The Guy Next Door

Episode 1

She has never spoken a word yet her husband was never satisfied with whatever she did. She wanted to work but he didn’t allow her and had said that his parents will not approve of it as it was against his family tradition. She never wanted to spent her life with such a person but her Dad chose him because he was at a good position in a Bank, his family was rich and famous. Even her Mom couldn’t convince her Dad to allow her to at least reject or approve of a person. Her Dad was a bit of an orthodox and always took all the decisions of house and the ladies were silent;y obedient. Though her Mom did her best to get him convinced to allow her to study engineering. But even after being a topper of Computer Technology, she was not allowed to do job which she got through Campus. Her Dad had said

“ your marriage is arranged and if you want to do a job, I leave it to your husband. If he approves of it then go ahead with your plans”

“And if he doesn’t” She had asked

“After marriage the Husband is the king of the house. Now it is up to you how you convince him”

It had been almost 2 years but she could still not convince him. In fact he was even worst than her Dad. He never agreed to anything she wanted except the children part and that was because she just refused to budge saying she was not prepared for the child. He insisted her to have kids almost everyday but she didn’t want to have them till she was comfortable enough.

Her daily routine included cooking breakfast for her hubby, preparing tiff-in for him. Doing the home chores all day and when he comes back, she used to prepare evening breakfast and then dinner. She was busy all day working in her house. She did everything from making food, to cleaning stuff, to washing clothes. Karan, her hubby was of the opinion that a girl should know everything and do everything on her own. When she was not working she did not need a maid. And her work also included buying of vegetables, paying electricity and telephone bills. Her hubby used to just go to office, come back home, have dinner and sleep with her. She often thought how privileged it was to be a man and how boring it was to be a wife. She was unaware of the outer world where woman were stronger and had more control over their lives. For her life was only about taking care of her husband and his parents.

She had never approved of the marriage but in her family girls did not take decisions. She was busy in the kitchen whole day. In fact she was going to be busy in the same work for all the following days. Her In laws had finally decided to stay with their child and were coming next week. She already had many restrictions and responsibilities and now after they come , it was going to be worst. Worst means, she cannot go out, she cannot talk to her friends for longer time, she could not study newspaper. All she has to do is prepare food for the family, clean the house, utensils and take orders. Its been a year since she got married but she had never seen a moment of happiness in her life. Her husband never believed in talking to his wife for anything, neither did he felt any need to take her opinion while taking decisions.

“Hello! Ya..Ya..I will come right away” said Karan over phone.

This meant she had could have some free time for her, a smile passed her face . Karan got ready and went out telling her that he will be late. As soon as he went out she got ready, took her cellphone and went to the Garden which was just at the back of the building.

He was sitting there on a bench with a laptop and looked busy so didn’t noticed her. She always saw him in the lift while she went for taking vegetables or to her friends place. He used to look at her and smile. He had a very soothing smile which made her feel at home. Though they both didn’t know each other and never spoke a word but still she always felt safe with him. He was tall, a bit dark in complexion with big eyes on his face making his look bolder. His built was strong and he looked somewhat rich. He had a style of a man who respected woman and that is why she had kind of started to like him a lot even without ever speaking to him. She often thought about him in her imagination talking to her, walking with her. She even dreamt of him coming and hitting her husband when he misbehaved and then taking her to a far away place. Though she knew her dream would never come true but if there was a chance for God to listen to her heart, she wanted him in her life.

“Hi” His voice was very bold which matched his countenance.

“hi”Her heart started to beat. This was first time that her dream man spoke to her. His voice was manly and it struck her hard.

“What’s your name?” His head moved towards her

“Diya”

“You work?” She didn’t like the way he asked as he must have already known that she was a house wife. Why ask then?

“No but I have done engineering in Computer Science and I wanted to work but…” She suddenly stopped at the thought that there was not a need to tell him her story and that too when he had not asked anything

“Then why don’t you work?”

“ My family is kind of…” She wanted to say orthodox but kept herself from using a negative word “I mean they don’t approve of ladies working in the family. My husband is at a good position and we can sustain in his salary”

“Yes but it is not just about salary but about what you want to do. Don’t you want to work?”

“Of course I do but I cannot fight with my family. After all family is first” She had already fought with no results and she was tired of it because she knew nothing was going to change her life

“I don’t believe this. Family matters a lot but you are first and then your family because until and unless you can keep yourself happy , you will never be able to keep your family happy” He spoke casually

Her phone rang, it was Smita, her best friend. She didn’t want to pick and wanted to speak to him for some more time but she excused herself from him to not make him feel how important he was for her and also to show that her life after all is not so useless but she had friends to talk to.

When she went home she waited for her husband over dinner. She didn’t realized when she slept off on the sofa waiting for her and television was on. This was only time when she could watch it and she loved it. It was 9 past 11 but he did not come. Though she always felt a sense of relief when he wasn’t home but as a good wife she was supposed to be worried for her husband if he is late so she called him.

“Hello…..but why?” He had told her that he was not going to come home for night. He had planned for some night out with his friends.

“How dare you ask me that? You are a wife and behave like one” He kept the phone down. Of course she was not supposed to ask in her house.
She was angry for he shouted at her in front of his friends but in her family she was never given a right to be angry. She sat on her bed lonely thinking about her past days when she was unmarried and happy. She loved to go to college and loved to study. There was a boy in her college who was her friend and she liked him very much. But she could never gather the courage to give him any hint. She never came to know what the guy thought about her.

She got up and wore her best suit. She didn’t know why she was doing that but she just felt like going to the guy next door.

She was standing with two bowls in her hand when he opened the door.

“My husband is not coming home. I have made some dishes which I don’t want to eat alone. I thought may be if you didn’t have dinner then I can offer you some” She thought she was doing something silly by going to a strangers house at 11pm at night with dishes she made but yet she didn’t bother much as she desperately needed his company and after he had spoken to her, it became a little easier for her to approach him.

He smiled “Come in” a little surprised but didn’t show up when he saw her lonely hopeful eyes which told her story.

“Make yourself comfortable” He offered her the arm chair to sit.

She kept the bowl on the table in front of her and sat on the arm chair. Initially she felt a bit nervous for the chair was not stable but soon she adjusted herself

He came with a glass of water and gave her. She tried to stand but he asked her to sit and relax

“Sorry I forgot to ask your name” She took the glass and said

“Rohan” He extended his hand towards her . She shook hands with him. While he was holding her hand , she felt a strange feeling of weakness as if she was attracted. Surely she was but she did not have right to. Though she was just 22 , an age at which youngsters can easily feel attraction for each other but she was married and she did not have a right to think about any man other than her husband.

Episode 2

He was looking at her with a strange expression which gave her a hint that he was surprised for she came so late at night. May be she was not supposed to come to him and may be he was also one of those orthodox men who thought wives do not have rights. But the way he spoke in the evening suggested a different picture of him , a picture which gave her the courage to come to him so late at night.

“My husband is not coming home tonight and I was alone. I didn’t want to have dinner alone. I mean…”

“Did I ask you anything about why you came here?”

“No, but…”

“Its Ok just relax. You must be hungry. Even I am . I was going to order something just now. My maid didn’t come tonight. Thank God you just came. I will just have the plates ready.”

“No its Ok I will…” She tried to stand but he stopped her again

“Sit and relax . You are not at your house. This is my house and you are my guest so give me the privilege to serve my guest.” She smiled. He used a language which she had never heard in her family.In her place she was treat more like a slave than a family member.

While he was making arrangements for dinner, she scanned through his room. It looked somewhat messy but was full of creative things. The walls were full of colorful posters. There was a white board kept near his arm chair on which he had scribbled some of his plans for coming days. The bed was huge but was not sufficient for his belongings. His cloths, papers and several other things were all scattered on the bed making it look like a spider web.

“Sorry for the mess. Actually I did not get time today to clean all this. I had to finish a project today so I was kind of busy”

“Oh! Am I disturbing you?”

“No no not at all. I am just finished with my work. You have the perfect timing”

He gave her the plates with some sweets added to the stuff she had brought. She looked at him and he smiled. She found his smile very mature and soothing.

“I am really sorry. Actually tonight I was…”

“Please don’t . I told you , you don’t need to give me any reasons. Just have food and enjoy. Would you mind if I switch on the Television?”

“No of course, please go ahead. After all it is your house and your TV” He smiled and switched the television. There were latest songs playing on 9XM. She had not watched Television at night for a very long as she was always busy with her daily chores. It was only in the day time when her husband was not at home that she managed to see television in between her cooking or other home work. She was now feeling very sad for what has happened to her life. She had so many dreams when she was in college , all shattered . She had never imagined that her life will become restricted to only working for husband at home. She never though about the day when she will not even have the right to enjoy TV shows and now that her In laws were coming , her future was even worst. She felt like running but she couldn’t even do that. And now she has become so desperate for air that she was sitting in a strangers house at this hour of night when her husband was not at home. She was feeling so ashamed that she could trust this stranger more than her husband. She looked at him almost in tears. She was not able to gulp the food though she was trying to. She wanted to tell this man everything and wanted to ask a favor to set her free but she knew she had to keep quiet.

“Any problem? I mean you are not eating anything. Is everything all right?”

“Yes, I am fine” She had to lie.

Episode 3

He could understand her plight as her coming late at night that too when they have talked only once in these days was kind of unusual and suggested that she was upset. He didn’t want to embarrass her more which is why he didn’t ask her much.

“So what do you like?” He wanted to change her mood

“Like in the sense?”

“In the sense .. your hobbies?”

“I don’t have any hobbies”

“How is it possible? Every one has a hobby or you don’t want to tell me. May be you don’t trust strangers”

“No its nothing like that I just don’t….”She wanted to say she had no right to have hobbies but kept silent.

“Ok then lets become friends then you will feel comfortable talking to me. Friends?” He extended his hand towards her.

“Friends” She needed a friend desperately. A friend who can protect her, sooth her and give her company in her lonely world. She felt more confident and happy now that she has a friend just next door and she can talk to him anytime. She was looking at him with a hope in her eyes. He saw a strange sadness in her eyes. On one side there was a hope and at the time there was hopelessness. He gave her a short smile. He wanted to subdue her pain but didn’t know what to do . After all he didn’t know anything about her. Till yesterday she was a complete stranger to him except that they had passed smiles while they shared the lift.

“What do you do for living?” She tried to change the mood

“I am a free lance web-designer and also started a small company of my own which is still under the process of registration”

“Wow your own company. That’s amazing” He smiled again

“So you do programming also?”

“Yes a bit specially web programming. You know about programming?”

“Yes I have done graduation in computer engineering and I loved programming”

“really! then why don’t you do that?”

“I told you , my family doesn’t approve”
“Try speaking to your husband , he should understand. Was your marriage arranged?”

“yes it was arranged” She gave a sigh

“Oh! If you don’t mind I can speak to him and give you an option to join me in my company as a programmer may be. You don’t even have to go far but I can make arrangements at home. I am planning to have office here only as you can see my house is big. I have merged 2 apartments with a similar plan. What do you say?” She heard him very patiently as if he was talking about a dream and wanted to help her explore that. But when he asked her for an answer she just said “No”

“Why? You said you love programming”

“Yes I do but not my family. If they come to know that I want to do a job, they will kill me”

“You mean seriously or just kidding”

“I am serious. They are very orthodox and if I say a word about job, they will kill me” she looked at him in horror as if she had been dealing with monsters and waiting for him to save her from them. “Yes if you really want to help me . may be I can join you but not telling my parents and I can do your work at night. You can give me assignments in a pen-drive when …..” she continued

“NO…” She suddenly shouted “no I was thinking too much. Even that is not possible. I do not have access to machine. We have only one laptop at home and it is always with my husband . He wont ever give it to me for anything. Lets just forget about this work thing” She looked more sad now for she could see something she always wanted was just a step away but she cannot take that step.

He felt very pity for her “ can I help you in any way?” He asked

“Take me away from here” His heart stopped for a minute. He looked at her not understanding or may be understanding but was not able to convince himself of what she just said. What did she mean by take me away. Was she planning to run away? Was she a tortured wife whom her In-Laws were trying to kil llike in typical Hindi movies?or did she like him? He could not understand.

Episode 4

“I mean. Can we go down for a walk. It’s the breeze. I mean..I..I”

“Sure” He agreed before she had to explain. He cleaned the table and went inside.

She scolded herself for what she just said . how can she do that. If she will tell him about how desperate she was, she will loose a friend also and then there wont be any hope not even in the future. She pinched herself for the blunder she was just about to do. When he came out she smiled and he responded naturally as if nothing strange has happened.

He was very understanding always admired by his friends for that and they came to him for solutions. He was never rude to anyone but always polite. A very helping and a genuine person. He could never see any one in pain and always extended his hands for help. This time she was in pain and he was again kind of helping her. He didn’t know anything about her or her family but that was his nature.

While they were walking on grass, she didn’t speak a word. He tried speaking to her but she was just too upset to respond much but only smiled.She wanted to enjoy the moment which was never going to come again but she was not able to. She waited till she almost got tears. Then she spoke

“I think we are late , may be we should go now”She knew she was walking on a dream path and knew that it was never going to be same again not at least in near future but then she had to be cautious before she starts to have expectations. For her, this 2mins walk itself was a huge thing. She wanted him to say ‘lets stay for some more time’ for she wanted to stay with him but she knew he would not demand that.

“Ok” He agreed

After some time, she was back at home. She looked at her house. It was clean and tidy. She didn’t like this tidiness but she liked that messy house she just saw few minutes back. She opened the fridge to take out cold water bottle.

She was happy that she got to see some life for at least few minutes which was unimaginable till previous day and the guy next door was so nice that he made her his friend and now she can speak to him in coming days whenever she gets a chance.

She had spent rest of her week preparing various dishes for her in-laws as ordered by Karan. He believed that his parents deserve everything cooked by his wife and didn’t want to buy sweets from shop. She was a good cook by nature so that was an added advantage that she didn’t have to put much efforts in understanding recipes.

This was their first day at this house. She had bended to touch their feet and after that she served them tea and wafers.

“What are you wearing Diya? Don’t you know our tradition?” She was wearing a very decent pink colored salwar kurta with white chunni on head. She didn’t think there was anything wrong in that

“You are supposed to wear a sari in front of your parents. Go and first change your clothes” she had already fought with her husband last night for the same. She had told him that she was not going to wear sari but may be he didn’t speak to his parents regarding that and just assumed that she will obey by default. She looked at him in anger

“Wait” Mother in law took out a sari from her suitcase and gave her. The pale yellow sari and she didn’t like it but still she took it.

