Posted: 08 April 2010 at 4:25am
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An hour later, Kt, Kripa and Anjali had taken Riiddhima to her room. Her emotionless and numb eyes, pain the girls. Her nods and side shakes, in answer were unbearable. Finally when they were in Riddhima's room. Anjali hugged Ridhhima. She cried bitterly with Riddhima. Kripa soon hugged Riddhima and consoled her, followed by Kt. Kripa went to get some water for Riddhima, Anjali help her lay down on the bed, Kt was laying beside her. When Kripa came Anjali and Kripa adjusted themsleves near Riddhima too.
"I brought breakfast." Kripa tried to lighten up the scene, and encouraged Riddhima to eat. It was obvious, that Riddhima had eaten anything, neither had she slept. Her eyes were red, swollen, and had darkness underneath them, her body was weak and she couldn't even speak properly. "Thanks Kripa." Kt smiled and took a bite of the sandwich. "Hmmm.. ummm.. This is really good.Try some you guys." Kt too encouraged Riddhima. "Sure" Anjali agreed. "You are right! This is amazing"
"I am not hungry, thank you." Riddhima replied knowing her friends attempts. "Come on, Ridzi." Anjali insisted. Riddhima being an intelligent girl knew that by staying hungry she wouldn't get her father back by not eating. She also knew she needed to take care of her mother, so she sat up.
But she was heart broken, Riddhima ate little, she didnt feel hungry. "I want to sleep." Riddhima said laying down. Kt layed down beside her and held her hand. They both soon fell asleep. When Anjali and Kripa noticed, they both went to the terrace and sat down.
Both controlling their tears sat down beside each other on the wooden swing seat, aware of the awkward silence. They rocked for a while, until Kripa rested her head on Anjali's shoulder and sighed sadly. Anjali put her arm around Kripa's shoulder and put her head on top of Kripa's. After a while when both felt better, Kripa asked what she wanted to know. "How... how did this happen?" Kripa tried to question Anjali, despite the big lump in her throat and the big wound in her heart. "Well, last night, when all of us were returning to our houses, Shishank Uncle took the Khanna's with them in the same car. The roads were very slippery. Everything was fine, but then Khanna uncle, Laksh, Riddhima and Padma aunty had to go to a store. Angad, Naina Aunty and Shishank uncle were inside the car. Then a truck came. The driver was driving very fast. Even though the street lights were on, Shishank Uncle decided to take precaution and he had the headlights on too. But the driver was, I guess, drunk. When he saw the headlight's shiny, it hurt his eyes. He closed his eyes, and accidently steered the whole truck in the direction of Shishank Uncle's car, and it hit the car. The car was pushed off the ground and landed about two feet away. Angad was thrown outside by the car, unconcious, but Shishank Uncle and Naina Aunty were still inside. The car rolled a couple times, and afinally stopped after rolling down the hill. Shishank Uncle and Naina Aunty are no more." Anjali sniffed.
Kripa was badly shaken. "Naina Aunty?" She questioned. Anjali nodded. "Let's go check on Ridz" Anjali stood up. "Yeah, I'll be there in a sec." Kripa said. Anjali shrugged and exited the terrace. Kripa did not know about Naina's. She hadn't known Naina for long, but the time she had spent with her and the time she had known the great woman was enough to leave her heart-broken. She really felt for Laksh and Angad, especailly for the latter. She couldn't imagine living without Prerna. And yet, Laksh and Angad were seperated from there mother, the only woman of their household. And Mr.Khanna, she thought about him, the woman he loved, his wife, the mother of his two sons was not with him any longer. Naina's smiling face and jolly nature flashed in front of her eyes, filling them with tears. She was sad, and miserable. She cried for a while bitterly, remembering Shishank and Naina. She remembered Kripa and Shishank dancing at te party, and she remembered Naina hug her when she first met Naina. The friendliness and love in Naina's touch, and the fatherly love shining in Shishank's eyes were taken away form her. She missed them, both of them. She felt pathetic, knowing there was nothing she could do.
Then, Angad's face flashed in front of her eyes, but this time covered in blood, eyes closed and unconcious. Her body trembled and her heart shook. Her body felt cold and numb. She knew it. She liked Angad. She felt something for him from the moment she saw him. She wasn't sure if it was love, but she knew she liked Angad very much. Angry and ashamed at herself for thinking about her feelings, when Angad was in a critical condition, she closed her eyes, trying to stop her getting involved in her love-like feeling towards Angad. Again, when Angad's unconcious and blood covered face flashed infornt of her eyes, her hand automatically reached for her heart, in order to stop it's fast beating accelaarating everytime she thought of Angad.
