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There he was lying in a pool of blood, on the floor. His face was covered in blood. She raised her hand, wanting to reach him but couldn’t do so due to those cold metal chains tightly bound to her feet. She squirmed and stomped her feet, tried breaking those iron barriers using her bare hands but it was all in vain. She was helpless. She yelled for help as hot tears made their way down her cheeks.
Suddenly the whole room started burning. Someone had ignited the fire. She could see him whispering her name, raising his shaking hand in her direction mustering up all his remaining strength. But then she saw a person with a mask approaching him with a shovel in his hands. The masked man arched his hand in a backward motion and swayed the shovel swiftly in the air ready to strike his prey. Her eyes widened in horror as she understood the stranger was going to hit him and yelled “NEILLLL…”
She was panting heavily. Beads of perspiration flowed down her temple. She moved her eyes wearily across her surroundings. Reality dawned on her that it was a mere nightmare and she was in her room, in her house, safe.
She reached out for the bottle of water kept at the bed-side table and gulped down all its content in one go…a desperate attempt to calm down her frivolous nerves.
As she began to regain her composure, suddenly an unknown fear engulfed her. She glanced at the clock. It was half past six in the morning. Where was Neil?
Her heart started pounding against her chest as all sorts of negative thoughts flooded her mind. She has to see him to make sure otherwise she would lose her sanity.
Quickly freshening up, she dashed out of her room still wearing her comfy night clothes-short white and yellow embroidered kurta teamed with a white Patiala and her hair tied up in a messy bun. As she began to glance at the hall trying to catch a glimpse of Neil, someone leapt on her from nowhere, choking the life out of her by giving her a bone-crushing hug and chirped happily “Good morning Samu”
Samaira instantly knew who it was. After all her BFF, the ‘Great’ Radhika Khanna only had the liberty to call her with such weird nicknames- sometimes Samu, Ra-Ra, Mairu, Cutchiepoo and so on.
Samaira was brought out of her reverie when the motor mouth asked with a cute pout face “Where are your manners Samu? No greetings at all. Very bad”
Samaira gave her a warm smile and said “Good morning, my Radhu Ma! It’s just that…forget it. Have you seen Neil?”
Radhika looked at her for a second and then replied with a wide smirk on her face “Ohho! Someone is already missing her hubby dearest. I think Samu, you didn’t have enough of Bhai last night, did you?” and winked at her mischieviously.
Samaira was completely astounded at her question. Her cheeks now glowed with a tint of crimson. Seriously this girl will one day be the death of her. She hit Radhika’s arm reprimanding her for her dirty remark.
Rubbing her arm, Radhika said in a fake sad voice “Arre! Why did u hit me? I’m such a cute nanha munna sa bacha but nobody cares for me.”
Samaira hit her head with her hand “Hey Bhagwan! Radhu stop your nautanki ki dukhan. Now, will you please tell me where is Neil?”
Rathika shrugged her shoulder and said “Maybe in his study…”
Before she could complete Samaira had already proceeded towards the study. Radhika opened her mouth to call her but was interrupted by the ringing of her phone. She slid her phone out of her pocket and was shocked to see the caller id. She looked here and there and trotted off to her room to attend the call.
Samaira entered the study when she didn’t get any answer even after knocking for three times. She found Neil sitting on the chair and was looking at some papers on the table. His eyebrows were furrowed and he looked tense.
Approaching him and standing at some distance, she called out his name softly.
Neil’s head shot at her direction swiftly and Samaira could see the frown on his face getting deeper.
“What are you doing here?” Neil snapped.
“I-I-I came to see if you’re alright or not” She answered weakly.
“Why? Do you want something to happen to me?” he asked spitefully.
Samaira shook her head in negative “No, I didn’t mean that. It’s just that I had a nightmare where…”
Neil didn’t let her complete “Stop your nonsense. I’m not in a mood for that. Now go get ready so that I can drop you at your work place. I don’t want to be late for office because of you”
She said in a feeble voice “It’s alright. I’ll go by myself”
“Look, don’t piss me off anymore. I don’t have the energy to argue with you on this matter. Just do what I said.” Neil said in a rude tone.
Samaira bit her lip to stop her tears from falling down and replied with her head bent low “Okay”
As she turned to go, Neil yelled “Suresh, get me a cup of black coffee now. Some people have the art of irritating me to such an extent that my head hurts. Bring it fast.”
Hurt and disheartened, Samaira ran out of the room unable to control her tears anymore as Neil watched her retreating figure with an indecipherable emotion in his eyes.
Samaira flipped over the pages of the file mindlessly. She couldn’t concentrate on her work as her mind constantly went back to the morning conversation.
Agreed Neil didn’t like her presence but he always answered her either in monosyllables or rather stayed mum but he never raised his voice at her. But today… It felt as if someone had twisted a knife through her heart. Just to maintain the peace back at home, she had hidden the reality of their relationship from Radhika and Papa. But now she had to take the matter into her hands.
She can’t bear his spiteful looks and snide remarks anymore. She can’t let her heart to shatter into thousand pieces every time by his actions. She knew she wasn’t at fault and had tried to be patient with Neil. But now she was tired of carrying the burden of the marriage while Neil was busy crumbling its very existence. She decided that just like him she would also ignore him and stay away from him as much as possible. Maybe this would be the best way to maintain their relation.
Her chain of thoughts was broken when her assistant Nalini walked into her cabin. Nalini said “Hey Sam! Where are you lost?”
Nalini was a good friend of Samaira at her office. Samaira just nodded her head and said “Nothing Li. Tell me when is the next appointment?”
Nalini replied excitedly “Sam, I came to inform you about that only. The 4:00 pm meeting is cancelled. So now we can go home”
Samaira smiled at her enthusiasm. She got up from her chair and said “Okay then let’s go.”
“Yay!” Nalini yelled running out of her cabin.
Samaira gathered some files and grabbed her purse. She has to reach home fast to decide her next course of action…
Do you think Samaira’s nightmare was just a fleeting dream or does it hold any importance in the near future?
Can you guess why Neil is behaving like a jerk?
Till then bye-bye and keep smiling:)
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Credit to: Nupur