She looked at karan as gave him an indication to come inside while she went to change. She waited for him to come but he didn’t . She didn’t have a choice but to change to sari now.

The whole day of summer went working in the kitchen while her in-laws ordered for things to eat in every hour. And then they called all their relatives who were in Delhi and decided for dinner programs at home. While she was serving them, she heard they were 5 in total and the dinner were fixed for 5 coming days. Now there were tough times ahead for her as all these relatives had big families which meant lots of food and lots of work. And there was nobody to help her.

For almost two weeks she could not even peep out of kitchen except when she either has to serve dinner or get introduced to them. Neither of them spoke to her except when they wanted her to make tea or wanted chapatti. They used to come in the evening at around 4 everyday and went back home after dinner and sweets. She was nothing more than a beautiful machine for them which they saw, admired and then the machine starts working again.

The series of relative gathering was over now and she can somewhat relax time for some time at least for making food. She decided to speak to Karan regarding the Sari issue at night but he never came to her except when his parents were asleep and then he told her that he was tired and went to sleep but this day she had decided that she will speak to him

“Am I not tired? What do you think I do whole day? Take massage”

“What ? What did you just say? I am your husband. Don’t forget that”

“Husband. What kind of a husband are you that you are never bothered about your wife’s suffering and when your wife wants to speak to you you don’t even bother to come to her..Aah” He slapped her hard on her face while she stumbled and fell down on floor. He removed his shirt and went to sleep.

She cried whole night but there was no one to listen to her grief.

She prepared herself for the worst which was waiting for her. She had first time gathered courage to stand against her family. In the morning she prepared breakfast for them as usual and went to serve them

“What are you wearing? I had already…” Her Father in law asked

“I am not wearing sari” She replied bluntly “ I am not going to live on your terms” She herself couldn’t understand how she gathered the courage to say what she never said before.

“What did you say?” Karan came and slapped her hard on face. She fell down on floor but this time she didn’t cry

“I said I am not going to live as per your terms”

“Oh so now you have the courage to speak against us. Wait I will show you” He took her by hand and pulled her inside the kitchen. He lighted the gas and heated the pan .

“No no please don’t do this to me please don’t” But he didn’t listen and put the heated pan on her hand. She cried with pain. He threw her on the floor “Go and change “ He instructed.

She went inside and wore sari. She was crying with pain while changing. This was his extreme face which he had never shown her before but today he did something she never imagined. Now she understood that she cannot take any action against him but has to keep quiet.

For the following 4 days she was quietly doing what was asked. She didn’t speak to parents nor did she complained to him. But this was not worst. There was more torture waiting for her.

It was 9 O clk in the Sunday morning and she needed some vegetables for cooking.

“I am going to bring vegetables from market” She told Karan

“You are not going anywhere. I will bring the vegetables. Just tell me whatever you need”

“Please let me go and bring it myself”

“I said no. from now onwards you will never be allowed to go out of this house”

“Please I want to go “ At this he thrashed her again.

“What kind of a husband are you? You cant keep me chained inside. You burnt me and you asked me to wear this sari . I did and not complaint but…”

“Oh so you are doing a favor by keeping quiet. Come with me I think you need some more lesson” He pulled and threw her on the bed. She tried to get up but he pushed her down and forced her to do what she was not ready for. She cried hard but he went wild and squeezed her hard. After raping her he stood up wore his shirt and went out. She was lying down naked on bed while others were enjoying breakfast made by her. She got up and wore her sari. She came to the dinning room where the family was sitting. She could see their shameless faces who did not feel the need to stop their son who exploited her like an animal. She was crying loud but still there was no response.

She came and stood in front of her husband.

“Look here” She said. When he looked at him , she did not see the human eyes but those of a monster who had just killed her soul. She slapped him straight without bothering about consequences as she had already seen enough.

“You bastard” He shouted on top of his voice and pulled her with hair.”How dare you” He threw her on ground. She didn’t cry this time but looked at him again. He took out a lighter from his pocket. Before she could stand up, he took one corner of her sari and burned it with the flame.

“No” she cried. She took off her sari which was of nylon and she could not wait even for a second otherwise she would get burned. She threw the burning sari on him and ran towards the drawing room. She managed to open the front door before he could come to stop her. She got out and closed the door from outside. She was confused and did not know what to do at that moment. She could not run far as karan was banging so hard that she was afraid that the door can break anytime. Also she did not have sari on and she felt so exposed and dilapidated.

At this point she had only one choice so she started banging Rohan’s door. When he opened the door, he had a paper in his hand which he was engrossed in and didn’t look at her for a few seconds. She felt exposed and didn’t want him to see her but she did not have option but to take help from him. He looked at her and was shocked, he kept the paper aside “What happened?” Her face was red and wet with tears, hair were open and tangled. She had some scratches on her face and her body was full of painful impacts which suggested that she was being badly beaten.

“Come in “ He made her to sit on the sofa while he went inside to bring water for her. She was quiet and afraid.

Episode 5

“Have water” She took the glass from her and drank it like a thirsty person who have not drank for days. She made herself comfortable on sofa. He wrapped a shawl on over her and sat beside. After a few minutes she felt safe and started crying. He kept silent and not touched her.

Suddenly a bell rang and she jumped with fear

“No please don’t tell them I am here. They will kill me” She pleaded in low voice

He went to open the door. He took some cloths from the man on door and closed the door

“Don’t worry it was just my Laundry boy” she was standing at the corner of the room shocked and in fear.

He went to her and held her hand “ Come” He took her to his bedroom and made her sit on the bed.

“Calm down. You are safe now. Tell me what happened” He asked

She didn’t say a word after that but only cried .

“stop crying. Look at me. I am here , I am here with you. You are safe and nothing will happen to you. Just stop crying and tell me what happened. Please look at me Diya. Please stop crying” He tried to console her . She looked at him and said “I ..I..my hu..hu”

“Yes, tell me what happened . Don’t be afraid nothing will happen to you. Tell me “

“They…they tried to ..he he ..” She was not able to explain what happened to her. She started crying again. He pulled her close and hugged her. After a long time someone had hugged her after her Mom who hugged her every time she was with her but after marriage they could hardly meet and she missed the comfortable arms of her mother. She calm down after some time. He asked her to take rest and gave her a lower and a shirt to change and went out of the room. She knew after this incidence Karan was not going to leave her alone. She was expecting that he will find and try to get her back. Now she had only one hope and the hope was Rohan who can help her out. He did not have any reason to be a part of her fight but if he refused to help there was no way out for her. Even Smita had told her that she was going to leave Delhi next week and she didn’t know anyone else here who could help her. If she tells her Dad , he will never agree with her though her Mom would support her but her decisions never mattered in the family. She didn’t want to become a burden on a stranger but she was not able to find any other option. She assured herself that she will find a way out soon.

She was almost asleep when she suddenly woke up with a sound of bell, she looked up see that Rohan was standing on the Bedroom door looking at her with care. He started to leave

“where are you going? What was that sound? Is someone at the door? Please don’t tell them that I am here. I …”

“Relax. I will take care”

He opened the door to see her husband searching for her

“Did you see my wife by any chance?”

“Your wife? No”

He had been searching for her desperately. He had asked the guard and he told that he had not seen her. He thought may be this would be an easiest place to hide. But he was very skeptical about her going to a total stranger for help but he still asked just to ensure she was not there.

When Rohan came inside she was sitting at one corner of bed with folded legs and holding them with her both hands. She looked at him with horror on her face

“It was your husband asking for you.”

At this she stood up and started looking all over in confusion. She held her head with both of her hand and started pulling hair with tears almost running her eyes and fear drowning her face. He pulled her hands and made her sit on bed

“Relax I told him that you are not here and he agreed easily. You are safe here. Don’t worry. Nothing will happen to you. I am with you . tell me what happened.”

She told him everything he did to her. The way she was describing her story, he could see the pain she was feeling , the helplessness in her eyes touched his heart deep. He had heard about such incidences happening to girls but had never seen it happening.

He sat with both his palms locked together on his face

“Do you want me to call the police?”

“Police. No please don’t . I ..I..” She was not able give him any reason for her know but inside her heart she knew the reason was her fear. She was afraid that if he calls police, she will have to leave his house and police will handover her custody to her Dad. She was afraid to go to her dad who she knew will never support her. He may allow her to live inside his house again but he will never forgive her for handing over her husband to police even if the reasons were genuine. Dad was more concerned about his reputation than her.

“Do you want me to call your parents”

“No please don’t tell my parents” She was indirectly demanding support from him. If she was not ready to talk to police and she was not ready to go home, he had to offer her help.

“Do you have a friend over here who can…”

“Please give me some time, I will find some place “

“No I didn’t mean that. You can stay here for as long as you want to. It is just that you may need some moral support so I thought may be you would like to meet your parents or friends”

“it is not that simple as you are thinking. I don’t have a friend over here who can help me and my parents will never accept me if I go home”

“Even if you tell them what happened”

“Yes even if I tell them the truth”

“But why?”

“Some why’s do not have an answer. I have to live my life alone and I can . Just give me some time”

“But where will you go? This place itself is not very safe especially for girls for living alone. If you are OK then you stay here with me” she looked at him in surprise. Why did he want her to stay with him? “I mean if you are OK. And whenever you find a suitable place for you, you can go. Just make yourself comfortable here till you find any place”

Episode 6

“A..you..I mean yesterday you asked me to join you. If you serious about it then can I…”

“Just give me 10 mins. Ok “

She nodded in affirmation and went to the bedroom. She thought may be she was a disturbance for him in his work. But he came back to her exactly after 10mins as he told.

“Ya tell me what were you saying?”

“I want to work. I want to learn. Can I start doing something for you?”

“Hm. First tell me what languages do you know?”

“you mean web programming”

“Ya that would be advantageous for me”

“I now ASP, PHP, Javascript, AJAX, DHTML…”

“Fine if I give you a problem, will you be able to write some program”

He gave her some ideas to run a program on PHP and she got herself engaged in writing. He went inside knowing that she will take time as she had not been in touch with the subject for long. He came back after 5 mins and sat down to read newspaper

“Rohan” She called him by name for the first time

“Yes”

“Just check If the program is OK”

He saw his watch in surprise as he was not expecting from her to finish off the work so fast. It takes a very experienced programmer to finish fast what he had given her. He scanned through her coding in hope of finding a mistake but the bigger surprise was that she was able to write a very small and perfect program even when she couldn’t access the computer for almost a year. He looked at her in astonishment.

“You said you have not done anything in past one year”

“Yes, I could not practice but I had my books and notes which used to refer often to keep myself updated”

“That’s amazing. You are very good. I can see that you really are serious about your studies and career but you never got an opportunity to bank upon your talents”

“Yes but now I can do that. I love programming and I love computers. I am feeling so good that I have got a chance to touch a machine after almost an year”

He felt very sad on the way she expressed her craving for something she was very good at but could not do anything just because her family didn’t approve of it. She looked at him with excitement in her eyes. This made him respect her more. She had been going through her worst times but still she had a spark of hope in her eyes which is very difficult.

He promised her to engage her in his work but before that he wanted her to read some books and practice it. As he was always busy with his work so he couldn’t give her his system. So he planned to buy a new one for her but he didn’t tell her about the new system thinking she would hesitate. He told her that he had one more system kept in the store room and that he will give it to her the next day for practice.

They talked for hours while she was telling him about her dreams when she was in college, about her friends and family. He also told her about his life. He was from a very rich family but a few years back he lost his entire family in an accident and the only person alive from the family was him. He had his parents and a younger sister whom he loved very much and after they were gone, he engrossed himself in his work so that He doesn’t miss them.They both shared one thing and that was loneliness and they shared the pain of loosing family. The only difference was that her family was alive but still she couldn’t meet them.

“ I am feeling very sleepy now. I will take a small nap; if you want you can sleep or watch TV, whatever you want to do”

“Can I have some books, I will study” he smiled and gave her a programming book which he treated as bible for his reference and went to sleep.

It was not even 10 mins since he got asleep and the bell rang and as expected Diya got panicked. She ran inside where he was sleeping. He was fast asleep when she came to him. It seems he did not hear the bell. She touched his hand gently. He woke up with a startle

“What happened?” He asked

“Some one is at the door”

“Oh Diya, You sit here I will see” He went up with much efforts to open the door.

Episode 7

It was Aakash, his best friend and future partner in his venture

“Huh” He went and sat on the arm chair and gave a sigh. His face was low as if waiting to tell about some tragedy

“So what happened?” Rohan asked. He was expecting some positive news about business till then but when he saw his friend’s face, he got a little worrried.

“Guess what? Our loan got sanctioned”

“Really. Wow that’s great” They both hugged and patted each other in excitement. This was the moment they have been waiting for long. They needed some funds for their startup. Though Rohan was rich enough to use his family treasure but he didn’t want to. He believed in doing something on his own. He couldn’t waste his hard owned family income for his ambitions. Though now he didn’t have anyone left in his family but he still felt they were there and he would never do anything which will not be acceptable to them. His Dad had always expected that his son would make him proud and he wanted to show him that even if he is not there to support him, he can still be proud of his son. He always felt very lonely after he lost his family but he had a group of friends who always took his best care and never left him alone. And Aakash was special who always cared for him.

Aakash was so close to him that they shared everything and when he came home, he always took it as his house , never bothered about interference but felt the right on his best friend.

“dude I am feeling a little tired” before Rohan could stop him, he went inside in the bedroom where she was waiting for Rohan.

“Who is she?” He looked at him in surprise . He was shocked to see something he would never expect from Rohan. Rohan has always been a guy who never believed in love affairs and was always busy with friends and his career. Though there were many girls who liked him seriously but he felt he only passed some time with them but can never be serious or waste time thinking about them.

“A actually she is our first employee. I mean for the company”

“What? Dude I am your partner. You hired an employee and didn’t even tell me” He looked angry now

“A..Come with me. I will tell you everything” Rohan took him to the drawing room and asked him to sit on Sofa.

He told him her entire story after which his anger turned into sympathy

“God this is horrible. She is so young and looks so sweet and decent. How could anyone do that to her?”

