Campus Platoon

Action packed, this gripping story is about a Second Year University Student who infiltrates a junior batch in the same faculty in order to understand unseen social issues among new arrivals.

However, Senior Student turned Insider, Chethi Senadheera bumps against something more serious than he originally expected within a junior batch — military intelligence.

Plot thickens as spy meets spy and Campus Platoon steps in.

Note: This story was previously published in 2006 in the Creative Writing Column of a Sri Lankan News Paper called Daily News. Visit the original web page through this link:

http://archives.dailynews.lk/2006/10/09/fea16.asp

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5. Block 8.1

 

 

Dilin and Asir were directing the juniors to block 8.1 as I arrived on the following day. I never looked up at them, and Dilin summoned up her best arrogant voice and demanded me whether I am a junior or not.

I gulped purposefully to let a feeling of terrified helplessness engulf me and replied her meekly in the affirmative.

"Follow me, then" she thundered and led me to our benches, several ashen-faced juniors already joining us. The bench I had lunch everyday was covered with bags today and their owners presumably at block 8.1. I put my simple bag there and followed Dilin.

All the while she was screaming her head off at my slightest clumsiness. There were few knowing smiles and amused nods here and there among seated casual observers in the benches, everyone knew me.

Dilin yanked open block 8.1 and let me in. As I entered, head bowed, I could not help noticing how over crowded the place was. Our first class was certainly a success. Imiha, who was an expert in Advanced Maths was teaching new arrivals the basics in complex numbers. He was on stage.

For a moment our eyes met as he looked down upon me and I vaguely registered his brief start of recognition. Imiha, only then I remembered, was not present at the batch meeting when I voiced my final decision. I had taken him by surprise.

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