After the kiss, Naina avoided the canteen, and Michael, for days. It was unlikely that she would meet him in the classrooms, since Michael hardly attended lectures. One afternoon, she decided to go to the canteen for a coffee; the group usually did not meet then. But they were there, and Abhinav called out as soon as he saw her, 'Hey Naina, over here. Where have you been?'
Only Abhinav, Ruchi and Michael were at the table. Apart from a casual nod Michael did not even glance at her. She had to sit beside him because Ruchi and Abhinav were sharing a bench, but that way she did not have to meet his eyes. Michael was unconcerned, and casually continued the discussion they were having. But when they were about to disperse, he said, 'Naina wanted to know about neo-Expressionism, perhaps she wants to impress her professor. You guys carry on, unless you want to hear my lecture all over again.'