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Excerpt : 1
15 January , 2019
Those intensively bright rays from a hole of the gate hit my eyelids and I opened them flickering and wondering now what they’ve to do with me . A voice from outside told me to wake up from that sooty rug on which I didn’t spend night eyes closed .
I got up and primarily as always saw my face in the cracked mirror hung just beside where I laid last night .
I didn’t got to know even when my lids closed and when sun rose but hadn’t I missed yellow rays for many mornings ? . I thought in gloomy room
A silver colored metal tray was thrown in having some uncooked rice and few slices of onions .
Though I didn’t mind eating that , I first thought looking at the mirror , that they’ll ask me again those questions and what replies I’ve to submit . I was probably right , just after few moments passed the lady on duty came in and said “ Madam wants to have some words with you , Lift your ass up ” she yelled at me and when I tried straightening my numbness limbs heavy shackles were hanged over them .
Two women escorted me to the ‘ Dark room ‘ where they don’t leave any stones unturned to delve into what they want to know . I knew they’re blo*dy minded .
Noise from heavy boots thumping on floor ringed my pinna and I was cringed to pins and needles .
The Lady well dressed in her uniform , Wearing a sinister look , Came in , It was my final trial today so she banged the wooden table with loud boom .
Officer “ who committed the murder ? ”
“ I don’t know about it ! ” Replying to her cold command . She spoke again
“ I’m asking for the last , Who did the sin ? ”
I said “ I don’t know ”
But she wasn’t ready to hear a NO from me once again . She turned vexed and gave a spank on my pale cheeks and squeezed my jaw “ you’re a crap girl ”“ A coward , You know the whole story very well but you aren’t telling us ”
“ Nope , it’s nothing like that ”
“ Silly joke ” “ It was only you and you present there , If you didn’t then who else does knows ”
I had nothing to pay back
Breaking a second of silence she showed me a half broken heart pendant , It was half dipped in red and the rest of the portion had just a letter ‘ N’ graved .
“ You both were alone at home , Neither of you has your name beginning with ‘N’ then it’s certain that you know somebody from this name ” “ Someone who could have participated in this murder !”
I couldn’t take no more , It was just a feeling like I don’t want to hear anything else now , I wanted to end this discussion , Hold some words in my mouth and stay calm so I shouted madly “ I said I don’t know , Why don’t you people understand a simple point ‘ I don’t know anything ‘ ”
She grasped my hairs tightly “ We both know that we know what we want but the only difference is you aren’t saying it as I am ! Now tell me are you tryna to hide the truth , Aren’t you safeguarding the murderer ”
Till now I’d mostly controlled my freak , My emotions were hitting harder , I couldn’t stop from blowing up . And when you can’t hold on the sand slipping from a clenched fist you’ll probably have to keep another hand under it to prevent it from falling down .
I did the same with my rage .
So I gave a idiotic grin , I laughed and spoke “ Yes I am lying , Yes I know who’s the murderer , So what ! ” “ I’ll not tell it to anyone here ” “ what’ll you do ! beat me , Come on , Why have you stopped hit me like you’re doing since days , Come ”
A voice echoed from other corner of room “ For god’s sake , Stop ” That was spoken fast
Officer looked there “ You ! ” “ Miss. Mellon ”
“ For God’s sake Madam Bridgette ! Please stop it ” she spoke humbly
Bridgette : Why would I she’s a criminal !
Mellon : Absolutely not , Her wrongness isn’t proved yet
Bridgette : Hiding truth is sorta a crime , Isn’t it ?
Mellon : These days we all hide some or the other thing from each , We all are criminals
Bridgette : Come to the point
Mellon : I’ll , Right now there’s gonna be a meeting we all are called
Bridgette huffed “ And I’ll meet you later girl ! ” She leaves with angry face
Mellon rushed to me picked me up “ Are you alright ! ”
I touched the edge of lips with forefinger “ Thankfully I got a new scar on my face , It’s different from rest , Leaking blood ”
Mellon “ Why are you doing this yourself if I’d be there at your place I’d have hanged myself I’m very soft you see ”
“ Sometimes we die for love and sometimes we live to find love ” “ I’ll not die until I find love ”
Mellon “ Your words are metaphorical because death is uncertain , we can fade away anytime , we can’t choose life or death against our wish ”
“ Even if we die one thing of ours remain in this world forever – It’s love that we give to others , They always remember that ” “ True love never fades ”
She was looking into my eyes with serenity as if she’d got something Holly .
Mellon’s POV ( Round table conference ) ( Everyone including Bridgette , Mellon and other high ranked officials are chit chatting )
Mellon : Yes sir I’ve gone through all her reports and as I asserted before she needs me more than anyone else
Ariel ( Avni ) is surely having some metal disability . Lastly when I encountered her she was sick and I think being a psychiatrist and a paranormal expert I should be given charge of this case
Mr.john ( head ) : What trouble is she having ?
Mellon : Ariel’s suffered something horrific in past which doesn’t let’s her believe in any of us , She probably knows what happened but she doesn’t wants to tell us . Her mind is terrified . I remember her screaming and shouting , As if some flashes , Visions from past haunts her .
She needs Sympathy , A helping hand to share her sufferings from her
Mr.John : I do believe Miss.Mellon point’s worth considering . So from today no one else will do anything to her , She’ll handle everything from now onwards .
Everyone walk out when decision was announced except Bridgette .
Bridgette : Okay she’s mentally unstable but why do you believe the case something to do with paranormal
Mellon : Surely it is
Bridgette : How ?
Mellon : When we’re called at the crime location fortunately I went along with the team and to my surprise I got one picture of Guy at whose back ‘ N ‘ was written .
To my surprise in the whole house there was only one such photograph .
I kept it in my purse and came back .
Then when we brought Ariel here she was acting weird . I tried hypnotising her as she wasn’t telling what happened . Only few words she murmured were “ He’s back , Neee… He he came in ” And didn’t spoke anything
Bridgette : Who’s this guy ? And is he having some connection with this murder ?
Mellon : This is what I’m tryna find ! And I think only Ariel can tell .
But there’s something unusual with this guy .To know more about this person I went to The vital records office and found him to be dead , He died months ago in an car accident .
Bridgette “ Case’s solved then we can find out his name from there , You must haven’t even tried finding it out ‘coz you’re not a police officer ”
Mellon : Certainly I’m not but being a paranormal expert I found from the record keeper that his body wasn’t identified nor his any of kin came , they don’t know who’s he ?
“ He died on 24 December , 2018 ” “ I gotta find what happened on that day ”
Bridgette “ He’s dead that means this person’s nothing to do with this one ”
Mellon “ No he’s not dead ! ”
Bridgette “ Now what’s this crap ( Mellon was quiet) ooooo oooo oooo ”
“ Now don’t mutter that from somewhere his spirit came down to earth and. ….oh it’s sh**t ”
Mellon “ we shouldn’t be discussing this without any evidences ” “ I gotta go ”
She turned away and began moving
“ But what are you gonna do with Ariel ”
“ I’ll try asking her about the same ”
“ Holly moly then do ring me if you find the spirit so that I can handcuff him ”
“ Don’t worry I believe in obeying rules and laws ”
“ Wouldn’t you be betraying Ariel by one side convincing her to tell truth and on the other side breaking spicy news to us ”
She didn’t replied and moved away smiling to herself “ Certainly not ”