As long as I live,I will be with you..
Slowly he opened his eyes.She looked nervous.
Slowly Ruhaan smiled:Good Morning Mishti…
Mishti smiled with relief.
Ruhaan pulled her closer looking at her romantically.
Ruhaan:Won’t you say Good morning?
Mishti smiled:Good Morning Ruhaan.
He pecked her forehead sweetly.Suddenly he noticed bandage on her forehead.
Ruhaan:Mishti…what happened to your forehead?
Mishti:Nothing Ruhaan.After you slept I went to kitchen to drink water.Water got spilled and slipped down.Thus my forehead got hurt.
Ruhaan:Oh…Mishti..you are so careless.You are not taking care of yourself.
Mishti:Leave it Ruhaan.It’s only a small wound.
Ruhaan:Even your small wound hurts me a lot Mishti.I can’t bear it.
Mishti became emotional:You love me this much Ruhaan?
Ruhaan:Yes Mishti.I love you more than anything in this world.I have only you in my life.I can’t live without you. Only you gave love to an orphan like me.
Mishti said emotionally:I will always love you Ruhaan.
He placed his lips above her bandage.She closed her eyes.
Mishti:Your lips touched there.So I feel relief.I feel nice.No pain at all.
They embraced each other.
Mishti got ready.
Ruhaan:Mishti..is it necessary to go?
Mishti:Ruhaan..you know how attached Pari and I are to each other.We want to spend every weekend together for at least 2 hours.
Ruhaan:I understand Mishti.But even for 2 hours staying away from you is tough for me.
Mishti:Just 2 hours.It will go fast.I will be back soon.
They had a sweet hug.
Pari came:Hi Mishti…
Mishti hugged Pari.
Pari looked at Ruhaan and shook his hands:Hi Ruhaan..how are you?
Ruhaan:I am fine Pari.
Pari:I am taking my sister…I mean your wife with me for sometime with your permission.
Pari:Ok.Let’s go Mishti.
Mishti:Will see you soon Ruhaan.
While moving out of the house Mishti turned back.Mishti and Ruhaan exchanged cheerful romantic glances with each other.
Mishti and Pari reached home.
Mishti:Thank God..dadi is not here.
Mishti lay on the bed.Pari lifted up her dress.Mishti’s hidden areas of body were full of wounds.Pari controlled her tears seeing Mishti’s wounds.Pari applied ointment there.
Pari:Sorry Mishti if the ointment is giving you a burning feeling on the skin.
Mishti:It’s ok Pari.
Pari:You lied to Ruhaan about he wound.Right?
Pari:Why did’nt you tell him how you got hurt?
Mishti’s eyes became wet:How can I tell him that it’s he who hurt me?He will not be able to bear the truth that he has split personality disorder due to which every night he becomes another person and injures his own wife?
Mishti and Ruhaan came closer to each other in a romantic manner.They got into a passionate embrace.Suddenly Ruhaan pushed her and she fell down.
Mishti:Ruhaan..what did you do?
She got up from the floor..
He extended his hand to slap her.But she moved backward.
Mishti:Have you gone mad?
He kicked her.She fell down hurting her forehead.
Ruhaan’s eyes became red:Arnika…you are back?
You separated me and my mother from my father, killed my mother ..I will not leave you.
Ruhaan pulled her hair.
Mishti cried loudly:Please leave my hair Ruhaan…
Ruhaan:Stop calling me Ruhaan.I am not Ruhaan..I am Taposh.
Ruhaan started beating her.
While escaping from him by mistake Mishti pushed him and Ruhaan fell on the bed losing his consciousness.
Mishti was crying:When I enquired in his orphanage I came to know that Ruhaan had a close friend called Taposh whose mother got killed brutally by his father’s mistress Arnika and she killed Taposh in front of Ruhaan.She got arrested.But in the small age Ruhaan could not bear what he witnessed.It affected him mentally.He started considering himself as Taposh.Through treatment he had become alright.But now again that disease has started attacking him.