“Ya I know and that is why I am helping her. You would like to have something?”

“Ya definitely I want to have something nice and spicy”

“Nice and spicy. Help yourself , you already know the way to kitchen”

“Kitchen ! Hey come on, order something yaar” he lied down on the Sofa

“No I am not ordering anything” He took the newspaper and started reading it

“No but why?”

“Just like that”

While they were talking she came out with a tray with 2 glasses of water. Rohan kept the newspaper aside and his friend stood up to sit

“Hey you don’t need to do this. Come on. No need of any formalities” he took the tray from her and kept it on center table “Please sit” Rohan offered her seat beside him

Both friends were looking at each other not knowing what to talk. For about a minute they all were quiet and didn’t say a word but only smiled at each other

“A.. would you like to have something? Tea , coffee or cold drink”

“No nothing its Ok. Just relax. I will take if I need something “

“Why you wanted to eat something spicy right? Shall we order something? Diya would you mind if we order some non-..”

“ No no its OK I don’t need anything”

“I will make something for you” She said politely

“No no please no need really. We can ..”

“Its Ok just give me some time, I will cook something nice for you”

“No hey Rohan why are you not stopping her? Come on tell her not to take pains” but Rohan didn’t say anything but only smiled.

She went in the kitchen.

“She is cute yaar. In fact very cute. She looks so so…I don’t have words but she is pretty” commented aakash

“Yes, she is pretty” He looked towards the kitchen

They started discussing about their business plan which they needed to execute as they have received the sanction for funds now

“So initially we will make the office here only. I think we will only be four people working so..”

“Five”

“five right but will she be able to cope?”

“She is good. Believe me”

“ok I trust you on that. By the way what about Mr. mehta’s project. Is it over?”

“almost done just some simulation required. Why don’t you check it once if it is OK?” He pushed the laptop towards Aakash

Aakash started scanning through the website he had just made “Good yaar I think you have taken care of every detail.” He said

She came out with a tray on which she had kept something which looked like Chaat. She put the thing on table with two plates for them. She started serving but Aakash stopped her

“Its OK, we will take it. Really . ..a you are not having it? “

“No I just had some..”

“No excuses, come sit here “ Rohan pulled her down and got up. He got a plate from inside and gave her while he served the dish to all

“Hmm wow its so tasty. Really amazing . I have never eaten such a delicious chaat in my life” commented Aakash. She gave a very lively and cute smile at his appreciation. Something which she always does and it has been just one day but Rohan has started liking this smile.

Aakash was very funny with his jokes. He made every attempt to make her also laugh. Though she has been very restrictive in smiling but she could still open up a bit with them and started feeling the comfort of friendship with them.

She had come from a family where she was never given any importance and only men in the family were given priority. After they are finished with the food then the leftovers were shared by women. She found herself totally in a different place. Though she was just a hands distance from the hell she belonged to but still she felt very safe with her new friends.

She thought what her husband would be doing . He will definitely not leave her like that. He was going to try everything to find her out. What if he finds her out? She has to leave and then her life will be worst forever. She didn’t want to leave but if he finds her out she couldn’t risk her new friends life. She prayed to God everyday so that he never finds her whereabouts. But inside she new well that this life was like a dream which could break anytime and she was preparing herself for that.

Episode 8

It was the new morning with first rain touching the City. She loved rain and when she was small, it was her favorite season. She used to play in rain with her friends Arti and Shabnam in School. While her parents were worried in rains when she got late but she used to enjoy the way to her home. She used to stop at a garden where other children play. Sometimes she even talked to them and played with them without any botheration of getting late. Every time she came late she got scolding from Dad but she still did the same every now and then and was forgiven every time with Mom’s interference. And now after so many years , she was experiencing the same rain but she was bound to one room and couldn’t move.

She watched the morning ray penetrating through the rain with sparkles appearing which made her happy. She smiled. She extended her left hand out of the window to capture the rain drops. She opened the window fully to see the road outside which looked wet and the drops were falling to make a beautiful sound. She felt like playing again in the rain. She opened the door of the balcony which was just a step of distance from the window and got out. Then She stretched her both hands to the sky and closed her eyes.

“You like rain?”

“Yes, I love it”

He felt sad for he couldn’t take her out for her own safety.

“Hey would you like some pakodas?”

“Ya sure”

“I will just come” and she went inside the kitchen.

She started preparation for the Pakodas. He watched her making a mixture of potato onion and some masalas. She put the mixture into the wet Besan and started to drop the pakodas in the hot oil.

“You like cooking also?”

“That was the only thing I have been doing till now”

He didn’t have any words to say. She used to take everything so easily. In spite of all odds she still smiled naturally. It appeared as if she had become so habitual of the pain her life was giving her that she no more feels it.

The bell rang again and she stopped for a second

“Don’t worry I will look”

“What if its him. Please don’t tell I am here”

“Of course not. Don’t you trust me?”

He opened the door. The face looked familiar. He was of heavy built and a big mustache added to his horrifying beauty. He was taller than Rahul.

“Have you seen this girl any where around?” He was carrying Diya’s picture.

“No I have never seen this girl”

“She is my wife. She is missing. If you come to know about her please call me on this number” He gave a paper on which was written a number.

“Are you sure you have not seen her?”

“What kind of a question is that? I already told you”

“Ok thanks anyways” And he left.

One thing Rahul understood that it wouldn’t be that easy to hide from him. He would go to any extent to find her.

He came inside. She looked at him with a question on her face. He did want to trouble her more so he kept the secret to himself

“It was a salesman”

Now she looked relax and smiled

A week went without any trouble but they both didn’t know till when can they sustain without any information going out. He had taken care of everything to ensure nobody comes to know about her including maid. While maid come to house, they used to hide her every stuff in the almirah and she used to hid inside the store room. The store room used to remain close most of the time and he opened it for cleaning only once in a month. The room was full of cartons, books and other old stuff. He cleaned it himself for her so that maid doesn’t get any inkling. He kept one small table and a tiny chair so that she could accommodate herself in whenever anyone came to house. The only person who knew that she was staying with him was his best friend and he could definitely be trusted.

They were living peacefully but they didn’t know that a big trouble was waiting for them.

It was one fine day when the weather was very good. Rahul had to go out for some client visit so Diya was going to be alone. He could not just leave the house unlocked because it could create trouble for her. So he locked the door while she was inside.

She started her day with daily chores and then she cooked his favorite Paneer Curry for lunch. He had told her that he was going to be back at around 2 O Clk. So she waited for him. She sat on the sofa and started reading one book. She didn’t realize when she fell asleep.

She suddenly woke up with a sound. It was the house Phone which was ringing . She could definitely not pick up because then it will arouse doubts. But she thought what if it is Rahul only wanting to tell her anything. But why would he call, she thought. What if he is in trouble?

She was in a jiffy, wanted to attend but did not get the call. She was too afraid to get noticed.

Thoughts of her husband started troubling her. She didn’t want to think about him so she went out in the Balcony which she was not supposed to do specially when Rahul was not home but she just wanted some air so she went ahead.

She stood in the balcony for long. It was 3 O Clk now and Rahul had still not arrived. Shegot worried about him. May be it was him only who called to tell her that he is going to be late or may be he needs her. The thoughts were troubling her. She didn’t know what to do. She thought may be she cannot take a call but she could definitely call him. But when she picked the receiver, she realized she has not taken his number. She thought rather she should wait for him and not worry because she was anyways helpless.

The phone rang again. She didn’t pick it. It rang again

“It must be him only. Who else will call?” She told herself

She picked the call

Episode 9

“Hello!” The voice which came from the other side sounded familiar

When she recognized the voice, she was dumbstruck. She put the receiver down immediately. She went into bedroom and sat there. She was too frightened to even react. She wanted to cry but she didn’t.

“Why did I pick the call?” She scolded herself

She didn’t know what to do. She couldn’t even call Rahul as she didn’t have his number. She couldn’t even run because the door was closed. What if he recognized her voice? Why did he call Rahul? He must have come to know that she was hiding in this house. He will do anything to get hold of her if what she was thing was right.

The Phone rang again but this time, she didn’t pick. She closed her ears with the pillow. The Phone stopped ringing after some time. If it was him, he would keep on calling till he is not sure that it was her. The phone rang again and this time she got panicked. She pulled the plug and disconnected the phone.

She stood still , not making any sound or movement. He heard the sound again, but this time it was the door. Someone was trying to open the door. She picked the curtain rod which was kept in the store room and came to drawing room. The door opened and a guy entered inside. Without giving it a though, she jumped on the man with the rod. She hit him 3 times

“What are you doing? Stop it. Its me, Rahul”

She stopped “I am sorry. I am really sorry”

“Ouch” She had directly attacked his head

“I am sorry I thought it was him, please forgive me. I am very sorry” She started crying

He held her arms and said “Relax, jut relax.” He asked her to sit and went inside.

He changed his clothes and came back to her. She was still sitting on sofa, idle, not reacting but glaring at the floor continuously

“Do you welcome guests with a rod in your house?” He asked

She looked at him looking worried.

He sat on the sofa “What happened ? Tell me”

She told him about the call and told him that the person on the other side had same voice as that of Karan

“Are you sure?”

She jumped with a shocking sound. It was the door bell which rang. The sound was scratchy and loud as if some one pressed the button very hard. She ran inside.

He opened the door. It was police who was on the door.

“Yes”

“Are you Mr.Rahul?”

“Yes, what is the concern?”

“We got an information that you have kidnapped his wife” Karan was standing with him. She was right. It was him only. But how did he come to know that she was here?

“What rubbish! I don’t even know his wife”

“Really? Without knowing you, how did she enter your house? Don’t try to make a fool of me. I saw her standing in the balcony” He said

“Mr. Rahul, please allow us to check” and they entered in the room

He did not know what to do now. He was not worried about the police action which could be taken considering this a kidnap but was more worried about her. The police man and Karan starting searching the whole house. They started with the drawing room and then kitchen. While Karan was in the kitchen balcony and other policemen were scattered in the whole house, he somehow escaped to the store room whose door opened inside the last bedroom.

“Diya” He called her whispering

“I am locking the door. You hide yourself somehow, he is searching for you” He warned her and locked the door. He slipped the keys inside the table drawer.

The policemen came inside the bedroom . They searched the room and checked the place below the bed

“Is there a balcony here?”

“Yes” He said

They entered the balcony but she was not there

“I told you Inspector, I don’t even know her. This man is mad. He is lying.”

“What is inside this room” Karan removed the curtain from the unseen door where she was hiding.

“That door is always locked. I have not opened it since long”

“Open it” The Inspector ordered.

Now he had no choice but to take the risk. He opened the drawer, removed the keys. But before he could take any further action, Karan snatched the keys from him.

He opened the door. Rahul wished she hid herself somewhere they could not see . But the place was not gargantuan, she could be easily found with search operations.

Episode 10

The door opened and a guy entered inside. Without giving it a though, she jumped on the man with the rod. She hit him 3 times

“What are you doing? Stop it. Its me, Rahul”

She stopped “I am sorry. I am really sorry”

“Ouch” She had directly attacked his head

“I am sorry I thought it was him, please forgive me. I am very sorry” She started crying

He held her arms and said “Relax, jut relax.” He asked her to sit and went inside.

He changed his clothes and came back to her. She was still sitting on sofa, idle, not reacting but glaring at the floor continuously

“DO you welcome guests with a rod in your house?” He asked

She looked at him looking worried.

He sat on the sofa “What happened ? Tell me”

She told him about the call and told him that the person on the other side had same voice as that of Karan

“Are you sure?”

She jumped with a shocking sound. It was the door bell which ran. The sound was scratchy and loud as if some one pressed the button very hard. She ran inside.

He opened the door. It was police who was on the door.

“Yes”

“Are you Mr.Rahul?”

“Yes, what is the concern?”

“We got an information that you have kidnapped his wife” Karan was standing with him. She was right. It was him only. But how did he come to know that she was here?

“What rubbish! I don’t even know his wife”

“Really? Without knowing you, how did she entered your house? Don’t try to make a fool of me. I saw her standing in the balcony” He said

“Mr. Rahul, please allow us to check” and they entered in the room

He did not know what to do now. He was not worried about the police action which could be taken considering this a kidnap but was more worried about her. The police man and Karan starting searching the whole house. They started with thw drawing room and then kitchen. While Karan was in the kitchen balcony and other policemen were scattered in the whole house, he somehow escaped to the store room whose door opened inside the last bedroom.

“Diya” He called her whispering

She looked much worried.

“I am locking the door. You hide yourself somehow, he is searching for you” He warned her and locked the door. He slipped the keys inside the table drawer.

The policemen came inside the bedroom . They searched the room and checked the place below the bed

“Is there a balcony here?”

“Yes” He said

They entered the balcony but she was not there

“I told you Inspector, I don’t even know her. This man is mad. He is lying.”

“What is inside this room” Karan removed the curtain from the unseen door where she was hiding.

“That door is always locked. I have not opened it since long”

“Open it” The Inspector ordered.

Now he had no choice but to take the risk. He opened the drawer, removed the keys. But before he could take any further action, Karan snatched the keys from him.

He opened the door. Rahul wished she could herself somewhere they could not see her. But the place was not gargantuan, she could be easily found with search operations.

The door opened

Episode 11

The room was a bit dirty and looked like it was not opened from days. There was an old desktop lying on a table with no other accessories but only the CPU.

The place was piled up with lots of books and files There was rarely any place where they could search and if the girl was there she could definitely be found in seconds.

The police men scattered into the room but she was not there.

There was an almirah which looked very old and was covered by the pile of clothes.

“There is no one inside” One inspector said

“I told you. This man is lying”

“I am sorry Mr. Karan, I can understand your trouble but please don’t point on anyone untill you are very sure. I am sorry for the inconvenience caused”

“But inspector…”

Inspector stopped him from speaking and they left. Karan was very confused because he had seen the girl in the balcony. He tried to see the balcony again but she was not there.

After locking the door Rahul went inside the store to look for her. He had no idea how did she suddenly disappeared from the room when there was no place.

But there was a bigger surprise waiting for him inside. When he entered the room, some one jumped from the top and he fell down

“Diya?”

He looked up confused

“I was sitting on the loft and hid myself with cartons kept there. I could adjust myself with so much difficulty that I could fall from there anytime but thank God I didn’t fall when they came”

“Wow! But how did you manage to go up?”

