Satveer (Sam) Mittal
Unless it’s not
Thu Jun 22, 2017 15:56

Sam knew the hole he had dug for himself was as deep as it was wide. He was greatly relieved when Drew continued the conversation. Especially when he stated that Satveer would make friends within the school. This gave Satveer a sense of calm.

a fact… “My last name is Mittal. I don’t think you have it in America, but my family makes Mittal Tea” Satveer proclaimed proudly. “We are the biggest exporter of both magic and muggle teas to Europe from India.” Satveer knew this. He had been well educated on how to sell the family business in a conversation.

He could have spoken for hours on The Mittal Tea Cooperative, but he was very aware that he had already talked too much about himself so Satveer picked up on the conversation tidbits Drew threw out. “That’s cool though. I mean, your adopted” Satveer now thought he had gotten it all wrong. Maybe the red headed girl wasn’t his friend. Maybe they were adoptive siblings. “And the South African dragons. WOW! I lived in South Africa for a little bit with my uncle. I recently discovered he was on the run from the IMOM for Snake Charming.” Satveer paused, very aware that this unwanted new found skill in oversharing was about to flair up again careful now, you don’t want to scare him off any further. “I never got to see any dragons though” he said picking up his remaining cookie and slowly dunking it in his milk.

His brain now buzzing with questions Do you ever see your birth mother? Who is your father? Why did she give you up for adoption? Satveer settled on one proceeded to ask. “Are you” Satveer spoke gently as he looked over at Drew whilst simultaneously gesturing his head towards the red headed girl. “Are you and the red headed girl brother and sister? I mean, if your adopted.” He paused, only now realising how personal the question was once the words had escaped his lips. “I didn’t mean to… I mean, earlier. I just assumed you were friends, you get on so well.”

Embarrassed that he had pried too far and realising his cookie was still in the milk, Satveer lifted his cookie to take a bite. The cookie however had gone past the point of moist and milky. It was now sodden and brittle. The following second passed in slow motion the bottom part of the cookie detached from the firm, non-milky top. The falling cookie splashed back into the milk resulting in a puddle of milk around the glass and yet more embarrassment.

This was quickly becoming the worst ice breaking event Satveer had attended. That included the one where his brother pulled his trousers down in front of the entire female congregation at his cousin’s gurudwārā.

  • Second time’s the charm - Drew, Thu Jun 22 13:12
    Ohhhh Merlin I really should have opted out of this tour. Dang it, Kit. Drew had really, really thought the conversation was going fine. Sam was a little odd but they were making normal small talk... more
    • Unless it’s not - Satveer (Sam) Mittal, Thu Jun 22 15:56
      • Then go for third - Drew, Fri Jun 23 06:52
        ‘I have a last name’ was not really the kind of fun fact Drew had been going for, but Sam wasn’t crying so he decided to let it slide. Drew was not much of a tea-drinker but, he thought, he’d be... more
        • Homerun - Satveer (Sam) Mittal, Sat Jun 24 13:53
          As Satveer listened to Drews detailing his relationship with the red headed, he couldn’t help but smile. ‘She’s my best friend’ . How lovely, he thought. Drew’s father must be a loving man to have... more
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