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Summary

Once upon a time in a city called Mumbai, there was a guy called Akash and two best friends Megha and Varsha.
There were best friends from their childhood, they care for each other, they help each other and they hate each other.
Welcome to Woe, a story of a simple guy Akash, and his ups and downs in his life.

When Varsha gives in, Megha gets it.

Akash falls for Varsha and marries Megha.

Prologue

It was a fine monsoon evening, I was sitting on a bench in a foyer. Since it was raining and it was an evening, the foyer was almost dark and I was the only one in that foyer. The place was so much hushed that I can hear the ticking of my wristwatch and the cold breeze passing by clearly. The door opened breaking the silence, it was squeaky. That abrupt sound gave me chills down my spine and it did remind me of horror movies.

"Congrats, You are blessed with a baby girl," said Doctor.

 

My fear and tension changed into happiness, I was so delighted after hearing that, I hugged the doctor and said:"Thank you". She started crying.

I said: "Sorry, it was an act out of happiness."

"It's okay, both of them are healthy. You can go see them now," said Doctor wiping her tears.

 

My wife, Megha was still unconscious. Our baby was in the wooden cradle right next to Megha's bed. She looked so adorable and dainty, my eyes filled up after seeing her.

 

Few minutes later, Megha became conscious. She was looking tired, she asked:"How is our baby?"

"She was very cute, she looks like mini Megha." and started crying again.

"Awwwww………."

"Thank you, Megha for giving me such a beautiful gift."

"If it comes to thanking, I should thank you first and why are you crying?"

"I'm not crying, these are tears of joy."

"Okay, but please stop crying. It is very funny."

"What should we name her?"

"Let's name her Varsha," Megha answered.

I reacted: "What????", my eyes stopped leaking.

"I said Varsha

"Can I know why?"

"It's Varsha birthday today."

"Is this reason enough to name our daughter after her?"

"I didn't mean that I just love that name."

"Seriously? From when?"

"I'm really thankful to Varsha for letting me marry you."

"Whatever it may be. I'll not allow you to name our daughter after Varsha."

"Please...please…..please, if you want you can name our second baby."

"Do whatever you wanna do, I'm going."

"Where?"

"I don't know, don't worry.I'll be back soon."

 

I was so disturbed after that conversation with Megha, I had a really big mood swing. People say usually that when a person is about to die, they will see their whole life memories in front of their eyes before taking their last breath. Though I was not about to die, but still I saw all memories of past ten years and I didn't realize that I was out of the hospital. While I was lost in my thoughts I reached the park, right next to the hospital. The park was empty due to rain, I could see a light pole which was bright and attracted me towards it. As I reached the light pole, I saw a bench beside it. I thought that I should take a break and sat on the bench. After a while, an elderly woman came and sat beside me, she saw me worried and asked: "What happened, son?"

I replied: "Nothing, mam."

"You look disturbed."

"Yeah."

"What happened? Do you have anyone admitted in this hospital?"

"Yeah, my wife."

"What happened to her?"

"She was pregnant."

"Was??"

"Yeah, she's delivered today."

"Oh! Is it a lad or a lady?"

"It's a Girl."

"Oh! Congrats."

"Thank you."

"Now it makes sense."

"What makes sense?"

"You are worried because you got an additional responsibility isn’t it?"

"No, it's different."

"Do your parents know about your marriage?"

"Yeah, they were there for my marriage."

"Then what's the trouble?"

I was silent.

"Do you have any extra-marital affairs?"

I said loudly: "No."

"Oh great. Then what is bothering you?"

(I started narrating)

It started a decade back. If she had been four inches shorter, my eyes may never have met hers and everything would have been different. If I had not been bored and arrived at the playground an hour earlier, it would have

been different. If she hadn't hit a six and the ball had not come on my way and hit me on the head, I would have had a different life. Things like these will change our lives, even though we spend hours trying to make long-term plans. I had no plan to meet her on playground. I was there only to kill time and because I had nowhere else to go.

"Son, either tell me clearly or shut your mouth."

"Wait. I'll explain."

I was 19 when I met her.

(She interrupted)

"Who? Your wife?"

"No, please don't interrupt me."

"Ok, Carry on."

(Continuing Narration)

Mumbai

It was the first day of our college, and there were no sessions for us. Our principal asked all the freshers to explore the Campus. Since I'm a sports person I went to the playground to see the things there. While I was crossing the Cricket ground a ball came and hit on my head. I got so much anger, that decided to kill the person who did this until I saw here. She was the tallest person among all of them in the cricket ground, my anger flew away. She dropped her bat, and ran towards me and said: "Sorry". I replied: "Your voice is sweet, and it made me worried."

"Thank you, but what made you worried?

"I'm worried that I'll get diabetes if I listen to your voice more".

I tried to crack a joke but later I realized that I became the joke.

"Don't worry, I'll not speak with you."

"I didn't mean that."

"Can I get my ball?"

I gave her the ball, and she ran back to the pitch.

There wasn't a day on which I didn't think about her. Finally, I decided to open up and confess my love to her. I ran to the place where she usually sits during lunch, she was sitting on a bench and wondering. I sat next to her on the bench and tried to start a conversation by saying: "Hi, Varsha."

"Hello," Varsha responded.

"Can we talk for a few minutes?"

"Yeah, sure. Can we go to the canteen? I'm hungry."

"Yeah."

"Is anything important?" asked Varsha.

"Something like that."

"Glad that you came, I also wanted to talk something important too," said Varsha.

While we were walking towards the canteen, the light poles on both sides of the path switched on and started flickering. The flickering of light gave me a strange feeling that Varsha is some kind of a ghost.

We reached the canteen, our conversation started with a cup of coffee.

A few minutes later, "What was the important thing you wanted to talk?" asked Varsha.

I answered: "Nothing."

You said you have something important to talk to me.

"Oh! Yeah, I forgot. I'm sorry."

"Okay, go ahead."

"Yeah."

My pulse started to rise, I started breathing heavily.

"You look so nervous," said Varsha.

"I think I'm crazy about you."

"Okay!

(Me after a halt) "That's it."

"Yeah, that is it

It took me some to become normal and then I said: "Okay, leave it."

I felt like she wasn't respecting my feelings.

While sipping the cappuccino, she asked: "Are you free Tomorrow?"

"Yes, I'm."

"I want you to help me."

"Okay!

"I want to bunk college at least once in my life."

"So, how can I help you in that?"

"I want to watch a flick," said Varsha.

I responded: "You want me to get tickets."

"No, I booked 'em."

"When??"

She thinks that movie is more important than my feelings, which seemed fair to me because I don't want to be negative about her.

"Now."

"You're fast. What do you want me to do then?"

"I want you to join me if you're free."

I was shocked and I was happy at the same moment. I replied: "Yeah! Why not?"

"Okay. We will meet tomorrow at the college bus stop."

"Fine."

"Okay, bye."



 

The Next Day:

 

I woke up at eight in the morning, I saw a missed call on my mobile. For a moment I was happy until I remembered that she didn't have my number.

I reached college by ten in the morning and waited for her to come. Ten minutes later, she came out from college running, holding the bag with one hand and holding coffee in another hand. She was wearing a black churidar and her skin tone was dominating her dress. She was so cute and her amber eyes looked more beautiful because of kajal.

 

I said:"You look so beautiful today."

She smiled and said: "Movie is at 12."

"OMG. It's two hours from now."

"Yeah, do you have a problem?"

"No (I hope this could be a perfect date)."

"So how can we kill the time?"

"I have an idea, but…(good that she asked me)

"What is it?"

"I can tell you, but…

"It's ok, you can speak out."

"We can go to a Restaurant."

"Yes, we can. But which Restaurant?"

"Your wish."

"Hmm, I'm not familiar with restaurants here.

"Okay, Let me help you with this. What's your favorite cuisine?"

"I love Italian."

"Cool let's go."

I was still thinking about how to ask her to come on my bike.

"Can we go by bike?" said Varsha.

My heart fluttered with happiness and I loudly said: "Yeah."

 

We went to a nearby Italian Restaurant. We were the first customers of the restaurant as it seemed more like what I wanted to be. She ordered spaghetti, I was not so into Italian, so ordered a Plain cheese Pizza. I knew that food will take so time, so in the meanwhile, I tried to start a conversation. I said: "You play Cricket well."

"Oh, thanks. But I'm not as good as you are thinking."

"You're a good player, that six was awesome."

"That was just a fluke shot."

"Oh, I see."

"Do you play any games?"

"Yeah, I'm a handball player."

"Handball?? I never heard that."

"It is one of the most violent games in the world."

"Oh, is it?"

"I love your eyes."

"Come on, why are switching topics so fast."

"I don't know, I saw your eyes and they made me tell this."

 

Finally, the food arrived, Varsha seemed to be happy by looking at the food.

So I asked her if she had breakfast?

"No," replied Varsha.

"What are you waiting for? Let's Start."

"Yeah!"

She was literally starving from the morning, she was eating quick.

I asked: "Can I ask you something?"

She: "Yeah! (With a mouth full of spaghetti)"

"How can you invite a stranger to a movie?"

"What do you mean?"

"We spoke yesterday and you don't  even know who I am, except my name and you're coming to watch a movie with me."

"Hold on... by the way, you're coming to the Movie with me and I know everything about you."

"Oh!"

" and I do carry weapons for my safety."

"Weapons???"

"Yes, a couple of them."

"And they are?"

"Pepper Spray and a Licensed Revolver."

"OMG! You're Insane."

"Yeah! Don't worry, I'll not kill you?"

"Ok, but…."

She interrupted: "Stop speaking and start eating."

I was speaking with myself:

She said she knows everything about me, which tells she researched about me. It means maybe she is interested in me. And she said she will not kill me and of course, how can she come to a movie without having trust in me. Maybe she is in love with me or may not be….

 

We finished our food,  she looked satisfied and happy. A few seconds later, the cheque arrived. I took the cheque, and I was about to pay she said she will pay, I said: "I'll pay."A small fight started in between us,

I said: "Let's go Dutch." and she agreed.

We reached Multiplex, we still had 40 minutes for the film to start. After reaching, I realized I haven't asked her to which movie are we going to on the day of booking. Finally, I go to know it was MARVEL'S IRON MAN. I got surprised after seeing Robert Downey Jr. in the posters of IRON MAN. I read comics of MARVEL, but I never thought they will make films out of them.

We were discussing the movie, A girl came and closed Varsha's eyes.

"Hey! Megha," said Varsha.

That girl removed her hands after that they both hugged each other and Varsha introduced her friend to me. She was Megha, Varsha's childhood friend. They both spoke about college bunk and blah blah blah. Megha asked Varsha whether I'm her Boyfriend.

"You are close," replied Varsha and it did leave a smile on my face.

The movie started, Robert appeared on the screen and everyone started whistling and Varsha also joined them too. During the break, I went out with her to get something to eat. We went to a stall and asked for two cokes, To my surprise, she said: "No, One is good enough."

I asked her, "What? Why? You don't need a coke or what?"

"No, one will be enough for us..."

"How?"

 

She grabbed a drink from the stall with two straws and she started walking towards the screen, I paid the amount and followed her with so many questions and confusions running in mind.

I asked: "What was that? Do you even know what are you doing?"

"We have a straw for each of us," answered Varsha.

I understood, what she was trying to convey. People are getting influenced a lot by movies these days.

I bought a large bucket of popcorn and we went back to our seats. We watched the film, had popcorn and coke, everything was fine and was going well.

I asked Varsha: "What's next?"

"We will have lunch," replied Varsha.

"Okay, now what?"

"Lunch."

"I mean, which cuisine?"

"(After thinking for a while) Pure South Indian."

"Veg or Non-veg.

"Anything is fine for me.

"Let's go.

We went to South Indian Restaurant, we ordered Hyderabadi Biryani. After a few minutes, the food arrived, it was looking hued. She had a spoonful of Biryani.

After a few seconds, her cheeks and eyes turned red and her eyes were filled with tears. I asked: "What happened?"

"It's Tangy.

"How much?"

"A Lot."

"OK, leave it. We will order something else."

"No, I want to eat it."

"Okay, fine. Have it?"

 

She took an hour to finish it off, and the end of her war with Biryani she was red and eyes filled with tears. She asked me to take her to the Gateway of India.

 

I didn't have a choice but fulfill her requests, so that she will have a good impression on me and things seemed to work out fine too. We went to Marine drive and beach after visiting the Gateway of India. She was playing like a kid on the beach with the waves and we ran on the beach and were trying to catch each other. She was about to slip and I grabbed her hand pulled her towards me and our faces were just a few centimeters far, we were staring into each other's eyes.

It was the perfect moment for me to kiss her, slowly our faces started moving closer, she closed her eyes. I heard her breathing, it was fast and that was the only sound I did hear.