“I don’t know It was a do or die situation for me”

He was happy for now she was saved but the danger was still there because the monster of her life would not leave her so easily. He knew he had to make a plan.He had to make some arrangement for her outside so that he couldn’t harm her.

He thought of taking her to a friend who lived in a rented apartment which was not very far from this place. She was a very close friend who stayed with one more girl. She would never say no to Rahul for anything.

He called Deepshikha without wasting any time. He told her the entire story and she was convinced to take her. But now the problem was how he would shift her without drawing Karan’s attention. He had to think of a safe way because if he did even a slight mistake it could ruin her life and may be then it would be very difficult for him to help her. He had understood that the man he was playing with was dangerous and could do anything to get her back.

He asked her to come to his house next day so that they could plan for her escape. She told Diya not to worry and that she has to leave.

“I will not be staying here any more?”

He was surprised by her innocence. She sounded like she wanted to stay with him

“See its dangerous for you here. He can find you anytime”

She was upset for she had to leave this place. She had started trusting the man

“What about my job?”

“Don’t worry I will get you another job”

She didn’t want to work anywhere else but with him only but now she had no choice.

But her mind was in some other confusion which Rahul did not understand.

Sh sat there and had juice with them. Deep was asking her questions about her family and friends. They discussed the plan and told her that she has to change her looks . She agreed on everything they said. She didn’t speak much but only nodded at everything told to her. She didn’t want to leave Rahul. she looked at Rahul several times in a hope of seeing the same feeling on his face but he seemed very stable and was sure about his decision. She did not know why she didn’t want to leave him but she had started trusting him and felt safe with him. They had become friends and she liked to talk to him. She was also worried about the job because as novice he handled her queries very nicely but if she joins someone new to her then may be it would be very difficult for her to adjust. Though difficulties were the part of her life now and she thought she should not throw herself on him so she agreed on everything.

The plan was to take her with Deep the day after. Now she had only one more day to stay here and after that she had to leave. Deep left after around an hour and then they were left alone again.

She wanted to talk to him and wanted to convince him that he allow her to stay back but she didn’t have courage so she kept quiet.

Episode 13

She didn’t speak much that day. He sensed her worries. After having dinner she left from the table and went to kitchen . He used to help her in the kitchen for every work and he did it then also. She used to speak a lot when he was therer with him but today she was much silent.

“What happened? Are you alright?”

“Yes” She said looking down

He held her hand and pulled her towards him

“Tell me what is it that is troubling you?”

“I don’t want to go”

“See even I don’t want to go but your stay here is very risky. You have to go. Don’t worry I will keep on coming to your place. We will meet. And she is a very nice girl I am sure she will take care of you. Beleive me you will never get bored”

He hugged her gently knowing that she wanted it.

This was the first time that he was so close to her. She felt strange but she liked it.

She wanted the moment to last forver and didn’t want to leave him.

The next morning she got up and went to his room where he was still sleeping. nShe sat beside him. He looked very innocent. She wished he could give her the company while working. she liked to work with him. He was not only a good person but also a good employer and a good boss. He explained her everything with patience.

She was continuously looking at him feeling the pain inside of loosing him. It was a very short time since they met but still she had developed a strage rapoort with him and she liked him. But she could not disclose her feelings to him because first, that she was married and this guy was a total stranger . She did not know much about him except that he had lost his family in a car accident and that he was her neighbor. Still she couold trust him and was very greatful for whatever he was doing for her. But if she tries to push him much , she may end up loosing him forever.

He opened his eyes. He was shocked to see her sitting on his bed. She got up with a startle and left the room in hurry.

He understood what was in her mind and he was happy for he also felt the same way for her. He went to look for her.

She was sitting in the drawing room looking outside the window.

He switched on the light and the home theatre. A soft and romatic music played with a soothing tune which drew her attention to him

He cam to her and said “One dance?”

She agreed and gave him her hand.

Episode 14

It was the first time after her marriage that she danced without any fear from inside. She swayed freely in his arms while he held her strongly. But she looked a bit nervous and tense bot because it was her first dance with him but because she was in pain. The pain of separation with him. May be she will never get this opportunity again.

Though it was their first dance together but each step was with the rythm as if they knew each other very well and had been dancing together for very long.Though they had to separate the next day but tis moment was heavinly and the world didn’t matter for them.

They danced for a very long time without any worries. She wanted the moment to last forever but happy moments don’t last long. Their dreams were interrupted by door bell.

He stopped for a moment looking at her, not allowing her to go. He watched her closely ignoring the sound.

“Some one is at the door”

He took off his hand from her waist gently and looked from the peep hole to find who was on the door. It was Deep

“Hi” She entered inside like a tornade with lots of bags in her hand. There was one more girl assisting her and she also hand a few polybags in her hand. She was Kanika, Deep’s roommate very well known to him. Kanika was wearing a dress which ended slightly above the knees. Her hair were neatly folded above in style while a strand flowing on one side, a typical high class girl hairstyle. She wore a pin goggle which matched with the color of her dress

She threw the bags on the sofa

“Oh God! I am so tired. You know we worked so hard to find things for her. But now we are ready and in no time I will make her look exactly like Kan”

The expressions on the faces of Rahul and Diya changed and it was not good. They were shocked looking at her. Rahul couldn’t believe that she could make her lookk like the typical model which Kanika was. Diya was doubtful about wearing such a short dress but she knew she had no choice.

“But what if he sees her”

“Don’t worry just leave it to me. I will do such a magic on her that even if he looks into her eyes, he won’t recognize her. Now lets not waste time. First you make nice coffee for all of us and then we will start the operation.Not you my dear” She pulled Diya who was going inside

“And I don’t want you to disturb me for at least one hour. We are taking her to the bedroom”

While having coffee, she explained Diya their plan. Her looks would be changed and after that she will take her to her room and she was going to stay with them from then. Kanika will change the dress and will leave his house after an hour after Diya and Deep will be gone to be on safer side.

Rahul was left in the drawing room alone for an hour and her operatio started. She looked very nervous as she could never vax herself after marriage. She cloed her eyes when Deep took out the strip for the mission. Kanika took out a mirror from one of her bags and arranged it properly on the table.

“Are you doing it for the first time?”

“No, but its been long time since…”

“Ok don’t worry it will not pain much just close your eyes and listen to the music” She put the earphone of her handset in her ears.

That hour was very exhaustive for her while bothe girls were playing around with her skin, her hair, her brows, her face while she was not even allowed to move.

While working on her they talked about their office, their affairs and everything on earth just like typical girls. She felt the pain that now she was of of the girly gossip which she used to do with her friends when she was in college.

They sounded very happy and looked like they enjoyed their life. She was now a bit hopeful that after staying with them she may gain back her confidence as a girl.

Exactly in an hour as she had told, the shabby looking house wife was turned in to a princess. They asked her to remove her clothes and wear Kanika’s.

“Here?” There was no bathroom attached in the room

“Oh come on don’t be shy, we are all girls and we all have common things inside. So hurry up ”

Her bluntness was embarrassing for her but she somehow managed to change.

“Wow. Isn’t she looking pretty. Hey you are beautiful.” She turned Diya towards mirror.

She looked herself in the mirror where she met another girl who was definitely not her but some person who belonged to Deep’s society. Her hair was curled unlike before and her face was clean shaven with lots of make up which hid all the blemishes on her face. She looked much more bright now. Her hands and legs clean and soft. Deep removed her gold earring which she was wearing for a very long time. She resisted a bit but Deep stopped her. She made her wear a long pink danglers.

“Now she is ready”

She opened the door and asked her to go out

“Come on go She pushed her a little

“Surprise him with your lavishing beauty” she whispered in her ear

She went to look for him in the drawing room. He was sleeping on the sofa and TV was on.

She looked back. Both the girls were watching her go from the corridor

“Come on wake him up” Sh whispered again

Diya touched his hand slightly. He opened his eyes gently.

Episode 15

When he opened his eyes, he saw a young lady in pink looking at him so strangely as if she many unanswered questions on her face. Her eyes had an innocence which was rarely seen. Her eyes were a synonym of beauty and reminded him of depth of ocean . He thought he was still dreaming but when he realized that he was back to his senses, he got up with a startle

“Diya, wow you look amazing yaar. Even I didn’t recognize you at first sight” He looked at Deep and thanked her

“I told you. Its Deepshikha’s magic. It never fails”

“Hope he will not recognize her”

“Not after she wears this” She put a goggle on her eyes which too big for her face to be clearly visible.

“So are you ready to join us ?” Deep asked Diya. She nodded but didn’t say anything. They were thinking that she had to leave the next day but looking at Deep’s arrangements it was clear that she had to leave that day itself. She looked at Rahul with the same innocence

“Before we leave” Deep got a high heel sandal and asked her to wear it.

“This is too high. I can’t wear this. I will fall”

“Don’t worry, its just for few minutes. My car is downstairs. Just try it. It will be OK. I am with you dear”

She never wore high heels in her life as she belonged to a vey simple family and such styles were never supported. Bu once she had tried one of her friends sandals and had slipped very badly. Her sole was almost damaged and she couldn’t walk properly for next 2 weeks. That was a very horrible incidence for her. She couldn’t even dare to tell her parents the truth and told a lie that she slipped from the school stairs.

She looked at Rahul ,the only person present in the room who could understand her difficulty. She could feel the mixed sensation of fear, freedom and sadness.

“Deep don’t you think we should first prepare her in case the guy sees her, she should not get nervous. We can’t take even a slight risk otherwise …you know”

“ya you are right, she looks very nervous” said Kan

“Are you nervous?”

“A bit ” said diya

“See you can’t afford to be nervous. I did everything I could. You just relax. He won’t even recognize you if you are confident”

Both the girls started to convince her to throw out the fear from inside and that she will will perfectly fine but even after an our of discussions she still didn’t look very confident.

“Deep I think we should all go together”

“But we can’t we have to leave Kan here because the guy has seen her”

“He saw you coming here?”
“Yes he did”

“Shit! that means he is following her” He paused for some time

“I have to go with her. Kan you stay here, I will lock the door”

“But what will I do here alone?”

“Do anything but don’t make any sound, I mean no TV, no radio, no talking on phone till I come”

“But can’t you stay?” She was one of the most impatient girls and always kept herself bus with things. Talking on phone was her favorite time pass and she loved TV. The thing she hated most was loneliness and the next was silence.

“No Kan, that guy is dangerous. I can’t leave her just like that and specially when he knows that she is staying with me”

“What? He knows that she is staying with you”

She had gained slight confidence but after hearing this, even that was lost. Rahul looked at Diya and said

“He saw you standing in the balcony”

She stepped back a little “I am not going anywhere. I am not going” She ran inside

“Diya Diya, stop”

“Shit! what do we do now?”

“I don’t know but we have to engage him in something so that he doesn’t see us leaving and we all have to leave together”

“But how?”

He sat back on the sofa an others followed him.

Episode 16

“Hello”

“Whom are you calling?” asked Deep

“I need help from you” He ignored her question.

He explained the whole situation to Aakash and told him that he has to come here to keep the family busy so that she could escape safely from the house. It was Karan’s office time and he was not expected in the house. But their family detectives who were after the innocent girl had to be taken care of.

They waited for him to come while the girls tried toi convince her that she would be safe and nothing will go wrong

But she was still afraid for she said ” I don’t know be you are right but I am having intuition that something bad is going to happen. I don’t know why but….”

“Come on Diya these are just superstitions . It happened when you are in tension. Don’t worry everything will be alright”

After about an hour , he got a call from Aakash who told him to leave in 5 mins

When they got out of the house, they saw a man wearing a big black hat was standing in front of the Kara’s door. The man was carrying a big painting in his hand which hid almost the whole door while they were not able to see what was going on inside. But they could see some people making noises.

The man in black gave some thumb gesture to Rahul and he got it.

“Lets go”

But diya refused

“Oh come on don’t worry its our setting. He is Aakash” He wisphered in her ears. He opened the lift and in no minutes all were out of the danger zone.

“Thank goodness , at last we escaped”

When they reached ground floor the lift door opened. Diya was a bit relaxed now but her blood starting to boil again when she saw the man who stood in front of them. She starting shivering with fear. Though she couldn’t be recognized so easily in the appearance but if she exhibits nervousness, Karan was intelligent enough to get the inkling.

Rahul held her hand tight so that she doesn’t shiver and the friends moved out. Karan realized something unusual but since he didn’t recognize his wife, he ignored them and went inside the lift.

He looked back at the girl who just got a shivering from his appearance and observed her from top to bottom. When he saw her legs he found something familiar but he didn’t realize so he ignored them again. But when the door closed and the lift started moving up, he got the idea and found that she was no one else but his wife. He had seen a scar on her left leg which a husband definitely knows. The lift door opened but he didn’t get out but pressed the ground button with full force.

“That bitch, she thinks I can’t recognize her” He ran towards the gate . All friends were settled in the car except Rahul who had just opened the door and was going to enter. Karan saw a big rod lying on floor. He picked it and hit on Rahul’s head in no time.

They all got scared and Rahul fell unconscious on floor. The impact of the rod was great.

He opened the door with a bang and pulled Diya from inside

“You bitch, you think I am a fool” Kan went to see Rahul while Deep struggled to get her friend out from the clutches of the monster but he was too strong for her to fight with him.

He threw her with one push of his hand and she was on the floor. She struggled to get up again but it seemed as if she suddenly got stuck in a glue and lost her senses. He pulled her towards his car while she was crying for escape. She was too weak to even try that. In fact he was a huge man, so hefty that it was very difficult for any girl to stand against this man.

Deep somehow managed to get up and ran after him. She saw the gatekeeper standing on the gate watching the incidence happening but not moving. She shouted at him

“You idiot help her. Stop that man” The gatekeeper ran towards him but leaving him past he got her instead

“What are you doing? Are you a fool. Leave me” But he did not leave her till Karan threw her in the car and escaped.

AFter he was gone, the gatekeeper left her. She turned towards him and slapped him hard without a thought

“You bastard” She ran towards Rahul, who just got his senses back

As soon as he opened his eyes, he said “Where is Diya?”

“I am sorry” said Deep

“What do you mean by sorry?”

“Karan took her but I saw the number of his car we can follow her”

“Lets go” He got up and hurried towards the car

“But Rahul you are hurt, you need to go to hospital” said Kan

“No, not till I get her back” He looked very tense and annoyed.

