Aditi found it as she and her aaya walked to school, vigilant eyes scouring the mounds for things to sell. A bright blue flash amidst the debris floating in a swale between the heaps.
She was afraid to touch it. She had seen many fall ill, even die as a result of salvaging items from the gullies, as their waters bred evil spirits Aaya called Diseases. But the facemask of Raju Ra, Chakra the Invincible? Surely it could only bring good fortune.
Quickly, she feigned a stumble, scooped it up, and tucked it in her blouse..
All day, she kept it hidden there.. Running her fingers over the slick blue foil, pondering the great blessings sure to be bestowed upon her.
Walking home thru Annawadi, she slipped it on.
When Aayi asked, she would say it had been a gift from Mansi.
This would be the first of many lies.
Word count: 150
This is my response to What Pegman Saw in Mumbai India.