Suddenly, everything was silent, even the sound of waves and traffic was not audible for men and we kissed.

 

We were kissing for a minute and then she pushed me a bit, I started looking around to make sure nobody had seen us. Since, it was afternoon no one was there, a minute later she turned towards me and hugged me and said I too love you. I felt like my heart had stopped for a moment, I took her face in my hands and both of us started staring each other. Her face was lightened up with the sunlight, and her eyes were also glowing. I kissed her again.

 

We started back from there. I asked her about the place when she wants to be dropped...

"College," said Varsha.

I said: "I'll drop you at home."

"No, you can't."

"Why can't I?"

"It's very far from here

"Far in the sense."

"You can bike can't take me."

"Okay, fine."

 

A few minutes later, we reached our college. She walked to the front of my bike

and said: "Bye, Love you."

I asked: "You said your house is so far."

"Yeah," replied Varsha.

"I mean, how will you go there? Do you need to catch a bus or train??"

"I'm staying in the hostel in our college."

"Oh, I didn't know that."

"Can I leave now?"

"Wait. Where are you from?"

"New Delhi.

"Seriously??"

"Yeah, why? What happened now??"

"Delhi has the best colleges in India and you came to Mumbai for your graduation?"

"Yeah, I'm so fed up with Delhi. I love beaches and coastal cities, so I came here."

"Oh, great."

"And if I stayed in Delhi, we wouldn’t have met?"

"Yeah, glad you came."

"Okay, bye. I have to go."

"Bye."

"Love you, bye."

 

On my way back home, I saw an accident. A girl was injured badly, she lost a lot of blood, I went to the spot of the accident to help her. I was shocked to see Megha, I took her to the hospital, which was a few yards away. They took her to operation theater, I was hoping for the doctor to come and say everything is fine.

Half an hour later doctor came and said she wants O- blood for the patient, mine didn't match but I started searching for O- blood group in each and every blood bank and everywhere the result was negative.

 

I called up one of my lady classmates and asked her to pass the phone to Varsha, I explained Varsha about the difficulties I was facing about the O- blood.

She said her blood group matches with Megha, I asked her to donate if she can.

I went to the College Campus, picked her up and we went to the hospital. Varsha was so worried about Megha, she started crying when she saw Megha.

 

After donating her blood Varsha, which gave me a slight relief.

Varsha was hungry, so we Visited the cafe which was right in front of the hospital. She asked me to leave because the hospital will allow only one person to stay with the patient. I went home and the mother asked me where was I wandering, I told mom about the accident, and she started giving parental lectures about road safety. A few minutes later, I got a message from an unknown number.

I opened the message, There was "HI" with smileys.

I replied: "Who is this?"

"Your Wife."

"You have got a wrong number mam."

"I'm the girl whom you kissed twice today?"

"Hey, Varsha."

"Hi, Akash."

"So you are keeping a count of it."

"I should keep a count."

"You should (I didn't even know what was she speaking about.)".

"What are you doing?"

"Nothing dear."

"This is my mobile number. I hope you'll save it."

"Yeah, I'll."

"I love you."

"Love you too darling."

"Darling????"

"Yeah!"

"Okay! Darling."

I continued chatting, I asked Varsha to inform Megha's Parents. Her answer was, Megha was an orphan, and she used to live with Varsha in her childhood and when she became young, she moved away from her for some strange reason. I was feeling so much sleepy that day, I composed a good night message and sent it to Varsha.

 

Next day morning when I woke up, there were Fifty missed calls from Varsha, I called her back to know the urgency of calling me.

I asked her:"Is Megha fine? Anything wrong? I had fifty missed calls from you."

"Actually. I called you and I left my phone aside since I didn't abort the call it was redialing you again and again. Half an hour later, or so I saw my phone and aborted the call," said Varsha.

I said:  "Ok! Leave it. How is Megha?"

 

Megha was healthy again, she got discharged. Since Varsha had some urgent work, she asked me to pick Megha up. I took her home in my car, she thanked me for everything and I helped her clean up stuff in her home.

 

We went to a restaurant for dinner and Varsha showed up.

"I trusted you, I loved you. But how can you do this to me?" said Varsha.

I asked: "What did I do?"

"I trusted you when you said you loved me, but now you are doing all these things behind me."

"What am I doing Varsha?"

"All these things?"

"Make it clear Varsha"

"You came to dinner with Megha."

"Yeah, I came. So what?"

"Which means you're are having an illegal relationship with Megha."

"What the ...? Are you out of your mind?"

"I think you're."

"Megha why ain't you speaking anything?"

(Megha was still silent).

"Why will she speak? she is guilty."

"Stop it Varsha."

"Why should I?"

"Ok, How can you even think I'll love Megha?"

"What do you mean?  Now you're saying she not beautiful??"

"I didn't expected this from you." said Megha.

(Megha started Weeping)

I said: “I didn't mean that.

"How dare you to say Megha ain't beautiful?"

"I said, I didn't mean that."

said Varsha: "Who cares what you mean?" She was rude.

(Megha still weeping)

"I'm sorry Megha, it wasn't my intention."

"Wow! You are apologizing."

"Shut Up Varsha."

"What………(I Interrupted Varsha)"

"Just shut up. Megha just got discharged, so wasn't able to cook and we came out for dinner. That's it. if still, you want to think the same then go to hell."

They both started laughing, Varsha said it was a prank and Megha informed her about the dinner. At first, I was full of anger, but I thought it wasn't the right to be angry and I cooled down. We had a good dinner there. Post dinner Megha went to her house on an auto and I dropped Varsha on my bike. Before leaving Varsha gave me a goodnight kiss and she left.

 

It was the eve of Varsha's birthday, I was busy with preparations for her birthday, and we didn't have a call or a meet that day.

Next day morning I wished her and informed her that I'll be unavailable for the rest of the day. She just said "Okay!"

 

In the evening, I called Varsha and asked her to come to the beach. After she arrived, I asked her to close her eyes for ten seconds, she closed her eyes and started counting, I ran and hid behind the stone. When she opened her eyes, everything was dark.

 

In the sky towards the sea, firecrackers started exploding. Since everything was dark, they looked brighter. The last cracker exploded and left "Happy Birthday Varsha" in the sky. While all these things were happening in the sky, I came out.

She just had to see me burst out with happiness, and it did happen. When she saw me, she ran and jumped on me and hugged me, like small kids do. I wasn't expecting that thing, So I said:"How do you even think to do this thing with me?"

Releasing me from her hug, she said:"I'm very delighted by this surprise, thank you Akash."

"It's okay, but my question is still unaddressed."

"Okay, it was just out of happiness."

"But, you should think about me before doing these things."

"Did I hurt you?"

"No, but there was a high chance of getting hurt."

"Why?"

"Because you're fat, and I didn't have experience of this kind of hugs."

"Am I fat??"

"No, I was just kidding."

 

I knelt down, took the ring from my pocket and asked Varsha to marry me. As expected she accepted, I took out the ring from its box and wore it to Varsha.

We went to a resort to celebrate her birthday for the rest of the day, I invited our college mates. My parents joined the party after a few minutes, it was the real surprise for her. She took blessings from my parents. Since everyone was waiting for cake, I asked her to cut the cake first.

We spent some time near the swimming pool because other places were crowded with people. In the end, we had dinner and returned back.

 

I dropped her near our college. It was silent there, I couldn’t even feel the breeze. Before leaving she gave me a firm hug and thanked me for making her day special. When she was about to leave, her phone rang. She received the call and was talking with someone.

 

Suddenly from somewhere a guy came out with a bike and grabbed her phone and was flying away. I ran behind his bike and caught him. He tried to run again, but I was stilling holding his shirt, he was a 16 yr old kid. I asked why is he doing all these things? He said this is the only thing which he knows to earn money and feed his sister.

 

I asked him about his parents, he said they died in an accident,  his uncles took his father wealth and kicked him and his sister out of his own house. After listening to him I asked him to come to the same place tomorrow with his sister and I'll help them, He nodded his head but I had a strong feeling that he'll not come. Varsha suggested me call the police, I said: "He is an immature kid, he has been forced to do this. That is not his profession."

 

The next day, as I asked he showed up with his sister, she was an eight-year-old kid, she didn't even know what was happening. Being a kid something is a good thing because they don't care about the world and they imagine the world as they like it.

We went my home, I explained my parents the parents the problems which those kids were facing and I asked my father to set up a new orphanage for kids like them who fell into wrong hands without awareness. My father did more than I expected, he bought a five-starred hotel and made it an orphanage with world-class facilities.

 

Varsha was shocked after hearing all these things, She was speechless. Varsha said I was so lucky to have parents like them.

I asked Varsha about her parents, she told her mother died when she was ten years old and her father is a doctor in the US. She hates her father, so she came to India to stay with her grandparents.

I asked: "What type of Doctor is your father?"

"He is a neurosurgeon."

"Why is he working for the US? India only has a few neurosurgeons."

"I don’t know, he left when I was a child."

Everything was going fine for a couple of years, suddenly one day Varsha called me and said she wants to watch MARVEL’S IRON MAN 2, I picked her up from college bus stop, we went to the movie. Watched it and when we were returning, I asked Varsha to stay at the Exit gate and I'll bring the bike from parking.

 

When I reached the exit gate, I saw some local fellows commenting on her.

I parked my bike aside and went to them and said it is not good to do, but they weren't listening to me. For them, I looked like a comedian, so I had to become a Hero and kill their fun. Which I did, but in a more violent way. We returned back after that fight.

She was angry at me, I can sense that. She said I shouldn't have invoked the fight and we should ignore those things.

 

I stopped the bike after listening to all those things. We went to the beach nearby, and I said that I'm intolerant and I'll let anyone go if they tease her.

"What if they are local gundas, they will try to attack

you again," said Varsha.

"What do you want me to do?"

"If we ignored and left from there, nothing would have happened."

"So you're saying that I should have ignored them."

"Yeah!

"Today they were commenting you, what if they try to molest you or try to rape you. Even then you want me ignored me."

(Varsha Slapped me)

Are you out of your mind?" said Varsha with anger.

"Here I'm caring about you and fucked the guys who were teasing you. Instead of thanking me, you are slapping me."

"Mind your language."

"Look Varsha, I'm angry now. You better leave now."

"Yeah! I better leave."

 

Tears started rolling down her face, I can see it clearly in the sunlight. It sounds weird, but she was beautiful while crying. I was in a dilemma, I didn't even know whether convince myself or convince her.

We didn’t talk with each for few days, if we accidentally get to see each other on the campus, we’ll stare for few seconds and move away.

After a few more days, I got a call from her. At first, I ignored it. When I got the call again, I answered it.

"Hello."

"Hi."

"Why did you call?"

"Akash, please don’t do this to me."

(she started crying)

"Can you please stop using that question?"

"It's enough. Let’s stop this, please."

"I didn’t start."

"I know it is my fault."

"So, what do you want to say now?"

"Forgive me, I can’t live without you."

"How can you even think I can?"

"Sorry, my bad."

"Don’t take it on you, we both did it."

"I was the one who was foolish."

"Now, stop crying."

"Okay."

"Listen clearly. Everything I did that day was just for you."

"Yeah, I know it."

"I was too rude. That’s because I was angry."

"I’ll make you angry again. I love you."

"Love you too."

"I want to see you now."

"Now?"

"Yes, come fast."

"It’s 11:40 yaar and I have a seminar tomorrow."

"Please."

"Sorry."

The next day my seminar went good,  in the break, I went to the canteen with Varsha, we sat there and ordered food.

Meanwhile, she started fondling my hand. I said:  “Are you aware that we are in our College?" and released my hands.

"Why?" asked Varsha.

"What if someone sees?"

"Let them see."

"What if our Faculty sees?"

"I have never seen a faculty coming to our canteen."

"That Doesn’t mean, they will not."

"Okay!

 

She got disappointed, our food arrived. While eating she didn't even utter a word. After the college, I was waiting for her outside of her classroom for her.

Their session ended, everyone started coming out. She saw me but walked away like she didn't saw me.

I followed for a while,  I caught her hand. She stopped and said: "Akash we are in college, leave my hand. What if someone from faculty sees us."

 

I went to the Handball sports meet for a few days, so we didn't have a chance to talk to each other.

When I was back from sports meet, I got a message from Varsha. Which says she was just pulling my leg that day, she was not angry at me. I didn’t reply.Something made me hate the thought of talking with her again. She tried to talk to me but I ignored her.

Two years passed but the situation was the same, and she gave up talking with me.I only had a chance to talk with her, that was on the farewell day.Everyone one should get a date for Farewell for Dancing if u didn’t find one you’re out of the competition. Since everyone is college knows we both are in love, no one asked us for a date.

