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I Love you Rachu Clearly aware of what was going on in Labdhyos mind, I dared not look at him. I expected an outburst, but strangely, silence was all I could hear. My eyes were blurred by the dates of the upcoming tournaments, inter-hostel and inter-departmental, and my eardrums seemed to break by the cheering of the words, Captain Labdhyo!

You should see the physiotherapist soon. The doctors voice broke the silence. Take the medicines, painkillers, when you need them. Remember, a slipped disc is not a joke. What was happening to me? I wondered. Had I become deaf? Was I too scared to hear the cry of a heartbroken man, for whom football meant everything? Was I scared to hear the syllables of anguish from a man who had played football at u levels for his district but could not take up the game as a profession because of career constraints and his strong principle of not polluting his love and passion by making it a way to gain financial stability?

I have seen Labdhyo play since our college days at Jadavpur University. Apart from that he was also the captain of the Nehru Hall Football Team. Football has always been his first love and at twenty-eight, he had no plans to retire.

Thank you, came the familiar voice I was waiting for. Labdhyo gingerly got off the bed, taking the prescription. I reached out to collect the biometry reports. What time is it aJd? I left my phone at the lab. Four oclock, I said checking my watch. I had not been able to gather my strength and ask about his decisions. Match starts at five. He left me baffled. I was not sure what to do, I was not aware of his intentions.

Did he wish to inform his team that he couldnt play and help them choose another goalkeeper? Could you call Nil and ask him to bring my bag directly to the field? Labdhyo continued to interrupt my flow of thoughts. Umm, which bag? I asked, still doubtful about his intentions.

The one where I have my gloves, shin guards, socks, and other stuff, he replied. Want to grab a cold coffee from Sahara? I anticipated this was coming. So you will play? I finally managed to ask. Yes, why not? Who gave you the project at the English Department here?

I will sue him for bringing in a nagging parrot from Kolkata. Just a matter of few months, I grumbled. Labdhyo and I had been pretty good friends but he would never pay any heed to my repeated utterings of, Please try to take care of yourself.

Machoism, I muttered under my breath. Labdhyo pretended to not hear. Sipping on my cold coffee at Sahara, I said, You have injured your shin, Neuer. You really think you can play for Ruud Shock? Cazzz, Labdhyo yawned, as if nothing has happened. You and your cazzz, I said to myself, cursing this short form of the word casual which Labdhyo would perhaps use even while he was dying. You have your departmental game on Friday and we have to be there at Kolkata for Saturday mornings match. I tried my best to convince him.

Tell Rweeto to bring my jersey. I was shocked. I have to rush for the game. Come if you want. Labdhyo walked out leaving a fiftyrupee note on the bill. I collected the change after a tip and dragged myself to the ground. We had just a few days left in our hands, and after rounds of auctions, we had very little money left to download another keeper. Knowing about his health condition, I didnt want Labdhyo to play, from the deepest core of my heart. But I was left with no option. Dont you dare to mope over what happened today, Labdhyo warned me as we were returning from practice.

I will play all the games.

I walked along silently and left him earlier than usual. I was unusually silent on the days that followed for I was torn between friendship and duty. I knew every move Labdhyo was making was detrimental to his health.

But what could be done? The game must go on. Fridays victory in the departmental tournament lifted up our spirits as we travelled back to Kolkata for the tourney.

I, the only female manager in the twelve teams, was of course excited. Saturday, however, proved fatal for us. With more than four players injured and a very weak defence, we lost the matches.

Labdhyo was perhaps the only one in the team who stayed on the ground throughout, without complaining. As promised to him, I didnt talk about his injury or his degrading health condition but kept a spray with me, which he used oftenmost of the time actually.

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I feel a little odd to use the spray even while I am not playing, Labdhyo confided in me as we stood watching others play. But I have a back pain occasionally. I could see a blazing fire in him, a profound energy, mixed with determination. When he stood on the field, guarding the goal post, he would turn into a completely different persona pearl in the shell of an oyster. The broken shell forgot all the pain as he jumped to catch the ball, defending his team. I have seen so many human beings in love, but I have never seen anyone like Labdhyo, who was in love with his passion.

They say pain is just a mere breeze when you walk on the path of love. It was true for Labdhyo. His every gesture, be it the stretching of his arms and legs, or the way he would hold the ball, seemed to create a melodious harmony, a music of passion which broke through the physical pain and manifested itself in the spark of the keepers eyes, and the blush of his smile. For everyone who is dedicated to his or her passion, watching him play is a treat!

Ruud Shock has a very weak defence, Labdhyo explained as I dropped by at his lab on Monday morning to enquire after his health.

Labdhyo, I understand you are extremely passionate about the game, but. But what, Aparajita? This sudden use of my full name was a clear indication that he was extremely annoyed. I restrained from expressing any further anxieties. Oh ho, we have Samit at left back and Joy at right back. I dared not to bug him with any more questions.

