Prologue: My day begins only when he arrives.
Act One, Scene One: He arrives and sits on the opposite side of the table in class. My clock begins to tick.
Act Two, Scene One: He smiles across the table at my best friend.
Epilogue: My soul shrivels. My clock stops.
Chitra Gopalakrishnan is a journalist by training, a social development consultant by profession and a creative writer by choice.