On the farewell day, everyone got a pair. I was all alone waiting for a girl to pair with me, but none of the girls showed up. I was still waiting,  Varsha came in a white frock with bright yellow flowers on it. She looked like an angel that day.

 

After a while, Ritesh sir saw me alone and asked me about my partner. I said I didn’t have one. He was sorry about my situation and said I'll not participate in the competition.I saw Ritesh sir with Varsha, they were talking about something. I made a quick guess that he will try to pair me with her. As I guessed, he asked me to pair up.

 

It took us some time to be in the position. Once we were ready, We were staring into each other eyes and were dancing according to the rhythm.

Something Magical happened that day, the only thing which was audible for us was music, I was lost in her eyes.

Her eyes filled up with tears, but we didn't stop staring. That day I understood what she had been through all these years. The music stopped and we stopped dancing. She ran from there, I followed her. She was sitting on a bench outside auditorium and crying.

I walked slowly and sat beside her, she was crying. I was sweating a lot, it was a hot summer day, but still, I was waiting for her to speak.

Akash, Can you take me to the beach now?"

 

I was confused, she was looking at me for my answer.

I nodded.

We were sitting on the sand, and it was hot because of the sun. I was exposed to heat from the bottom and top. Since it was hot, I removed my blazer.

She didn’t say a word, No one was there on the beach. The sound of waves was the only thing which was there.

Sorry," said Varsha.

I asked: “For what?"

For what I did.

She continued,” I’m sorry Akash. I tried to talk to you, but you were ignoring me.I felt that I was disturbing you. That’s why I didn’t try to talk with you again.I don’t know how it was for you, I was in hell and I’m still in hell."

She asked me that I forgave her or not.

I didn’t utter a word.

She continued,” seems like you didn’t forgave me, I did a mistake. I accept it and I'm apologizing." and she was still crying.

I didn’t have any words to say. She wiped her face with the kerchief and she started saying: ” Before This incident, I felt that I can’t stay without seeing you or talking to you, but you proved me wrong. I can’t take this anymore. How can I stay here if you’re ignoring me, I don't want to stay in the pain. I’m leaving Akash. I’m leaving tonight. If my presence makes you unhappy, I don’t want to do it."

After that day, I badly wanted to meet her. But I was late, she left. There was nothing that I can do, I tried to contact her grandparents. But I didn’t get any clue to reach her.

She is not there, she will not come. Whatever happened, it happened because of me. Who am I to blame her, I don't deserve her.

I searched her for a year and a half, I didn’t even get a single a clue about her. My parents forced me to take a job and try to forget her. I applied for jobs and finally, after six months, I got selected for a company. I was supposed to fly to New York.

New York

I was sitting on a bench beside the pole light in a park, it was a cold night.The pole light was flickering,the cold breeze blew and I got goosebumps.I heards steps towards me, I was fully freaked out.A man and stood in front of me, I wasn't brave to see him. But I dared and saw his face, he was not ghost.

He said: ” Sir, we are closing."

I stood and started walking out of the park, the watchman moved to the next bench and said: ” Mam, we are closing." That lady replied: ” Yeah, I was about to leave."

 

It was the voice of Varsha, but my mind said she is not, but my heart said yes. It’s been 10 months I came here, but she was still in my mind. I tried to turn back, but I was fully freaked out. I ran out of the park, started my car and flew away.

In the morning, I got a mail that one of our clients was coming today and they want to know everything about the current status of the projects.

I went to the office, my team gave me the opportunity to give a presentation to the client. We welcomed our client, and client’s name was Megha. When I saw her, I felt like I saw her somewhere. We had breakfast with her, after that we introduced ourselves to her. I gave her the presentation. I don’t know why my team didn’t attend the showcase. She had lunch with us. Post lunch she attended a meeting with our Project Manager(P.M).

Our P. M said that she has some doubts about the project, so asked someone to clarify them. Our B. A asked me to go and clarify because I was the person who gave the presentation.

I can smell something strange is happening, but I didn’t get it.

As they requested, I went into the room. Instead of asking me about the project, she started about my office timings. I finally asked her does she have any doubt about the project, but she said she is clear about it after the showcase.

I asked: ” Is there anything else I can help you with?”

No."

Can I leave now?

Yeah, tomorrow at 10. Right."

What?

“Sir, You’ll be coming to the office at 10."

Yeah and don’t call me sir. You can call me Akash

Bye. Nice meeting you. See you soon."

Bye

 

I went straight to P. M, I was angry. I said: ” You said she has doubts about the project?

Yeah," replied P.M.

But she says, she is totally clear about it.

Oh.is it?

Instead she asked about me and my in and out timings etc."

Cool

What? Are you out of your mind?"

Why are you angry? What happened?"

You all are acting strange today. Can I know what’s happening here?

It’s not like that."

It is."

Cool. You are angry AF."

Okay! After all this, you want me to be happy?

Come to sit. Cool down."

Tell me what’s happening?

Actually it’s a prank

What?? prank???

The girl whom we referred as the client is our new developer

We planned to pair her up with you so that she will cope up."

And."(angrily)

And she should know the status of our project, that’s why we asked you to give a showcase.”

And what was that meeting for?

Actually, I explained her everything about our office and people and before sending I told her that I’ll send someone from the project so that she can know everything and anything she wants to.

Oh god, you filthy people."

Oh! Come on."

Who is that intelligent, who planned this prank?

Why do you want to know?

Tell me."

It’s Pete

Pete?

Yeah, I think he will be in single piece after this."

I’ll try."

 

I came out of his room, went to the cafeteria and took a bottle of cold water, and went to Pete’s cabin.

Pete said: ” Hey. Hi

Hi."

How was the prank?” asked Pete with a dirty smile on his face

It was cool."

Cool? Is it?

Do you want to know how much cooler it was?

Yeah. I’d like to know

I emptied the whole bottle on his head. The water was damn cold. I felt he will be angry with me after that, but he smiled and said sorry. Pete was the only person who hangouts with me, others stay away from me because I'm short-tempered and sometimes I’m lost, but Pete never complained anything. He is a good and kind person. We visit bar or pub daily. Every day, we try a new one and the funniest fact is till now we didn’t have a habit of alcohol. But still we visit the pubs to entertain ourselves and tonight we are going to visit a Spanish pub.

 

We went there, as usual, Pete started moving around and flirting with girls. In these ten months, he dated nearly thousand girls, with some he dated twice and thrice too.

I just sat in the alcohol cabin and was having mango juice. In those Lights, I saw Varsha sitting on the opposite side, I was happy after seeing her after so many days.

But it was my hallucination, I left that pub, Went home and slept. All these days, sleep helped me to reduce my pain.

 

The following day, I went to the office early and I was thinking I was the only person in the office. I went to the cafeteria, made a sandwich and was heading towards my cabin. I saw Megha, sleeping in the meeting room. At first, I felt I shouldn’t disturb her. But later on, I woke her up, because I can’t simply ignore things that I observe. She was shocked to see me there and asked me why I was in her home. I explained to her that, she is in office and she slept in the office yesterday. She said that she was trying to understand about the project and she didn’t even know when she slipped into sleep.

I was sitting in my cabin and watching a movie, she came and said she is leaving.

I asked: ” Why are you leaving?

What is the problem in that?

This is your first day in the office and you’re taking a leave."

Sir... Sorry. Akash today is Sunday

What?

Yes, yesterday was Saturday. Though it was a holiday yesterday, they all came for me."

Shit, I should keep track of days or else I'll end up doing these things."

Okay, bye. See you tomorrow."

Wait, I’ll drop you."

No, it’s okay

I’m also leaving, so I’ll drop you on my way home."

Thank you, but...

Why? What happened? Aren’t you feeling safe with me?

Megha nodded.I asked her again: “What is it? What is stopping you?

Okay, fine. You can drop me."

 

We reached her home, she got out of the car and thanked me for the lift. She started walking towards her house and I was checking notifications on my phone. She rang the bell, someone opened the door. I was about to leave, but something was stopping me. I just turned my head to see, who was it?

I saw the person, for whom I was searching for years. It’s Varsha.

 

The next day, I called Megha. I asked her for lunch. Her reply was: “Lunch?? With me??”.

Yeah.

Okay.

I’ll pick you up from your home, then we will go from there.

Okay, at what time?

Around 12.

And I accidentally booked a reservation for three people, so is there anyone to come with us?

You can call Pete.

He is busy today.

What will we do know?

"If you are okay with calling your friend to lunch, you can do it.

Hoping that she will ask Varsha to come with her.“My friends??” replied Megha.

Yeah

My only friend is you and my friend whom I’m living with here.

Oh, can you call her?

No, she went to her father’s place.

Oh, shit”.

Can’t you cancel the reservation?

“I can, but I think we can’t cancel it for a single person.

Oh, fine. So we don’t have any choice left now?

Yeah, anyway be ready by 12.”

Sure.”

 

We went for lunch, but I wasn't happy. I was expecting Varsha to be here with us. She asked me for a drink, I refused. But she was all drunk and started talking shit. Usually people talk truth when they are drunk. She said,” Akash you know what? You’re so cute.”

Thank you. Can we leave now?

Wait, What’s the hurry?

You’re drunk.

So what?

Come on let’s leave

“Are you planning to take advantage of me?

What advantage?

“I’m sure, that you’ll not do it.

Why?

You’re a good guy, I like you.

“Good, I have things to do. Will u please come?”

“Yeah! But why didn’t you tell me?

What?” she was unconscious.

 

Somehow I managed to bring her to my car. We reached her home, she was still unconscious. I took her in to my hands and started walking towards the door. I knocked the door and i was waiting for Varsha to come and open the door. I waited for a while but there was no response and the door was still close. I’m sure that someone is in the house, because I could smell someone cooking in the house.

This time I started banging the door hard, but still no one was opening the door. Finally, I shouted: “Varsha. Are you there?”. I heard the sound of payal(Indian anklet), the door opened.

 

The person at the door wasn’t Varsha, it was her maid Anna. I asked her why was she late. She said she was in Kitchen, so that’s why she didn’t hear. She took Megha from my hands and asked me to come in. She offered me Coffee, I asked her about Varsha. She said: " Varsha, will come tomorrow morning.

I said: " Thank you for the coffee.

What happened to Megha?

“She was a bit overdrunk.

Megha Drunk??

Yeah!

She ain't a drinker.

Is it true?

Yeah! It is.

Then why did she drink too much today?

I don’t know.

I gotta go."

 

I was trying to meet Varsha through Megha, but none of the attempts were successful. I was going to home, after the office as usual. It was a rainy day, Megha called and asked me to drop her and I agreed. This time Megha asked me to come inside and stay till the rain stops. I went in, Megha gave me a towel and offered me a hot cup of coffee. I could see some photo frames hanging on the wall in front of me, I stood up and started walking towards them. After seeing Varsha in those pics, my eyes got wet. Megha said: “The other girl who is with me is Varsha, my best friend.”

I replied: ” I know.”

“How do you know?’

I was caught, but I smartly said,” Do you remember that? We went for lunch, you had alcohol for the first time.”

“Holy shit.”

“How do you know all these things?”

“Anna told me.”

“Oh, Let me Introduce my friend to you.”

 

She called Varsha, my heartbeat started to raise for a  second. She came down by steps, she hasn’t changed a bit in these two years...

Megha said: " Varsha this is Akash and Akash this is Varsha”.

Varsha moved her face towards me, she was thrilled. I can see happiness in her eyes, but she is sad for something too. The one thing which i read accurately are her eyes, seeing her eyes I can actually speak her mind.Varsha said: “Hi

Me: “Hello

Megha: “Can we eat something if your greetings are done?

Me: “Yeah! Why not?” Megha walked into the kitchen.

Varsha: “How are you?

Me: " I’m good

Varsha: “Sorry, I don’t know that you’re coming.

Me: " Why to say sorry for that?

Varsha: " If I had known it before, I wouldn’t have been here.

Me: " What are you talking? I came here for you.

 

Megha entered the hall with a tray which has a few sandwiches and drinks and a bottle of wine. She poured wine into two glasses, and then she offered me one glass. I said: ” Did you ever saw me drinking?

Megha: " Yeah, I did.

Me: “When was the last time you saw me drinking?

Megha: “Before five minutes.

Me: “What?

Megha: “You were drinking coffee a few minutes before.” and she started laughing.

Me: “Is it a joke? Do we need to laugh?

Megha: " Of course it is.

Me: " It was a good attempt, but the joke was lame.

Megha: “Is it?

Me: “Yeah! Varsha, what is your opinion?

Varsha: “Same as yours.

Megha: “I think I should improve.

Me: " Don’t think, just get improved.

Megha: “I think rain will not give up today, you can stay here till morning.

I stood up and said: “Thank you, but I have to go.

