Back to the Bay !!
As soon as we leave the building, Naksh says, “He won’t kill himself, will he ?!!”
His tone is serious and solemn. We all look at each other and suddenly, we are concerned.
“Let’s just wait here. If he has a flight, he needs to go soon, no ?!!” Keerti suggests.
We nod. It’s silly, but we are concerned about him. He looked so broken when he got to know about Anushka. And if we were as shocked as we were, it must’ve killed him.
So, we walk a little distance from the building, find a pavement to sit on and wait. No one talks much. We have our eyes
stuck on the main gate of the apartment building.
“Should we check ?!!” Keerti asks, scared.
I nod. Naksh says no. Naira nods.
With every minute that passes by, the situation becomes scarier. What if he decides to end his life ?!!
I guess I would have. I am just not that strong to endure what Virat has to right now.
“Now ?!!” Keerti says five minutes later.
This time, all of us nod. We are scared now. Just as we get up from the pavement, we see Virat walk towards the gate with a trolley bag trailing behind him.
We see him call out to a taxi and leave. We look at each other. I feel strange. After all that we’ve been through over the last few days, this can’t be a suitable end, can it ?!! But then again, life doesn’t play according to your rules, does it ?!!
“This is it ?!!” Keerti asks.
“Seems like.” I say.
“This is like the worst love story ever.” Naksh says and looks at me.
“Who knew it would end like this.” Naira says.
“It feels so strange now. All this time we had been telling people that Virat was dead.” I state.
We look at Naira and she knows what she has to do. Call up everyone and tell them that it was a mistake. It would be pretty embarrassing. First, we intrude into everyone’s lives, tell them a gruesome story, then call them and say it’s a mistake and tell them another gruesome story instead.
“Taxi then ?!!” Naksh asks.
I nod. It’s time for us to leave. It’s a strange feeling. It’s odd not to clutch at that diary and think about what’s coming next. It feels out of place not to think about which place we will now head to.
Suddenly, we are out of a life which was exciting and exhilarating and our everyday life stares at us. No more tears. Or old stories. No more nostalgia. No more feeling sorry for the dead guy. There is no dead guy now. I had gotten used to all that.
We sit in the taxi and my mind rewinds to the first day when everything started. And whatever followed—Dehradun, Mahi, Alia, Sakshi,Ranbir and finally Virat. I am lost in my thoughts and no one talks much. Maybe everyone is thinking what I am.
“Stop thinking so much.” Naira finally says as we board the plane.
“Can’t help it. I feel so sorry for Virat.” I state.
“So do I.” Naira says sympathetically.
“It couldn’t have been more unfortunate.” I say and clutch Naira’s hand as we sit in our seats.
Fear grips me—a fear of losing Naira —just like Virat lost Anushka. I try to tell Naira that I love her but I can hardly say anything. She senses it and kisses my forehead.
“I am not going anywhere.” she whispers.
“You’d better not.” I meet her eye and say.
She clutches my hand tighter. We both smile, and tell each other that we will always be around.
The plane lifts off the ground and we leave Mumbai behind. I look outside the window and think about Virat. I say a little prayer
in my heart for Anushka. No one should suffer the fate that Virat has. It’s unfortunate and unfair.
I close my eyes and wish the best for Virat and Anushka, wherever she is.
Soon, our plane lands in Delhi. I don’t have the diary in my hands any more, but I know every word of it by heart. The story of Virat and his last attempt to get back the girl he loved the most, cruelly cut short by the bomb blast.
As we take our bags out, my mind wanders to the last note that Virat wrote
in the diary—the one where he said he would fight back, the one that never materialized, the one written ten days before that fateful blast which took Anushka away—and my eyes are clouded with tears.
Precap : 3 months later.
Well I would just like to say one thing, “Agar ending happy nahi hai to samaj lena ki wo the end nahi hai !!”
I know I goofed up on the dailouge but isn’t it something like that. Ohkay forget it. You do understand what I meant right. That’s enough.
PS : I might be a bit irregular with the updates tomorrow as its my Maa’s birthday and I would be busy. But I will still try my best to update atleast one Chapter !!
Do comment. Keep smiling. Keep watching Yrkkh !!