Part 5 The first half of the day passed by quickly. It was break-time. Sailaja came to me and asked if I would like to go to the canteen with her. I thought “why not?” there we both enjoyed the view while she was having her coffee. As I was not accustomed to coffee or tea from my childhood, I gave her company while watching all the new faces around me or should I say some new faces. He was sitting a few tables ahead of me and was gazing at me as if I am an alien. “What is wrong with him? Why does he keep staring at me like that?” I wanted to shout at him for the discomfort he is creating but then I thought keeping my mouth shut for the time being would be a wise decision as I am new to this place and am not on friendly terms with anyone yet. After break-time Sailu introduced me to some of her friends from another department and then we all went back to our places. It was almost 7 o’clock when my concentration was broken by a yawn. I wondered who it was that was yawning so loud without decency. I knew who it was without even lifting my head. I got used to his voice by now. I can recognize his voice from anywhere. Strange, but true. Irritation does do wonders at times. I guess. I closed the system and took my things to go home. When I turned back I saw that Sailaja was nowhere to be seen. I thought she might have left when saw me so engrossed in my work. By the time I reached the lift, I was feeling drowsy and exhausted. I entered the lift and clicked on "close door" button. When I selected the ground floor button and lifted my head I saw him running towards the lift. I got angry with the way he treated me all day. Yes, I know he did not say a word but the way he looked at me made me develop a negative opinion about him. So I did not care to press the “keep doors open” button of the lift and kept watching him innocently. The moment the lift started descending there was a smile on my face. Tit-for-tat I thought. “What is happening to me? I was never like this. Even if people hurt me badly I never thought of causing harm to them in return. Then why on earth am I behaving like this with him?” I had no answer to this. May be what I went through in my previous workplace has left some negativity in me. "Am I turning into a bad person?"