Megha: “Why do you want to go?

Me: “I have things to do for tomorrow.

Megha: " What is tomorrow?

Me: " Nothing but I have to go to the office right.

Megha: " It’s Friday today.

Me: " But still

Megha: " We mean no harm, you can stay here.

Me: " No, I should leave.

Megha: " Don’t you understand? It’s raining outside. Varsha can you also ask him to stay.

Varsha: “Akash, please stay.

 

That’s it, I sat down again on the couch. After seeing me staying, Megha said: “I have been asking from a long time, but you didn’t listen. Varsha just asked once and you stayed. Wow, Varsha i think he is mad about you.

Me: " It’s nothing like that and will you please allow me to make a call”.

Megha: " You’re Allowed.

I went to the balcony and made a call to Pete and said I’ll be staying at my friend's place tonight. When I entered the hall again, there was an awkward silence.

"Is it your girlfriend?” asked Megha.

Me: "No, it was Pete”.

Megha: " Who is your girlfriend?

Me: " I don’t have one.

Megha: “You don’t have one now or you didn’t have one?

 

I was silent, I didn’t know what to speak. Megha asked: " You have to answer this question?”. I was still silent.

Varsha: " If he ain’t speaking, then it’s not good to force him”.

Megha: " Why?

Varsha: " Maybe it may have ended up wrong. Actually, we don’t know.

Megha: " Yeah, What you are saying is true?

Varsha: " Akash, you don’t need to share.

Me: " Thank you.

Megha: " Varsha, I think yours also ended up wrong?

Varsha: " Yes.

Megha took a sip of wine, and said: " Let me tell you what happened with her.

Me: “Carry on.

Megha: " She was into a guy when she was in her college in India. She did a small mistake, and her boyfriend utilized that reason to ditch her. But she thinks she did a great mistake that’s why they broke up.

Varsha: “Megha, will you please shut your mouth.

Megha:” Of course not.

Varsha: “Fine, I'm leaving.

Megha:” Don’t run from it

Varsha:” I don’t need to.” and she left.

Me:” Why are we doing this?

Megha: “I don’t want to but what else can I do?

Me:” for??

Megha: “To move on.

Me:” I feel you’re rather hurting her, instead of helping her to move on.”

Megha: oh is it???. Me hurting her is a small thing when compared to you hurting her”.

 

I assumed that she got to know everything, but I played safe. I replied:” Why will I do that?

Megha:” I’m talking shit now, I think I’m a bit overdrunk.

Me:” But you only took a sip.

 

She finished the wine In the bottle. She said:” Now it isn’t a sip anymore.” and she stood, trying to balance herself and was about to fall. I quickly caught her before she even totally fell. She was still talking crap, she was singing some song. I made her stand again, and then she said:” Akash, you’re so cute.

I said: “Please don’t start it again.

Okay, but I like you.

Stop it Megha.”

 

She said: “ I ” and went unconscious. Varsha helped me to take Megha till her room and we cleared all the mess in hall. She asked me if I was told by Megha about where to sleep . I replied: “I don’t know, she didn’t tell me anything.”

There are only two-bed rooms here, one is for Megha and another is for me.”

“Oh, then I’ll sleep on the couch or I’ll leave.

No, please don’t leave. Megha will feel bad.”

Only Megha?

I have two beds in my room if you’re comfortable you can sleep in my room with me.

I don’t have any problem but I feel weird.

Okay, you can sleep in my room. I will make myself comfortable here.

No, please don’t do that.

So, what will you do now?

We will sleep in your room ……. On different beds.

She said: “I know that.” with a coyly smile.

 

I too gave her a smile, we climbed almost all the steps and a strange sound came from the hall. Varsha was so scared, I was unable to recognize what caused that sound exactly. I asked Varsha to stay, but she said she also wanted to come with me. I was also  scared but I dared that day, we started going down the stairs.

When we reached the hall, there was a bright violet bubble-like object in the air. It’s luminance filled the whole room, I went forward to touch it. Varsha screamed and said:” Don’t touch it, what if it is a ghost or a something which explodes when you touch it”.

I replied: “Varsha to bhi na, bohot daar thi hain yaar.”

Whatever you do, please don’t touch it.

Okay, we both will try to touch it. If something happens as you think, then we both will die.

Okay.”

I didn’t expect that she is will agree so quickly. Then I said:” On the count of three.

She started:” One.

Two.

Three.

 





 

Chapter |||

Uncharted

At first, everything was dark, then we started walking towards a random direction. We were walking for hours, I don’t know the exact time and my legs almost went numb, but Varsha was Insane. She feels that we just started walking before a few minutes. We walked for some more time, then suddenly we could see the moonlight. We turned back and saw, there was cave kind of thing behind us. In the moonlight, the place looked like a desert.

As we were moving, the moon was getting bigger. My legs weren’t supporting me anymore, I kneeled and started sleeping on the sandbed. Suddenly an Enormous cloud covered the whole moon in the sky. It was black again.

The next thing I remember Is When I woke up next day morning. I was sleeping with Varsha on her bed, slowly and quietly I got out her bed without waking her up. I went to another room and slept there again.

 

In afternoon, Megha woke me up and asked me about yesterday’s night, I said:”It was good, but.

Continue.

But I had a Nightmare.

Nightmare or dream??

Nightmare.

I can see that you struggled to sleep yesterday night.

Good.

But I’m not sure, that is because of Nightmare.” with a filthy smile.

What do you want to hear from me ?

You were sleeping in Varsha’s room.

So, what?

You look tired too.

Yes, how do you know that?

Night is meant to sleep, not to do other things.

Megha, you bitch.

After yesterday’s thing, I thought Varsha will be sad and dull. But when I saw here she is overjoyed now.

Wow!

I don’t know. What magic have you done to her?

Megha, I think it’s the good time for me to leave.”

No, best.

 

As I reached home, Pete surprised me with his decision of getting married. Finally, he liked a girl to spend his life with. But the only sad part was, even this bastard got a girl to marry, but a gentle man like me is still single. I saw Pete, he was so much excited about his marriage. I asked him: “What made you think like this?

My heart," replied Pete.

Really?

Yes. For the first time in my life, while dating a girl I felt that she Is the only person with whom I have to spend my whole life.

You can also be wrong.

Yes, I might be wrong. But she will keep me happy.

Good. By the way, what is her name?

Rhea.

Is she greek?

Nope, Indian.

Are you into an Indian?

Yes, you have to see her. She is exquisite.

Wow.

I bet you’ll fall in love when you see her.

Stop boasting.

Today you may feel I’m boosting, but tomorrow you’ll see her.

So, you’re bringing her home tomorrow?

No.

Then why did you mention it?

It’s a proverb.

But it didn’t sound like one.

It did.

Okay, leave it. When will you plight your troth?

On 3rd

We barely have a month before marriage.

Pete nodded. I asked : “What’s the hurry?

I don’t want to waste more time.

Oh, god please save this child, he got drowned in love.

 

Slowly buzz got created in the office about pete’s marriage, at first no one believed, because Pete was not that kind of a person. I don’t know what happened to Pete and why he wants to marry? if his girlfriend Rhea did it, she did a great job.

I was busy with his marriage preparations, basically an American marriage doesn’t have anything to prepare much but this Idiot wants an Indian marriage. For which I was the only one to reach for help, and I too didn’t have a chance except that and on top of it he invited my parents without evening telling me and asked them to come before a week to help him to sort out things.

 

I had no time to meet Megha and Varsha, I was missing her so much. I took my mobile phone and called Megha,after a few rings call got received.It wasn’t Megha who was on the call, it was Varsha. I asked Varsha:”Hi, Varsha. Is Megha around?”

replied Varsha.:”Yeah, but she is sleeping.

Oh, then it’s good.

Good for what?

If she isn’t asleep, she will think that I’m trying to talk to you.

So, what’s in that?

That is a different story, we will talk about it later.

So, what was the call for? in midnight?

I want to talk to you.

What?

Something Important.

Please, now don’t bring it on.

No, it’s not about that.

Then, what is it about?

About that night.

Oh, the night you stayed with us.

Yeah.

Don’t worry, nothing happened that night. Megha was just pulling your leg.

I know that.

What do you want to talk about?

We saw a strange light, in the hall.

Yeah, we touched it too.

Yeah, when we touched it. Have you seen anything?

No, after touching that light nothing happened, you became unconscious.

Then how come I was sleeping on the same bed on which you were sleeping?

From the hall I lifted you, pulled you till my room and then I placed you on the bed. After some time I recognized that it was my bed. I tried to lift you again, but I was unable to. I can’t sleep on the other bed, because It was dark and I was afraid.

Okay, thank you for sharing all these things.

My pleasure.” and we ended the call with a smile on our faces.

 

Finally, the day arrived, Pete was getting married. The whole place was filled with people, but I was eagerly waiting for Megha and Varsha to arrive at the venue.

Suddenly someone pulled me from my back, and took me to the bungalow, behind the venue. It was Megha, she was a bit angry on me. ”Where were you all these days?” asked Megha.

I replied: “Here.

Yesterday, you saw me but you acted like you weren’t.

I didn’t act and you came yesterday??

Yeah

Okay, sorry for everything.

It’s okay.

Thank you.

I saw you waiting eagerly for someone.

Yeah, I was waiting for you.

Waiting for me? Or for Varsha?

For both.

Good.

Can we talk for some time?

We can but not now.

Why?

I’ll not answer for that.

She was about to leave, I caught her hand and tried to stop her. She asked:”What do you want?”

I replied:”Hmm… Surprise me.

 

She turned and started moving towards me, and I started moving backward. After a step, I reached the wall but still, she was coming closer to me. I was unable to speak anything, I sensed danger. She stood on her to toes to match my height and placed her lips on me, we smooched there for sometime .Later, I realized that she was Megha not Varsha. I released my lips from her. She asked:”Is this surprise enough?

 

We walked back to the Venue, I sat beside my mom. She started saying that she is seeing me happy again after so many days.

I replied:”What happened to me?

Forget the past, You are happy now and that Is enough for me.

Good.

I know the reason behind Your happiness. That girl.

Which girl? Varsha?

She is the past, I‘m talking about the new one.

Who?? Megha??

Yes, Megha.

You’re wondering a lot these days.

I saw everything.

What did you see?”

What you both did near bungalow?

Maa, you stalking your son now.

Whatever it may be. I like that girl.”

Good.

 

I got a message on my phone from an unknown number, In the message, it was written:

Ironman 3 released today, wanna watch tonight.

 

I made a call back to that number and it was Varsha. After the call, I made a plan and we were ready to watch it tonight. Myself, Varsha, Megha, Pete, and Rhea went to the Watch It and the worst thing which happened was, I was asked to sit in between Varsha and Megha. There is one who rarely talks and there is one who rarely stops and I’m sitting between them.

 

We were a bit early, the movie didn’t start yet. Megha started to chatter again. ”Do you want another surprise?” asked Megha.

I replied:”I think that is enough for my whole life, Thank you.

It’s okay, you can have another.

Talk about this again and I will be out.

Sorry, please don’t go.

Okay

Your mom spoke to me today.

Oh. What did she speak?

Do you want me to tell you?

Yeah

We didn’t talk much, I hurried to leave for the movie. So I promised her that I’ll talk to her tomorrow.

Good

You seemed to be curious about this thing?

I think the movie is about to start, can we stop our conversation and watch it.

Yeah, why not?

 

As the movie started, I tried to talk to Varsha but my voice got lost in the sound of the movie. I placed my hand on Varsha’s hand, I thought she will remove her hand but she didn’t. When we were halfway into the movie, Varsha leaned her head on my shoulder holding my right hand with her while watching the movie. I was on Cloud nine, but Megha pulled me down from it.

Megha also leaned on my other shoulder and whispered:”I want to be your Pepper Potts if you are Tony Stark”.

I whispered back:”If you’re Pepper Potts, then I’m Thor”.

Idiot

Varsha asked me about our conversation, I replied:”Megha said she is Pepper Potts and for that, I replied that I’m Thor.

If that is the case I’m Jane Foster,” Varsha responded.

Really?

The following day we all went for a picnic, where my mom started talking to Megha. I was seeing them both talking, but I acted like I ignored them, so that they shouldn’t doubt me. In the meanwhile I was with Varsha, we went walking to the nearby lake for some time. It was a nice experience. We returned back, but still, my mom was talking with Megha. I was dying with suspense, so I called Megha and asked her to meet me at the lake and said it was urgent. After a few minutes she came, I asked her about her conversation with my mom.

I taught that you called me for the surprise," replied Megha.

I said: “Tell me? What did you both talk?

She likes me so much.

I know it, what else?

We talked about you for some time.

About me?? What did you talk??

She told me about your childhood things and memories.

