“Hey, Pencil boy…” He shouted loud.
The pencil boy ran, in pleasure, towards his only customer he hardly got in that whole day. They were very large pencils of thirty centimetres long, and of different colours. Vicky changed his gaze from pencils towards the boy and passed it all over him. His hands were filthy, lots of sweat on face and all over dress, salt linings all over shirt were precise, neck full of dirt, at least his legs were not slipper worn.
“How is this business?” He asked.
“Hmm….” He sniffed, with distress. “No one shows interest in buying these kinds of pencils sir, not even kids. But, I must live only on this sir”
“Hmm, good,” In reality, Vicky didn’t understand a bit, why he must live only on those. “Each pencil costs how much?” He asked with smug look, expressing his offer.
“5rupees sir, just five rupees” Pencil boy said, trying to make a positive impression.
That all, pencil boys face was delighted, he was in sky. “Take these, sir” he handed two pencils of orange and red colour.
“But I like green and white.” Vicky smiled. But expression on Pencil boy’s face didn’t fade.
“Take them sir.” He handed Vicky’s desired colours and tried to retake the previous two.
Vicky yanked his own hand, “These are your first sold pencils of this day, your first money, Lord Lakshmi’s sentiment. You must not take them return.” Vicky said confusing pencil boy. “It means I’ll take all the four.” Vicky said amusing him.
“Thank you sir, really thank you.” He said, emotionally delighted.
Tapping his shoulder with smile, Vicky turned towards his left casually, there he saw a board. His smile faded a little and an idea struck his mind. Then again, he turned towards the pencil boy, “My Deepu loves pink and Subbu ji loves Black, do you object if I take another two?” He asked over whelming him. “Thirty, right?” Vicky handed all the money he got in his pocket.
Enthralled pencil boy slowly walked certain distance, and turned back.
“Sir,” He shouted. “Yes,” Vicky turned back.
“It’s been two days, since I’ve eaten something sir. Thank you.” The guy’s lighted face filled Vicky’s heart. He smiled and pointed towards the board he saw before sometime. It read “Full Meals just for rupees 30.” The boy was much delighted and he was inside it in few minutes.