Here, I placed the spray on his table. You might need it. Thanks aJd, he smiled. No wonder the team calls you Chelseas Eva. I nodded and left, worries creating a cacophony in my heart. They were beating drums of anxiety and the boisterous music of tension which consumed my enthusiasm for the upcoming tournaments. In the days that followed, I had stopped bringing up the topic of his health altogether. I watched him play for his department where he captained the team, taking them to the final round.

I didnt know what silenced methe spectacle of his game or the zeal that overtook the pain and brought him victories.

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Perhaps both. The ninety-minute-long final match ended with extra time, which was followed by a penalty shoot-out. You guys dont have an extra goalie for a penalty shoot-out? I almost broke down in tears as I saw Labdhyo preparing himself. None, Nil confirmed. The X-ray report, the doctors words, and the heaps of painkillers I had seen lying on the table of his lab seemed to entangle me. His best friends, Nil and others, were aware of his health condition but nobody had the courage to approach him.

They could not do without him. Even though I would speak little with them I sensed we were all on the same boat, vacillating between Labdhyos health and supporting Labdhyos team. There were very few like him who were professional players when they were young but had not taken up the game as a career, celebrating the wall that separates passion from work; following the love of passion, and deliberately abstaining from the love of money. I wanted them to win. It was not the cup, rather the success of defending his team that made Labdhyo happy, that gave him the strength to fight against all odds, be it a shin injury or a massive back pain caused due to the slipped disc.

Much to our dismay, his body betrayed him this time, landing them on the runners up stage. He was proud of his team and he appreciated the way everyone played. I should have practised the penalty thing, he sighed.

How long, Labdhyo? I could not control myself. How long are you going to put up with this and say you are fine?

Am I that dumb that I cant understand the pain you are enduring? Just the inter-hostel tournaments, he assured me. I knew it was coming. Being a struggling writer myself, I knew what it takes to be passionate about something. The defeats were not pulling him down; he cared little about them. The victories pushed him to soak up the pain. Painkillers allay the physical pain and a victory intensifies the drive to carry on. Even at twenty-eight, he would not retire. Even at twenty-eight, with a fragile body, he would lead his team towards victory.

His eyes spoke of his love for the game.

The love refuelled the waning energy. He exerted himself more by practising for penalty shoot-outs as the inter-hostel tournament approached. Nehru Hall was filled with just two words, Captain Labdhyo! Even my friends from Sarojini Naidu Womens hostel came to cheer for Nehru. Batman has been my most favourite hero since my childhood.

Because he is a hero without any magical power. He is driven by passion and intellect. I have always admired him, respected him. One might not be lucky enough to be born as a Kryptonian or as an siteian princess but dedication, hard work and endurance can make a Batman out of anyone. I was seeing one in front of me. The inter-hostel tournament was the last of the football tournaments for the winter. Ignoring the setbacks, Labdhyo struggled on. His swollen right leg spoke of the pain he was enduring.

I looked at him with awe as he brought victories to his hostel, round after round. Throughout these months, I saw a broken warrior fighting with the same spirit I had first seen him display.

It reminded me of a few lines from the acclaimed Bengali writer, Saratchandra Chattyopadhyays novel, Pather Dabi. Apurba, one of the main protagonists had thought in admiration, about the freedom fighter, Sabyasachi : It is perhaps you only who can take the onus upon your shoulders. That is why perhaps God has endowed upon you all the responsibilities and burden of this world. I felt the same about Labdhyo. The final round of the inter-hostel football tournament was an engaging match between Nehru and R.

Both the teams were in no position to give up. With their Messis and Cr7s they attacked but that day celebrated the existence of only one Neuer, whose struggle gifted this team with some stunning saves. Our Neuer, Labdhyo, stood proudly on the ground as his worthy striker, Rupak, managed to score a goal for his team around the seventieth minute. The opponents got into a complete attacking mode after that but Labdhyo had planned his defence well as a captain.

He fiercely guarded his post and did not let a single shot enter the net. Finally, after the ninetieth minute, the stadium broke out in huge applause. Captain Labdhyo! His smile was brighter than his fluorescent jersey. Surrounded by his team mates and friends, he had defeated pain to have the last laugh.

It was his day. He, the captain, had managed to give his team the victory they deserved. I could not help myself from running up to him and giving him a hug. You did it, Labdhyo, I said with tears in my eyes. He smiled. Thank you. That is a completely different event!

Labdhyo exclaimed. How are you sure we will be in the same team? We will download you back no matter what! Rweeto said with alacrity. This time, we will name our team, Ruud Re-awakening. When did this brat come, aJd? Labdhyo teased.

In the afternoon, I replied. He didnt want to miss your game. Labdhyo, like always, ignored the praise. Instead, taking his phone from me, he dialled a number.