What else did you talk except that?

We were talking for two hours, what do you want to know?

My mom’s Agenda behind this conversation.

Oh, she asked me that I like you or not?

You said you like me, next?

She asked my opinion on marrying you?

Okay, what did you say?

I said, I want to marry you.

Megha, are you out of your mind.

Nope, I just told my opinion. If you want we’ll marry or else not. What’s the big deal in that.

Megha, you don’t know what will be the impact of your opinion.

Whatever it may be?

Really? You want to marry me??

Yeah

Don't take the decision to quickly, take some time and think about it.

I already did it.

Try again, please.

I’m 100% sure.

Why do you want to marry a guy like me?

Why shouldn’t I?

What made you to like me?

Whatever you may be, you’re good at heart, you're a Teetotaler and you’re caring too.

That’s it.

No, the girl who marries you will be happy for the rest of her life and I want to be that girl.

I think this is not the person whom you’re talking about.

I know you Akash”. (I saw a gut feeling in her voice while saying this.)

Good

I love you Akash,but don’t think about this now. Come on let’s enjoy.

I’ll join you, you can go.

She came back, hugged me and gave me a kiss and said sorry and took me back to the picnic spot by holding my hands. I was having lunch with my mom and mom started talking to me slowly. She said:”I talked to Megha, she is a lovely person. I asked her opinion on marriage and marrying you. She said she would love to marry you.

So, what are you doing next?

We talked with your father.

Father?? Is he here?

No, we did a Skype call.

Oh

He also liked Megha, We are ready for it and even Megha wants to marry you. We are waiting for your decision, don’t be in a hurry. Take your own time, this is your life, my son. Once done can’t be reverted back.

Thank you, mom. I really needed time.

For now forget all these things and enjoy the day.

I thought I can use this time to convince Varsha to marry me, but wasn’t that smooth. After returning from the Picnic, I asked Megha to meet me on the terrace at night. As expected she came, I said that I want to talk something important with her.

She said:”You’re talking so much with me nowadays.

Yeah, I have no choice.”

Okay. Make it fast, I’m exhausted.

I want to tell you the truth.

What truth? Are you gay?

No, I would have been happy now if I was a gay.

Why? What happened to you?

Being hetero brought me these problems.

Leave it, now tell the truth.

We met in India five years back, at movie IRON MAN.

Oh is it?

Yeah, Me, You, Varsha were there that day.

Hey, don’t test my memory please I’m tired. Tell whatever you want to tell, don’t ask me please.

I was the person who ditched Varsha three years back.

So, is this what you wanted to tell me?

Yeah

I know it.

But still you love me?

Yeah, why what is the problem in it?

How can you love your friend’s lover?

I loved her ex-lover.

Varsha still loves me.

You’re wondering a lot these days and after hearing all these things I think you both were in Infatuation, not love.

No, It’s love.

Whatever. I’m going to sleep. Good night, Love you.

Good night

Do you want a good night surprise?

No, thanks for asking.”

 

I called Varsha and asked her to come to the same place, it took her 20 minutes but finally, she came. I told her everything that happened between me, Megha and Mom. I asked her to marry me before it gets too late.”Sorry Akash. I can’t marry you," replied Varsha.

Why?

You’re not my type.

I’m not your type? How did the love happened between us then? We had a successful relationship for 2 years.”

That was Infatuation.

What about the thing that happened in the movie theatre?

Immature Attraction. I got attracted to you before, I got attracted again.

Look Varsha, I’m serious about this.

I’m also serious about this, and I don’t want to marry a person who is mentally ill.

What the fuck?

Yeah, do you remember the last day we met in india?

I do.

You wanted to stop me that day,but you’re weren’t.You wanted to talk but weren’t able to do it.right?

Yeah, but how do you know this?

“You’re suffering from anxiety disorder.”

Why are you doing this to me?

I ain’t doing anything. I can’t spend my whole life with you in Infatuation and this illness.

Fuck you.

Why would I do that?

Get out of here,before I do something.

I’ll, but I think Megha is perfect for you.” and turned back and went downstairs.

While turning back, I saw tears in her eyes. I was not sure that she was crying because it was dark enough to see anything. I was angry. I went to my mom and said I was ready to marry Megha.

 

These typical Indian marriages are Insane, even for a small ceremony like engagement they shop like there is no tomorrow. My dad came to New York  months before for shopping. My mom bought 5 sarees for her and two each for Megha and Varsha and she said that She wants to buy few more dresses for Megha because she wasn’t sure that whether she will wear saree for Engagement or not. My dad forced me to take 3 pairs of clothes and they bought a lot more things. While we were leaving the mall, my mom saw a Marriage Collection Section.

Again It took my parents two hours to select a dress, at the end of those two hours they finally selected a Dark blue suit and Cream colored saree.We walked out of the mall, my hands were full of shopping bags and my phone started ringing. I ran to the car, kept all the bags in the car and received the call. It was Megha she said that she is skeptical about our marriage. I said:”What is it?

What is the reason for you to accept this marriage?” asked Megha.

Nothing.

I was thinking that you accepted it because you were angry on Varsha.

No, it is different.

What is it?

I can’t marry the person whom I love, but I can let you marry the person who you love and I’m not sure that I’m worthy of your love.

You are Worthy, Akash.

You can keep me happy for the whole life.

Thank you, Akash.

I’m fortunate enough to get you.

Please stop, I can’t take this much.

Okay, see you. Bye.

Bye. Love you.

I don’t know that I can love you back.

You don’t need to.

I hung up the call.

 

A few days later, I went to Megha’s place. I knocked two times on the door, Varsha opened the door. I said:”Hi”.

"Hello” replied Varsha and climbed upstairs.

Megha was sitting in the hall, watching something on her mobile. I snatched her phone and got to know that she was seeing my pics. We both went into a small fight for the mobile, at the end of the story - a girl always wins a fight. Then she asked me to dance with her, I placed  one hand around her waist and with another I was holding her hands. We started moving slowly and after some time it became a beautiful romantic dance. Though I was dancing with Megha, my eyes were on Varsha’s room. Megha noticed me watching towards Varsha’s room, She said:”Akash do you know that you’re going to marry me?

Yeah

Why are your eyes hunting for something on the Upstairs then?

Why is Varsha not around?

I don’t know.

Okay

What will we do now?

I want to tell you about my illness?

Illness?? What is it?

I’m suffering from an anxiety disorder.

Be clear.

I can’t speak when I’m tensed or guilt even if I want to.

Oh, you’ll not be tensed or be guilt when you’re with me and I think we will not have time to talk once we get married.

Oh Is It?

Yeah”.

 

I waited a few more hours there to get a chance to meet Varsha, but I had hard luck.”You don’t want to leave?” asked Megha.

I will.

It’s getting dark, I think it is good for you to leave.

Yeah, I’m leaving.

If you wanna stay for tonight, you can stay. You can sleep here, but this time in my room.

Thanks but I’m leaving.

Bye, take care. Love you.

No surprises today?

If you want surprise then stay here tonight.

No, I have to go.

 

It was the morning of my engagement day, I was so much tensed, I want to marry Varsha and I don’t want to miss Megha too. But I can’t marry both of them. So I have to get down to one. I asked Pete to help me in this case, but he was not aware of my Indian flashback. So I told him everything happened, and he said he would have run away from these people If he was me.

There were only a few minutes left for Ceremony, I called Varsha. She didn’t receive the call, but I got a message from her in which it was written:”Fuck Off”.So I decided that I’ll go with Megha,we exchanged our rings.Megha kissed me in front of everyone, I thought my mom will scold me because these things are not meant to be done in public in India, but instead everyone who came to ceremony clapped and my mom joined them too.I asked my mom, is it okay to do these things in public, she said It’s America, not India.

 

Varsha did attend the ceremony, when I saw her I felt like I should go And hug her. But these feelings made me feel like I’m cheating Megha. So I just gave a look and ignored Varsha. If I had known that, that will be the last time I’ll see Varsha, then I wouldn’t have wasted that chance to meet her or at least try to convince her.

Uncharted

At first, everything was dark, then we started walking towards a random direction. We were walking for hours, I don’t know the exact time and my legs almost went numb, but Varsha was Insane. She feels that we just started walking before a few minutes. We walked for some more time, then suddenly we could see the moonlight. We turned back and saw, there was cave kind of thing behind us. In the moonlight, the place looked like a desert.

As we were moving, the moon was getting bigger. My legs weren’t supporting me anymore, I kneeled and started sleeping on the sandbed. Suddenly an Enormous cloud covered the whole moon in the sky. It was black again.

The next thing I remember Is When I woke up next day morning. I was sleeping with Varsha on her bed, slowly and quietly I got out her bed without waking her up. I went to another room and slept there again.

 

In afternoon, Megha woke me up and asked me about yesterday’s night, I said:”It was good, but.

Continue.

But I had a Nightmare.

Nightmare or dream??

Nightmare.

I can see that you struggled to sleep yesterday night.

Good.

But I’m not sure, that is because of Nightmare.” with a filthy smile.

What do you want to hear from me ?

You were sleeping in Varsha’s room.

So, what?

You look tired too.

Yes, how do you know that?

Night is meant to sleep, not to do other things.

Megha, you bitch.

After yesterday’s thing, I thought Varsha will be sad and dull. But when I saw here she is overjoyed now.

Wow!

I don’t know. What magic have you done to her?

Megha, I think it’s the good time for me to leave.”

No, best.

 

As I reached home, Pete surprised me with his decision of getting married. Finally, he liked a girl to spend his life with. But the only sad part was, even this bastard got a girl to marry, but a gentle man like me is still single. I saw Pete, he was so much excited about his marriage. I asked him: “What made you think like this?

My heart," replied Pete.

Really?

Yes. For the first time in my life, while dating a girl I felt that she Is the only person with whom I have to spend my whole life.

You can also be wrong.

Yes, I might be wrong. But she will keep me happy.

Good. By the way, what is her name?

Rhea.

Is she greek?

Nope, Indian.

Are you into an Indian?

Yes, you have to see her. She is exquisite.

Wow.

I bet you’ll fall in love when you see her.

Stop boasting.

Today you may feel I’m boosting, but tomorrow you’ll see her.

So, you’re bringing her home tomorrow?

No.

Then why did you mention it?

It’s a proverb.

But it didn’t sound like one.

It did.

Okay, leave it. When will you plight your troth?

On 3rd

We barely have a month before marriage.

Pete nodded. I asked : “What’s the hurry?

I don’t want to waste more time.

Oh, god please save this child, he got drowned in love.

 

Slowly buzz got created in the office about pete’s marriage, at first no one believed, because Pete was not that kind of a person. I don’t know what happened to Pete and why he wants to marry? if his girlfriend Rhea did it, she did a great job.

I was busy with his marriage preparations, basically an American marriage doesn’t have anything to prepare much but this Idiot wants an Indian marriage. For which I was the only one to reach for help, and I too didn’t have a chance except that and on top of it he invited my parents without evening telling me and asked them to come before a week to help him to sort out things.

 

I had no time to meet Megha and Varsha, I was missing her so much. I took my mobile phone and called Megha,after a few rings call got received.It wasn’t Megha who was on the call, it was Varsha. I asked Varsha:”Hi, Varsha. Is Megha around?”

replied Varsha.:”Yeah, but she is sleeping.

Oh, then it’s good.

Good for what?

If she isn’t asleep, she will think that I’m trying to talk to you.

So, what’s in that?

That is a different story, we will talk about it later.

So, what was the call for? in midnight?

I want to talk to you.

What?

Something Important.

Please, now don’t bring it on.

No, it’s not about that.

Then, what is it about?

About that night.

Oh, the night you stayed with us.

Yeah.

Don’t worry, nothing happened that night. Megha was just pulling your leg.

I know that.

What do you want to talk about?

We saw a strange light, in the hall.

Yeah, we touched it too.

Yeah, when we touched it. Have you seen anything?

No, after touching that light nothing happened, you became unconscious.

Then how come I was sleeping on the same bed on which you were sleeping?

From the hall I lifted you, pulled you till my room and then I placed you on the bed. After some time I recognized that it was my bed. I tried to lift you again, but I was unable to. I can’t sleep on the other bed, because It was dark and I was afraid.

Okay, thank you for sharing all these things.

My pleasure.” and we ended the call with a smile on our faces.

 

Finally, the day arrived, Pete was getting married. The whole place was filled with people, but I was eagerly waiting for Megha and Varsha to arrive at the venue.

Suddenly someone pulled me from my back, and took me to the bungalow, behind the venue. It was Megha, she was a bit angry on me. ”Where were you all these days?” asked Megha.

I replied: “Here.

Yesterday, you saw me but you acted like you weren’t.

I didn’t act and you came yesterday??

