This is a short story and is certainly not up to Agatha Christie standard
Koki rushes to Meethi's aid and asks others to bring a glass of water... even before Rashi could arrive with water, Koki sees something through the ajar door...she asks Mota bhabhi to take care of Meethi and rushes to the terrace.
Anita laid dead in a pool of blood...from the look of things it was apparent that she had died several hours earlier. ...others rush in and Mota bhabhi succeeds in reviving Meethi who had collapsed due to shock.
A doctor was sent for and the police informed. The local police inspector was Gulshan Rai, he was the son of Koki's friend and hence she always took the liberty of dominating him. He disliked being addressed as "Gullu" by her but Koki never ceased calling him that.
The Modi's were in shock. Ahem was inconsolable...his Anita had left him forever..there were married for less than a week. There was some blood on the mehandi on her hands - Rashi remembered her words- she had told Anita during her Mehandi rasam that the deep red colour of her mehandi was due to Gopi's bleeding heart. She didn't mean to sympathise with her cousin, it was just her way of showing spite.
Inspector came and Koki requested him to begin investigation to find her bahu's killer soon.."evidence" was gathered - there were a lot of them and it was difficult to sort out what was connected to the murder and which wasn't.
Ahem was prohibited from touching the corpse and it was very difficult to control him. He wanted to hold Anita and try to comfort her as if she was still alive. He couldn't forget his dreams of a happy marriage with Anita - he swore revenge.
The inspector requested everyone to calm down and sent the body for autopsy. Ahem gave him an angry look when he heard of the inspector's "unreasonable" request. Inspector meanwhile got down to questioning the Modis - the calmer one first.
Edited by Vidishaa - 22 April 2012 at 4:44am