... "You're the one who has pranked us, right?"
Meena's eyes widened. "W-what?" She stuttered, "How do you find out- Wait, I mean, of course not!"
However, what she had accidentally blurted out was undeniable, and all three of her sisters had surely heard it.
"But Meena has never pranked anyone before," Fani said, furrowing her brows.
"Why did you prank us, Meena? In such a manner too! The pranks are going too far!" Sasha questioned.
Meena thought back to all those times she had been pranked, those times she had been laughed at, been humiliated in front of the crowd.
"Well, maybe I wouldn't have gone so far if you guys hadn't!" Her sharp words were bitingly bitter, and tears threatened to spill. "All those years, I dread this day the most, knowing that you guys would- would..." Meena trailed off, voice trembling. It was as if the dam finally broke, and the Tonu broke down.
The three sisters could only watch as Meena crumbled into a sobbing mess. For what seemed to be an eternity, the only sound in the room was Meena's sniffling.
Finally, Rose spoke up, "Meena, I'm sorry. Sorry for all those pranks; sorry for dumping rotten omelette on you last year; sorry for stuffing your drawer with Miamouse plushies the year before. I have gone too far each time, and I have not considered your feelings."
"We're sorry too," Sasha apologised solemnly, Fani nodding at her words.
"Pranks are supposed to make people laugh, and not- not this." Fani gestured to the four of them in general, trying to convey what he could not put words to with his actions. "We... probably should draw the lines as to how far we should prank one another."
"So... no more pranks for the day?" Meena sniffled.
"No more pranks," the three agreed, as they helped her up.
"C'mon, let's go and get some breakfast together."
"Sounds like a plan!"
Then, something came across Meena's mind. "But hey, you have to agree that prank of mine is pretty funny."
They took a look at Rose's bald patches, and burst out laughing. Even as Rose sulked for a few seconds, she soon succumbed to the infectious laughter.
Well, it was not like she hadn't been saving up for that paint brush, after all.