Hello, this is Labdhyo Mukherjee, he said. I have been diagnosed with several injuries on my leg and a slipped disc, a few months back.

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I would like to make an appointment with the physiotherapist. My mother stood in the doorway of my dorm room, shifting her weight from one foot to the other, glancing around as though something had been forgotten. I sat on my freshly made twin bed, because the room was tiny and there was no place else to sit.

My roommate, a tennis player named Jackie Harper from Wilton, Connecticut, sat across from me on her own bed. Her parents had left hours earlier, and I wished mine would take a hint and do the same. She pulled a liter of Diet Coke and a handle of Absolut vodka out of her oversize purse and placed them on one of the desks. Jackie looked impressed.

But my dad never crossed CJ. I know that college is about experimenting. Are you sure about Baird? Freshman orientation had already started.

I could tell he was getting antsy. It had been a long day. Fuck, Ben. Jackie was sitting on her bed chewing gum and pretending to read from the orientation packet, but I could tell she was listening. Inside were two tiny gold studs—one letter L and one letter A, my initials.

CJ had flipped her shit when I got my second holes pierced over the summer. I love them. Here, try them on. Then she hugged me so hard I could barely breathe.

I inhaled the scent of her Fekkai shampoo and swallowed over the lump lodged in my throat. My dad is less complicated.

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He hugged me like he always did—lifting me off the ground and giving me a butterfly kiss with his eyelashes. As usual, his face smelled like Noxzema.

He placed me back down and I took in the sight of him—kind blue-gray eyes, dark hair sprinkled with gray. I felt grateful for him in a way I no longer could for CJ. My parents have called me Sass since I was two and used to parade around the house wearing sunglasses and a feather boa.

When my parents finally left, Jackie and I looked at each other.

Our dorm room was small, but it was all ours. I felt a stir in the base of my stomach at the knowledge that I could finally do whatever I wanted. No curfew, no sneaking around, no asking permission.

We were exhilarated and terrified, all at once. The soda hissed and I watched as the tar-colored liquid soaked my new white sheets and duvet.

CJ bought all my bedding at Saks—it was some European designer she loved. CJ always spent way too much on stuff like bedding. My father never seemed to mind. Jackie covered her mouth. Sorry, Lucy. I watched her rub a Tide stain stick over the ruined part of my sheets. She was beautiful in that idyllic way—the effortless blond, blue-eyed, stops-you-in-your-tracks beautiful like CJ and Georgia.

My sister looks much more like CJ than I do. People tell me I look like the brunette version of Georgia, but nobody ever says that Georgia looks like the blond version of me. Jackie insisted on washing my bedding blue-blood manners—I could tell , and I mixed us new drinks while she ran down to the laundry room. When she got back we sat on our beds, talking, playing the do-you-know-this-person?

The vodka made us chat faster and deeper, until we were both stretched out on our beds, the last of the light spilling through our single window. We had a view of palm trees and in the distance the San Gabriel Mountains, a purple ridge in the dusk. Mountains were still so new to me then, and I shivered at their potential, at whatever it was they would promise.

Talking to Jackie was almost as easy as talking to Lydia, my best friend from home. As usual, I hated hearing this. I grew up listening to Fleetwood Mac like it was a religion, especially that really bad year, the year that followed the Unforgivable Thing. Lydia and I used to play Rumours from start to finish and smoke cigarettes out her bedroom window.

Well, I smoked. Lydia never smokes. Jackie grinned. She asked me about boys, if I had a boyfriend, so I told her about the Parker part of my past, making sure it sounded like I cared more than I did. I wanted to ask more questions, but our door swung open and a tall girl with long, glistening black hair walked in, followed by a skinny girl with white-blond hair, the color of saltine crackers.

She shifted her weight to one foot and placed her pale, pin-thin arms on her nonexistent hips. I have nothing against lesbians. My cousin is a lesbian. For a while I thought I was a lesbian. And this is Bree Benson. I wish I were in Kaplan, though. This dorm is so much nicer. But I met Pippa last week. We were on the same Orientation Adventure. They were optional, though, so I opted out. I hate camping.

Turns out Jackie did, too. Thank God I found Bree. She seemed like someone who did whatever she wanted without worrying too much about the consequences. He came to the room earlier, and they were basically making out in front of me; it was disgusting. She sat down in my desk chair and crossed one of her chopstick legs over the other. She was so thin she looked like a thirteen-year-old boy. Maybe we should order a pizza?

I refuse to gain the freshman fifteen. Not fair. My metabolism is failing me with age. CJ had nibbled on some potato salad.

Some guy invited us and said to bring more freshman girls. Wanna go? Should we change?She could smell adventure a mile away. Lillenas Drama. Such was her helplessness. In what ways has she grown since her relationship with Stephen, and in what ways do you think she still needs to grow? Mountains were still so new to me then, and I shivered at their potential, at whatever it was they would promise.

Then again. I anticipated this was coming.