His friends Akash also came down and was shocked to see the plight of his friend The blood was flowing from his head

“Guys what happened?”

“Will tell you on the way. Come get inside” said Kan and they all left in the car to look for her.

 

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Episode 12

The next day Deepshikha came to see her. She looked quite hefty in built but she had all the style needed for a girl. She had long hair which she used to straighten very often. She had fair complexion and her eyes were huge. She not only looked like a model but her style of walking, talking and every thing else suggested that she belonged to the category. Her voice was very bold with pitch almost close to that of a man.

She hugged Rahul, threw her purse on the table and sat on the sofa relaxed now.

“My God there was so much traffic”

“You are not coming from home?”

“No, I went to cannaught for some work and coming straight from there”

Diya came to her with a glass of water on tray.

“You are Diya right?”

“Yes”

“Hey come sit . No need of formalities with me. I am like a family.”

She took the water an pulled her on the sofa

“are you new to Delhi?”

Diya looked at Rahul. Her question suggested that she didn’t know much of her story.

“A..Diya why don’t you bring us some juice?”

Diya went inside while Rahul explained her everything.

“Oh my God! that means her guy stays next door only. Dude you have put yourself into a deep trouble. Just imagine if police would have found her then…”

“Oh come on Deep I know all this . Now you tell me are you Ok if she stays with you?”

“She looks like out of this world, not my kind. But then you know very well that I can’t refuse you so I guess I have to help you out. But how are you planning to get her out?”

“I was thinking if we could change her looks so that he doesn’t recognize her then may be we could easily do it”

“well its a good idea. we can transform her but then will she be comfortable if I do a bit of changes on her?”

“You don’t worry about her. She will do anything to get rid of this place and I know very well that you can only do that. ”

She agreed and they decided to transform her looks and then even if Karan gets to see her than she would tell her that she is her friend

“So that was Karan who was looking at me strangely”

“What! he was watching you!”

“Yes there was a guy outside looked very heavy sorts”

“Oh Shit! that means he is keeping an eye on us. Then how will we do this? He saw you coming alone. Lets do one thing. you come tomorrow with your friend and when you go back we will get Diya dressed just like your friend and then she will leave”

“Wow your mind works on these things also. I thought you were only into computers. Whats the real story?”

“I am just helping her”

“Just helping. Yes, i can understand. By the way what is she doing inside? Juice can’t take so much time”

” I will see her”

He went inside. she was standing there with the tray in hand. She looked somewhat tense . may she was still in trauma

“Don’t worry we have planned everything, you will be safe with her”

“No, I mean its not that. I I..”

“Whats wrong ? are you OK?”

“Yes, I am fine its just that I I don’t want to go ”

“What?” after a pause “You always give me surprises. Why?”

“A she is she is…I mean she is very strange. I don’t know whether she will like me or not”

“Hey you don’t need to worry about her . She is my friend and she is very good. Believe me she will take your best care. OK”

But her mind was in some other confusion which Rahul did not understand.

She sat there and had juice with them. Deep was asking her questions about her family and friends. They discussed the plan and told her that she has to change her looks . She agreed on everything they said. She didn’t speak much but only nodded at everything told to her. She didn’t want to leave Rohan. she looked at Rohanseveral times in a hope of seeing the same feeling on his face but he seemed very stable and was sure about his decision. She did not know why she didn’t want to leave him but she had started trusting him and felt safe with him. They had become friends and she liked to talk to him. She was also worried about the job because as novice he handled her queries very nicely but if she joins someone new to her then may be it would be very difficult for her to adjust. Though difficulties were the part of her life now and she thought she should not throw herself on him so she agreed on everything.

The plan was to take her with Deep the day after. Now she had only one more day to stay here and after that she had to leave. Deep left after around an hour and then they were left alone again.

She wanted to talk to him and wanted to convince him that he allow her to stay back but she didn’t have courage so she kept quiet.

She didn’t speak much that day. He sensed her worries. After having dinner she left from the table and went to kitchen . He used to help her in the kitchen for every work and he did it then also. She used to speak a lot when he was there with him but today she was much silent.

“What happened? Are you alright?”

“Yes” She said looking down

He held her hand and pulled her towards him

“Tell me what is it that is troubling you?”

“I don’t want to go”

“See even I don’t want to go but your stay here is very risky. You have to go. Don’t worry I will keep on coming to your place. We will meet. And she is a very nice girl I am sure she will take care of you. Believe me you will never get bored”

He hugged her gently knowing that she wanted it.

This was the first time that he was so close to her. She felt strange but she liked it.

She wanted the moment to last forever and didn’t want to leave him.

The next morning she got up and went to his room where he was still sleeping.She sat beside him. He looked very innocent. She wished he could give her the company while working. she liked to work with him. He was not only a good person but also a good employer and a good boss. He explained her everything with patience.

She was continuously looking at him feeling the pain inside of loosing him. It was a very short time since they met but still she had developed a strange rapport with him and she liked him. But she could not disclose her feelings to him because first, that she was married and this guy was a total stranger . She did not know much about him except that he had lost his family in a car accident and that he was her neighbor. Still she could trust him and was very grateful for whatever he was doing for her. But if she tries to push him much , she may end up loosing him forever.

He opened his eyes. He was shocked to see her sitting on his bed. She got up with a startle and left the room in hurry.

He understood what was in her mind and he was happy for he also felt the same way for her. He went to look for her.

She was sitting in the drawing room looking outside the window.

He switched on the light and the home theatre. A soft and romantic music played with a soothing tune which drew her attention to him

He cam to her and said “One dance?”

She agreed and gave him her hand.

Episode 14

It was the first time after her marriage that she danced without any fear from inside. She swayed freely in his arms while he held her strongly. It felt like a magic in his arms. She was in a world she always dreamt of as a young girl at the age of sweet sixteen. She had imagined just like any other girl that one day a man of her dreams would come, hold her hand, hold her in his arms and kiss her. Of course she could not expect the kiss which was too far for their relationship but she wanted it. She wished if he could just stop thinking about who she was , about her marriage, about the world around, about society, about culture, about everything else and just get lost in her eyes and just kiss her. But he didn’t.

Suddenly, She looked a bit nervous and tense not because it was her first dance with him but because she was in pain when she remembered the separation that was going to happen next day. May be she will never get this opportunity again to dance with him, to be in his arms, so close and lovely feeling she had.

Though it was their first dance together but each step was with the rhythm as if they knew each other very well and had been dancing together for years.Though they had to separate the next day but this moment was heavenly and the world didn’t matter to them.

They danced for a very long time without any worries. She wanted the moment to last forever but happy moments don’t last long. Their dreams were soon interrupted by door bell.

He stopped for a moment looking at her, not allowing her to go. He watched her closely ignoring the sound. Even she wanted him to hold her forever but then he said

“Some one is at the door”

He took off his hand from her waist gently, went to door and looked from the peep hole . It was Deep

“Hi” She entered inside like a tornado with lots of bags in her hand. There was one more girl assisting her and she also hand a few poly-bags in her hand. She was Kanika, Deep’s roommate very well known to him. Kanika was wearing a dress which ended slightly above the knees. Her hair were neatly folded above in style while a strand flew on one side, a typical high class girl hairstyle. She wore a pin goggle which matched with the color of her dress

She threw the bags on the sofa

“Oh God! I am so tired. You know we worked so hard to find things for her. But now we are ready and in no time I will make her look exactly like Kan”

The expressions on the faces of Rohan and Diya changed and it was not good. They were shocked looking at her. Rohan couldn’t believe that she could make her look like the typical model which Kanika was. His head nod said ‘How the hell? couldn’t she bring more simpler women as replacement!’ Diya was doubtful about wearing such a short dress but she knew she had no choice.

“But what if he sees her?”

“Don’t worry just leave it to me. I will do such a magic on her that even if he looks into her eyes, he won’t recognize her. Now lets not waste time. First you make nice coffee for all of us and then we will start the operation.Not you my dear” She pulled Diya

“And I don’t want you to disturb me for at least one hour. We are taking her to the bedroom” She gave a huge smile looking at Diya. Her eyes looked scary to Diya as she was going to slice her.

While having coffee, she explained Diya their plan. Her looks would be changed and after that she will take her to her room and she was going to stay with them from then. Kanika will change the dress and will leave his house after an hour after Diya and Deep will be gone to be on safer side.

Rahul was left in the drawing room alone for an hour and her operation started. She looked very nervous as she could never vax herself after marriage. She closed her eyes when Deep took out the strip for the mission. Kanika took out a mirror from one of her bags and arranged it properly on the table.

“Are you doing it for the first time?”

“No, but its been long time since…”

“Ok don’t worry it will not give you much pan. just close your eyes and listen to the music” She put the earphone of her handset in her ears.

That hour was very exhaustive for her while both girls were playing around with her skin, her hair, her brows, her face and she was not even allowed to move.

While working on her they talked about their office, their affairs and everything on earth just like typical girls. She felt the pain that now she was of the girly gossip which she used to do with her friends when she was in college.

They sounded very happy and looked like they enjoyed their lives. She was now a bit hopeful that after staying with them she may gain back her confidence as a girl.

Exactly in an hour as she had told, the shabby looking house wife was turned in to a princess. They asked her to remove her clothes and wear Kanika’s.

“Here?”

“Oh come on don’t be shy, we are all girls and we all have common things inside. So hurry up ”

Her bluntness was embarrassing for Diya but she somehow managed to change.

“Wow. Isn’t she looking pretty. Hey! you are beautiful.” She turned Diya towards mirror.

She looked herself in the mirror where she met another girl who was definitely not her but some person who belonged to Deep’s society. Her hair was curled unlike before and her face was clean shaven with lots of make up which hid all the blemishes on her face. She looked much more bright now. Her hands and legs clean and soft. Deep removed her gold earring which she was wearing for a very long time. She resisted a bit but Deep stopped her. She made her wear a long pink danglers.

“Now she is ready”

She opened the door and asked her to go out

“Come on go” She pushed her a little

“Surprise him with your lavishing beauty” she whispered in her ear

She went to look for him in the drawing room. He was sleeping on the sofa and TV was on.

She looked back. Both the girls were watching her

“Come on wake him up” Kan whispered

Diya touched his hand slightly. He opened his eyes gently.

Episode 15

When he opened his eyes, he saw a young lady in pink looking at him so strangely as if she many unanswered questions on her face. Her eyes had an innocence which was rarely seen. Her eyes were a synonym of beauty and reminded him of depth of ocean . He thought he was still dreaming but when he realized that he was back to his senses, he got up with a startle

“Diya, wow you look amazing yaar. Even I didn’t recognize you at first sight” He looked at Deep and thanked her

“I told you. Its Deepshikha’s magic. It never fails”

“Hope he will not recognize her”

“Not after she wears this” She put a goggle on her eyes which too big for her face to be clearly visible.

“So are you ready to join us ?” Deep asked Diya. She nodded but didn’t say anything. They were thinking that she had to leave the next day but looking at Deep’s arrangements it was clear that she had to leave that day itself. She looked at Rahul with the same innocence

“Before we leave” Deep got a high heel sandal and asked her to wear it.

“This is too high. I can’t wear this. I will fall”

“Don’t worry, its just for few minutes. My car is downstairs. Just try it. It will be OK. I am with you dear”

She never wore high heels in her life as she belonged to a very simple family and such styles were never supported. But once she had tried one of her friends sandals and had slipped very badly. Her sole was almost damaged and she couldn’t walk properly for next 2 weeks. That was a very horrible incidence for her. She couldn’t even dare to tell her parents the truth and told a lie that she slipped from the school stairs.

She looked at Rohan,the only person present in the room who could understand her difficulty. She could feel the mixed feeling of fear, freedom and sadness.

“Deep, don’t you think we should first prepare her in case the guy sees her, she should not get nervous. We can’t take even a slight risk otherwise …you know”said Kan

“ya you are right, she looks very nervous” said Deep

“Are you nervous?”She asked her

“A bit ” said diya

“See you can’t afford to be nervous. I did everything I could. You just relax. He won’t recognize you if you are confident”

Both the girls started to convince her to throw out the fear from inside and that she will be perfectly fine but even after an hour of discussions she still didn’t look very confident.

“Deep I think we should all go together”

“But we can’t we have to leave Kan here because the guy has seen her”

“He saw you coming here?”

“Yes he did”

“Shit! that means he is following her” He paused for some time

“I have to go with her. Kan you stay here, I will lock the door”

“But what will I do here alone?”

“Do anything but don’t make any sound, I mean no TV, no radio, no talking on phone till I come”

“But can’t you stay?” She was one of the most impatient girls and always kept herself busy with things. Talking on phone was her favorite time pass and she loved TV. The thing she hated most was loneliness and the next was silence.

“No Kan, that guy is dangerous. I can’t leave her just like that and specially when he knows that she is staying with me”

“What? He knows that she is staying with you?”

She had gained slight confidence but after hearing this, even that was lost. Rahul looked at Diya and said

“He saw you standing in the balcony”

She stepped back a little “I am not going anywhere. I am not going” She ran inside

“Diya Diya, stop”

“Shit! what do we do now?”

“I don’t know but we have to engage him in something so that he doesn’t see us leaving and we all have to leave together”

“But how?”

He sat back on the sofa and others followed him.

Episode 16

“Hello”

“Whom are you calling?” asked Deep

“I need help from you” He ignored her question.

He explained the whole situation to Aakash and told him that he has to come here to keep the family busy so that she could escape safely from the house. It was Karan’s office time and he was not expected in the house. But their family detectives who were after the innocent girl had to be taken care of.

They waited for him to come while the girls tried to convince her that she would be safe and nothing will go wrong

But she was still afraid for she said ” I don’t know be you are right but I am having intuition that something bad is going to happen. I don’t know why but….” She somehow felt that there was only person who could make her feel better but Rohan was more focused on practical difficulties. She looked at him several times expecting him to calm her down

“Come on Diya these are just superstitions . It happened when you are in tension. Don’t worry everything will be alright”

After about an hour , he got a call from Aakash who told him to leave in 5 mins

When they got out of the house, they saw a man wearing a big black hat was standing in front of the Karan’s door. The man was carrying a big painting in his hand which hid almost the whole door while they were not able to see what was going on inside. But they could see some people making noises.

The man in black gave some thumb gesture to Rahul .

