Updated: Sep 13
Yet to be updated.
It has been a busy day in the office. Abhi is feeling so exhausted. He said in a weak tone, “I should go to bed early tonight!” Soon, he fell asleep. At 3 o’clock in the morning, there was someone knocking on the door continuously. Abhi woke up hesitantly, and he rushed to the door. As soon as he opened the door, he was startled for a second.
Abhi shouted, “Vikram, what are you doing here?”
Vikram rushed into Abhi’s living room while shouting, “Don’t leave them! Don’t leave them Abhi!”
Abhi was in shock. Vikram is Abhi’s best friend. They studied together. Abhi got the campus placement and Vikram took over his family’s business after his father’s demise. Abhi and Vikram met each other whenever they were free. In the past year, however, due to their busy schedule, they hardly met.
Abhi tried to calm his friend but Vikram was not in the mood to listen. He said strenuously, “Don’t leave them! They are the reason for my death.”
As soon as Vikram completed his sentence, Abhi felt a jerk in his spine. He didn’t know what to reply. He said in a tiny voice “You what?”
Vikram paused. Abhi ran to the fridge and brought ice water. Soon he reached the living room and he couldn’t believe his eyes. Vikram is not there in the living room.
Suddenly, the alarm rang, making the horrifying incident a dream. Abhi, however, could not treat the situation as a dream. Everything seemed real to him. Without any hesitation he dialed Vikram but the connection failed with the message saying the user is not in the coverage area.
As Abhi was too tired, soon he nodded off. He woke up when the phone rang. The call is from his friend Fahad. As soon as he heard the news, his heartbeat skipped for a second. Abhi pleaded with Fahad to tell him that it was a lie. Abhi could not digest the news of his best friend's death. He shouted, started throwing his things and hoped that it had to be a dream.
He went to Vikram’s house and reluctantly his eyes became red. He started crying by holding the cold palm of his friend. Everyone became silent as they knew the bonding between Abhi and Vikram. It became difficult for everyone to calm him.
After the cremation, everyone sat in the living room of Vikram’s house. Everyone started memorizing Vikram’s intelligence, charm and the role he played to develop his business after his father’s death. Abhi went to console Vikram’s brother, Sid. He observed Sid’s eyes were swollen and his face looked so tired. But Abhi couldn’t control himself until he knew the truth behind his best friend’s death. He asked Sid in a helpless way, “What happened, Sid?”
“It all happened because of that witch”, screamed Sid.
“What?”, Abhi asked him confusingly.
“You know that Natasha and Vikram have been in a relationship for almost 4 years, don’t you?”
“Yeah, I know. They are so serious about their relationship. What happened between them?”
“She refused to marry and humiliated Vikram in front of everyone. To forget that nightmare he started drinking alcohol. He always used to think about her”.
“As I stayed in New York for 6 months, I didn’t know much about it. How could she do that? After all, he helped her a lot. He supported her modeling career even though their family objected”, Abhi groaned.
“Yeah, Abhi. She got a marriage proposal from the top actor, Kabir. Without any hesitation she accepted, such a shameless person.”
“Did Vikram know about this?”
“Yeah, he did. Yesterday, both of their families decided to announce it officially in front of the media. Even after I insisted that Vikram shouldn’t go, he pushed me aside and drove the car after being intoxicated and… and… ”, Sid's voice trembled.
“It happened. The car hit the tree and brought sadness into our lives”, Sid started weeping.
Abhi calmed him and returned back to his home.
On the next day, he went to Natasha’s home. “Natasha mam is not at home. She went for a walk”, said Natasha’s maid.
Abhi waited for Natasha on the lawn. Natasha came back from the walk and greeted him, “Hey Abhi, it’s been a long time. How are….”, Abhi interrupted her.
“Stop it, Natasha. How could you? You know how much he loves you. Why did you do this to him”?
“You only know one side of the story, Abhi. You don’t know how he treated me and kept picking up fights with whomever I talked to. He treated me like a puppet. I tried to change him, but I failed horribly.”, her voice shaking terribly.
Abhi calmed her, “I don’t know anything about it, Sid is saying that you cheated Vikram.”
“That moron, Sid. He has a crush on me and forced me to love him. I said this to Vikram but he didn’t believe me. That was the day, my trust towards Vikram broke down and we separated.”
He went straight to Vikram’s house and dragged Sid down to the hall.
Vikram’s mother freaked out and shouted at Abhi. “What are you doing? He is my son, leave him”.
“I wish your words were true maa”, said Sid with tears rolling down his cheeks.
“I know that I’m not your son. I feel thankful, maa that you didn’t show any bias but papa always shouts at me and treats me like thrash. The girl I love chose Vikram over me. I’m a failure maa”, Sid yelled.
“Everyone praised him, learn from your brother blah blah… he too feels the same and treats me like I’m dumb. So, I showed him what his dumb brother can do. On that night, I made him drink too much and lied about Natasha’s marriage. Poor Vikram believed and drove the car...” confessed Sid while his weeping turned into a demonic laugh.
A little while later, Police handcuffed Sid and everyone thanked Abhi.
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