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“Where am I?” I asked the little girl.
“You’re in a meadow,” I looked around to see flowers of all kinds that stretched on for miles, we were standing in a patch of lilies.
“Why am I here, am I dead?” I asked terrified.
“Not unless you choose to be,” She replied, what did that mean?
” What I mean is you can choose to go back or not, if you give up, you can stay here with me, if you decide to fight this, you can go back and continue to live, but I warn you it will not be easy,” She said, I don’t understand, why wouldn’t I want to live?
“Who are you?” I asked the mysterious little girl.
“I’m Lily, I am Sahil’s little sister, or at least I used to be. I died when I was five years old. I was raped and murdered, by the father of your attacker, Rajat.” What? Sahil had a sister. Why didn’t I know this? How was he friends with his sister’s killer’s son? Wait, Sahil had moved here when he was fourteen, and he never had said why…
“Is that why Sahil moved here, to get away?”
“Yes,” she said and sat down between the flowers ” so what is your choice, I wouldn’t mind some company, but I don’t blame you if you want to go back. You have something very special… a choice, that’s not very common up here,” I thought about Lily’s words, she was so young and yet so wise. I didn’t want to leave her here all alone, but how could I stay, when I knew I could go back? I walked to Lily and sat down next to her, I kissed her on the cheek and embraced her gently.
“I’m sorry Lily, but I have to go back,” She looked up into my eyes.
“I know, can you tell Sahil that I love him, I never got a chance to tell him one final time,” at that tears came to my eyes.
“Of course, good bye Lily,” as soon as I said her name I felt myself falling back to earth.
“Shonaa, Shona? Guys she’s awake!” I heard Laksh shout. I looked around the hospital room to see Laksh, Sahil, my mother and father, Belle, and Sanskar. Pooja ran up to me.
“Shona we were all so worried, we thought you wouldn’t wake up.” She took my hand. I looked up at her face and saw she had been crying. Brian came up to me next, I thought about telling him about Lily, but I decided to wait until I could talk to him alone.
“Hey there Shona, you gave us all quite a scare,” He said and kissed me on the cheek as I had done for Lily. My mother came up to me crying, with my father not to far behind her. She hugged me gently and kissed me on the forehead.
“We’re so glad you’re okay,” my father said. Laksh, who had been right by my bedside whispered in my ear.
“I can’t tell you how sorry I am Shonaa, if I had known any sooner, I would’ve been there I wouldn’t have let him anywhere near you. Don’t worry he can’t hurt you anymore,” I smiled at Nate’s comforting words. At last everyone filed out of the room, leaving me and Sanskar alone.
“Hey Shona,” he said. I didn’t respond because I still felt so weak. He came up to me and kissed my hand.
“If I had gotten there sooner, none of this would have happened. I’m so sorry this had to happen to you, you don’t deserve to be hurt in this way. I will never leave your side, I won’t let anyone hurt you.” He leaned in and kissed me so gently. When he backed away, a nurse came in instructing him to leave so I could get some rest.
It’s been five days since, and Shona still hasn’t woken up. The docters keep saying that we just have to be patient. I haven’t left this room. My mom wants me to come home to get home rest, but I will not leave her not now, not ever. Lots of Swara’s friends have been in and out of the hospital the past few days to check in on her. Laksh hasn’t left her either, Swara’s parents come in the morning, but leave at night telling Laksh to call them if she wakes up. We take turns sleeping on the chair in the room. We sleep in shifts just in case Swara wakes up when one of us are sleeping.
I have the first shift to sleep, although my sleep isn’t what you call pleasant. Every night so far I’ve had terrible nightmares all about the accident. The first night I had just seen her getting rushed in the hospital room again, but in that dream she didn’t make it, I woke up refusing to believe it was real, and thankfully it wasn’t. The next night it was worse, I was watching the whole thing happening, and I couldn’t move I had to watch her being abused by Rajat. I struggled trying to reach her trying to take him off of her, I woke up sweating. Another night I had dreamt that she enjoyed it. This dream was the worst one I hated having to see her with someone else, it felt so real, I couldn’t handle it, and again I woke up sweating. Laksh had nightmares too, he also woke up in a cold sweat. We never actually told each other what our nightmares were about, but we both knew what the other was going through. Laksh and I had become good friends considering the circumstances, we had a mutual feeling of distress, that tied us together.
