Three hours had passed, none of them had returned yet. Anika and others were getting worried now.
Anika: KHANNA…. KHANNA….
Khanna comes running,
Khanna: Ma’am, you called me?
Anika: I PAY YOU TO WORK FOR ME. I HAD ASKED YOU TO FIND LOCATIONS FOR EVERYBODY. WHY HAVEN’T YOU BROUGHT ME THE LOCATIONS TILL NOW?
Khanna: Ma’am, we are working on it. But it is taking time to trace so many numbers at once.
Anika: I don’t care, bring me the locations in five minutes, otherwise… (she throws away her phone which breaks) It won’t be good for you.
Khanna: Yes ma’am.
Anika: What is wrong with them? They all have grown up but none of them are responsible enough to inform about their whereabouts. And this Shivaay, he pretends to be so responsible, what happened to him? Let him come back, I’ll have to show him my anger.
Pinky: Shouting and breaking things is not going to help.
Dadi: These children have crossed limits today, how can they be so irresponsible?
Jhanvi: Let them come back, ache se datati hu phir samjhenge.
Anika: Enough of waiting, I am going.
Pinky: Where are, you going now?
Anika: I cannot sit and wait anymore. I’ll go and search for them myself.
Dadi: Allu, but….
Anika: No Dadi, don’t stop me. I must go.
She is about to go when, Soumya-Ishana enter.
Pinky: Here they are, where were you all? Pata hai how worried we were.
They looked at each other.
Jhanvi: Why are you both standing like statues. Answer us, and where are the boys?
Ishana: Mom…. wo….
Anika: Ishu, I thought you were more responsible than Soumya. But today you also behaved like her. Where were you both and…one minute…. where is Shivaay? Was he with you? Let him come back…. I need to show him my anger, then he’ll never again behave like this.
Ishana: Anika…. wo…. Shivaay….
Before Ishana could say anything, Soumya hugged Anika tightly and started crying, this worried everyone. Ishana’s tears were also flowing now.
Anika (caressing Soumya’s hair): Soumya, why are you crying? I am sorry I shouted on you. Don’t cry…. Ishana…. tell me why are you both crying like this?
Dadi: Ishu, puttar, say something, I am getting worried.
Ishana: Dadi, wo Shivaay…. he is…. he is in the hospital.
All of them were shocked hearing this.
Anika felt like the world was ending.
Pinky: What!! Shivaay in hospital. Tell us clearly, what happened?
Rudra was waiting for Soumya when Om arrived there.
Omkara: Rudra, why have you called me here?
Rudra: Thank God Bhaiya, you came. I really need some support.
Omkara: All okay?
Rudra: Bhaiya, I am going to propose Soumya, so I need you to be there as my support.
Omkara: Are waah, I am so happy for you. Don’t worry, speak from your heart, I know she’ll say yes only.
Meera: Rudra, get ready, Soumya is coming.
Omkara: All the best bhai.
Om-Meera hide behind the trees.
Soumya comes there, she is surprised seeing the place decorated with her favorite white flowers and lights. She sees Rudra standing with a bouquet.
Soumya: Rudra, what is all this?
Rudra: Your birthday gift. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SOUMYA.
Soumya: You did all this for me. Thank you. (All her anger had vanished away)
Rudra: Abhi toh shuruwat hai, just wait and watch.
He takes her to the table, there was her favorite cake with “HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL” written on it. Soumya was overwhelmed seeing all this.
Rudra: Don’t delay now. Cut the cake.
Soumya cuts the cake and feeds it to Rudra.
Soumya: Rudra, really this is my best birthday ever. Thank you so much.
She hugged him.
Rudra: Not now, your biggest and best gift is remaining.
Rudra: Wait (he went on his knees, Soumya looked on with surprise) I don’t know when, where and how this happened? But now that it has happened, I feel lucky. Soumya Singh Oberoi, I LOVE YOU.
Soumya was surprised by Rudra’s confession, her eyes filled with tears, she didn’t know how to react.
Soumya: Rudra…. I LOVE YOU TOO.
She hugged him tightly.
They broke their hug when they heard claps.
Om-Meera come there.
Meera: I am so happy for both of you.
Soumya: You both?
Omkara: Rudra called us for help.
Rudra: Soumya, we should really thank Meera, she made me realize my love for you and helped me with all this.
Soumya felt bad for misunderstanding Meera earlier.