“Lets go”

But diya refused

“Oh come on don’t worry its our setting. He is Aakash” He whispered in her ears. He opened the lift and in no minutes all were out of the danger zone.

“Thank goodness , at last we escaped”

When they reached ground floor the lift door opened. Diya was a bit relaxed now but her blood starting to boil again when she saw the man who stood in front of them. She starting shivering with fear. Though she couldn’t be recognized so easily in the appearance but if she exhibits nervousness, Karan was intelligent enough to get the inkling.

Rahul held her hand tight so that she doesn’t shiver and the friends moved out. Karan realized something unusual but since he didn’t recognize his wife, he ignored them and went inside the lift.

He looked back at the girl who just got a shivering from his appearance and observed her from top to bottom. When he saw her legs he found something familiar but he didn’t realize so he ignored them again. But when the door closed and the lift started moving up, he got the idea and found that she was no one else but his wife. He had seen a scar on her left leg which a husband definitely knows. The lift door opened but he didn’t get out but pressed the ground button with full force.

“That bitch, she thinks I can’t recognize her” He ran towards the gate . All friends were settled in the car except Rahul who had just opened the door and was going to enter. Karan saw a big rod lying on floor. He picked it and hit on Rohan’s head in no time.

They all got scared and Rohan fell unconscious on floor. The impact of the rod was great.

He opened the door with a bang and pulled Diya from inside

“You bitch, you think I am a fool” Kan went to see Rohan while Deep struggled to get her friend out from the clutches of the monster but he was too strong for her to fight with him.

He threw her with one push of his hand and she was on the floor. She struggled to get up again but it seemed as if she suddenly got stuck in a glue and lost her senses. He pulled her towards his car while she was crying for escape. She was too weak to even try that. In fact he was a huge man, so hefty that it was very difficult for any girl to stand against this man.

Deep somehow managed to get up and ran after him. She saw the gatekeeper standing on the gate watching the incidence happening but not moving. She shouted at him

“You idiot help her. Stop that man” The gatekeeper ran towards him but leaving him past he got her instead

“What are you doing? Are you a fool. Leave me” But he did not leave her till Karan threw her in the car and escaped.

After he was gone, the gatekeeper left her. She turned towards him and slapped him hard without a thought

“You bastard” She ran towards Rahul, who just got his senses back

As soon as he opened his eyes, he said “Where is Diya?”

“I am sorry” said Deep

“What do you mean ?”

“Karan took her but I saw the number of his car we can follow her”

“Lets go” He got up and hurried towards the car

“But Rohan you are hurt, you need to go to hospital” said Kan

“No, not till I get her back” He looked very tense and annoyed.

His friend Akash also came down and was shocked to see the plight of his friend The blood was flowing from his head

“Guys what happened?”

“Will tell you on the way. Come get inside” said Kan and they all left in the car to look for her.

Episode 13

But when they came out of the gate, they could not see his car. But they could not leave her so there was only one option – keep asking people on the roads to find her whereabout.

He drove very fast without worrying about the scratches on the car – something he was very cautious about , usually. He drove as if he was racing on the tracks but unfortunately there were no smooth tracks like on the racing tracks but the damaged roads which made the car bounce on the track and the travelers felt like they were taking a ride on a camel.

He asked many people on roads, some just ignored him and some responded but with no interest thus sending a wave of irritation through his already boiling blood. But some of the shopkeepers told about the car and at last he found it lurking through the sideways on the the highway. The scene was somewhat similar to a typical scene of an Indian movie where a hero chases his love. He followed him for a very long distance.

But suddenly a big truck came in between them , while the villain took a sharp turn to the left , a road which would directly take them out of the main city and towards the inter-city highway.

The hero could not follow the villain so easily as in a typical movie where it is always difficult for a hero to make moves while the villain glided through the game very smoothly. But after all the hero is a hero, so he caught him soon.

Then came the turnpike road and he had to stop between the booths until the toll was paid and by that time the villain covered a long distance.

“Where is he?”

“I think he went left”

Rohan turned the car towards left to follow him, but at just a few inches distance was a lane on right and just a few more inches – there was another lane on the right

“Which way to go?” He took a sigh

Everyone was quiet. They had to decide fast and keeping in mind the risk which was big. If they took a wrong path, they may loose her forever.

Rohan held his hands in prayer to God and asked him to show the way – something which was not expected out of him. But the truth is that a man remembers God when he is trouble because there is no other way out.

He closed his eyes for a few seconds while others also prayed

“Right or left?” he asked

“Right” said Deep unsure herself.

He turned right without giving it another thought. They traveled for quite a long distance but could not see any car. But he was still hopeful, something from his heart was telling him that he was going the right way so he continued his journey towards this unknown path in search for his love.

But to their shock the road ended on a hill. And the hill was covered with lots of trees, trees so dense that they could hardly see anything. There was a small lane which was cutting through the trees. He may have took that path or may be he did not . He stopped the car and looked at his friends in hope but they all looked dumb without any clue.

Now even if he went back and took the other lane , he may not able to find her. But he had to go back, because the lane in front of him was too small for a car to go inside without getting scratches.

“Why will he use this route? This looks so dangerous” said Deep

“But if he came this way then he would not have any choice but to take this road only.” said Aakash

“And may be this road opens up somewhere at the highway” Rahul agreed “OK lets do one thing , you guys go back and search for her and I will stay here and look for her”

“Are you stupid Rohan? this place is dangerous”

“I know but we can’t take a chance otherwise I will loose her”

“Come on Rohan, its not that, we tried to help her in every way but if her fate is bad then what can we do?”

“I don’t believe in fate” He shouted at the top of his voice

Everyone else looked at each other.

He got down from the car and said “Aakash do as I said and I am not discussing this again”

“Ok dude as you say”

“But Aakash”

“Leave it Deep, you cannot argue with a man in love because love is blind”

“What do you mean?” Rohan frowned at his friends comment

“I hope I was very clear”

“Its nothing like that”

“If it is not like this then what are we doing here? I think we should to police and let them handle the situation”

He did not have any answer this time. May be his friend was right but Rohan himself was not aware of the fact. He did not know what it was but he definitely felt something for her. But his mind was not ready to accept it because first, she was married and second , they had spent a very little time together.

His friends left, leaving him alone in the dense forest

He sat down on a big rock on the entrance of the lane, not knowing what he was doing. He could not catch a car running but he had to try some way. He was blank and did not know what to do. He looked at the lane which now looked even smaller and may be he had taken a stupid decision by staying here , he thought. He closed his eyes in a hope of getting a hope

“Rahul” a voice came. He opened his eyes with spark of hope that she may be her

“Deep?”

“I can’t leave you alone, you are my best friend even when you are stupid” She sat beside him. They sat there for a few seconds without speaking

“Lets go” Deep broke the silence

“Where?”

“Inside the lane where else? Do you think we are gonna get a pizza Hut in this jungle?”

He smiled and hugged her.

They went inside the lane. They walked a long distance but there was no person, no vehicle, no light and the place was very silent.

“Are you sure, there are no lions here?”

He didn’t comment but looked at her with the side of his eyes – an expression which he gave whenever he found the speaker said something nonsense.

They walked and walked and walked

“Rohan I am hungry”

“Should I get you a pizza?”

She laughed and hit him on the head

He was silent suddenly, not looking at her

“Hey, what happened?” She could sense his discomposure

“Don’t worry we will find her” She hugged her friend for whom she cared a lot. He was a very emotional person and he had lost a lot in his life. He moved her fingers over his hair to sooth him. A tear felt though his eyes on her shoulder

“Rohan?” She pushed him away slightly. She saw the pain in his eyes, pain of loosing someone again. She felt very bad but could not do anything to help him

Episode 14

“Lets go” She heaved a sigh

“Where?” He asked

“Why you don’t want to look for her?”

He smiled. They took up the petite lane which had a rough not so visible road. It was not big but a car could at least manage to pass but until one has no choice, a person will never try this way. She was hopeless of finding her near but she followed just to accompany her best buddy.

They strolled through the lane looking everywhere for the clue but even after 20mins gone, they could not find any. They both now started to feel there was little hope.

“Dude why are you so sure that she is here?”

“I am not sure” He looked at her with dismay. His looks told her that she hurt him by asking this question. She thought how stupid she was to ask this even after knowing her friend very well.

He looked and then turned back

“Hey whats wrong?”

“We are going back”

“But why?”

He didn’t reply but on strode through the lane looking feeble.

This time the track looked more cumbersome for walking. He didn’t want to go back. He wanted to ensure first that she was not there.

At last they were out of the lane.

“Should I check with Aakash?”

“No” He pushed her hands down

He looked back for a few seconds for any hope

“Rohan, what do you want to do?”

“Lets go” He finally decided to quit and turned back. They were standing on the middle of the road in a hope that some vehicle passes by and they could ask for help but both knew that no one was stupid enough to come to this mysterious place except the lovers for whom it could be a very romantic “no disturbance” spot far away from city.

“Rohan” Suddenly they heard a dim voice. The girl shouted again but this time the voice became louder.

“Diya” He ran towards her, she was there, standing helpless and tired. He got a relief from the pain of loosing her but that was only temporary – before he could reach her a giant man grab her from behind. It was obviously Karan who could only dare to do that.

He pushed her hard towards the hill top. The hillside ended on a huge trench. The valley was one of the most beautiful creation of God but did not appear so at this time when the villain was trying to push her into it. If she slipped, there was no escape from death.

“You bitch, I am your husband and you are loitering with this bastard” He pressed her cheek so hard that she screamed with pain

“Don’t hurt her” Rohan shouted

“You moron. I am her husband and I can treat her like shit if I want”

“I am warning you if…”

“If what? what will you do ? what will you do you scoundrel? Call the police? call them, send me to jail. I am ready to go to jail but for a good reason. I will throw this bitch into this trench and then you call the police”

She pushed her down towards the trench. She held him with both her hands to keep herself from falling

“NO please don’t do this, please stop” Rohan couldn’t do anything at this moment because the place was too dangerous to take a risk

“Then let me go with her. Give me your car keys”

“I don’t have car”

“Oh really you don’t have car so came running or may be flying. You will not understand this way”He pushed her again and this time he was very hard on her.

She fell into the trench but was still alive because of the grip of her hands on the villain’s legs.

Without wasting any time, Rohan jumped on him. Karan pushed his legs hard shattering her grip but Rohan pulled her immediately to save her from falling. The villain was set loose now and he tried to hit Rohan but Deep came in between to help her friend.He pushed her so hard that she fell down on the rock

Karan thumped him on his loin hard. Rohan’s body jumped and he moved a back a bit to save himself from falling with Diya. The small stones made scratches on his front body. It was getting harder while Karan did not stop to push him. He pressed Rohan’s hands with his legs, while Rohan couldn’t move but trying to hold her tight. Karan bent down towards them. But before he could do any harm, Deep hit on his head with a huge stone from back. He fell down on the ground, while Deep pulled herself back for self-defense.

Rahul pulled Diya with full force and finally she was on her knees sitting in front of him, safe and calm. She was no more afraid but only grateful. She hugged him hard with tears leaking out from her eyes. He could feel the heaven in her arms folded around him, feeling the soft touch of her moire fabric. They were almost lost in their own world of love until, a voice interrupted them,

“Guys”

The drifted away from each other

“What do we do with him?” Deep asked

“Leave the bastard” He said

“What if he dies?”

“I will the happiest person”

But a villain never dies so easily. He got up on his knees holding his head in pain. He opened his eyes with much effort only to see them going. He lifted the stone which was thrashed upon him a few minutes back and moved towards them without making a sound. Soon he reached Rohan’s head and threw the stone on it, Rohan screamed with pain. Deep pulled Diya and asked her to run

“But Rohan”

“Don’t worry about him, Aakash will reach here anytime, I have informed him. But I have to save you”

They both ran towards the empty road while Rohan was still struggling with Karan, trying to hold him back so that he doesn’t hurt his love, but Karan managed to escape from his clutches and ran towards girls, who were trying to reach to a safer place. A few moments back Diya was in his arms, without worries, but suddenly the picture changed and she looked concerned and helpless. She didn’t want to leave him in trouble but was left with no option. They tried to run as fast as possible but soon Diya’s legs betrayed her and she fell down on her knees. Deep tried to pick her but her toe was hurt badly and she was not able to move. She gathered all the courage she had and got up but she couldn’t go far enough and Karan caught hold of her.

He pulled her by her hand, dragging her towards the trees on the side of the road

“Leave her you bastard” Deep slapped him on his face.

He got agitated and left Diya to catch Deep. He pulled her from her hair, well tied in her pony, but after he touched it – her braid was dismantled and she looked horribly tortured. She tried to get his grip out of her hair but he was not leaving her and she felt that he was not going to leave her till she loses her whole hair.

She struggled hard but with no fruitful result. Diya wanted to help her but was too afraid to even interfere. She stood like a statue in front of them, watching him hurting a girl who saved Diya. Suddenly her attention was taken by sound of a car which was not very far and appeared to be coming towards them. He left Deep and reached for Diya, pulled him, kept on his shoulders and started walking towards the trees.

Deep was confused whether to help her or to stop the coming car. She waited for the car at the same time keeping eye on them, so that she doesn’t lose their sight. She was much relived when she found familiar faces inside the car. Aakash had come. He got down from the car

“He is there” Deep pointed towards the bushes where he had taken her. He followed them through the bushes where karan dragged her while she wallowed behind him, striving for emancipation.

Aakash scampered through the shrubs to ferret her out. He found her resting on her knees, pleading karan to leave her but he had no inclination to do so. He pounced on Karan and signaled her to abscond.

Deep helped her to slip the net and they went to help Rohan

“Are you OK?”

“yes I am fine” He said “Diya” he looked at her with loving eyes who were craving for her sight till then.

“Rahul…Aakash” Deep ranted

Karan was a bastion who couldn’t be handled alone but Aakash managed to punch him hard enough and they all got a chance to escape further action.

Rahul, Diya and Deep sat on the back seat while Akash drove the car.

They drove though the empty roads because of the time which was favoring them to reach the hospital in no time.