Pari:I also did enquiry about Arnika and got her old photographs.
She showed the photos to Mishti.
Mishti:Oh..this woman’s dressing and hair styles are exactly like me.What a coincidence.
Pari:I feel that’s why Ruhaan’s inner mind started believing that you are Arnika.
Mishti:I will change my dressing style and hair style.
Pari:It’s not easy like you think Mishti.Ruhaan has a serious disease.You are not at all safe with Ruhaan.It’s very dangerous to stay with Ruhaan.It’s only 2 weeks of marriage with Ruhaan.Since first night he has been torturing you at night.Leave him Mishti.Please..I can’t see you suffer like this.It hurts me.
Pari burst into tears and hugged Mishti.Mishti hugged her back crying.
Mishti:Don’t cry Pari.I am ok.Nothing bad will happen to me.
Pari:But your condition scares me Mishti.Leave Ruhaan.
Mishti:How can you ask me to leave Ruhaan?I promised him that I will be with him always during courtship.
Pari:But that time you never know that Ruhaan was suffering from split personality disorder and he is dangerous.
Mishti:Yes.But I am Mishti Ishaan Khanna.I won’t change my promise.Till my death I will not leave Ruhaan.It’s a wife’s duty to stand with her husband in good and bad times.Right?The biggest truth is that Ruhaan loves me a lot.It’s his disease which is making him do this to me.That poor guy does’nt even know that he is the one who is hurting me.If he comes to know it he will be shattered.Ruhaan himself told me many times that only from me he got love..he can’t live without me.Then how can I leave that poor guy?
Pari:All these nights when he hurt you you covered the wounds easily with your dress.But today you could’nt do that as one wound was on your forehead. But in the coming days also wounds can appear on parts of your body which are not covered with your clothes.That time Ruhaan may doubt you.
Mishti:I will take precautions.I will mix sleeping pills in his milk at night.He will sleep at night.He won’t be able to harm me.
Pari:Some days you had given him sleeping pills through drinks and food and escaped.But how long Mishti?Sleeping pills is not good for health.It is not a permanent solution.I am really worried for you.
Mishti:Don’t worry Pari.I will give him the best treatment.I have already started consulting some best psychiatrists.I have faith in my love.My Ruhaan will be cured completely.
Pari said emotionally:Ruhaan is lucky to have a wife like you.You are such a loving wife.
Mishti smiled emotionally.
Suddenly they heard a sound of flower vase falling down.
They both went out of the room.They were shocked to see Ruhaan there.
Ruhaan:Mishti..you had forgotten your phone.So I came here to return it and I overheard everything.
They were shocked.
Ruhaan broke into tears.
Ruhaan:I am sorry Mishti.I am a devil who is hurting a gem like you.
Ruhaan held her hand and started slapping his face.
Ruhaan:Slap me…beat me…torture me the way I did to you.
Mishti was crying:Ruhaan…what are you doing?
She pulled her hand back and cupped his face:You are not a devil.You are an innocent person pure like an Angel.But it’s your disease which makes you do that.So don’t be guilty.
Ruhaan cupped her face in his hands:Mishti…I want you.I know I am selfish.But I can’t live without you.I don’t want to lose you Mishti.So please take me to the best doctor.I am willing to take any treatment to get cured.
Mishti could’nt control her tears.
Mishti caressed his face:Ruhaan…I told you many times that I will be always there for you.No need to fear that I will leave you.I will never do that.As long as I live I will be with you.
Ruhaan was relieved.
Mishti:Yes.I will give you the best treatment and cure you.This is my promise.Then we will live together happily.
They smiled tearfully.They embraced each other emotionally.
Pari witnessed their eyes with wet eyes.
She thought:I hope Ruhaan gets normal through treatment like they wish and Ruhaan Mishti will lead a happy married life.