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Swara stared laksh with open mouth. She is thousand percent sure that ragini was surely misguided. If not, this cannot happen, not even in her wildest dreams that laksh would even think of harming sanskar.
” ragini..” Swara spoke, her voice barely audiable “this..this cannot happen” she pointed laksh ” you were surely misguided”
Ragini wished it would be true but not. He himself had accepted it.
Swara is eagerly awaited for ragini’s answer but felt like someone threw a cold bucket on her when she nodded her head in no. Swara then turned to Laksh. His eyes didn’t had regret but tons of pain.
” give me the papers swara” he asked her forwarding his hand.
” but why?” Swara whispered with tears in her eyes.
” it’s a family matter swara” he said in high voice to which she flinched.
Ragini wiped away the tears that are flowing down her cheeks.
” swara, ragini” some familiar male voice called them from behind.
Oh God! How does he always gets to know about me, thought swara.
” oh, you are here?” Laksh smriked sarcastically.
Sanskar raised his eyebrows in confusion. laksh took a deep breath chuckling ” as everyone are here, I will reveal ..reveal that” he locked his eyes with sanskar “I was the one who had attacked you at the mall”
The world around them froze. Sanskar’s heart suddenly felt heavy and breathing became difficult for him.
” yes bhai, I was the one ” laksh said with broken voice kneeling down.
” I was the one” the words are choked.
Sanskar took deep breaths to compose himself but the tip of his nose is turning to pink.
Laksh sat there for few minutes and opened his eyes. Guilt is replaced by hatred
” maheswari family is blessed with two witty sons bhai, two..we both are equal and excelled in our particular fields. We both worked hard with papa for the success of our company but only you were praised. Noone even considered me as a human there ”
He paused. Sanskar understood the reason for laksh’s behaviour.
” it’s not the way you think laksh” sanskar tried to explain but laksh raised his hand to stop.
” enough bhai, even I thought the same but after examining closely before three years, I understood, understood that I was just a pawn for you. Everyone praises you including papa and I was just know as sanskar’s brother but not laksh” he spatted and ran a hand through his hair.
” enough of your supremacy bhai, I was unable to take it anymore and got addicted to alcohol to forget everything but they haunted me as nightmares. Hate burned throughout my body. There was a period at initial days where I just felt so irritated just by thinking of you. Only I know how much I went through.” Laksh’s voice is venomous. Sanskar stared him with blank expression but swara cried, visibly.
Laksh wiped his nose with back side of his wrist. Even he had tears in his eyes
” I made a master plan when everything went out of control. I just wanted to make you weak at business so that I can shine. It’s then I met vansh, friend’s friend’s relative. I met him at a party and said about my plan”
Swara felt being stabbed continously understanding that she was a pawn of not some other but laksh.
” you used me?” She asked with tears overflowing.
Laksh gave her a smile of innocence
” I am sorry to say but yeah” his voice is filled with guilt now which surprised the other three.
” I asked him to hire some girl who will become close to bhai and leave him at appropriate time so that his heart breaks and becomes weak but much to my surprise, he brought you. I really didn’t know you came to our house for revenge” he laughed sadly “it helped me”
Swara approached him and slapped tightly leaving impressions on his face
” so, the story about my parents murder is just a story but not real? I believed him laksh, I believed him” she started sobbing. ” you played with my emotions, you must be punished, punished badly” she sat on her knees. Laksh followed her and took her face in his hands
” no swara, I thought that he said some random story but It wasnt my plan. Trust me” he pleaded
Swara’s constricted listening trust, she really cannot believe him after this. The pain of being betrayed is slowly getting to her veins now and she understood how sanskar might have felt when she broke his trust and also how hard it is forgive some one for that.
Laksh wiped her tears with his thumb.” At first, I really considered you as my pawn swara but my friendship for you is true. I realised it before you entered the Manison and I thought of saying the entire thing to you but..”
” but what laksh?” She screamed at him
” you thought that this girl is any how orphan and there will be noone for to care for”
Laksh opened his mouth in confusion because her words don’t fit the situation.
” then why did you plan to kill me?”
Laksh turned his to his brother
” sometimes, I went out of my mind” he casually answered. “I..I hired few people to kill you at mall but you were lucky enough. Everyone are at your side bhai” he inhaled and continued
” then swara broke your heart and I thought that you will get affected by depression but again a shock for me, that Mr. Sanskar maheswari has forgave someone who betrayed. Then again I made a plan to make you weak by your profession and hence delivered the papers lately. Still, you trusted her and sorted everything” laksh ran a hand through his hair.
” so everything with me is also a plan?” Ragini asked between her sobs. Sanskar felt wiered seeing ragini cry because it is his first time but after all she is a girl and they are always fragile at heart.
” no” laksh screamed in pain. “No” he said again approaching her.