On the fifth day, today, it seemed like everyone was here, pooja, sahil, swara’s parents, and laksh and I, as usual. Laksh was sitting next to Shona willing her to wake up. Pooja was standing in the corner crying. Sahil was sitting on the floor with his hands covering his face, he was obviously thinking about something, but I didn’t know what. Swaraa’s father was holding his crying wife, and I was standing behind Laksh wishing I could see Swara’s beautiful ocean blue eyes again. I was surveying the room again when I heard Laksh shout
“Swara,swara? Guys she’s awake!” Pooja was the first to run over, she took Swara’s hand and said something to her, but I didn’t quite hear because I was in shock, I couldn’t believe that Swara had woken up. Pooja walked away and Sahil went up to her and kissed her cheek. I had just about lost all hope in Swara waking up, but here she was. Swara’s parents went up to her and embraced her, and Laksh whispered something in her ear. I asked Pooja if she could take everyone out of the room, so I could have a minute with Swara. Pooja obeyed, and I was alone with Mia.
I walked up to her and sat down by her bed, ” Hey Shona,” I said, I was hoping she would say something back, but I shouldn’t expect so much she must feel very weak right now, instead I kissed her hand.
“If I had gotten there sooner, none of this would have happened. I’m so sorry this had to happen to you, you don’t deserve to be hurt in this way. I will never leave your side, I won’t let anyone hurt you.” I looked into her eyes, and leaned in and softly kissed her lips. I sat back up to stare into her eyes and try to figure out what she was feeling, but a nurse came in asking me to leave so Shona could rest. I didn’t want to leave her side though, I couldn’t not again, but Shona needs to rest so I obeted the nurse and walked into the hallway with the rest of Swara’s family and friends.
For the next few hours I talked to Laksh, Sahil and Pooja.
“I should’ve known better,” Sahil said.
“What do mean Sahil ” asked Laksh.
“I knew who Rajat was, I knew his father. I had thought he was different. I had trusted him. I never thought this would happen, it was so close you guys have no idea what he could’ve done…” Sahil trailed off.
“What does his father have to do with this?” Pooja asked.
“I haven’t told anyone this before, but I have a sister, well had,” Sahil stuttered
“What?!” Laksh was shocked.
“She was only five years old when she was killed. Rajat’s father had raped and murdered my precious little sister. That’s why I moved here I couldn’t stand to be in that town anymore, I didn’t want to live where my sister had once lived too. Unfortunatly, when we were paired up with Rajat for that science project I had seen that his mom had thought the same thing. When I first looked at Rajat that day, I saw his father, I wanted to kill him. The only thing that stopped me was the thought that he wasn’t his father, I had thought he was different. We had become his friend, and I saw the way he treated girls and I knew I was wrong. I didn’t do anything though, I thought he wasn’t capable of what his father did, until a couple days ago. When you told me, Laksh, that Swara was going to be home alone on Friday I knew he would try to get her. I watched him staring at her the past couple of days, I saw the way he smirked, it was the same way his father had smirked when they arrested him. So at football practice when you told me, I ran to the locker room took your phone, and sent Swara a text warning her to stay at Sanskar’s. After that I grabbed you and we left, the text was pointless though, it was too late, I was too late,” Sahil said and then started to cry.
“I remember that text, Swara had left her phone at my house, that’s how I knew to go help her. It wasn’t pointless, it helped to save her life Sahil, without it I wouldn’t have known that she was in trouble,” I reassured sahil.
“You saved her Sahil, you saved her,” laksh said. Isabelle hugged sahil trying to calm him down. I had no idea how hard this must have been for him, if Swara hadn’t made it I don’t know what Sahil would’ve done.
I woke up in my room, surrounded by flowers. All my friends and some other at school had sent me roses, after they found out what happened. I hadn’t been to school in a two weeks. I was so tired, I didn’t feel like doing anything. I out of bed and made my way downstairs, I wanted to see Laksh before he went to school.
