I wanted to answer something, stand up for myself but all that I was able to do was stand quiet. “There is obviously some reason behind this. Gayu will not be furious like this without any reason. Also dadi, can’t you see Keerti is hurt.” Karthik says. “Kya hua Keerti?” He asks. When I didn’t answer he turned towards Gayu. “What will she say? I will tell you. This family is horrible. When I was in the terrace Gayu came and misbehaved with me. When I resisted she started beating me up and threatened Keerti to do as she says.” Aditya lied. I wanted to shout the truth but nothing came out my mouth. Both Karthik and Naksh had pounced on him for his words. “YOU blo*dy IDIOT. HOW DARE YOU SPEAK ABOUT MY SISTER LIKE THAT? SAY SORRY RIGHT NOW.” Naksh shouted holding his collar. “I warned you earlier itself. If you do anything against any of the ladies in my life you will have face the consequences. Apologize right now.” Karthik shouted. “Yeh badtamizi kya hai. Kittu tum tumare jiju se aise baat nahi kar sakthi. Maafi maango tum teno bhi.” Dadi said pointing at Gayu Naksh and myself. “I’m sorry dadi, but I won’t. I’m proud if what I have done. Come dhi, we’ll treat your wounds.” Gayu says and takes me with her and everyone but Goenkas follow. “Gayu, hume pata hai ki tum kya kiya hai woh sahi hi kiya hoga, par kyun. Bata beta, aisa kya hua ki tum us admi par haath utaya? Aur Keerti, tujhe intni chot kaisi lagi?” Rajaeshwari(?) Nani asked. “Nani, main phone pe baath karne ke liya terrace me thi. Jab mera call finish hua aur vapas arahi thi, maine dekha ki us gatiya insaan ne Keerti dhi ko maar raha tha. Jab maine roka usne mujhe bhi marane ki koshish kiya. Fir kya hua aap log ko patha hai.” She explained. Naira who was silent all this while spoke “Call karne gaye the?” “Haan.” Gayu answers with a later look. “Keerti, yeh sab kab se chal raha hai? Aapne kisi ko bathya kyon nahi? Subh bhi maine poocha na aur aapne kuch nahi kaha.” Naksh says. “Speak up Keerti. Kab thak chup rahoge? Kab se chal raha hai yeh sab?” Karthik asks. “3saal. Shaadhi ki pehili din se. Jab woh peke atha hai ya fir kis cheese pe tension hai toh zyadha martha tha.” I finally broke my silence and said giving a sad smile. Everyone in the room was ready to go and beat that man to death. Karthik was ready to leave if it were not for Naira holding him back. Naksh was being held back by his grandmothers and a new person who I had not seen before was holding Gayu back. Everyone was shocked and wanted to do something to help me. “Tumne pehle hi kyon nahi kaha beta? Teri maa papa help karthe the na. Karthik ko toh pata thi.” Bua dadi asked me caressing my cheeks. “Not all families care about their daughters Bua dadi. Definitely not the Goenkas. I’m sorry Keerti, I couldn’t be with you when you needed me.” Karthik says crying. “Aise kaise beta? Woh teri parivaar hai. Aap ko pyaar karenge na.” Nani says. “Goenkas nahi. Unko sirf aur sirf unki paisoon se aur society me status se pyaar hai. Sab ke saamne perfect dikne ke liye kuch bhi karenge. Ab samji Naira main kyun alag rehna chatha hoon. Sirf dikawa karthe hai woh log aur kuch nahi.” Karthik says getting out of Naira’s hold and leaving the room. Naira follows him out along with Yash and Rose, Yash’s wife. “Gayu tum kitne bhi struggle karoge main tumhe jane nahi doonga. Please calm down. Please.” That new guy said rubbing circles on her back to calm her down. “Vivaan beta! Tum kab aye?” Badi dadi asked. “Woh phone pe Gayu mujse hi baat kar raha tha. Naira ki shaadhi aur main nahi aangi toh ho hi nahi saktha.” He says. “Hi! Main Vivaan, Gayu ki best friend aur sab ki ladla. I’m sure ki aap Karthik ki behen ho.” He says with a smile which makes me smile. “Haan. Keerti. I’m sorry you had to meet me when I’m like this. Gayu, thank you soo much. I don’t know what I would have done without you. Thank you soo much.” I say hugging her. “Its ok dhi. Aap mere behen jaise ho. Come we’ll go out of here for sometime.” She said taking me out of the room when Yash came running and asked us to follow him. When I heard the raised voices of Goenkas and Karthik I lost my balance. Naksh held before I could fall down and helped me walk. “Maharani agayi. Abhi aaneka mann kiya? Teri pathi ko chot lagi hai, tune uspar haath utaya aur kisi parai ko bhi utane diya. Chee. Kya yeh humne tumhe sikaya?” Dadi started shouting and came forward to slap me, but Naksh held her hand. “I’m sorry dadi, par aap haath uta sakthe. Keerti ko use bhi zyadha chot hai. Kya aapko woh dik nahi rahai? Aapki poti ko usne maara aur aap uss insaan ki baare soch rahi ho?” “Tu chup kar. Sab teri wajah se hua.” Papa accused Naksh. “NAHI.” I spoke up. “NAHI. YEH SAB KA KARAN AAP HO, AAP SAB. I REFUSED TO MARRY HIM MANY TIMES, BUT ALL YOU CARED ABOUT WAS YOUR BUSINESS. I’M YOUR DAUGHTER NOT A BUSINESS DEAL. Aap ne poocha na dadi, abhi aane ka mann kiya? Nahi mujhe nahi aana hai yahaan. Kisiko bhi status or business ki alava kuch nahi diktha. Sab dikava hai. Jab Karthik yeh kehtha tha, main sooch thi nahi, aap log vaise nahi ho. Par nahi. You are horrible if possible worse than that. Aditya, hear one thing clear, I’m divorcing you. I don’t care if my family diswons me or anything else happens. I can not put up with all this family act any longer.” I shout finally venting my anger, hurt and frustration.