Part 4

Recap: kushi and Shyam’s sick Sr over…. Depressed Payal, Garima…. Evil Buaji… restless Arnav… annoyed Anjali…

Ab aage……

Amma… she cried as she saw a lady running…. Suddenly the lady stopped running as something hit her…. Amma she cried again looking at the lady but then she saw blood ooze out and white pearls slowly fall from the mala… the blood and the pearls fell together on the ground followed by the woman…. The lady’s eyes looked towards her and tears dripped down… her mouth moved which she read as baccha and then the spark of life left her eyes as he fell lifeless…Amma… she cried again….. Amma nahi…. She cried…. Getting up…. When she heard someone shake her… Kushi opened her and saw Payal hugging her closely… Kushi… kuch nahi hua… she kept on repeating… hum hai na… tume kuch hone nahi denge… she said rocking her to and fro…. Kushi instantly felt peace… Payal slowly wiped her sweat off her forehead… yeh kaisa sapna hai jiji… aur wo aurat kon thi??? Asked Kushi still scared… sshh… bhool ja… sapna hi tho tha… ab chal uto… tayyar hona hai na… aaj tum log Delhi jarahi ho… said payal trying to change the mood… (nothing happened.. I’m here no. I wont let anything happen to you)(what kind of a dream was this jiji… who was that woman?) (forget it… it was just a dream… now get up you people are leaving to Delhi today)
Sacchi… enquired an excited Kushi… (really?)
Mucchi meri jaan… said Payal as she pulled Kushi out of the bed… she pushed her into the washroom and closed the door…. She came near the bed and cleaned it… she wanted to check if that snaked had done something to his sister…
Kya doond rahe hai Sali saibha… came the sick voice of Shyam…. Payal looked up to see a sly smile on his face…
Kuch nahi… teek kar rahe thi… bhistar ka ese rahna teek nahi… saying she finished her job and walked passed him… Shyam turned around as smirked appreciating her back view in his mind…. Kutta kamina kahika mutered Payal under her breath… (What are you searching sis-in-law/)(nothing.. I was cleaning the bed… bed shd not remain untidy)
Kushi came out fresh as a rose… though her body ached weirdly she was smiling as today she, for the first time was gonna see a city… arre Kushiji aap ready ho gayi… asked Shyam with a very sweet smile… Kushi nodded her head feeling very uncomfortable… abh aap ko kese lag raha hai… he enquired (kushi are you ready?) (now how are you feeling?)
Hum teek hai… pata nahi badan thoda dard kar raha hai par zyada nahi… she said managing to smile…. Shyam smiled but knew why her body was paining… he was practically lying on her last night… acch chale… sab tayyar ho gaya hai… saying Shyam led Kushi out of the room….(I’m fine but I dont know why my body is paining but it is not bad)(lets leave.. all is ready)
Bagh Arnav he heard someone shout to him… he ran and ran…. Jaldi… he again heard a voice…. Pakado mera hath… he saw a hand stretch towards him…. Jaldi …. He again heard it….then he heard bullet sound… Bang….. Bang….Amma… he heard another voice…. He turned to see a lady fall down and a girl standing….then another sound Bang he heard followed by Bagh jao…. Arnav… bagh jao…. Nahi…. He yelled… getting up…. Sweat tricking down his forehead… Arnav sat holding his head….it was pounding as usual but now his neck was also hurting him cos he had slept in an uncomfortable manner… not again he whispered…. Then he looked here and there…what the hell am I doing on the floor he thought as he got up… he rang the bell and a servant appeared…. Get me something to drink… saying Arnav went into the wash room… he came out after 20 min and found a glass of lemon juice… and two tabs near it… he gulped down the tab with the juice… and sat down… he had work to be done…. He had planned to leave to Delhi today… he got up packed his bags, taking it he left…. Aman had already called in and informed him that his jet was ready… he sat in his car looking at the house one more time wishing to get rid of those painful memories that haunt him even in his dreams….
Kushi and Shyam were all ready to leave… Payal was heart broken and so was Bauji… he never wanted this marriage to happen… Garima was sad and Buaji was indifferent… it was an emotional bidding as Kushi cried her heart out as she had to say bye to her beloved family…. Especially her jiji and papa… Shyam stood emotionless… he was least bothered…. He sat in the car and waited for kushi, who appeared after sometime… Shyam drove towards Delhi… and Kushi towards her hell… she was completely unaware of what waited for her there…
It was almost 5pm by the time they reached Delhi…. The 7 hr journey had made Kushi’s back stiff… she saw the car stop in a calm locality….. yahan hum rahenge…. Saying Shyam got down from the car… (we live here)