“Thank God, you are safe but this cannot continue like this. We have to do something to get rid of this guy. He has started to become a big trouble for all of his. He is crazy. Diya , I think you have to take a bold step now. Just throw him out of your life. File a divorce case and tell the police that he tortured you”

But she was silent

“Diya I am speaking to you. After his dressing we are going to police and you are going to file a complaint against him” Deep insisted

“we will talk about this later” said Rohan

“Why are you so…”

“Please Deep, later” He said

She nodded her head in disagreement “You are staying with Aakash from today”

“I will be fine, I am not a child”

“She is right dude, I think you should stay with me for a while. That man is dangerous and after all this drama, he is not gonna keep quiet. He will definitely do something to harm you” But Rohan did not fseem to agree “ Oh! Come on , at least till you are better”

“Oh I am fine” He said

“No you are not, we are your friends . We are not gonna leave you like this, You live alone there and he stays just opposite to your house and he is really a …”

“Aakash you too feel that I can’t take care of myself. Don’t behave like a girl”

“Its not that Rohan, I saw that man. He is really dangerous and I don’t think you can handle him alone. We have to…”

“Oh! So you mean I am weaker”

“You are getting it wrong man, I am your friend and I just want you to be safe”

“I am safe. I am not afraid of that bastard”

“But I am “ Her tone was firm “ I know him better than any of you. Rohan, please understand, you have to stay with him till I get him into the jail”

“jail?”

“Yes, Jail for torturing me, trying to kill me”

A slight faint smile passed through Deep’s lips when Diya looked at her. Deep felt more respect for her now that she has shown strength to fight against her husband.

They all looked at Rohan. After a pause he said “Ok, I will stay with you”

“Dude you are amazing. When we asked you refused but she said it just once and you agreed. This is called true…”

“Aakash” Rohan glowered at him.

The girls were first dropped to their hostel. While she got down from car, Diya looked at Rohan, her eyes had a fear which was clearly visible. She was much worried now for the man whom she cared about and didn’t want to lose. She was grateful for whatever he did for her even when she was not expecting and was ready to conquer over her fear in which she had spent a whole year. And this was the only man she could rely on after she left Karan because her parents would never accept her after sending her own husband to jail. This was just not acceptable in her culture.

Episode 15

It wasn’t same any more but new day made her realize the beauty of life which was ahead. She knew that finally she had decided to set herself free from unnecessary bonds, to overcome her fears and be with some one who really was worth giving love of whole earth. She couldn’t believe what had happened in just few hours, and the way her life took a turn.

She got up from bed and opened the window on her side of the bed. The sky was clear and sun looked beautiful, her eyes gleamed with it and she sat on the window pane closing her eyes slowly. She took a deep breathe, wanting to feel the freedom. She wanted to shout on top of her voice, she wanted to tell the world that she was no more in shackles and that she was very happy. She wanted to thank Rahul and wanted to tell him the little secret hidden inside her heart. She was falling in love and the feeling was beautiful. She wanted to smile and laugh and play. She made all the moments spent with him alive in her mind. She wanted to fly, like a a heroin of a superman while for her the man was Rahul. A feeling that never touched her before was engraved deep inside her heart now.

“Hey, heroin..whats up? enjoying morning?” A voice came from behind. Diya turned to see Deep carrying a sandwich in her hand

“Hmm..take this. We need to go early today. some work” She took the sandwich and thanked her. She wanted to ask her if she would be left alone and about Rahul but didn’t ask, not knowing why.

“I spoke to Rahul. He said, he will come here by 12. So don’t worry, you won’t be alone” Deep patted on her back and left.

A huge smile came on her face thinking she will be alone with Rahul again. She waited for Deep to leave the room and then got down from the window pane. She went to bed and threw herself on it, pulled the pillow close to her heart and started to blush. She wanted to laugh but kept a check on her feeling. Soon Deep and Kan left bidding her good bye and told her that they would come back by evening 5. As soon as they left, Diya went to bedroom and started to jump, saying to herself

“Yes Yes Yes”

There was a music system kept on a round brown table between the two beds. She went and turned it on.

“Nothing’s gonna change my love for you, you wanna know my love, how much I love you…” The songs entered deep into her soul and she started to dance on the rhythm, her eyes closed, her arms trying to feel her love with her. She was lost in herself and was enjoying every moment, her heart filled with love.

She opened a book kept on the table and started turning pages, her eyes were on the numbers flickering but her mind was with Rahul dancing on a landscape. She imagined him in a black suit and herself wearing a lehenga of her favorite design which she had seen an actress wearing in a movie long back. A blue skirt engraved with beautiful kashmiri design in white color and over it a red velvet top with silver flap at the bottom of it with a thin lace in combination of blue and silver ending in a boat pattern near her neck and a heavy patterned duppata flowing from one side on her shoulder.

She stopped suddenly at the book on a page where a sentence caught her eyes

“He was standing right in front of me and I could not see anything else but only the slight wrinkles on his forehead which told me that he had waited for long and his fine skin which looked like it was ready to be touched by love, his hands were trying to catch me and I was speechless, wanting to hold him close, hold him tight, never to leave him but yet I couldn’t gather enough courage. My heart was crying for help, help from him as I couldn’t say a word but why didn’t he say anything? May be he was waiting for me to start and he was right also as the decision was mine but still I waited and soon the wait became longer and longer and longer till he disappeared again in the crowd. I ran, ran faster and faster in hope of getting to see him again but fell over my knees…I lost him…lost him once again…”

She didn’t like the end of it but yet she could relate with it and a fear entered her heart and she suddenly started to feel it as if it was her own future. Was she going to loose him too? Why she felt so scared? What could she do to keep him with her forever? She had no idea why, but a tear fell down from her eyes. She looked up at the sky. It didn’t look so beautiful any more but was too bright for her to see anything which lies ahead in future. She asked herself what was she doing and what was her future? He loved her and she loved him , yet there was something scary which told her it wouldn’t be that easy to be together.

Her mind was lost in thoughts but she got interrupted by a sound of the bell. She wiped her tears, smiled and went to seek the door.

Episode 16

He was standing in front of the door, wearing a blue T-shirt over a simple dark blue jeans. Simple, yet he looked very handsome in them and with muscles peeping out from his half sleeves made him look a stud. His eyes were a little grey and had a strange peace of the sea inside. When she looked at them, she was almost lost into it like a wave in a deep ocean. His forehead bear no resemblance of a human but had a Godly touch of an angel. She did not realize that it was for a few minutes after which his soft pink lips moved

“Hi”

“Hi” She smiled, coming out of the trance suddenly “Come in” She felt like kissing his lips but moved her eyes away from him and welcomed him inside. He came and sat on the blue couch while she was still standing trying to avoid his eyes thinking he would come to know about her feelings for him.

“a..anything? cold or teaaaaa”

“Why are you being so formal?” He looked surprised and smiled at her

She suddenly realized what she was doing. She had been living with this man till yesterday, she had talked to him for hours, danced with him, he saved her life and in just one day , she felt like he came after years. She started to look here and there, not knowing how to react.

He realized her trauma as he was going through a similar feeling. He smiled and got up from sofa, went to her, held her in his arms, her breathe got faster and he could feel her heart pounding hard. He bent his head a little and kissed her lips gently. Her heart started to beat faster when he moved again and looked straight into her eyes. There was a silence which she didn’t want to break but wanted to feel the beauty of the kiss again. She wanted him to touch her lips and make her feel full with him.

“I love you” A voice touched her ears and her breathlessness turned into a smile. She looked down, smiling again and again, her cheeks turned pink and he felt she looked even more beautiful

“You are blushing” It was obvious but still he said it

“No I am not” She gave a huge smile and turned her back to him. He pulled her hand, turned her and held her close again

“Do you love me?” He looked straight into her eyes as if trying to ferret out a secret, as if saying nothing was hidden from him and could not be hidden even if she tried thousand times. She felt a little pressure in her heart. He wanted her to say what she was not ready for confronting.

She got herself out of his clutches and moved back a little, started to look here and there, her face showed she was nervous. He went close to her and she backed a little, he moved closer and she backed again, he was coming close and she was moving behind till she found a solid wall behind her back which wasn’t letting her move more. She couldn’t dare to pull up her face or say anything but only breathed heavy under his collar as he had come close enough to feel her breathe. He moved his arms around her and hugged her. She closed her eyes and felt a relief and strange feeling of a wonderland. She smiled, her eyes still closed and he tightened his grip around her. She didn’t know what was going to happen next but whatever he would do, she knew she would love it. She circled her arms around him gently and held him too, her heart feeling the freedom and she was on seventh heaven.They stood holding each other for long not realizing the world that surrounded them. They forgot everything that had happened and that could happen in future but only felt each other so close, the love felt so pure and divine that they didn’t want to separate for a second. Their eyes were closed and a little wet with first swing of love dancing in their hearts. Till then they knew there was something binding them but this moment made them realize that the feeling could be named. She forgot about her marriage, about her husband, about the worry that lingered in her head some time back, she forgot the passage which had given her a fear of loosing him. She no more felt she could ever loose him. She was ready to completely give her soul to him and was ready for a new journey of her life. He wanted not to leave her again and wanted to keep her in his heart forever, where no one can harm her or touch her but only him.

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Episode 17

The mall was full as it was a weekend. Diya couldn’t remember the last time when she had planned for any movie like this with friends and this day was even more special and with all new friends who cared a lot for her. She was into a new world now. She felt like a girl again, a normal girl who goes to movies, enjoy shopping, have fun with friends, talk and laugh. Such normal things in her life had become so distant and dream like.
Kan and Deepti were busy choosing clothes while Rohan was standing watching them with Diya. Both were silent till the time Deepti and Kan chose to move ahead in another clothes section

“Diya” She was desparately waiting for him to speak and he spoke

She looked at him and smiled

He continued “Have you thought of your next step?”

She looked confused

He explained ” I mean about your husband. Don’t you want to divorse him? Do you want to lodge a complaint against him or talk to him on this ? Wanna go to court or want out of court settlement? I mean, If you decide quickly, we can help you get out of that place”

She said”Yes, I definitely want to divorse him but I am a little scared. He is a very dangerous guy”

He said, ” you don’t worry about that. I will take care of him. Just tell me what do you want to do and I will do the rest. I will not let him hurt you in any way”

“I am not worried about myself. I am used to his torture. I am more worried about you. If he hurts you then I will…” She suddenly stopped

“Then you will?” He wanted her to say but she was not ready yet “Come on, you can tell me atleast now. Don’t be silent. Say it!”

She stood freezed

He put his arm around her and pulled her a little closer from side
“Are you afraid of telling me your little secret?”
She tried to move away but he didn’t let her loose
“Come on, you have to say this now or else I will not leave you”

She looked at him, smiled “What do I have to say?”

“Say that you love me and that you want to marry me and that you want me to help you with your divorse and that you want to have…”

“A… stop. that is enough, but sorry I won’t say all that” She quickly pulled herself away from him, looked at him in eyes and smiled. He gave an understanding glance.There eyes met and they were lost again into each other.

A voice broke the spell “Hey, you haven’t taken anything Diya?”

Diya turned to Deepti who was standing with blue netted bag in her hands and it looked like it was holding more clothes than it was made for. Kan came following her, wearing a green flower patterned dress. She was holding another bag having a few clothes inside.

“Hey Diya, How is this looking” She showed off her dress in front of her, swaying her body a little on both sides in style

“Oh its lovely” said Diya

“Its pathetic, you look like a fancy dress girl” said Deepti. Kan gave her an embarrassed look, not liking her. She turned back and left them looking at Deepti

“Oh come on Deep, you always do this? Can’t you ever behave normal” It looked that Rohan didn’t like what she did.

“Chill man , Chill…”

Kan left them and went back to change while Deep went ahead towards the payment counter.

“You don’t wanna buy anything?” asked Rohan

Diya smiled and nodded

Rohan smiled at her, turning his head towards left , where a mannequin wearing a pink floral dress was standing. Beside the mannequin were hanging more dresses with similar patterns. He moved to snatch one yellow dress and gave it to Diya
“I want you to take this”

Diya looked at the dress, touching its soft cloth, looked at the dress shining like a morning light, the white , blue and yellow flower patterns made it look very beautiful, the back of it was plain pink and it had 4 frills on it. She looked at him, smiling. His face was lightened and a peace which she never saw before in any man’s face made her heart relax. She was comparing him with Karan, something which she thought would be unfair to him as Karan stands nowhere in front of him as a human. She had been living in a totally different world of men where women were never respected but this single man changed her life and gave her a hope and confidence of a better future, where she would not only be independent but also respected. She scanned his eyes deeply, trying to see the love he had for her. In just few days, her dreams have become real. She felt like God heard her secret wish and sent him in the garden, so that she could speak to him and then she could tell him her problem, and then she could take his help when she was tortured and events followed towards the meeting of their hearts. May be they were made for each other , may be marrying Karan was just a mistake or may be not a mistake but a way to reach Rohan so that when he hurts an innocent girl, Rohan comes to her rescue as a hero and then they fall in love, just like it happens in movies.

Her mind kept finding reasons while her heart enjoyed the moment but it didn’t go for very long, as she saw a huge block of wood coming down from top heading straight towards Rohan

“Rohan…” She cried and pushed him to left, loosing her balance she fell and he fell on her.

Their eyes met again, his face closing on her, his eyes were close enough now to get drowned but at the back of it, a slight view made her realize that there was someone watching her. Her focus shifted to the man on the other floor. Karan was looking at them with blared eyes. Her heart started to sank and she could see herself loosing her love just like she read in the novel. May be God was not so generous but was indicating that her life would not be so easy. She wanted to cry, wanted to beg before Karan, to leave her, to leave Rohan, and she would be ready to give him anything he wanted but unfortunately she had nothing to spare. She hugged Rohan, tightening her grip, a tear fell down from her eyes, rolling down on the fibre of his shirt, wetting it a little and he felt a little jolt. He pulled her close and hugged

“Hey, Why are you crying ? I am fine”

“Promise?” She said sobbing

“yes”

She closed her eyes and kept holding him, not wanting to leave but she couldn’t stay like that for long. The love birds were interrupted by a voice

“Guyz”

They looked up to see Deep standing , looking at them, with a little surprise in her eyes. People walking kept looking at the new couple, and kept smiling. Kan was standing behind deep, with a hand on her mouth. Rohan got up followed by Diya and both started to walk silently towards the stairs, not speaking but only looking down.

