Romila opened the door for the children and greeted them with her shy smile. They dropped their bags in the hallway, leaving it for her to tidy up. As they changed out of their uniforms, she placed the plates on the table. They devoured her snacks before heading outdoors.
She watched them from the window beside the kitchen sink. They rode their bicycles, zig-zagging between the parked cars. She sighed and returned to washing the dishes.
‘Romila!’ her mistress called out. ‘Have you started preparing dinner?’
‘Hanh madam,’ she said. ‘In one minute.’
Romila took the chopping board out on the balcony and watched the children as she diced onions. Her eyes prickled, not merely due to the onions. She remembered a time when she’d had a bicycle. It was blue with a basket and training wheels. She’d tried learning to ride it but there was never enough space where she’d lived, nor enough time to learn. In the end, her mother had given it away as there was no use for it. Especially as she had to learn to cook and clean.
Romila wished she could ride a bicycle like the children she worked for.
After all, she was only two years older than them.
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