Soumya hugged Meera, Soumya: Thank you so much for everything.
Meera: That’s what friends are there for. No thank you please.
Ishana-Shivaay also reach there and are surprised seeing the four of them together.
Soumya: Ishu, jiju, you both here?
Shivaay: We came here looking for Om, but you all are here?
Meera tells them everything.
Ishana: I can’t believe this, my baby sister has grown up now. I am so happy for both of you.
Ishana hugs Soumya while Rudra hugs Shivaay.
Om is about to go when Ishana held his hand, he looked at her with surprise,
Ishana: You already have left me once earlier, I won’t let you leave me again.
Om looks at her with shock,
Omkara: Ishana, leave my hand, it’s late now.
Ishana: It’s never late Om…I have realized everything and I have realized that I LOVE YOU AND I WANT TO MARRY YOU.
Om is shocked hearing this while others are happy.
Omkara: Ishana, are you sure?
Ishana: I am sure about us more than anything in this world.
He hugged her tightly.
They broke their hug when they heard someone clapping. All of them look in the direction of the sound.
Soumya: Kahi Anika Di bhi yaha aa gayi kya.
Shivaay: That can happen, after she is the great ASO.
Man: I feel so bad for all of you. How happy you are, and soon this happiness will end.
Shivaay: Who are you? And what do you want from us?
Ishana (thinking): Why do I think I have seen him somewhere? I don’t remember but I have seen him somewhere.
Omkara: I think you have lost your mind. It’s better you leave from here, otherwise it won’t be good for you.
Man: Let’s see what happens to whom.
He takes out a gun and points it at Shivaay, all are shocked.
Man: You will pay for her mistakes.
Shivaay: Keep the gun down, you can’t threaten me with this.
Man: Oh please, I am not here to threaten anyone. I am here to kill you and punish her. I wish she was here to see you die. But poor girl, won’t be able to see you for the last time also.
Soumya: Ishu, I think he is talking about Di.
Omkara: I too think that. But what is his connection with Anika?
Ishana: I don’t know, but I feel like I have seen him somewhere earlier also.
Man: Please don’t your brains so much, I don’t have time for all this. I must finish my work and go.
Omkara: Dare you…
Shivaay: Look, even we don’t have time for all this. It’s better you leave.
Man: They all will leave, after all someone should be there to tell her how you died.
Rudra: It’s better you leave before we call the police.
Omkara: He won’t listen like this, I must teach him the other way.
Om moves forward but the man shoots in front of him, all are shocked.
Ishana: Om (she pulls him back) are you ok?
Omkara: I am fine Ishana.
Man: See guys, I don’t want to kill you all, so please let me do my work. Otherwise you’ll also meet the same fate as Shivaay is going to face.
Before Shivaay could say anything, the man fired, the bullet hit Shivaay near his heart, no one knew when things happened, Shivaay fell with blood flowing from his body.
Before anyone could catch the man, he fled away.
Ishana sat with Shivaay’s head in her lap,
Ishana: Shivaay, don’t close your eyes…. Stay with me…. please…. Om call the ambulance.
Rudra: Bhaiya, nothing will happen to you.
Ishana: We took him to the hospital. The doctors are treating him and….
Anika: And what Ishu….and what?
Ishana: The bullet hit him near his heart, his condition is critical, we don’t know if he’ll live.
She starts crying. Everything had tears flowing.
Anika: No…No…This can’t happen…. he can’t do this…. No…. He can’t leave me…. No….
She sits down with a thud, all memories of her with Shivaay flash in front of her….how they met the first time when Shivaay broke her car’s glass….how they used to fight all the time….how he saved her in the lift….how he helped her family….how he took care of Ishana-Soumya…..how they got married….their time at Paris….how he used to say all those weird words….how he saved her so many times….and now he was dying….no….he cannot do this to her….he cannot leave her alone….he taught her to smile again…now he couldn’t make her cry….he didn’t have the rights to leave her….they had taken vows to protect each other and be together always…he couldn’t leave her alone….he couldn’t…he had to live…for her…for them…
Anika wiped her tears, and stood up,
Anika: How can he die like this? I won’t let him do anything like this. He doesn’t know my anger, I won’t let him do anything that I don’t want him to do.
Pinky: Anika… (she cries)
Anika: Mom, don’t cry…Nothing will happen to him. I’ll make everything fine. He can’t leave me.
Anika goes out, Ishana and Soumya follow her.
That’s all for today.
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