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He felt all alone in this cruel world, which was conspiring against him. Another shadow fell against the wall. Was it Bhima’s younger brother Arjuna, coming to take part in the fun? Suyodhana crouched deeper into the darkness under the bed. ” It was an adult’s voice. Suyodhana peeped out carefully. Who was it? The setting sun emblazoned everything behind the doorframe in red and gold and this person stood like an unmoving black shadow. Bhima’s head turned in surprise at this interference. Suyodhana saw anger flash across his cousin’s face.
Bhima moved menacingly towards the little boy, rolling his eyes. The boy’s father was talking to Arjuna and did not see it. The boy clutched his mother’s hand in fright as the bully grinned, pointing at him. Suyodhana wanted to run down the cliff and fight Bhima. He might not win and Bhima would probably thrash both him and his brother, but at least it would give the frail boy time to escape. Sushasana had also seen Bhima. Picking up the biggest mango at hand, he stood poised to hurl it from the top of the tree.
See how the Priests favour Kunti over your mother,” Shakuni had pointed out to him on another occasion. The same Priests had objected to Kunti’s presence just a few weeks ago. Shakuni chuckled at Suyodhana’s confusion. “Your aunt has endeared herself to those fanatics. She holds more fundamentalist views than even Dhaumya. ” Suyodhana looked up at Shakuni’s crooked smile with his innocent dark eyes. “Do not worry son, I am there to take care of you,” Shakuni said, ruffling the boy’s hair affectionately.