“Send nudes, now!!”, she was thunderstruck while reading her boyfriend’s message.
“What the hell!!” She immediately dialled his number with flooded eyes.
“Do you care to explain the text you just sent to me? What did I just read?”, she shouted.
“ Calm down. Don’t you trust me?”
“Yes. I do but, is this a way to test my trust? I will even climb Everest to prove it. But this was so cheap.”
“Ok. Then I will send mine first. After that you send yours”, he cut the call.
“Wait…Varun..wait..hello..” Her world seemed to be torn apart in front of her eyes.A message from Varun peeped into her phone.
Hesitantly, with quivering lips and shaking body, she clicked it. Tears blurred her vision.
A call appeared on her phone screen.
“How was it? Enjoyed?”, he asked with a naughty laugh.
“Eww, how can you eat so gross, spreading everything all over your face and body?”
“Haha, sorry but a 4-year-old boy doesn’t even know the difference between mud and food. How can you expect me to eat properly? Also, your mom told me that you ate leaves at that age. I am better and cuter than you!!”
“Yeah, you bet. I will send you my childhood pics. I am cuter than you!!”, she challenged him.
“My best friend’s girlfriend broke up with him for sending that message without even asking an explanation!!”, he told with a surprise.
“Haha, don’t worry. Let me see what I can do”
“Btw when are you going to climb the Everest?”, he asked.
“Th..that. Everest is the name of my staircase. I already climbed it hundred times due to the heart attack you just gave me!!”
“Ughh, I hate you”, she giggled hearing his reply.
“I am terrified,” my cousin sister said. It was my cousin sister’s wedding that day.
I still remember the stress she was passing through while her fiance’s pictures where he was dancing with his friends, flashed on her from the phone screen.
It wasn’t the one of her dreams. She was ordered to not dance and laugh loudly as they wanted to maintain their status.
“This whole thing is hell. I never dreamt of anything like this. I thought I’d be the princess but I think I have become a prisoner,” there was a faint glee and tinge of blooming sadness looming over in her eyes.
“Stay quiet, don’t laugh loudly, be disciplined, even if you’re called out to dance stay still!” The list were much bigger than the saree she was going to wear.
What she wanted
What she did
And this very act reminds me of something, ah, got it, a funeral!
“Don’t you dare touch me, bastards!” Ananya hissed as she snuggled towards the corner of the room.
“Aw, we are soo scared..” The hoarse voices of four drunk men echoed in the room, knitting into an audible laugh at her helplessness.
“Yell for all you want, baby doll. Nobody is gonna hear you, and nobody can save you from us.” The words drilled her heart as she fainted, with her senses scattering along with the last shreds of their humanity.
When she pryed her eyes open, she found herself in a pool of blood, and she could make out that a guy was standing next to her but her blurred vision fed the sensation of danger towards her brain.
“You, bastard,” she screamed as she grabbed a belt left by one of the men and lashed at the guy, thinking he belonged to the gang.
“Ananya, stop, please..” Rishi was yelling but her mind was numb to a point of oblivion, and she couldn’t register him as she could only hear the wailing screeches of those four men, tearing her apart. She lunged at him and beat him, screaming, “I won’t let your dirty hands touch me, anymore..”
She yelled aggressively gathering her strength until her sound turned hoarse and collapsed into a whisper as she broke down into his arm.
Rishi stood still, with bleeding scars he got by her lashing but his eyes were focused on her, his crush, whom he was about to meet that day which was doomed because of her kidnapping.
With the help of police and his skills, he tracked down her phone which was taken by her kidnappers. But what he found was her damaged soul, cursing and yelling to let it out of the trap of her body.
Ananya was admitted to a mental aslyum as she was declared by a maniac and was outcasted by her family.
Rishi found her and took her to a better place where she was taken care of.
“Ananya, it’s been 3 years since you have talked.” Rishi stood outside her cell, where Ananya sat near the corner of the room, like a statue, glaring at the wall.
“Ana, I thought it was just a mere crush until the day you drop out the college to do jobs, for taking care of your family.” Rishi said.