“Hey little sis, haven’t see you down here in a while,” he said with a smile when I came downstairs, this is the first time I’ve gotten out of bed in the week that I’ve been home.
“Hey Lucky,” I replied sweetly.
“Are you gonna come to school today?” he asked. Laksh has asked me everyday if I’m coming back to school, I usually said no, but I was thinking about going to school today, I missed my normal life.
“Maybe,” I said.
“Really?!” well he seemed excited.
“You know what yea, I’m going,” I quickly ran upatairs to get dressed before I changed my mind. I grabbed my backpack, and came downstairs again.
“Ta da!” I said spinning around in actually clothes instea of pajamas. Laksh stopped my spinning.
“Okay, okay calm down. The doctor said to take it easy. I don’t want you getting hurt,” Laksh, always so protective.
“Fine, ruin my fun,”
“Yea, yea go grab an apple or something so we can leave. I’m sure your friends will be overjoyed that your back, especially Sanskar. I haven’t seen him since you were still in the hospital,” That’s true Sanskar hadn’t come to visit like the rest of my friends, I wonder what was up with him.
“Okay,” I got an apple from the kitchen, and Laksh and I started walking across the street to school. Before he went with his football friends he hugged me and kissed me on the cheek, and whispered “Be careful,” in my ear. I walked over to my group of friends.
“Ahhhh, Swara your back!” Ragini shrieked.
“Yup,” I said hugging her. They all gave me a hug and we started talking about different class assignments, but I really had no idea what they were talking about because I hadn’t been in school for two weeks. We all split up, and I started talking to Nat. She seems really tough, but she’s really nice, if she’s in a good mood.
“So how you’ve been?” she asks.
“Okay, I get some really bad headaches now and then, but I’m a lot better. How are you, how are things going with Victor?”
“Good,” she said smiling. Her and Victor have been going out for like a month now, and it’s going really well, they’re definetly meant for each other. We laughed and joked around, and then went our separate ways to first period. I saw Pooja on my way, and she starting teasing me about my kiss with Sanskar. She was so happy for me, and now that I’m with Sanskar, I could help her with Rahul. When we got to History, first period, there was something missing….
I haven’t seen Swara in a week. I don’t know why I didn’t go to see her. I wanted to, but I don’t know, I’m starting to have second thoughts about her. I don’t know if I’m ready to have someone like her. When I came to school this morning, I heard that Swara was back, I needed to get to first period. Why did I choose today to come late to school? I’m sure that seeing Swara again will reassure me that I really do love her. I rushed to my locker to get my books, when I heard footsteps come up behind me.
“Hey Sanskar” I turned around to find Kiran standing behind me.
“Hi Kiran,” she walked closer to me.
“Kiran what are you doing?” she came up to me and kissed me, long. I didn’t pull away though, but I should have. I heard more footsteps, and then the sound of crying. I pulled away to see Swara across the hall in tears, she ran away to the bathroom. Then I saw Rahul out of the corner of my eye running after Swara.
“How could you?” he said when he passed me. I didn’t know what to think everything had happened so fast. I had feelings for Swara, but there was still a part of me that liked Kiran, i was so confused.
“Well I guess that’s over,” Kiran said and leaned in to kiss me again, but this time I didn’t let her. I couldn’t, not when I didn’t know what was going on. Instead I grabbed my stuff, walked away, and started to head home. I didn’t want to be in school anymore, I wouldn’t be able to look Swara in the eyes, without seeing her hurt.
It was a long, cold walk home, winter was on it’s way. When I walked in the door, my mom was staring me down from the kitchen.
“Why are you home?” she questioned.
“I realized I wasn’t feeling well on my way to school, so I turned around, and came back, sorry,” I lied. My mom is pretty gullible so she believed me.
“Okay honey, you can go lay down, and I’ll make you some soup,” Almost too easy. I went upstairs to my room and painted. I paint to get out my emotions. I ended up painting this..
It was a little dark, but I didn’t feel so good about what I did, so yea it’s dark. I didn’t want to think anymore. After I finished my soup, I took a nap. When I woke up school had already been let out, my mom had gone to work, and my sisters were at a friend’s house. It was then that I heard a harsh knock at the door, it was Rahul.
Credit – Navya