Aru gets up and after getting freshened up she comes out and finds Om in the corridor. Om comes to her.
Om: Where were you Aradhya? I have been waiting for 3 hours.
Aru casually: So.
Om: You said that we will be working from 5:30 and you yourself were sleeping.
Aru: I said that you should be up by 5:30. Did I ever say that I will also come by 5:30.
Om: What nonsense?
Aru: It’s not nonsense Om, it’s the truth.
Om: You are mad I don’t need your help.
Aru: Sorry but it’s not you who will decide that weather I will help you or not. That decision you took last night only. Now only I will decide that weather I will treat you or not. Well it’s time to have breakfast let’s go.
Om was hell shocked by her behaviour. His anger, impatience, frustration and irritation level was so high that he couldn’t control himself and held the vase kept on the side and threw it with a great force. Aru looked at him calmly for a while and then said
Aru: Let’s go and have breakfast.
Om furiously accompanied her.
Dadi, ShiAniRuSoums, Jhanvi and Pinky were seated.Aru sits down after greeting everyone with a wide smile. Shivaay doesn’t pays any heed to Om’s presence which upsets Om, while it confuses the rest.
Shivaay getting up from the table asks Anika
Shivaay: Anika will you please get me the envelope of money that I gave you yesterday.
Anika nods and leaves. On hearing about the envelope Om clutches his trouser and begins to crumble it by pressing along his hands and his hands being to become wet and his face too starts becoming sweaty, his face has an expression of fear due to which he lowers his eyes not willing to look straight and the colour of his face fades away, his pale faces becomes totally white as if his heart had stopped pumping blood.
Anika comes to Shivaay and says
Anika: Shivaay here is the envelope.
Please don’t open it now. Please please please please open it in office no no. Stop stop Shivaay please. Oh god please stop this. He may
get an urgent call from the office, please Khanna at least you call him. Where the hell has everyone gone now? All the time they keep calling him but now. Has this idiot again broken his phone. Please please stop Shivaay.
On the other hand Shivaay opens the envelope.
Om: Shit man!
Shivaay : Anika where is the rest of money.
Anika: Shivaay this is all you gave me.
Shivaay: No Anika ₹50000 are missing from this.
Anika: What? But I didn’t even open the envelope once.
Shivaay: Then where did the money go?
Anika: I have no idea.
Aru who was keenly and consistently noticing Om whose colour faded away on hearing about the envelope finally speaks up dragging everyone’s attention towards herself.
Aru: Om did you take the money.
Rudra: Aradhya di why will Om take money.
Aru signals him to stop, showing her hand and he silences himself. Shivaay to sees Om curiously.
Aru: OM I have asked something.
Pinky: Oh my Mata Aradhya what do you want to say that Om stole the money.
Om was still silent.
Aradhya being irritated by his silence getting up from her seat and banging her hand hardly on the table, startling Om, his body gets jerked backward due to the sudden action and he fearfully looks towards her unable to meet her eyes, she shouts
Aru: I AM ASKING SOMETHING DAMN IT.
Om: I don’t know.
Aru with shriller and higher pitch: STOP LYING OM.
Om gathering alot of courage with his bowed head stands up and speaks in half chocked and trembling voice.
Om: Vo…vo…actually….I didn’t… Have money…for buying….drugs…and….yesterday..when I was with Aradhya…I saw A..A..Anika keeping an envelope in cupboard….I.. I… I knew where Anika kee keep keeps the keys…so after excusing m..my… myself I went… to Sh..Sh..Shiv… Shivaay’s room and took the (he gulps his own saliva)…… M… M… Mon.. Money.
All get shocked and get up from their seat.
Shivaay hopelessly throws the envelope on the table near Om and leaves the place, as no one knew what to do so they began to leave one by one. Leaving Om and Aradhya at the end. Om’s head was still bowed down with shame, firstly for being unfaithful to his brother and secondly for lying. Unable to do anything Om left to his room.
Om reaches his room with tears in his eyes. He gets in the room.
Om unbolting the door from inside says to himself in cracking voice and crying.
No Om you don’t deserve to go out. You are meant to stay here in the four walls of the room (he says pointing at the four walls and tears brimming down his eyes.). You… You… Don… don’t deserve anything….. Aaaahhh (he wails in pain.). You idiot man whenever you get out of this room you will create problem. Don’t you dear get out of the room you always end up hurting others.
He placing his back on the door slides down the door and sits folding his legs across his chest and placing his hands on his face and weeping silently. The scene where Shivaay spoke to him last night and the way he betrayed his brothers replays in his mind and along that some other memories too flash in his head. Being enraged at himself and his incapability to leave drugs he slaps himself.
You are useless.
He again slaps himself with blood gushing all over his face, his cheeks turning red due to anger and shame and his eyes become blood red and they begin to have enormous pain as tears make there way again through his eyes.
You couldn’t save your doll.
He again slaps himself.
Now you aren’t ready to leave drugs.
He again slaps himself.
You are such a useless man. Mr. Oberoi is right I am just a useless drug addict…..just a useless addict… An addict.
He hits his forehead and hitting it frequently says.
You are useless…useless…just a useless person.
He growls in pain hoarsely and again buries his face in his hands which were restlessly resting over his lap.
Om: Amhhh. Amhhh.. Amhhh…
“DRUGS MAKE YOU WHAT YOU ARE NOT OR DEFINITELY WOULD HAVE NEVER THOUGHT TO BE…”
FROM AUTHOR’S DESK:
Guys you maybe think that why did I make Om a thief. Actually this is entirely true as most of the drug addicts can not afford to buy drugs as they are to expensive so they tend to opt for illegal ways from which stealing is the most prominent one. Perhaps many can’t gather enough money for buying drugs through illegal methods also, so they use cough syrups that have tranquilizing or sedative effect on body and calms the nervous system. Some often tend to drink raw petrol also known as ‘kaccha tail’ in Hindi. (Well this isn’t something superficial but very very true as a few years back I had gone to Haridwar with my parents and a tea vendor told us about the pathetic conditions of drugs there as much part of the youth depends on kaacha tail or raw petrol that is a left over of petrol from airplanes or trains.)
Well if you guys also want to share something related to drugs it can be the way it is consumed, it’s effect or anything x y z….. What ever you want, you all are more than welcome. Moreover I will tell you more as we proceed.
Sorry guys due to lack of time as my practical’s are going on I am unable to write an entire epi so this one is short. I will give the next part by tomorrow if possible. SORRY for the delay.
And THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT, WISHES AND LOVE.
“LIFE IS LIKE A PLAY CARD PLAY IT YOUR WAY AS ONCE GONE IT WILL NOT COME AGAIN”
Live your life for a cause.
On this note signing off for now.