Yeah

Okay, sorry for everything.

It’s okay.

Thank you.

I saw you waiting eagerly for someone.

Yeah, I was waiting for you.

Waiting for me? Or for Varsha?

For both.

Good.

Can we talk for some time?

We can but not now.

Why?

I’ll not answer for that.

She was about to leave, I caught her hand and tried to stop her. She asked:”What do you want?”

I replied:”Hmm… Surprise me.

 

She turned and started moving towards me, and I started moving backward. After a step, I reached the wall but still, she was coming closer to me. I was unable to speak anything, I sensed danger. She stood on her to toes to match my height and placed her lips on me, we smooched there for some time.Later, I realized that she was Megha, not Varsha. I released my lips from her. She asked: ”Is this surprise enough?

 

We walked back to the Venue, I sat beside my mom. She started saying that she is seeing me happy again after so many days.

I replied: ”What happened to me?

Forget the past, You are happy now and that Is enough for me.

Good.

I know the reason behind Your happiness. That girl.

Which girl? Varsha?

She is the past, I‘m talking about the new one.

Who?? Megha??

Yes, Megha.

You’re wondering a lot these days.

I saw everything.

What did you see?”

What you both did near bungalow?

Maa, you stalking your son now.

Whatever it may be. I like that girl.”

Good.

 

I got a message on my phone from an unknown number, In the message, it was written:

Ironman 3 released today, wanna watch tonight.

 

I made a call back to that number and it was Varsha. After the call, I made a plan and we were ready to watch it tonight. Myself, Varsha, Megha, Pete, and Rhea went to the Watch It and the worst thing which happened was, I was asked to sit in between Varsha and Megha. There is one who rarely talks and there is one who rarely stops and I’m sitting between them.

 

We were a bit early, the movie didn’t start yet. Megha started to chatter again. ”Do you want another surprise?” asked Megha.

I replied: ”I think that is enough for my whole life, Thank you.

It’s okay, you can have another.

Talk about this again and I will be out.

Sorry, please don’t go.

Okay

Your mom spoke to me today.

Oh. What did she speak?

Do you want me to tell you?

Yeah

We didn’t talk much, I hurried to leave for the movie. So I promised her that I’ll talk to her tomorrow.

Good

You seemed to be curious about this thing?

I think the movie is about to start, can we stop our conversation and watch it.

Yeah, why not?

 

As the movie started, I tried to talk to Varsha but my voice got lost in the sound of the movie. I placed my hand on Varsha’s hand, I thought she will remove her hand but she didn’t. When we were halfway into the movie, Varsha leaned her head on my shoulder holding my right hand with her while watching the movie. I was on Cloud nine, but Megha pulled me down from it.

Megha also leaned on my other shoulder and whispered: ”I want to be your Pepper Potts if you are Tony Stark”.

I whispered back: ”If you’re Pepper Potts, then I’m Thor”.

Idiot

Varsha asked me about our conversation, I replied: ”Megha said she is Pepper Potts and for that, I replied that I’m Thor.

If that is the case I’m Jane Foster,” Varsha responded.

Really?

The following day we all went for a picnic, where my mom started talking to Megha. I was seeing them both talking, but I acted like I ignored them, so that they shouldn’t doubt me. In the meanwhile I was with Varsha, we went walking to the nearby lake for some time. It was a nice experience. We returned back, but still, my mom was talking with Megha. I was dying with suspense, so I called Megha and asked her to meet me at the lake and said it was urgent. After a few minutes she came, I asked her about her conversation with my mom.

I taught that you called me for the surprise," replied Megha.

I said: “Tell me? What did you both talk?

She likes me so much.

I know it, what else?

We talked about you for some time.

About me?? What did you talk??

She told me about your childhood things and memories.

What else did you talk except that?

We were talking for two hours, what do you want to know?

My mom’s Agenda behind this conversation.

Oh, she asked me that I like you or not?

You said you like me, next?

She asked my opinion on marrying you?

Okay, what did you say?

I said, I want to marry you.

Megha, are you out of your mind.

Nope, I just told my opinion. If you want we’ll marry or else not. What’s the big deal in that.

Megha, you don’t know what will be the impact of your opinion.

Whatever it may be?

Really? You want to marry me??

Yeah

Don't take the decision to quickly, take some time and think about it.

I already did it.

Try again, please.

I’m 100% sure.

Why do you want to marry a guy like me?

Why shouldn’t I?

What made you to like me?

Whatever you may be, you’re good at heart, you're a Teetotaler and you’re caring too.

That’s it.

No, the girl who marries you will be happy for the rest of her life and I want to be that girl.

I think this is not the person whom you’re talking about.

I know you Akash”. (I saw a gut feeling in her voice while saying this.)

Good

I love you Akash, but don’t think about this now. Come on let’s enjoy.

I’ll join you, you can go.

She came back, hugged me and gave me a kiss and said sorry and took me back to the picnic spot by holding my hands. I was having lunch with my mom and mom started talking to me slowly. She said: ”I talked to Megha, she is a lovely person. I asked her opinion on marriage and marrying you. She said she would love to marry you.

So, what are you doing next?

We talked with your father.

Father?? Is he here?

No, we did a Skype call.

Oh

He also liked Megha, We are ready for it and even Megha wants to marry you. We are waiting for your decision, don’t be in a hurry. Take your own time, this is your life, my son. Once done can’t be reverted back.

Thank you, mom. I really needed time.

For now forget all these things and enjoy the day.

I thought I can use this time to convince Varsha to marry me, but wasn’t that smooth. After returning from the Picnic, I asked Megha to meet me on the terrace at night. As expected she came, I said that I want to talk something important with her.

She said:”You’re talking so much with me nowadays.

Yeah, I have no choice.”

Okay. Make it fast, I’m exhausted.

I want to tell you the truth.

What truth? Are you gay?

No, I would have been happy now if I was a gay.

Why? What happened to you?

Being hetero brought me these problems.

Leave it, now tell the truth.

We met in India five years back, at movie IRON MAN.

Oh is it?

Yeah, Me, You, Varsha were there that day.

Hey, don’t test my memory please I’m tired. Tell whatever you want to tell, don’t ask me please.

I was the person who ditched Varsha three years back.

So, is this what you wanted to tell me?

Yeah

I know it.

But still you love me?

Yeah, why what is the problem in it?

How can you love your friend’s lover?

I loved her ex-lover.

Varsha still loves me.

You’re wondering a lot these days and after hearing all these things I think you both were in Infatuation, not love.

No, It’s love.

Whatever. I’m going to sleep. Good night, Love you.

Good night

Do you want a good night surprise?

No, thanks for asking.”

 

I called Varsha and asked her to come to the same place, it took her 20 minutes but finally, she came. I told her everything that happened between me, Megha and Mom. I asked her to marry me before it gets too late.”Sorry, Akash. I can’t marry you," replied Varsha.

Why?

You’re not my type.

I’m not your type? How did the love happen between us then? We had a successful relationship for 2 years.”

That was Infatuation.

What about the thing that happened in the movie theatre?

Immature Attraction. I got attracted to you before, I got attracted again.

Look Varsha, I’m serious about this.

I’m also serious about this, and I don’t want to marry a person who is mentally ill.

What the fuck?

Yeah, do you remember the last day we met in india?

I do.

You wanted to stop me that day,but you’re weren’t.You wanted to talk but weren’t able to do it.right?

Yeah, but how do you know this?

“You’re suffering from anxiety disorder.”

Why are you doing this to me?

I ain’t doing anything. I can’t spend my whole life with you in Infatuation and this illness.

Fuck you.

Why would I do that?

Get out of here,before I do something.

I’ll, but I think Megha is perfect for you.” and turned back and went downstairs.

While turning back, I saw tears in her eyes. I was not sure that she was crying because it was dark enough to see anything. I was angry. I went to my mom and said I was ready to marry Megha.

 

These typical Indian marriages are Insane, even for a small ceremony like engagement they shop like there is no tomorrow. My dad came to New York  months before for shopping. My mom bought 5 sarees for her and two each for Megha and Varsha and she said that She wants to buy few more dresses for Megha because she wasn’t sure that whether she will wear saree for Engagement or not. My dad forced me to take 3 pairs of clothes and they bought a lot more things. While we were leaving the mall, my mom saw a Marriage Collection Section.

Again It took my parents two hours to select a dress, at the end of those two hours they finally selected a Dark blue suit and Cream colored saree.We walked out of the mall, my hands were full of shopping bags and my phone started ringing. I ran to the car, kept all the bags in the car and received the call. It was Megha she said that she is skeptical about our marriage. I said:”What is it?

What is the reason for you to accept this marriage?” asked Megha.

Nothing.

I was thinking that you accepted it because you were angry on Varsha.

No, it is different.

What is it?

I can’t marry the person whom I love, but I can let you marry the person who you love and I’m not sure that I’m worthy of your love.

You are Worthy, Akash.

You can keep me happy for the whole life.

Thank you, Akash.

I’m fortunate enough to get you.

Please stop, I can’t take this much.

Okay, see you. Bye.

Bye. Love you.

I don’t know that I can love you back.

You don’t need to.

I hung up the call.

 

A few days later, I went to Megha’s place. I knocked two times on the door, Varsha opened the door. I said:”Hi”.

"Hello” replied Varsha and climbed upstairs.

Megha was sitting in the hall, watching something on her mobile. I snatched her phone and got to know that she was seeing my pics. We both went into a small fight for the mobile, at the end of the story - a girl always wins a fight. Then she asked me to dance with her, I placed  one hand around her waist and with another I was holding her hands. We started moving slowly and after some time it became a beautiful romantic dance. Though I was dancing with Megha, my eyes were on Varsha’s room. Megha noticed me watching towards Varsha’s room, She said:”Akash do you know that you’re going to marry me?

Yeah

Why are your eyes hunting for something on the Upstairs then?

Why is Varsha not around?

I don’t know.

Okay

What will we do now?

I want to tell you about my illness?

Illness?? What is it?

I’m suffering from an anxiety disorder.

Be clear.

I can’t speak when I’m tensed or guilt even if I want to.

Oh, you’ll not be tensed or be guilt when you’re with me and I think we will not have time to talk once we get married.

Oh Is It?

Yeah”.

 

I waited a few more hours there to get a chance to meet Varsha, but I had hard luck.”You don’t want to leave?” asked Megha.

I will.

It’s getting dark, I think it is good for you to leave.

Yeah, I’m leaving.

If you wanna stay for tonight, you can stay. You can sleep here, but this time in my room.

Thanks but I’m leaving.

Bye, take care. Love you.

No surprises today?

If you want surprise then stay here tonight.

No, I have to go.

 

It was the morning of my engagement day, I was so much tensed, I want to marry Varsha and I don’t want to miss Megha too. But I can’t marry both of them. So I have to get down to one. I asked Pete to help me in this case, but he was not aware of my Indian flashback. So I told him everything happened, and he said he would have run away from these people If he was me.

There were only a few minutes left for Ceremony, I called Varsha. She didn’t receive the call, but I got a message from her in which it was written: ”Fuck Off”.So I decided that I’ll go with Megha, we exchanged our rings. Megha kissed me in front of everyone, I thought my mom will scold me because these things are not meant to be done in public in India, but instead, everyone who came to ceremony clapped and my mom joined them too. I asked my mom, is it okay to do these things in public, she said It’s America, not India.

 

Varsha did attend the ceremony, when I saw her I felt like I should go And hug her. But these feelings made me feel like I’m cheating Megha. So I just gave a look and ignored Varsha. If I had known that, that will be the last time I’ll see Varsha, then I wouldn’t have wasted that chance to meet her or at least try to convince her.

Veracity

By the end of the day, I was exhausted. I went to my room, removed my jacket and laid on my bed. I grabbed my earphones from the table near my bed, plugged it into the phone and started listening. From nowhere Megha appeared, she also laid in bed beside me. She took one of the earphones from me, and as usual, she started chattering. The next day morning, my parents and our relatives who attended the ceremony started discussing marriage.

My mom called our Pandit and asked him dates for marriage, he gave us two options one is April 12th at 11 am and another is April 12th at 10 pm.

I voted up for the morning one, and then the topic of discussion changed about the place of marriage. My dad came up with an idea of Destination Wedding, and he suggested us goa. But Mom said the Destination for Wedding will be decided by Megha. I called Megha and informed her that we are planning for the destination wedding and asked her, her choice of place. ”I’m okay with any place you like" replied Megha.

The focus turned towards me, everyone started asking my choice and I said:”Malibu”.

You want to go all the way west from east to get married.” asked dad.

I replied:”Yeah, What is the problem with that? You came to New York traveling thousands of miles to my marriage, then why can’t we travel a few more miles for it.

Okay, fine.but where in Malibu?