"Kripa!" She heard a familiar voice. "Are you alright?" The concern in the voice made her nodd her head, even though she hadn't yet figured out to whom the voice belonged to. "Kripa! Kripa! Look at me!" The voice called. But all Kripa could see was Angad's blood covered face. She snapped out of the thought when she felt something warm wrap around her shoulder and touch the palm of her hand. Someone's hand, someone's arm was around her. She looked up to that person, fighting the tears and the heavy rain drops on her thick lashes, trying to keep her eye open. She saw two familiar brown eyes. It was Tulsi. Kripa threw herself into Tulsi's comforting arms. Tusli hugged her back tightly, and at the same time dragging Kripa out of the rain. Kripa's heart was beating speeding up again. She took deep breaths, as Tulsi looked at Kripa's pale face, and her lips. The colour of Kripas' lips had faded and now it was purple, a frightening purple. Tulsi took Kripa inside, into Riddhima's room.
When Tulsi and Kripa entered, Anjali stood up seeing Kripa wet and shaken. She ran upto her quietly. "Maa. What happened?" She asked Tulsi quietly, trying not to wake Riddhima and Kt up. Tulsi answered with tears in her eyes. "I dont know. But obiviously, it's about Shishankji and Naina. It's a big shock, it will take sometime to get used to it." Riddhima and Kt woke up hearing the soft whispers and the chatter of Kripa's teeth. They were shocked to see Kripa trembling. They looked at each other, clueless, and then rushed to Kripa.
Kripa stepped out of the shower, wrapped in a towel. She had taken a hot bath in Riddhima's bathroom. She felt like she really needed that. She had managed to calm down a little, but her heart and eyes hadn't stopped their anxious actions. Kripa wiped the steam off the mirror and once she saw her eyes, red and filled with tears, she sighed heavily. She walked away from the mirror, running a hand through her wet hair. She needed to get a grip on herself. She put her arm on the wall and decided to talk to herself. She closed her eyes. "Kripa! Listen to me!" She talked to herself. "Angad" She said his name in low vioce,"He is fine! Be thankful to God! He is fine. He is fine!" She repeated before leaning against the wall. Her eyes still closed, she thought of what she had said, and finally let it sink in. She smiled, thanking God. She still didnt move though, she liked the atmosphere. When she had enough, she took a pair of Riddhima's clothes, a plain white Shalwar Kameez suit. While putting it on, she realized she had completely forgotten about Riddhima and her family. She remembered, Riddhima's pain. She felt pathetic knowing that she had given Riddhima another trouble.
She hadn't met Kavya! Her brother! He must be so distressed. And Padma , she hadn't hugged or consoled Padma! She quickly got out of Riddhima's bathroom. No one was in the room. She, too went out in the hall . She heard noises from downstairs. Everyone was downstairs. She joined them. Armaan looked at Kripa. "Oh good Kripa is here. Now let's go." He said and rushed outside with everyone following him. "Where are we going?" Kripa asked Prerna. "To the hospital. We need to get the bodies and Angad is injured , so we need to visit him too. Kripa saw Padma. She quickly went upto her and held her hand, noticing the sorrow. Padma looked at Kripa, and tried to smile. Kripa's eyes filled up seeing the patience in her eyes. However, Kripa hugged Padma tightly when in the car, Padma broke down and cried on Kripa's shoulder.
When they reached the hospital, everyone was miserable. They could see Shishank in every corner of the hospital. Nurses and staff consoled Riddhima and Padma. The young soon to be interns (the gang) knew that Sanjeevni, will never be the same again.
When nothing was left to do except looking at the dead bodies, every one gather in the morgue. Mr. Khanna was near Naina crying his heart out. As the males consoled Mr.Khanna, the ladies were shown to Shishank. When the white cloth was lifted from Shishank's face, Anjali's hand reached her mouth. Kripa and Kt caught Riddhima as she fainted. Padma threw herself on Shishak, as the ladies told her to have patience, but Padma refused to let Shishank go. The hospital echoed with Padma's scream dedicated to her lost love.
Edited by lalala10 - 08 April 2010 at 4:58am
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