“I missed you everyday, your smile, laugh, dance, cringe filled jokes..I..I love you, Ana.” He vaguely smiled though his memories were clouded by her screams which always gets triggered in his nightmares.
“The cafe you worked, I went there everyday to get a glimpse of you. Nobody can make me feel the way you do. But I must say, I hated coffees. I started drinking it after I came to know that you loved it.” Rishi paused for a moment as he slid against the wall and sat outside her cell.
“I came to tell you that, this will be our last day. I have got a transfer and I will be going tomorrow. Otherwise I can’t pay for your bills.” Rishi clenched his fists, squeezed his eyes shut as tears pricked them.
Silence trapped the words which Ananya craved to utter. That day smeared her mind with her own blood oozing out of her body as the four men surrounded her to thrash her.
“I love you, Rishi. You are the love of my life. I wanted to propose you. Instead I beat you and made scars on your body. You have to let me go.”
“So you got the promotion transfer, congrats!” Aman hugged Rishi.
“What about Ananya?”
“I have paid the nurses extra money to take care of her.”
“Man, I envy her. You just can’t let her go.”
“Well, I love to fight for her, protect her because she is mine.”
“What happened to that rapists?”
“What do you think have happened?” The corners of Rishi’s lips curled upwards forming a smirk.
“As usual they must have been fed by our tax money by the central government as the court sentenced them for life time imprisonment.” Aman sighed as he slouched on the couch.
“Not really. I could manage to lure some of the goons using money in that jail to beat them up every freaking day. And the night they were captured by police, I managed to sneak into the jail and beat them to pulp by myself.”
“What the..Why didn’t you tell me, Rishi?”
“I would’ve joined you if you did” Aman laughed, patting his shoulder.
“Ok, then. I need to leave.”
“Rishi, I am so sorry but Ananya was violent today. When we opened the room to give her sedation, she escaped by thrashing us.” The nurse apologised, rubbing her head.
“What the hell are you talking about?” Rishi’s nerves wrecked havoc as they squirmed under the wrath of fury which rushed through him.
He sprinted across the streets, his eyes searching for Ana. But there weren’t any signs. He asked the pedestrians but none had seen her.
Rishi felt dizziness as his mind was hurling stones of accusations against him.
“Ana..” he yelled, kneeling in the sidewalk. Tears drizzled down which trickled his vision.
Suddenly he stood up and strolled to the park opposite to the hospital where she was admitted. He narrowed his eyes as he searched her traces there. But he couldn’t find her.
The places which she loved, splashed his senses but she wasn’t found.
He cried, yelled and cursed as he trudged towards the meadow where he used to lay down at night with his eyes glaring at the moonlight which illuminated the darkness.
“Looking for someone?” A soft voice pulled him out of the trance.
“Anaaa..” Instead of words, breeze escaped his lips as his vocal chord was numb by her sight. “I..Was..Terrified..Where were you, idiot?”
“I felt this choking sensation when you didn’t come today. I don’t know what happened after that!”
“The other day, your doctor told me if I wanted to retrieve you from the trance you have been caught in, I need to go away from you. I could have got a promotion here but I opted the transfer, painfully.” Rishi heaved a sigh and glanced away from her.
“So? You would leave me? Just like that?” Ananya snapped, her glare made him tremble as his heart flustered at its intensity.
“No. I don’t want to be that hindrance in your life, Ana. You need to gather your life. There is a future ahead of you.” Rishi wrapped his arms across her shoulders.
“You are my life. I never talked to you because I wanted you to let me go and move on. But..”
“Ugh, Rishi. I don’t know. I just don’t know.”
“Ssh, I got you, Ana, and I love you.”
“I love you too.”
“But how did you come to this place?”
“After dropping out college, I wanted to see you again. So once I followed and found you lying on this meadow.”
“I thought I was being a creepy guy by coming to your cafe..But look who’s talking? Haha.” Rishi giggled. “So you loved me too then, Ana…”
“Yes, yes, yes..
“Yes, ugh, I mean no.” She nodded as both broke into laugh.
“Ana, how did you escape from the hospital?”
“I was healing myself from past years but yesterday when you told you were going away, I planned my escape as I knew the ways of that hospital.”