I know a place there.

What is it?

Malibu West beach club.

You seem well prepared.

Prepared for what?

For marriage?

Yes, I should be.

Well my son, if the venue is fixed can we think about invitations?"

"Yeah, I'll take care of it."

"If you want to do everything, why are we here?"

"I'm sorry, one of my friends is into this business."

"Oh, is it? good!"

"Yeah, but we have a problem here."

"What is it?"

"He Lives in LA."

"I don't see a problem in that."

"But we have to travel all the way west to get 'em."

"Why do we need to do that? We will send our people for that if we need to or else we can communicate through Skype."

"Yeah, but we should go to California to at least check the venue."

"I'll do that."

 

While invitation cards were ordered, I sent some people invitation emails.At first, I thought Inviting Varsha personally, so that I may get a chance to talk with her. But taking the situation into consideration, I'm damn sure that she will not even see my face. So I mailed Varsha too.

I still had five months of marriage, but I wasn't sure how to convince Varsha. I visited Megha place so many times and know she thinks I'm into with her. I didn't even know what was I doing, I just wanted to meet Varsha.

Three months passed but there was no sign of Varsha, I think she never leaves her room and I can't explain Megha about all these things. If I do, she will kill me.

 

One day, I dared to meet Varsha myself. I went straight to Varsha's room, the door was locked from Inside. I knocked on the door, I heard someone approaching the door. The door opened and guess who was there, it was Megha.

She asked:"What are you doing here? I thought you were sitting in the hall."

I was silent, she continued talking: "Oh, You came here for me right? But you should knock on my door, instead, you knocked on Varsha's door. Why?"

I was still silent, she said:"You got confused right, it happens with me too."

I nodded.

I was safe that day, Megha questioned me and she answered them too. She continued:"Actually Varsha and I exchanged rooms because her room has two beds So that if you come over some night you can sleep in my room."

 

A few days later, I got a message from Megha stating that Varsha is leaving New York. I tried at least to see her, but I was late she left before I reached there. I was thinking to call her, but I know that she will not respond to my call. So I tried with Megha's phone, but Varsha threw her Phone in a dustbin in Megha's house. I asked Megha:"Did she spoke something before leaving?"

"Yeah!" replied Megha.

"What is that?"

"She said she going to start a new life and asked us not to contact her."

"Did she spoke anything about me?"

"I'm sorry, she didn't"

The day she left was the day of love, people get happy in the name of love but my love gave me grief for the rest of my life.

We went to Malibu a week the marriage, my dad says he has some Pre-Marriage Activities and Megha says she wants to enjoy the city. I was the one who traveled for no reason except marrying Megha. Pete called our friends who live in California to hang out. Those people got to know that my mood is off, so asked me for the reason. I didn't disclose about Varsha with them but Pete did and they ask me to show them her picture. One of them responded that he saw Varsha in Santa Monica.

There were only two more days left for my wedding, I told my parents that I'm going to my friend whom I forgot to invite for the wedding and I'll back by the day wedding. My mom caught my ear and took me into my room and said: "You're not going anywhere."

"Why?"

"There are so many things you need to do before marriage and you're not supposed to leave this place."

"Why?"

"I don't know, people just say."

"Leave it ma, I'll be back by evening."

"No, if your dad knows then he will kill me."

"Pete is also coming with me."

"So what? Still, your father will kill me."

"He will not know, I'll be back by evening."

"In that case, you can go. But you should come back by evening."

"Love you Ma."

We reached Santa Monica in 20 mins. We went to the place where she was seen before. I tried asking people about her, we were unsuccessful in that attempt. Then we visited every single hotel to search for her, but that attempt was also not successful. I promised my mom that I'll be there by evening, so we started coming back from there. On our way,back to malibu.

"What will you do if we get Varsha?" asked Pete.

I replied: "Nothing."

"Why?"

"Before leaving she said she will start a new life and asked us not to contact her."

"So you still want to meet her even if she doesn't like to."

"No."

"Then, why did we travel to Santa Monica?"

"I just wanted to see her."

"Just to see her, we came to Santa Monica?"

"Yeah."

"Come on man, I thought you came here to talk with Varsha and make her marry you."

"What do you think, If I ask Varsha to marry me, she will simply agree?"

"No, but I think we can still try."

"No, I promised Megha that I'll marry her and I don't want to cheat Megha too."

"So, you are not loving Varsha anymore."

"I don't know, dude.I'm with a strange feeling now, I don't know whether to obey my promise or fight for my love.Marry Megha or Marry Varsha.Live or Die."

"Don't think much about these things, go home take rest and get ready for marriage."

"So you are recommending me to marry Megha."

"Yes."

I hardly got time to sleep last two days, my family wants my marriage to be a desi one and I'm the one who should follow all the punishments like Mehandi, haldi also famously known as rituals to get married. Everyone was enjoying sangeet except me because I was fully exhausted and still people expect me to dance. The day before I had a good night's sleep, no one disturbed my sleep because I shouldn't look sleepless on my Wedding day. My mom waked me up at six in the morning and said that I have so many things to do before going to the venue. She asked me to have a bath, I took a towel and my cell phone and started moving towards the bathroom. Mom stopped me and asked:"Why do you a need a phone to bath?"

"Mom, I have an old habit of listening to songs while bathing."

"Whatever, make it fast."

"Okay"

"I think you better use it only for listening songs."

I placed my phone in the phone holder and the strange violet bubble appeared again but this time I ignored it.

 

We reached Malibu west beach club around eight in the morning and I thought Megha will join us at the club but after a small inquiry, I got to know she will directly join us at the temple. We started for Calabasas temple around nine with all the guests who were there at that time. I got an assistant from my father who will be there for the whole day and take care of me and the disgusting part of it is that he name was also Pete.

 

Though It was just a twenty-minute journey, I felt like it's been hours. All of a sudden I started missing Megha, I knew that I'm going to meet her in a few minutes but still the feeling stuck to me.

As we reached the temple, all the girls who were there started running towards the other side of the temple, I felt strange but mom said that they might have gone to meet the bride.

 

Since it was my first time, I didn't know what It's like to get married. I was really excited and nervous too. The priest asked me to sit on a small wooden stool facing a white screen and a man came with an ewer in his hand. The priest asked me to keep my legs in a plate-like thing and then that man washed my legs with the water in the ewer. I don't know why people do these things, it feels awkward when a man older than you do this with you. The bride arrived and sat on the other side of the screen.

The priest handed me a betel leaf with some kind of paste in it, at first I thought, it is something to eat but later I got to know that I should place it on bride's head and she also should do the same.

They removed the screen between us and made us sit next to each other. While the priest was reciting mantras, we were started whispering, she said:"Good morning."

"Good morning, why do you have a coconut in your lap?"

"I don't know, they asked me to do it and I'm doing."

"Well, how was your night?"

"Sad"

"Why? What happened?"

"You're weren't there."

"Shhhhhhh… I'll be there from tonight."

"I know that."

In the end, we made seven circles around the holy fire homa.

 

Then we went back to Malibu west beach club, we changed our clothes but my mom didn't allow me to take that betel leaf from my head. Breakfast got served, everyone was enjoying it and I can see the happiness in my parent's eyes, which made me happy too.

 

My parents made us sit together on the deck facing the beach for taking photographs and Megha started chattering again. I interrupted her and asked her about the person who washed my feet before marriage."He was Varsha's Father," replied Varsha.

"Varsha's Father?? He came from Canada for our marriage?"

"Yeah, he was the one who raised, so I respect him for that."

"But why did you left Varsha's home when you are grown up?"

"Because it had problems."

"What kind of problems?"

"People there caused problems for me."

"Who Varsha's father?"

"No, it was Varsha."

"Varsha??"

"Yeah, she was vexatious."

"She was? Which means she is no more like that, right?"

"Maybe, but I didn't felt like that all these years."

"I have a question."

"Throw it."

"If being with Varsha was a pain, then why did you chose Varsha to stay with."

"I didn't have a choice."

"Why?"

"I think you know it better than me."

"I didn't get it."

"Do you remember your Mumbai episode?"

"Okay, I got it. Is Varsha's dad here?"

"No, he had to leave. He just came for marriage."

"I should thank him."

"I did on the behalf of both of us and if you're done with your questions can we dance?"

 

We went into the hall and joined the people who were dancing, in the background Bollywood retro playlist was played and I clearly say that it was my dad's choice, because I know all the songs he likes. By the evening almost everyone left except my close relatives and friends. It was the time of sunset, I went to the Bride's Private room, and asked her to come with me. Then we went to the beach which was exactly backside of the club and we sat on the sand there watching the sunset for a few minutes.

As the sunsetted it became dark and after some time, the place was filled with moonlight. We turned back to watch the moon, it was beautiful and today was a full moon day too. Basically, Megha is a person who never stops talking, but she was silent from the time I pulled her from her room. I asked Megha about her reason for being so silent. She replied:"I have nothing to talk."

"Are you happy with me? With this marriage?"

"I can say that I'm the happiest person the world today."

"Then why are you so cloudy?"

"I'm not."

"Don't lie, I can see it."

"Why will I lie, Akash?"

"I don't know."

"Don't worry."

"Do you know what? I got a Personal Assistant for one day and the strangest thing is his name is also Pete and the even stranger thing is his missing from the morning."

"Oh, Uncle asked me that I want an Assistant or not, I said no."

"My dad didn't mind to ask me, but anyhow he feels that you important than me and it is good."

"Don't think like that, I think he forgot to ask you."

"Whatever, but how did you manage to do all preparations without a helping hand?"

"I had Varsha who helped me with all these."

"Varsha?? Did she came to the temple??"

"Yeah, she came. I was not supposed to tell this thing to you, but anyhow I revealed it so leave it."

"Ah, come on Megha. How can you do this?"

"I didn't do anything."

"Yeah, exactly. You didn't do anything. You should have told me before about Varsha."

"How can I know, that you what to know this from me?"

"I was searching for her from past few days."

"Why were you doing that? She asked us both not to meet or contact her."

"I just wanted to see her."

"Just wanted to see?? But why?"

"Because I can't see her after marriage."

"Why can't you?"

"If I try to meet her or see her after marriage, I feel like I'm cheating you."

"Awww… So cute."

 

We had a flight in Afternoon to return back to New York, We packed all our stuff and informed my mom that our luggage was upstairs, we are going somewhere out and we will join them directly at the airport. We went to Mocktail Restaurant nearby and I ordered a Malibu Sunset Mocktail, Megha seemed confused. After a while, the waiter placed a Mocktail on the table which we were sitting. I asked Megha to have it, for which she said:"I stopped drinking alcohol."

"Why?"

"I'm married now."

"That doesn't mean you should quit drinking."

"Yeah, but what will aunt think if she knows I'm drinking."

"Nothing happens, and this is very light too."

"Okay, but why are you asking me to have it?"

"It is a famous cocktail here, I thought I should take a picture of it because I love the sunset gradient of this drink."

"I didn't find a reason in that"

"I can't simply waste it for a pic, that is why I'm asking you to have It."


 

A Week Later:

 

My dad pulled me into his room and asked me: "How's everything going?"

I responded:"So far so good".

"Great, are you missing something?"

"Hmmm…….  No."

"It's been a week since you got married."

"Yeah, time went so fast. I didn't notice. You'll never know that time when you're with Megha."

"Son, you are not getting it."

"What?"

"Idiot, do you have a plan Honeymoon?"

"Oh, I totally forgot about it."

"Where wanna go?"

"I'll check with Megha and let you know."

"You can ask Megha later, first tell me where you wanna to go?"

"Anyplace is fine for me."

"Son, you should have a choice."

"For now, I don't have one so I'll ask Megha."

Megha was in the kitchen, she was preparing Lunch. I went in and asked her:"What do you think about Honeymoon?"

"Why are you asking me?" replied Megha.

"Is it a question?"

"I mean, Why are you asking me about a honeymoon?"

"I know."

"I don't know anything about a honeymoon."

"It is basically a vacation taken by Newlyweds to celebrate their Marriage."

"I know that."

"Then what more you want to know?"

"Leave it, what made you think about a honeymoon?"

"Dad asked me about it."

"Okay."

"Where should we go for honeymoon?"

"What place do you have in your mind?"

"Nothing, anything is fine for me. What about you?"

"If you ask me where do I want to go for honeymoon.I'll say, Ooty."

"Ooty is a good idea."

I told my dad that we want to go to Ooty for the honeymoon, he was puzzled. "You want to go to back to India for the honeymoon?" asked dad.

I replied:"Yeah!"

"You were born in India, got married in America and you want to go back to India for the honeymoon."

"What is the problem in that?"

"There is no problem, I wasn't expecting that."

"I was in India before, but I didn't visit Ooty."

