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Life is strange isn't, till now the distance was keeping them away from each other, but now the last hope of having them together was gone.
Riya is an independent girl, never thought that she would face an instance like this. She knew though Sameer was resilient and practical still he would never leave her alone and go away.
She was her family, she used to be the actual Riya only in front of him, and moreover, he had nobody except her so how could he leave her in the middle of everything?
She started calling Sameer's number, but it was switched off. She could not hold back her tears. She started crying. Her beautiful cheeks soon got wet, and she could feel the heat of her tears. Nobody has ever hurt her the way Sameer did. Though they didn’t talk for a month, still she knew he was there and now that little hope got vanished too. He had actually abandoned her. She was shivering with fear.
Harsh.. Riya called up
Yes, Riya what happened? Why you sound like this. She had a trembling voice.
Harsh.. Sameer.. Sameer.. She started crying
What happened to Sameer? Stop crying Riya talk to me first, what with Sameer? He is still not talking to you??
No Harsh, he has left me. He is gone, She started crying again.
Gone? You tell me exact things Riya and stop crying, please. I am here to help you. We will find that stupid don't worry.
After a lot of attempts by Harsh, Riya told him about the mail which Sameer had sent, and now his phone was switched off.
Harsh was shocked because Sameer was always a strong-minded person, he could never do such stuff.
Even his parents’ separation could not break his composure then what happened suddenly that he lost it and left without telling anybody anything except Riya.
He didn't know what to do. He searched his room thoroughly to get any clue. But to his shock, everything was gone. Suddenly Harsh's phone started ringing. It was a reminder. He quickly checked his phone. The reminder said "Hey buddy, don't worry I am not going to die. It's just that I don't want to settle with my life like this. Take care of yourself and yes take care of her also".
Harsh had tears in his eyes. He didn't know how to console her. He was the last hope she had.
He immediately called Riya
Riya you have to promise me one thing, you are going to be strong because you are a strong girl. Harsh tried to console her.
I don't want to be strong Harsh. I don't want to be. I want to cry out loud. I want to feel the pain. I know I mean nothing to him that is why he left me like this. He never acknowledged my feelings Harsh. My sentiments are meaningless for him. I have never been so weak Harsh, but he made me like this. I am all alone here. I have no one who will listen to me. He has abandoned me Harsh, and he did not think twice before doing this. Her voice started to break with pain.
She kept the phone aside and started crying loudly.
The pain of losing someone from your life, you care the most, is the worst.
Riya had stopped going to college for few days. She was weak. She hardly talked to anyone. Her parents were worried for her, but it was Harsh who tried to maintain the balance between them. He took utmost care of Riya and her parents.
They didn't have any idea how Riya was feeling.
Three weeks had already passed and there was no sign of improvement in Riya's condition, but as her parents were worried she decided to rejoin the college. That was her way to deviate herself from all this.
How are you? Harsh had called up.
I am fine Harsh, How are they doing? She enquired.
They will be fine when you are fine. Please help yourself Riya. He suggested.
Hmm, yes I am trying my level best Harsh and don't worry I will be okay, Harsh wait for a minute I am getting a call from the hostel reception, will call you back. She said.
Sure, take your time. Harsh kept the phone.
After the call, she called up Harsh again.
Hey, Harsh, I don’t know why my life is behaving like this. Dad had called up to know about my health and the warden told him everything, how I am not able to concentrate on my studies and eating stuff. They are worried Harsh. They cannot come to this place, so the warden has suggested me to apply leaves and go to India for a few weeks. This country is different. I don’t know what to do? You suggest something. She was worried.
Hmm, I guess that is a good idea at least you will be here. You need a break. It has been three months since you left and also so much has happened. I think you should come for 2-3 weeks if that’s possible for you. Harsh suggested.
I am confused, I don’t know. I will think about it. They have asked either to go to India or go to some local guardian which I don’t have. She said
Yes, don’t think much you brainless beauty and come to India, you will be okay here. Harsh said with a smile.
The whole idea of being at that place wherein the essence of their friendship and so-called negligible relationship bloomed, seemed a bit scary to her. She could never lie to her parents. Now they were worried for her as she was unable to concentrate on anything and also this was taking a toll on her health as well. But then she was alone over here as well. She got more confused.
Next day she booked her ticket and decided to go to India. She kept on reading the same mail time and time again and only one question crossed her mind, ‘How could Sameer leave me like this?’. She had tears in her eyes every time.
Finally, she landed.
Harsh had already booked a cab for her and messaged her the details before the journey. He messaged her that it might be possible that he won’t be able to make to the airport because of some work.
As soon as she came out of the airport, she found one middle-aged man standing with a paper in his hand which read ‘Riya’. He had a big smile as if he knew her.
The cab driver seemed to be little friendly, so he started asking her few questions like what she was doing in US and few more topics. He was taking unnecessary care of her and asked if she wanted to drink or eat something. She had never faced such an “over welcoming” gesture in her own country before.
Suddenly she realised that the cab driver had totally diverted her and was taking her onto some other route.
I guess uncle we are moving in some wrong direction, the address which I gave you was something else. Please check that once again.
No beta Ji, this is my duty I am here to take you to your destination. Don’t worry. He smiled weirdly.
Riya sensed something wrong in his wicked smile. She suddenly started feeling uncomfortable.
Listen I gave you some other address from where you are heading? I will call the police so just stop. She literally screamed out of fear.
Ma’am, your phone is switched off, so you cannot call the police. He sounded with a mysterious and cunning smile.
Damn, she was taken aback, how come he knew her phone was switched off. Then she memorised during the journey he became over friendly and took out every little information from her. She was feeling helpless now.
Please, Bhaiya you want money, I will give you money, take this gold also. Please please leave me. She started begging and started crying
Madam you don’t have to cry in my cab, my cab is for laughter and enjoyment. He mocked.
Suddenly he moved his car towards some familiar place. She had already seen that place before. She tried to recall very hard, where it was. Then she remembered, it was Sameer’s farmhouse where she had her farewell party.
The cab stopped at the gate and the driver came out smiling.
Madam I already told you I am not like everyone, you should have trusted me. You cried a lot which you shouldn’t have. I am leaving you here only. Take care.
He took nothing from her, she was shocked like anything. She didn’t know how to respond. She decided to go inside as she saw few caretakers working in the garden of the farmhouse and they knew her. So, she went ahead to make a call to her parents. It was around 10 pm and was dark outside.
Suddenly as she entered, she heard a familiar voice.
You said you wanted to ask me something? Someone came near to her from the back and whispered in her ears.
She was shocked and almost fainted. It was him, yes it was Sameer whom she saw.?