You are mistaken Mam, I was just……..”
”Having a look at my ornaments, were you?”
”No! I was…………”
”Thats okay,” came the sinister voice again,” you can take whatever you want. I am pretty generous with all my staff.”
Not knowing what to do or say, she slowly closed the cupboard and walked up to the lady.
”I called you for some work,” said the lady, “a young girl of your age should be working the whole time. Stop wasting your youth chasing butterflies in the garden.”
Saying so, she threw a bright red cotton gown at her.
”Take that lace from my desk and put it on the border. Iron it nicely and bring it to me first thing in the morning.”
”I shall do it Mam,” she said picking up the needed stuff.
The sunshine came in through her window and lit up her entire room. She woke up instantly and walked up to the windows.
”Its a bright day today,” she said opening the curtains, “how I wish Mam stays out the whole day.”
The dining hall was being prepared for breakfast. The housemaids were laying the table while the sweepers were almost done with their work.
Mrs. Aradhna, the housekeeper, took out a huge chocolate cake from the refrigerator and hid it in the kitchen behind the sugar jar.
”Now why are you hiding this?” her husband and the cook Mr. Vikram asked her.
”I am in no mood to let that witch have it. She may not even remember. Let her be content with the apple pie.”
”Ah!” he said,” so you are saving this up for yourself. Such amount of chocolate is not good at this age.”
”Well now, I am well aware of that. This is not for me. I am saving this for dear Ragini. She has been working so hard. She would be delighted by this. Who doesn’t love chocolate?”
Ragini walked down the staircase holding the neatly folded gown in her hands. She arrived at the same door and knocked gently.
”Come in!” came the sinister voice.
She walked in slowly and placed the gown on the bed beside Ms. Manya who was busy reading the newspaper.
”Now let me see if you have done it well.”
Ragini held her breath as Ms. Manya examined the gown. She stared at it for a moment and then spoke, “It shall do for the event tonight. Now you may leave.”
Ragini’s happiness knew no bounds.
”There is an event at night,” she thought,” so Mam will be out the whole day and will return late at night. Thats wonderful.”