"Okay, fine. When are you leaving?"

"Tomorrow or Day after that."

"Good, I'll book tickets and resort for you both."

"When should we come back?"

"It is up to you, you can stay there as long as you want."

"In that case, I should extend my leave."

"Why do you want to work for someone when you have your own company?"

"I want to be independent, but still one day will come when I should take responsibility of our company."

"Okay, go pack your things."

 

It took us a day and a half to reach Ooty, at first we flew to Delhi and then to Coimbatore and from there we took a train till Mettupalayam and from there we took another train to Lovedale, Ooty. We had our room booked in Mountain Retreat Resort. Since we traveled for so long, we didn't get enough sleep.

 

We had our lunch very quickly and had a nap. I woke up at 6 P.M and tried to wake Megha up but she was in a deep sleep. Someone has rang our doorbell, I opened the door saw a couple. I asked them: "How can I help you?".

They said: "We are here to invite you to our wedding?"

I said:"Oh, please come in."

They both came in and I asked them to sit on the couch. They said their names were Karthik and Shireen, I asked them: "Do you know me?"

"No."

"Then why are you inviting us for marriage?"

"We both are orphans, so we don't have so many people to invite. So, that is why we planned everyone in this resort."Karthik replied.

I responded: "Good, when is the big day?"

"Tomorrow."

"At what time?"

"11 A.M"

"Good, we will be there."

 

Megha was really impressed by the wedding and she even said:"We did a mistake. We should have come to Ooty for our Marriage."

"But we can't undo it right?"

"Yeah, but we can remarry here."

"We can, but I think we shouldn't."

"Why?"

"I can't do all those things again?"

"All those things??"

"Those Rituals."

"So you afraid of Rituals."

"I'm not afraid, I'm tired."

A few days later, my dad called us and asked us about our return journey.

I replied: "We both were planning to move to Ooty."

Dad:"What?"

"Yeah, what you heard is right?"

"But why?"

"I don't know why, but I can say that I'm really connected to this place and Megha loves this place too. I find peacefulness hear, it is helping me to forget some things which are hard to forget."

"But what will do there?"

"We will live,like we did back in New York."

"I mean, what will you do to earn there?"

"I'm don't have an answer at this moment."

"You better have one ASAP."

"How is mom doing?"

"Very well."

"Megha is in love with this place, she thinks that we would have married in Ooty rather than malibu."

"When you got married I thought Megha will fix your madness, but she became an addition to your madness."

"Hahahahahahahahahaha…….."

"Here I'm telling you a fact and there you're laughing at the fact."

"I'm sorry."

"It's okay. I have a friend there, who can help you with the things there."

"Oh, it's great."

"I'll ask him to meet you."

"No, I'll visit him instead."

"Okay, then I'll have a talk with him and let you know."

I went to visit my dad's friend, he lives in a Lovely mansion. It had big gardens on either side of the Mansion and the Mansion was also huge. I walked in, no one was there. I called out:"Hello, is someone here?"

 

A man came out with a smoking pipe in his mouth, he was well dressed and had a scar on his right cheek. He removed his smoke pipe with his right hand and asked:"Are you Akash?"

I nodded."Come, son. Make yourself comfortable." said uncle.

 

I sat on the couch and then he asked his maid to bring some tea for us. He kept his smoking pipe on the teapoy and asked me again:"So, how is everything going on?"

I replied:"Fine, uncle."

"Where is your wife?"

"She is not feeling well, so she is resting in the resort."

"Oh, what happened to her?"

"Nothing big, it's because of sudden climate change."

"Good. I talked with your father yesterday."

"Oh."

"So, When are you both moving in?"

"Moving In??"

"Yeah, you will be staying with us here?"

"What?"

"You can see how huge this mansion is and only me and my wife stay here, we want you both to stay with us."

"Sorry, we can't do that?"

"Why can't you?"

"If we move here it will be disturbing to both of you."

"No, it won't be."

"But we can't do this, I'm sorry if I'm being rude."

"I can understand, you both are newlyweds and you need some private space."

"No, it is not like that."

"So I'll try to find accommodations nearby and let you know."

"Thank you, Uncle. I have to leave now, Megha is alone and I'm worried about her."

 

While leaving I saw his family photo, there was a girl in it who looks familiar but I was not able to recognize her. I went back to the resort, Megha was waiting for me.She asked me about my visit to Uncle, I told her everything happened there and I told her about the family photo too. She then told me that Pete called and he asked about me. After hearing that I remembered that girl whom I saw in that family photo in Uncle's house. I told Megha:"I remembered that girl whom I saw in the family pic."

"Who was she?"

"I don't know, who was she? But she looks like Rhea."

"Rhea??"

"Yeah, I don't know whether Rhea has sister or not but if has she will look exactly like this girl."

"I think Uncle is the father of Rhea."

"No. I don't think so, because he was not for his Pete's marriage."

"It makes sense."

 

It took us three months to make our house as we wanted. I joined my father's business and started working from Ooty. Megha got bored with all this house making stuff, so she asked me to take her to a movie. It was the month of August and MARVEL released its new movie Guardians of the galaxy. We went to watch it, it was just awesome. The movie had a good story which is actually based on MARVEL comics and the casting was also good. While we were on our return journey, Megha said:"I'm missing Varsha so much." and started crying.

I said:"What happened to you suddenly?"

"We used to watch MARVEL movies together, but this time she is not there."

"Do you remember that she left us, we didn't leave her."

"Yeah, I do."

"Great, now wipe your tears."

"Okay."

"I think we totally forgot about our surprises."

She was happy again, and she said:"So this means you're missing them, don't worry. Once we reach home, you'll get as many surprises you want."

"No, thank you. I don't want."

"It's not about you accepting surprises, it's about me giving surprises."

"Oh my god."

"I think we should increase the level of our surprises."

"Why?"

"We got married dude, we don't have any restrictions."

"God please save me."

"Sorry to disturb your mood, but I want to tell you something."

"Bring it up."

"Varsha called me a few days back."

"So what?"

"She got married to married to a doctor who works with his father."

I applied break suddenly,  and said:"I also got married."

"We did you stop the car?"

"because we reached."

 

That was the last time I heard something about Varsha. It took me three years to move on with Megha and that is the reason we are having a child four years after Marriage. But Megha never forced me, because she understood me very well. I'm really lucky to get a wife like Megha. That's it. This is my story.

The old lady asked me:"What do think about Varsha now? Is she good or bad?"

I replied:"Varsha is a good person."

"But she didn't respect your love on her right?"

"That doesn't make her bad."

"Wanna say something more about Varsha?"

"I told you everything I knew. I don't know where Varsha is but I want her to be happy forever and ever."

"So you accepted Megha as your wife?"

"Yeah, I did."

"You don't love Varsha anymore right?"

"Yeah, I'm good with Megha now. I don't think, I'm Varsha anymore."

"Oh wow!"

"Megha is my rehabilitation from Varsha."

(Stopped narration)


 

I was still sitting on the bench and watching the hills in late evening sunlight.

The old lady stood up and I thought she is leaving but she didn't. The light pole near the bench was switched on because it was getting dark. Suddenly the light pole started to flicker, I don't know why light poles flicker when I'm near them.It happens every time with me, When Varsha is with me and which means Varsha is around.

 

I turned towards the light it was still flickering, and I saw the old lady started becoming bright. She was literally lighted up like a light lamp, and she slowly transformed into Varsha. I was startled and puzzled by all these things and I called:"Varsha."

"Yes," said Varsha.

"What is this?"

"I faked myself as an old lady so that you shouldn't recognize me."

"I'm still puzzled."

"I have very less time, so I can't explain everything. I justed wanted to say Thank  you."

 

She gave me a firm handshake and she faded away. I didn't even felt her hand. The flickering of the light was totally stopped. I ran to Megha and said that I met Varsha. She said:"Don't lie."

I replied: "I'm not lying."

"Yes, you are. How can you meet a person when they are dead?"

"Is Varsha dead??"

"Shit, I shouldn't have said it."

"Varsha is dead and you didn't tell me to know."

"Sorry, but It was very difficult for me to tell you when she died."

"How can you hide this thing from me?"

"I didn't have any choice."

"Why?"

"That was the time when you started moving on with me."

"So, what?"

"I was a bit selfish at that time because I was afraid that if you would have known this, you will become the old Akash again."

"When did this happen?"

"A year ago."

"How?"

"In an accident."

"Where?"

"I don't know."

"How can you don't know?"

"I don't know because I wasn't informed about those things."

"Who informed you?"

"Why are you Interrogating me?"

"Please tell me."

"Her husband sent me a message about this."

"Only a message??"

"Yeah!"

"Okay."

"Since Varsha is dead, I can you tell you one thing?"

"What is it?"

"The truth which Varsha asked me to not to tell you."

"How many more secrets you are hiding from me?"

"Only this."

How can she be so irresponsible, she was hiding things from me. Is it a quality of being a good wife?? If the baby wasn't there, I would have left her. All these things were running in my mind on one side and the curiosity of knowing the secret was killing me another side. So I asked Megha: "What is that secret?"

"Whatever Varsha said on that night when you asked her to marry are lies."

"What?"

"So I don't have any Anxiety disorder."

"Yeah!"

"Was she loving me?"

Megha nodded.I asked: "Then why did she did it?"

"Because she was suffering from a disease."

"Oh my god, it sounds like a sad twist in a love movie."

"Yeah!"

"Was she suffering from cancer?"

"No, she was suffering from the dissociative identity disorder."

"What is that?"

"In simple words multiple personality disorder."

"From when ??"

"After your breakup."

"She got it because of me?"

"No, it was breakup which caused it."

"I ditched her, so that means indirectly I was responsible for her disease."

"No, Akash. Don't become a patsy."

"But she never seemed like she was suffering."

"At first effect was very less, after that night it drastically increased."

"Is this the reason for her to not come out of her room."

"Yes, you're right."

"I wish I can go back time to change everything."

"According to me, you can't change the past. Whatever should happen will happen. It is inevitable."

"Stop it.Megha."

"Akash, it is time to let it go."

"I need some time."

 

A few days Later, I got a call form, Rhea. At first, I was a bit confused because Rhea spoke with me rarely and I don't think our relationship is strong enough to make a phone call and talk. Later I thought that Pete might have been called with her phone. So I picked it up and said: "Hello."

"Hi, Akash. This is Rhea," said Rhea.

"Hey, Hi. How are you? How is Pete?"

"Not fine Akash," said Rhea and she started crying.

I knew that Pete is had done something. I asked her:"What happened Rhea? Why are you crying?"

"Pete died."

"Are you serious? When did this happen?"

"Before that, I want to tell you something."

"What is it?"

"I want to tell you a secret which I was hiding from you?"

"What the……? Now the whole world is hiding things from me?"

"No, Akash. I didn't have any choice."

"Why? What was stopping you?"

"I promised Pete."

"Shit, now that bastard also started to keep secrets."

"No, Akash. Please try to understand the situation."

"Okay."

"I want you to help me, but I felt guilty that I was keeping this secret, that want to tell it to you now."

"Kill it."

"Actually Varsha loves you, but she pretended she didn't because she had…"

I interrupted Rhea and said: "Because she had Multiple Personality Disorder."

"Yes, but how do you know?"

"Megha told me."

"Seriously when?"

"A few days back."

"What else she said?"

"That's it."

"Oh, good."

"Good?? Seriously? She was my wife, I trusted that she will not hide things from me. But she did."

"No, Akash. What she did is right?"

"Why are you supporting her?"

"I'm not supporting, I'm just saying the truth."

"Whatever? Is your secret thing done or do you have anything more to say?"

"Yeah, Instead of blaming Megha, you should thank her."

"Why?"

"She did a sacrifice, which no one will do."

"Sacrifice?? Can be you be more clear?"

"One day Varsha saw you in a park in New York and she thought that you came here searching for her and she was afraid that you'll find her one day. That is why she asked Megha to join in the same company where you work to make you fall in love with Megha and Marry her."

"What?"

"Yeah, and Varsha did this because she was afraid that if you know about her disease, you feel guilty about it and destroy your life."

"Why everyone treats me like this?"

"Because everyone loves you, no one can even think about hurting you."

"What is Megha's great sacrifice in this?"

"She married you for Varsha."

"She loves me, Rhea. That's why she married me."

"No, Akash. At first, she agreed to marry you for the sake of Varsha and then she fell in love with you."

"What the heck is happening?"

"You need some time to digest all these things."

"But how does Pete know all these things?"

"When you both went to santa monica, he met Varsha.Then she told him everything and asked him to take you back to Malibu."

"WTF, but how did Pete die?"

"Pete and Varsha ……" said Rhea and call got disconnected.

I tried calling her back, but the call wasn't connecting.

To be Continued….

 


 

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