Episode 18

Deep worked in a private advertizing firm and was one of the employees who would even fight her boss to get the work done and she was doing the same on this day as well. She had prepared for a client presentation but a few data that was supposed to be received from her boss, a man known for his lazyness, was not ready. She wondered sometimes how her managed to get to that position but she liked the way he saw things and gave ideas that worked for the firm. She learnt from him that even of you are a loser at most of the things, mastering one skill can take you to heights , if you are at the right place.

She came out of the cabin and went straight to her cubicle, which she didn’t like as she wanted a room like boss had and she thought she deserved it.

“What happened? BOss again?” A guy in large white spectacles peeped from the abiding cubicle

“Do your own work” She said, angrily

The guy adjusted his spectacles, pursed his lips and went back to his seat saying ” Its very hot today” and looked at a girl sitting beside him. She smiled with the guy.

Deep opened her laptop, ignoring the comment and started to work on a presentation. It was almost an hour while she worked continuously, her eyes glued to the screen. A man with grey colored kurta, passed her with a tray in hand, on which was kept a plate with some biscuits. Deep snapped her fingers, calling him without looking up

“Gemme tea” Her eyes still on the screen, she looked in hurry to finish the work as fast as she kept on looking at her watch every now and then.

By the time her tea was finished, her work was also done and she took a sigh, closed her laptop, kept it in a black bag and got up.

The white spectacled man commented again “Need cold drink”

“Want some…” she looked at him with narrowed eyes, didn’t wait for his response and left.

The bluish tinted glass door opened and Deep walked out of the office, talking on phone with Diya, who was now ready to file divorce and they decided to go to the court the following day. In few minutes she was nearing the elevator and she disconnected. She looked different in formals, with fitting white shirt over black pants, unlike her usual attire when she wore funky clothes. If she had small hair , one could easily get disguised if she was a boy but today she looked a beauty in a tight pony that hung over from her head behind and a light pink lipstick.

When she entered the lift , there was a man already inside but as usual she didnt bother to notice but was in her own world but when the man spoke, the voice sounded familiar. She moved her eyes from her cell phone to rest on his eyes. His big brown eyes with thick bushy brows looked like that of a bouncer, ready to throw her out of the building.

“Remember me” His voice suggested that he must have been a heavy smoker.

Deep narrowed her eyes on him, he looked familiar but she was not able to recognize him immediately untill he spoke again and she realized that she was no more safe

“I am your best friend’s husband”

She ignored him but he continued

“Don’t mess with me, you have no idea…”

“Do you think I am a delicate village girl, whom you will say a few words and she will get scared, and start begging you, just get the hell out of here. I am not interested in talking”

The lift was 2 floors down by now and the door opened

“Ok as you wish” He gave a sarcastic smile and left, walking slowly with heavy steps going out of the lift.

“Disgusting” She said to herself, her mind disturbed by now

The lift slowly went two steps down but suddenly the speed change and it started to move faster than usual and in few seconds , it was going faster than ever and Deep realized in no time that the lift was out of control and falling. If the lift would hit the ground, running straight down 10 floors, it would make a thundering sound and whoever would be inside would be left with shattered bones. Her eyes were now red with fear, she imagined her death nearing. She tried to open the door, banged on it, tried pressing a few buttons, shouted on top of her voice but there was no use as the steel doors of the elevator were thick enough to trap any voice. A tear fell from her eyes first time and she was dead scared. She folded her hands to God, asking for once chance to live again.

Her entire life running in her mind, her dreams, her mistakes, friends and family, she rarely cared for much till then but suddenly even her colleagues started to bother her mind. She wanted to cry louder, on top of her voice, wishing if there was someone who cared. She never was interested in any relationships but now felt if she had someone who loved her, she could have expected a rescue or atleast some one would have cried for her, prayed for her. Suddenly her mind flicked a picture and Rohan appeared in the eye of his mind. It was some feeling that wasn’t understood by her but it was strong and she was surprised herself. She started to miss him badly, wanted to see him and talk to him desperately. she remembered Diya, and suddenly she didn’t appreciate Rohan’s love for her. Who was she? A silly, scared, delicate girl, married and too young for Rohan. What did Rohan see in her? I don’t want to die and he is ready to risk his life for Diya, someone he hardly know only for few days.

She thought life was not that filthy to waste on a stranger, it was too important for her now that she didn’t know how long would she live. What if after doing everything for her, she betrays him? what if in the fight , he is killed? Nothing good was coming to her mind and she was loosing control. She never found her so scared before in life. Even when she was standing before a tiger in middle of a jungle. She had gone for a Jungle safari and in an attempt to take picture of the wild, she had gone too far and found herself standing before the monster. She was afraid of loosing her life yet she behaved boldly and freeze herself, waited for the fiery eyes to leave her own its own but instead it came near her, but before he could pounce on her, there was a FIRE! and it hit directly on its chest. Without wasting a second, she ran for her life and didn’t stop till she reached the jeep which was standing just at a little distance. her friends were all prepared to rush and as soon as she got in the jeep jumped on top of its speed, not to stop before the jungle was gone.

Animals are better than machines , she thought. At least one could threaten them kill them, make them move away but what to do with a ruined steel box, inside which she was trapped. It would never listen her screams, not even open if she begged. What would she do? She had a life of only few seconds.

THUD!!!

Episode 19

Her eyes were closed and waiting, her lips locked but smiling, her ears attentive and her mind wondering. Rohan looked at her , patting himself inside for choosing a girl with innocence of a child, truth in her eyes. Her silence spoke more than she did and he knew that she was one girl who could make his heart beat. Till then he was not able to accept but looking deep into heart, he knew he loved her. Deep was right! She knew her best friend more than himself. While she waited, Rohan got up and went inside. She could hear his steps moving away. She wanted to open eyes but kept obeying him. She was one of the most patient women on earth and she always obeyed, her Dad, her Mom, her Husband, her in-laws, till it got harder and harder for her. With Rohan on her side, she now felt safe and lively.

She kept thinking , smiling at the good moments spent with him, imagining her future with him which she could see in bright light, if only Karan kept away. She wanted to go away, to a far far land with Rohan like she heard in fairy stories, a beautiful place with animals and nature talking to them, attending their wedding. As a child she heard many stories where an innocent girl, ill treated by her family, was rescued by a handsome prince. She felt her life was nothing less than such beautiful story. When she would talk to her friends, she would tell stories proudly of true love, challenges and how she was saved by her dream man, some one she saw every day but never knew he was her soulmate.

She was still in her dreams when sat before her and asked her to open her eyes. She slowly opened her eyes, a smile passing her lips, filled with expectations of something romantic. She saw him sitting with a small red box in his hand, a single diamond studded ring shone sparkingly on the red velvet surface.

“Will you marry me?” His eyes sparkled with love and a smile which looked so handsome made her heart go beating faster.

She smiled at him, her eyes going down, it was even above her expectations. She wanted to hug him and answer him with a kiss on lips but instead she kept quiet for a few seconds, still grasping the moment awaiting for her decision.

Rohan kept looking at her, waiting for her acceptance, which he knew would happen and then he would celebrate the day with her. His cell however disturbed the precious moment and it was an unknown number. He excuse himself and took the call, he didn’t want to spoil the moment but didn’t even want to haste. It was easy for him to deicide but for her it would mean a lot, and would take a lot of courage to trust a man after being tortured by one.

The man on other side of the phone spoke something about Deep, which he could not hear because of the disturbance. He got up and went to the window. Her eyes followed him briefly. He had kept the ring on table before her and she looked at it. The diamond was huge and it would cover her delicate, lean finger so well that it would be seen even from longer distance, she thought. Such diamonds were only seen in movies and the one she was wearing was much smaller with 8 small nail sized beads. The diamond sparkled in her eyes as if it was a part of the pupil. She bent a little to pick it but before she could move her hand, she was suddenly taken aback by a sound of plastic touching the floor. It was Rohan’s cellphone.

Rohan still stood near window, her eyes shocked with fear and his hands freezed. He didn’t pick his cell but only kept looking at it like it was some kind of a monster, he was afraid of. Diya got up immediately and went to him. She kept one hand on his shoulder and said

“What happened?” Her eyes waited for his but he was too engrossed in looking at the cell.

She turned him towards herself “What happened?”

He slowly pulled his eyes up to look at her, a frown coming on his face, her lips moving, wanting to say something but he was not able to gather the courage.

“Come with me” She took him with herself and made him sit on the sofa. without wasting a minute, she brought a glass of water for him but he didn’t take it but only kept looking at the glass.

“What happened ROhan, please tell me” but he only got up and went inside and locked himself up

She kept banging on the door, asking him to open but he didn’t. She decided to wait for him to calm down before she loaded him with questions again and sat near the door, waiting, her eyes almost in tears.

The bell rang and ran to fetch the door expecting either Deep or Kan. It was Kan with a few bags in her hand

“Hi whats up? How was the date?” She said teasingly.

She kept her bags on sofa and looked inside, Rohan was standing with his eyes red, looking at Kan with some questions on his mind. She sensed something unusual and went to him, held his one hand in hers and said

“Rohan whats wrong?”

He moved his lips, and the words came out whispering “D E E P”

“What happened to Deep?” Her eyes now looking worried

“She is dead” He said in a very low voice

“What?” She took a step back, her ears not believing what they just heard

“NO, this can’t be true” He pulled his shoulders, screaming ” You are lying. This can’t be true”

Diya was still clueless about what was happening. She came to Kan expecting her to speak. Rohan and kan both looked at her, their mind was on same plane, shocked and not in senses yet she looked at her, a tear rolling down from her eyes. She hugged Diya, and started to cry ” Deep is dead”

Diya’s eyes opened wide, her ears not sure of what she just heard, She felt like suddenly everything was silent, even the air didn’t move. She didn’t say anything , only hugged Kan back and looked at Rohan, who was still in shock, his eyes almost tears waiting to part but he only kept looking at her as if asking for help. She knew how important was Deep for him, his best friend who knew him more than anyone else, who risked herself for Diya only because he cared. She knew it would not be easy for him to take the news and that it had broken him.

His cell rang again. The tear which was waiting went down straight on the floor only to disappear.He wiped his tears and took the call, moving towards the window again. Kan had calmed herself by now and she stood looking at him waiting for him to decide next step.

He came not after long time, his eyes now had anger instead of weakness. He didn’t look at Diya but only asked Kan to follow him “Lets go!”

Diya without a though started to follow him but he stopped her in middle “You stay!”

“But…”

“I said you stay” He looked at her as if it was her who killed his friend.

While they went out she kept wondering why he was being so rude and why he asked her to stay but trusting the man who had proposed her just a few minutes back, she stayed without questions.

While he entered the lift with Kan, he looked at the closing door, thinking if Deep had not used lift then she would have been alive. The words he heard over phone still lingered on his mind. The man had said the lift was working fine till she entered it. He could sense that it was a murder and his mind could think of only one name who could do such horrible thing to her. He kept his doubt to himself and didn’t share with Kan till he reached Deep’s Office. He first met her colleague who had informed him about the mishap.

They asked the receptionist if anyone had come to meet Deep before accident but there was no such request. Rohan asked for all the records and found that 1 hour before his friend’s death, a man with name “Aditya Kumar” had come to meet “Jitendra Sinha on the same floor where Deep sat. The name however didn’t match the picture which was taken. The company had a rule to click snap of all outsiders, make an ID card before entering. Rohan examined the face closely and realized it was Karan and he immediately realized what could have happened.

Diya was not with him but her heart was, her legs kept trotting from one window to other, her eyes fearful, fear of loosing him, fear of a danger awaited, fear of the suspense. It was 2 hours past when her impatience was answered by the sound of the bell. She ran to open the door expecting Rohan but it was Aaakash on the door.

His eyes revealed that he knew what happened with Deep. He told that Deep died in an accident when lift went down because of loose wires but one of her colleague feel that it was not an accident but someone killed her.

Chapter 20:

She knew if she left Karan, he would create a problem for her and even for people who help her. Rohan being her prime attachment was definitely at risk but she had no idea that he could hurt others as well with his wicked intensions. Deep was one girl, who helped her in spite of not knowing her much.All she did was for her friend Rohan. Rohan was special for her and she as well.

She had no idea how to console him as any words would not alleviate his pain and moreover she cannot forget that the reason for her death was indirectly herself. She wanted to hold him, hug him and say that she is with him but she had no courage. Forced by her moral responsibility, she somehow motivated herself to speak to him an she went inside where he was sitting in her bedroom quietly, while Kan sat beside him, neither of them speaking. There was a silence of dessert and she could not dare to break that. She stood there for a few minutes wondering what to do and then decided to give them some more time.

She turned to leave but Rohan stopped her. He went to her and held her ith her shoulders.

“What did she do? Why did he kill her?

“I I…”

“You know something , I lost her” He left her pushing her back suddenly

“I lost her because of a coward who didn’t have the courage to stand against her husband” His words were harsh and her voice was even more.

A tear fell from her eyes

“Now you are crying? WHy? Did I hurt you? What about me? What abou my only best friend who died just because of you” He pulled her again by her shoulders “You know something I hate you. I hate the moment when I spoke to you first time, when I allowed you in at midnight, moment when I thought you could be my life partner. You are a coward, you are a weak woman and I cannot handle this” He pushed her again

Kan was watching all this and she felt he was not doing the right thing by blaming her for Deep’s murder. She came to Diya, trying to hold her, who had lost her control by now. She felt broken, the man he loved feels that she took his happiness. She had no intention to spoil his life, take Deep’s, yet she had no idea that something like this could happen to her , if she had she would have surrendered herself to her husband.

“What are you doing Rohan? This is not her mistake”

Diya turned to leave. She didn’t want to troube him any more.

Kan tried to stop her but she didn’t listen to her and left without a word.

“What have you done Rohan. Now she will go to Karan and then he will torture her”

“I don’t care” He shouted at the top of his voice and Kan for a moment was taken aback, she felt his voice like a thunder storm which could not be abated.He sat on the floor, his hands on his his hands holding his head and supported by his legs, and closed his eyes. kan can see that he as badly hurt by the death but at the same time she was worried about Diya and she knew that after sometime Rohan will againn ask for Diya. He cares and loves her , it was only the current situation that he was not able to handle because of which he spoke more than required but the moment he would cool down he ould repent for letting Diya go. She could not leave him alone neighther could she let Diya go back to her house so she called Aakash who was on his way to hostel where Rohan was waiting. She told him to stop Diya.

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