Shyam had got himself a rented place…. It was on the first floor of an individual house… the owners were an old couple and lived in the ground floor… he had taken the house for few months only… as he knew he would not use it for more than that…. He had not given his real name also… being a lawyer had helped him in producing forged documents…. He took Kushi to the house… closing the door… he sat next to her. Dekho Kushiji… yeh Delhi hai… yahan apko dyan se bath karna padega… teek hai…. Anjan logo se bath math kariye ga…. Neeche rahne wale logo se bhi nahi… samaj gaye??? He asked….(see kushiji this is delhi…. You have to be carefull in talking to one and all..ok?dont talk to strangers and also to the people living under our house… did you understand?)
Teek hai… she said meekly…(ok) how can she not talk to anyone… she’d die if she stayed silent for sometime… but thought better not to voice it out… Buaji had given strict instructions to listen to what her husband says…
Satisfied by the answer…. Shyam got up…. Ab biwiji khana srif aapkeliye banayiyega… hum kam ke silsile me ja rahehai… hum kal subha ayenge… saying he left her… (now wifey make food only for urself… I’m going our for some work will come back tomorrow morning)
Kushi had never in her life stayed alone in her room… now she had to stay alone in a house… she was really scared… Ghar bhi teek tharah se nahi dekhaya… she muttered heyDevi maiyya bacha lena…(he dint even show the house properly… DM save me) saying she slowly moved towards the rooms… she found the house had one bedroom attached with a bathroom, a decent size kitchen with a service verandah and then the hall…. She carried her bags to the bedroom and arranged it… she found it weird that the cupboard contained only 3 shirts and 2 pants of Shyam’s she wondered how a man can live with only few clothes… she arranged all her clothes and looked at the time… it was almost 7… the kitchen was bare… it had a box with a bit of atta apart from tat all was empty… the fridge had a cauliflower and tomatoes…. So she made something for herself and retired for the night… but she knew sleep was far from coming when she heard some knocking sound… she saw the time… it was almost 11…. She was scared…. She slowly moved towards the door… khon hai.. she asked slowly…. (who is it?)
Me hun… came the voice of Shyam….she opened the door and saw he husband standing there smiling… he came inside…. aap ne khana kaya?? He asked… ji… ye lijiye… saying he gave her 4 pakets of milk and few groceries…. (its me…) (Have you taken ur food?) (now take this) Rath ko dooth chahiye na… issliye laya… saying he went into the room and started removing his shirt…. Aap tho kal subha ane wale the na?? she asked….(we need milk for the night no.. ) (you were supposed to come tomorrow morning no)
Kam katham hogaya issliye jaldi apne biwi ke pas chala aya… he said sweetly as he saw Kushi bringing two glasses of milk…. Lejiye… saying she gave him… hmmm….. muje thoda pani chahiye… he asked her… kushi went inside to get water when Shyam mixed 2 tabs into the milk… Kushi gave him water and took her glass of milk…. She drank it up and settled on the bed to get some sleep as all of a sudden she was sleepy…. Shyam ji hum so jaye? She asked… ji Kushiji…. Hum savere jaldi nikal jayenge he said to her…. Hmmmm saying Kushi slept of… Shyam gave an evil smile and started removing his clothes for a long night…… (work got over soon so came back to my wife) (take it) (I want some water) (Morning I’ll leave early)
Arnav reached home and was welcomed by his beautiful sister…. Di… meri gudiya kesi hai… he asked searching here and there… (di how is my doll?)
She is fine… she is with nani…. Now tell me how your trip was….asked Anjali… Hearing this Kushi’s face flashed in his mind… what the… he murmured…
Kya hua chote… enquired Anjali…
Nothing di… just tired… gonna take rest… saying he dashed to his room to avoid more questions…..
Ajeeb hai….she said shaking her head……and went towards the kitchen to see for the night’s arrangements…

Did you come to know anything…? Asked a very angry voice…. It has already been 3 years since and I’m receiving only one answer… nothing…. You have one more month… if I don’t get results I’ll remove you from this business itself thundered the voice….
Sir we are doing our best sir… shivered a grown man standing opposite to the tyrant
Your best is not sufficient…I don’t want any excuses… I want results…. Give me only results….otherwise I won’t just threaten you next time…. Now get out he yelled and the man scram from that place….

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