” I..really love you ragini. This game of revenge doesn’t have any thing to do with our relationship. I genuinely love you, trust me” he pleaded. Sanskar smiled a sad smile, his eyes becoming red second by second but not with anger.
” are you expecting her to trust her?” He humoured which didn’t lit his eyes. Laksh fisted his hands and pointed a finger to sanskar “don’t poke your head in this bhai, I don’t want you to destroy my relation”
” I am just explaining laksh”
” I don’t need your explanation Mr. Sanskar. I HATE YOU” laksh screamed with venom spilling from his voice. Sanskar took a deep breath and blinked rapidly to stop the tears coming out of his eyes. He rolled his lower lip into his mouth and then locked his eyes with his brother’s.
” you don’t mean that laksh” sanskar said trying to hit the brother sentiment.
” I mean it” he shouted with frustration
” you don’t” sanskar said shaking his head a little and sounded a bit more confident this time. The expression in laksh’s eyes changed from hate to pain and love.
” how can you say that?” He whispered not breaking their eye contact.
Sanskar smiled the smile of hope “because this has started just before three years laksh and we were together before that. I still remember your care when I was badly injured during cricket practice”
Laksh backed two steps shaking his head “you are confusing me”
” I am not” Sanskar’s voice choked.
Silence filled the room along with sobs, sniffing and silent tears.
” again I attempted to kill you out of jealousy bhai..at our business dinner. That’s where swara saw that person. But again, you were saved so i stole the contract papers” laksh explained distracted.
” so, kunal doesn’t have his fingers in this? Sanskar asked curious yet with guilt. Laksh nodded in no
” the number ragini stated in vansh’s call list is mine and the sim shop near kunal’s house is just a coincidence. Even I manipulated the footage. He really doesn’t know anything about it.” Laksh informed with his head down and suddenly sanskar rembered that laksh was also a student of telecommunications.
” and you did these all just because of…” Sanskar is cut off by laksh “for some identity bhai which I deserve”
” what’s the need to do laksh. I never wished to be the ruler of this empire. If my existence ached you, I would have happily written everything on your name” sanskar’s voice is too low to be heard
” I don’t want anything which is given to me as alms bhai because I am not a begger. I want to establish my identity by myself”
” we both know how much a betrayal costs, then why?? Why did you do that?” Sanskar’s throat is getting closed by pain. Regret filled laksh’s eyes when flashes of their first betrayal came to his mind.
” enough now, everything happened has happened laksh. Let’s go home before this becomes an issue” sanskar grabbed laksh’s arm but he brushed it off.
” one minute bhai ” laksh stopped sanskar remembering something “how did you get to know about this address. As far as I know, I kept this a secret” he asked curious.
Sanskar turned to ragini who is still weeping. He took a deep breath before turning to laksh again.
” actually..when …I was attacked, sorry, tried to get attacked at dinner, ragini insisted me to stay alert and I thought that the person whoever is back of me will try to..harm” sanskar turned his gaze to his knotted fingers ” harm either you or swara. So we both fixed..um..trackers in your mobiles.”
Laksh gasped and looked at ragini with wide and unbelievable eyes.
” let’s go laksh” sanskar ordered laksh but it is an order to everyone.
” no use sanskar” ragini said softly.
The other three turned to her. ” I already informed police about this. They are on their way” she explained looking her feet. Sanskar gulped in horror.
” sign it sanskar” ragini forced him for the twentieth time. Sanskar kept flipping pen in his hand. He stared at FIR paper which ruins his brother’s life. He turned to his left to see laksh who is staring him with a strong hate expression.
Will his heart able to bear the pain of seeing his brother behind bars? Definitely no.
” he needs to get punished sanskar. sign it” ragini screamed at him and he is really shocked to see versatility in her.
Now he understood why his bade papa might have bailed his dad at the time of gadodia murder.
Heavy foot steps approaching him made him to turn and he gasped, surprised and then frowned seeing the person.
” bade papa” he murmured.
Durga Prasad maheswari glanced at sanskar and gave him a faint smile and then glared laksh before approaching ragini.
“Here are the bail papers, you may leave him” he informed handing an envelope.
Ragini fisted her hands and closed her eyes tightly gulping a hard lump in her throat ” sorry sir, it is a non bailable arrest” and swara, sanskar and laksh saw the unspoken pain inside her heart.
Durga Prasad Clenched his jaw and then turned his eyes to telephone beside her as if waiting for a call. Within few minutes, the phone rang and his eyes softened.
Ragini received the call “hello sir..sir..” she locked her angry eyes with Durga prasad’s and fisted her hands controlling her anger
” sure sir..will get finished ” she slammed the receiver after disconnecting the call and turned to one of his assistants “approve bail for him” with that she left the place.
Sanskar’s and laksh’s eyes met. Every time, sanskar saw love in them which are now burning with jealousy.
After all, apart from love, hate and hunger, jealousy is one of the emotion among the set which makes a person to loose his wits.