me go. I haven’t even had a GF yet. And there’s a lot more left to sing about !”
The frightening creature looked even horrible in the dim flashlights lighting the hall. The hobgoblin let out a chuckle and got into the next person in its reach. It was Aspiring Ashish. Before it could catch him, he mumbled ” I haven’t even given my final attempt yet!” and ran towards safety. Rohit standing next to him followed suit.
The courageous group of Aakash, Mohit, Dinesh, Sahil, Manish and Kunika gathered some more people and were planning to take down the spook, clutching their pens in the hands, ready to attack in any way they could.
Vivek, the only psycologist of the class stood stupefied, trying the gauge the ongoing, observing the class and hobglobin from a distance. He could see there was something quite wrong, but could not tap it.
Similar chain of thoughts were broken by this huge ray of light suddenly entering the auditorium. Someone had opened the main entrance door!
People who were ducking behind their chairs or the ones who had simply chosen to close their eyes, to shield themselves from the horror, came out of their hiding poses to welcome the new ray of hope.
The two lovely helper aunties of the branch had arrived as the saviours of the day. But as soon as the first inch of the door was opened, people lined up near it scurried to get out, far away from the terrifying auditorium.
The aunties were pushed and shoved back, until they ran down the stairs upto the ground floor, scared of the raving mad crowd following them. The older of the two ladies, lean and wrinkled, picked up the wiper lying near the washrooms, preparing to attack anyone who came near her.
Meanwhile, the students who were near the main entrance to the audi had managed to skitter off, but the ones on the other side of the room, where unfortunately the spook stood, were still trying to reach for the safety. The last ones to empty the auditorium had the scary final glimpse of the vanishing hobglobin. He seemed to have evaporated into thin air, with its rags and clothes of sort falling down lifelessly.
The strength of 74 ran towards the main door and down the stairs, stumbling, falling and balancing.
Soon everyone stood near the main door, trying to rationalize what they had just seen. They were profusely thanking the helper ladies who had saved their lives. Amazingly, the kind ladies looked oblivious to what big feat they had managed to pull off.
Then a big realisation dawned upon them that Simran, Anmol,Rishab and Hitesh were missing. Aaqib, Manpreet and his gang of boys known for keeping friendship above everything, grew anxious and concerned. For the first time we could see them stressing, but only for their missing friends.
While everyone was busy looking, Gautam and Jatin pointed to the parking lot, quite surprised. There they saw, a car with its dickey opened, which seemed to be filled up with party gear and the all four of the apparently missing people standing near by.
Now was the time for me to join them and take the hood off this whole prank.
I ran towards my four accomplices and together us, to be known as famous five, unvelied the theme for the evening’s party- “Halloween”!
“You guys have understood by now how you have to dress, and here are the eye and face masks to be worn. Please be sure to wear red and black!”
The rest stood stunned at this turn of events, and soon, it was our turn to take to our heels, because the rest 69 of us were quite furious!
“WHAT WERE THOSE CREATURES YOU LET OUT ON ME?” Jasleen sounded as if she would not hesitate to call the police any moment. The scene reminded me of that furious headstrong school principal who could take the pranks in her stride, but would not leave before giving a good thrashing to mischievous students. Probably, with a steel scale in her hands!
“I don’t know. But I guess they were some big, fat Rats.” I replied.
“Actually, they were not a part of our plan, but it seems that rats voluntarily participated in the prank. ” Simran added.
“Must have come from somewhere outside..”Rishab continued, sensing the the fury.
“We had only planned the hobglobin scare, that too for today’s party, but the plan kind of changed…”, Hitesh said.
“Who was that hobglobin?” Painter Rishab asked. (We had two Rishabs, shreyas and deepaks plus three Sahils in the class)
“It was Anmol!”, We answered in unison. As the class actor had pulled it off quite well, the rest 69 were not really in a mood to appreciate him.
“If you all are wondering who closed the doors, it was Hitesh. He had slipped off before Simran screemed on seeing the rats. That’s why I planned we do the prank now. The stage was already set”, I added to put the lid on the whole episode.
“I hope everyone enjoys the themed DJ party!”, The five of us exclaimed as stealthily skittered back inside, trying to get to a safe place, before the crowd caught us!
“I still see his terrifying face, when I close my eyes”, Accurate Anubhav told vibrant Vikas that evening at the party.
But all is well that ends well and the party was good wind down for all and happiest ending to the whole day and our memorable batch of MCS Class!
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PS: I tried my best to seal the memories with this fictional story involving the batch, but I think we all would agree that the two most popular students of our class need a special mention, who always made the us laugh! I hope Hun sanu yad rehna 10 salan bad v ki kon kon hunda si te ki kuch kita apan ena 15 dina ch!!
The photographer of this picture may take the credits in comments below, but the edits are by me 😛
Cheers to MCS_10&11!