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Pitch black. Not a sliver of light in sight, not the slightest sound to be heard. Kriya wondered if she'd even hear her own voice if she spoke. Only one way to find out, and also to break the eerie silence and begin figuring out what was happening. "He-hello...?" And all of a sudden everything around her was sound. The single, warily whispered word resounded as though in a gigantic auditorium. Okay. This is weird. Maybe I should try again. Or maybe not. If nobody heard that, they're either deaf or they obviously don't exist. She wondered if walking ahead would be any better an idea. At least it could lead her somewhere. Anywhere. Slowly, tentatively, she took a step forward. And immediately, she heard what was either a very distinct echo, or someone else moving just like her. She was seized by paralyzing terror for a split second, but it drained out of her as rapidly as its onset, and she took another step. Another echo. No, there was definitely someone nearby. But it was impossible to see, for some reason this was a darkness the eyes didn't get used to like they got used to dusk or night. Damn it. What's happening? This time, she heard a sound before she took a step. There. That's not too far away. That's...wait...oh! whoever it was, was so close that she could hear them breathing. Without thinking, she reached her arm forward, and her fingers touched warm skin. She felt around what seemed to be the features of someone's face. She was vaguely aware that she should be very afraid right now, but strangely, that one instant of contact had made her surge with relief instead.
She snapped back her hand. She could hear the incredulity in his voice. "Yes, thank you. I was beginning to wonder why you were doing that. Groping around my face. Ugh." It was Rey. With that same drawling, slightly annoyed, highly amused tone he adopted everytime they met.
"Right. Okay, we'll chit-chat later, let's get the basics over with first. Yeh batao ki 'yahaan' exactly...kahaan hai?"
She said it as though it was the most obvious thing in the world. And it was very obvious that it wasn't. "Um..." Really, where are we? One half of her was very confused, and the other half secretly very glad that Rey couldn't see it written all over her face. He realized she had no idea.
This was more disturbing. Being in absolute darkness was one thing. Not knowing how you got there was another. Kriya opened her mouth to respond nevertheless, not least because she was annoyed at the laughter she could almost hear behind those words. Try as she might, she could find nothing even remotely amusing about being stuck in an unknown place for an unknown reason. And with him, too. The last thing she remembered was drinking three huge glasses of Punch at RDX's party. Oh no. Not again. Really, not again. And she couldn't blame it on Rey either, since he seemed as confounded as she was. Amused, certainly, but most things on planet Earth amused him. Even Kriya couldn't find that incriminating. He really was non-plussed.
"Yes, thank you. Vaise bhi, it isn't like a lot's normal when you're around."
"All right, all right!" She said irritably. There was only one thing she hated more than Rey being randomly annoying, and that was Rey making sense. "Toh fir...ab?"
He was making more sense than he usually ever did. Damn it. "Hm..." she said grudgingly. She couldn't see a thing, but for some reason she knew his hand was seeking hers, and knew exactly where it was too. Reaching out, she took it, and as soon as their fingers came into contact, the darkness appeared to thin out. "Kya baat kar rahe ho..." Rey exclaimed in a whisper to no one in particular, evidently noticing the same thing. She could see him now. Not clear and bright, but coming after the stretch of total obscurity where she couldn't see him at all, this felt like Rey in sunshine. Or moonshine, maybe. He turned to look at her, and she noticed with a jolt how bright his eyes were, even in the semi-darkness. And in that moment, somehow, looking at the expression on his face she knew he was thinking the exact same thing. Awkward, she let go of his hand. "Ab to dikhai de raha hai na kuch kuch..." "Huh? Uh...haan. Haan." His voice had suddenly lost its amused undercurrent. Kriya didn't want to wonder why. Eager to brush over the odd moment, she began to look around for the source of light. "There!" Rey exclaimed, and she turned to see him pointing at what appeared to be a tiny window quite a distance away. For some baffling reason, Kriya felt seized by two contrary impulses, one that pushed her towards the window, and the other that forcefully held her back. If this wasn't baffling enough, she noted that Rey hadn't taken a step forward either. It seemed like a violent inner-struggle were about to be underway, but then almost involuntarily she spoke out loud. "Chalo," she said, feeling a third overriding impulse speaking for her, using her mouth. Rey looked at her, and it seemed as though his struggle were instantly over too. Taking a deep breath, they began walking towards the window. With a sense of astonishment they realized that each step they took seemed to increase the brightness around them, until they could finally see where they were. "Rehearsal hall!" they whispered simultaneously. Now, how did we manage to get here? they mused. At least 'kahaan' was a 'yahaan' now. Maybe 'kaise' and 'kab' would follow. But before that could happen, they had reached the window and were too amazed at the sight that met them there, to be able to think at all. Dawn was breaking right before their eyes. Deep, orange-blue hues streaked with glowing shades of red and yellow, and the huge orb that peeped at them from the horizon, preparing for its ascent...it was the most beautiful thing they had ever seen. And they felt it, too. They seemed to have swallowed the deep hues, the bright glow...they could feel it filling up their chest, flowing through their veins with an indescribable sensation of sheer, unreasoning, untrammeled happiness...Kriya closed her eyes.
"I'm...nothing! I just...You've been so weird...everything's been so weird...I...nothing. Nothing. Let's just get out of here. Like, now." Her own lack of self-mastery was beginning to frighten her.
And as soon as he had said it, something snapped. He stopped abruptly. They looked at each other at the exact same instant, and the moment their eyes met, they knew. It had been a dream. And they had both dreamt it. Feeling at once defensive and exposed, to themselves and to each other, they decided instinctively on immediately following Kriya's directive, and getting out of there as quickly as they possibly could. Neither of the two felt capable of coherent speech. Or thought, for that matter. Studiously avoiding each other's gaze, they hurried away in opposite directions after muttering some garbled words neither heard or understood, without any particular destination in mind.
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