Feeling uneasy in his room, he moves to terrace hastily to inhale fresh air under the covers of pleasant moonlight. Today, though he is not sure but is clarified some sort that he is missing her more than his uneasiness after finding their absence in MM. But is it fully due to his mistakes? Are only his deeds responsible for his fate? No.. Not at all. He is always confined in the castle of MM. Never exposed to the cruel world. He has gained every single thing he has desired for. But wait..not by hard labour rather victory is fed to him in silver platter. It’s just like an effortless winning. So what’s wrong in his desire this time? He loved her & wanted to get her in his life. His mind asks these questions to him repeatedly. But there is no one present to answer him. He himself has distanced all the relationships. His brother , under whose shade he has grown up or his best friend cum lover, no one has time for him. Is it actually his upbringing which has made him this much spoil? Well, he doesn’t know.
Just he is roaming around the terrace absentmindedly, he has hit by a creature, a beautiful creature. Oh god!! She is falling down & has already closed her eyes in fear. But a secure hand has hold prior to her fall. She knows she is safe now & feels a familiar touch rotating through her waist. She opens her eyes slowly to find her in his arms. Though she never expects this but feels happy with his touch. He is hypnotized by her simple beauty like an anesthesia is provided in his heart to lessen his constant burning pain. They have an eye lock for the first time ever. But she comes to senses & composes herself & says,
Ragini: sorry! Laksh.. I have not seen your presence here. So, unfortunately hit with you.
What a relief? Like after ages she is talking to him.
Laksh: (in excitement & suddenly) no.. No.. Don’t tell sorry. But you look angelic today.(in a very low voice)
Ragini: (only hears the word angelic) what do you say right now? Angelic.. What angelic..?
Laksh:(attempts to compose him) no! Nothing. Actually I am thinking something. Can you help me to clarify my doubts please?
Ragini: No Laksh! After 3 months we are going to be separated. Take your moves on your own. Stand for yourself. Don’t expect anything from me & turns behind laksh to hide her tears.
Laksh:(hurt by her words) I know ragini.. But for our friendship sake…?
Ragini: What friendship laksh? Where we both are partners of benefit. We both only used each other in past. We can never be friends again.
Laksh(tearful eyes): But ragini.. Only for the sake of humanity..
Ragini(unable to take his tears more): OK! For last time only. After that our ways can never be met again. Ask what ever you want to know..
Laksh:(indicating to ragini): How can love blossom between a savage demon & a fragile angel? They both are too opposite in nature.
Ragini: why are you asking me this type of question, laksh?
Laksh: Answer me ragini, please.
Ragini: well, do you know one thing laksh? A demon can only love an angel. As others will shove the demon to hell just by looking at his fierce face. For an angel, love is so sacrosanct that she can accept it in any form.
Laksh: But ragini, the demon is destined to take revenge.. Not to love.. Either he will extinguish the opposing angel’s life into ashes or use the angel to gain his ulterior objectives. In both the cases, the angel will be no more. So, what is the point of being loved by a demon?
Ragini: No laksh! There is a point. The memory of fallen angel will haunt him through out his life for taking any further wrong steps & then he will rectify his mistakes.
Laksh: (in deep thoughts) So, true ragini. You & Swara both are angels of this Maheswari garden. I always used you to achieve my motives & swara like a defending angel when ever tried to control me, I always burned her hopes into flames.
Ragini(by pushing him a bit) Laksh, what are you thinking?
Laksh: no ragini.. Nothing.. Thanks to make me understand. By the way what are you doing here at this time?
Ragini: Look Laksh! I have already answered all your questions, on the sake of humanity only. But this is my life. What am I doing here is non of your business.
Laksh: (in deep pain) & thinks ‘non of my business!! How can you say so ragini? I am your husband..’ But his inner soul narrates,”husband! Huh, have you ever taken the responsibilities of a husband? No laksh!, so stop expecting anything in return.” & utters, I am sorry ragini for what I have done with you.
Ragini(in anger): Oh!! What a mockery. Do you think by your sorry, I can get my sister back. Tomorrow is her birthday & only a few minutes are left. I am unable to wish her for the first time as she is not talking to me. But why am I telling all this to you?
Laksh: Ragini, if you don’t mind; I can help you.
Ragini: No Laksh! I don’t need it.
Laksh: I won’t expect anything in return. Please accept this as my apology.
‘Chaahe kuch na kehna
Bhale chup tu rehna
Mujhe hai pata, tere pyar ka
Khamosh chehra, ankhon pe pehra
Khud hai gawaah, tere pyar ka.’
Ragini: (thinks for sometime) nods yes to him.
They have made a plan to wish swara on her birthday.
Pain, a different kind of addictive, engulfs every bit of feeling that neither flames to ashes nor cools of the agony of lava present inside the heart. It only intertwines around the heart to torture you in every gulp of air that seeps inside the heart. After talking to her, the agony of lava is somewhat cooled off. A blissful warmth he finds out around his soul & this warmth does not come from atmosphere but due to her acceptance of proposal.
Her facial muscles are strained by listening the word ‘DARLING’. The faint smile which she has delivered while waving her hello, vanishes. Lots of questions are twisted in her mind like a web. Breaking the silence, the girl utters,
Girl: you know swara, he loves you a lot. Always stand by him & support him. With out you he is like a vampire without blood, a human without breath & a mirror without any reflection.
Swara(in thoughts): I know he loves me a lot. Then why is he calling you darling? Who are you mysterious girl?
Sanskar can sense the uneasiness of her pale face & don’t want to drag this suspense further as he can’t see her in pain. Above all, it’s her birthday after a few minutes.
Sanskar: swara, it’s payal. My sister..
Swara: (in shock) what?? But you have never told me earlier that you have 2 sisters. I only know that Uttara is your sister.
Payal: actually swara, I am an orphan.
Before payal can say anything further, sanskar hits her slightly & utters,” who told you that you are an orphan?
Payal: oh!! Sorry Bhai, you know na I am your darling sister & then turns to swara, look!! swara, Bhai always donates money to orphanage & one day when he entered there, I was seating on the desk with a feeble face as that was rakshya bandhan day. I was feeling lonely as I didn’t have any brother to tie the holy thread. He came to me & asked my problem? I narrated him my pain & from that day onwards, I got a brother. He now fulfills my every wish & she hugs sanskar.
Swara’s eyes are filled with tears. How wrong she was? How can she even doubt sanskar? The very feeling is choking her throat from uttering a single word. She is feeling guilt, wants to apologize but realises with a jolt that her throat no longer abides by her command. Her vision becomes hazy & the surrounding is captivated with complete silence.
“You’re the light of my life
Like the stars in the sky
Only you can take me through
You’re the only one who makes it right.”
Credit to: Kashis