Hey! I’m back finally after long wait with an adventurous episode! Do read and comment! Jai siya ram..
Disclaimer:-This story has nothing to do with reality, it’s written just for fun and I’ve no intention to insult any of the characters of Ramayana..
Here we go..
The episode starts with Mandavi roaming in the corridor of the beautiful palace of Ayodhya, the sound of her anklets being the only sound in the silent atmosphere of the palace and anxiety visible on her grief stricken face. She is worried about her beloved Bharat and the sad state of the palace. Her thoughts are interrupted by the crying noise coming from Shatrughan’s room. She enters the room, to see Shrutkirti crying. Shrutkirti is sitting on the floor, her royal robes spread over the ground and tears spread over her face. Mandavi is well aware of her thoughts. It has been 11 years and 8 months since Ram-Sita and Lakshman-Urmila left the palace, and since then no one has felt happiness in the palace. The luxuries of the palace feel no one less than a prison.
“Kirti,” Mandvi caresses her head sitting besides her and Shrutkirti hugs her.
“Jiji, when will these fourteen years end? They seem like 14 centuries, they’re not ending at all.”
“I know Kirti, but they shall end soon. See, almost 12 years are complete and the remaining 2 will also end soon. Then, only happiness would fill every corner of Ayodhya.”
“I can’t wait anymore. Every day and night I see Swami crying, his heart blaming himself for jijashree’s state.”
“I understand Kirti, but you know we’ve to stay strong, for our husbands and mothers, and for our sisters who’ll return soon.”
“I can’t bear this any long jiji. I feel that life is just taking tests and nothing else, I fail in every test. Sita Jiji told us to take care of everyone in the palace, to keep them happy, but I failed to bring even a small smile on their face. They unwillingly eat food, but that food isn’t the thing that’ll eradicate their hunger. The only thing which can quench their thirst is the end of these fourteen years with the arrival of the king and queen of Ayodhya. I feel like I’ve failed to-”
“Kirti my dear,” Mandvi says hugging her,”You’ve grown so much all of a sudden? You’ve not failed Kirti, you’ve fulfilled jiji’s expectations. And, if you started crying like this,it’ll hurt Shatrughan more. And me also.”
“Ok jiji I won’t cry. I will be strong for everyone.”
“Why are you crying Kirti?” They’re interrupted by Shatrughan’s voice who is worried seeing tears in Kirti’s eyes.
“N-Nothing Shatrughan, sh-she was missing..”
“Ram-lakshman bhaiyya and Sita-Urmila Bhabhi?”
“No, not at all. She wa-was missing our childhood in Mithila. It was fun!” Mandvi finishes her sentence quickly.
“Are you sure Bhabhi?” Shatrughan asks tensed. Kirti wipes her tears and nods. “Jiji is right,” she says so that Shatrughan doesn’t get tensed.
Mandvi takes him to a corner. “And you’re doubting your Bhabhi?” Mandvi asks with fake anger tone.
“No not at all Bhabhi, just like that. I’ve never seen her cry like this.”
“But she has seen you cry like this,” Mandvi says concerned about Shrutkirti. “And that obviously hurts her. She feels that she’s unable to make you happy.” She walks out of the room saying so.
Shatrughan turns to Kirti who has regained her composure and smile.
“Kirti,” he makes her sit on the bed with a smile. “Thank you.”
“Thanks? But why so swami?”
“For coming in my life and making me feel lucky to have you.”
“No Kirti, let me speak today. I know I have hurt-”
“Shhhhh,” Shrutkirti places her finger on Shatrughan’s lips. “No Swami, you’ve not hurt me at all. You’ve made me live throughout these tough years. I love you Swami, I love you!” She keeps her head on his chest and he hugs her back. “I love you too!”
Mandvi looks at them from the window and smiles.
In the forest of Panchvati
Urmila is walking, rather making rounds from one tree to another, thinking something. Sita is looking at her, trying to figure out what has happened to her. Finally she breaks the silence.
“Stop it Mila,”she says. “Don’t make rounds like this. Walk in a straight line and then you’ll come back after circling round the three lokas.”
“Jiji, I’m trying to think something, please don’t taunt me,” Urmila replies and starts strolling again.
On the other side of the hut, Lakshman is walking in the same way, murmuring to himself. Ram keeps the arrows he’s making down and holds Lakshman’s hand. “What happened Lakshman? Why’re you tensed?”
“There’s nothing wrong,bhaiyya. I’m okay.” Tired of walking, Lakshman goes and sits on one side of a large rock. Urmila also sits on the same rock, without noticing Lakshman.
“What happened to both of them?” Sita asks to Ram.
“Even I don’t know Siya, both of them are behaving like this since morning.”
Sita suddenly recalls something. “Raghunandan! Remember?”
“Raghunandan! 12 years will be completed soon.”
“Of exile? Yes I know but how can it be the reason of Lakshman and Urmila’s behaviour?”
“No Arya, not of exile, of our marriage.”
“Is it so?” Ram says in usual manner, without any excitement, confusing Sita.
“Raghunandan, we are going to complete 12 years of our married life and you are saying it so normally? Isn’t it great?”
“I don’t find any special thing about it. We complete one year of our married life every year.”
“It is special, we not only complete one year of our married life, we will complete one year of our exile, we will also complete one year of togetherness.”
“So, it’ll be twelve years since we know each other, twelve years since we dedicated our lives to each other, we have faced many challenges in this journey, but always completed them with each other’s company.”
“And the completion of these twelve years will signify that we’ll complete all the difficulties of our life till we are together.”
“Oh Sitae,” Ram smiles and holds her hands. “I feel so happy to complete these years with your company, with the half of my soul.”
“Then why were you calling it an ordinary thing?”
“Just because I wanted to see it through your eyes. And I feel blissed to live these 12 years with you.”
Urmila thinks,”What should I do to make this year special for Sumitranandan?”
Lakshman thinks,”Wait a second, why should I plan anything? This time she should do this.”
Urmila thinks,”You’re thinking the wrong thing Urmi, he can’t plan anything properly, remember what happened last time? He mistakenly left that beautiful blue lotus he brought for me outside, and at night a squirrel came and ate it up.”
Lakshman thinks,”Leave it Lakshman, do it yourself, she won’t do anything, and if she does, she’ll create a mess, last time she spilled the soup all over and burnt her hand.”
“But Urmila, don’t blame Sumitranandan,” thinks Urmila. “He must have forgotten to keep the lotuses in safe place. Not his fault, and you also had spilled the soup and created a mess.”
Urmila decides to collect Lakshman’s favourite berries from the deep forest and ingredients to make soup and moves to the forest. Lakshman moves towards the river to collect lotuses, unaware that a big danger is going to befall on them on their special day.
Sita looks at Ram and thinks,”I know Raghunandan that you are smiling just to make me happy, and you’re shattered from inside thinking about Ayodhya. We’ve never celebrated our anniversary with much pomp because we very well know that Bharat Mandvi and Shatrughan Shrutkirti must also have not celebrated it, but I promise you that I will try my best to make your heart happy this time.”
Light years far away, on the planet of aliens
Boota Zora notices movement in Manthra’s hand. Alien doctor tells him that Manthra will gain consciousness soon. The aliens grin evilly. Biota Zora sees the photos of Ram Sita Lakshman and Urmila on a television like screen and laughs. “Soon I’ll take my revenge.”
Teaser for upcoming episodes:- Manthra gains consciousness and laughs. Lakshman falls in swampy puddle in an attempt to collect lotus. Sita lights fire to cook food but fire takes form of volcano. A lady asks soldiers to let her go out but soldiers refuse. She elongates her nails and kills the soldiers. Urmila lost her way in the forest and faints.
And I promise that the next update wont be delayed at al! Thanks for reading? Do leave a comment and thank you all who have supported me! I hope you liked it.. Jai siya ram