STUMPED

Rohit, are you ready?

No da, I don’t have my kit!

I thought you had a full set!

I did. Raman borrowed it from me and hasn’t returned it yet!

What! How could you be so irresponsible?

No Machan, he had to have it and would return it by tonight!

You are a fool! If he doesn’t, we are stumped even before the battle!

No da. Raman will never let me down! See, there he comes now!

Rohit, here is your cricket kit. I knew you had an important match tomorrow. So I didn’t even wait for my victory lap!

*Cricket is a great passion in India and youngsters spend many a holiday challenging each other to matches. A win in it is almost like winning the Olympics! Most players and teams have their own kit consisting bats, pads and stumps. Many are sentimental about their kit consisting of bat, pads and stumps. They feel they won’t win without their own kit. Machan actually means brother-in-law in Tamil and is used to address one another denoting close friendship!
*Friday Fictioneers is talented group of enthusiasts penning down a story, a poem, a prose, etc., expressing their heart about a photo prompt, every week. Thanks for this week’s photo prompt © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields