Hello pankhas, here's another one from me..
Well, firstly, I'm in love with the song!! (Check out my siggie, you'll know!)
Secondly, I wanted to get over last night's hangover.. Thought of penning down something to keep myself occupied.. And as always had to share it with you guys..
Well, this one's my take on what happens after Riya consumes the bacterial culture..
P.S.: I would like to declare here that since I am a pursuing a Masters in Biomedical Sciences, I am aware of the scientific facts surrounding last night's case. Frankly speaking, only a miracle can save Riya, if the CV's plot is to be believed..
So, I would be adding a few twists here and there, and my plot wouldn't be identical to the one on the show. So, I request you guys to take it with a pinch of salt..
P.P.S.: Chapter 1 may make you shed some tears; but trust me, this one's going to have a satisfactorily happy ending for everyone..
Sit back and enjoy the update dearies..
Teri aankhon ki namkeen mastiyan..
Teri hansi ki beparwaah gustakhiyaan..
Teri zulfon ki leharaati angdaiyaan..
Nahi bhoolunga main,
Jab tak hai jaan..
Jab tak hai jaan..
His grip on her hand tightened as they crossed the Dahisar toll naka.. Soon they would enter the city and she would receive the required medical attention!
Arjun moved the stray strands of hair from her forehead and patted her cheeks,
'Riya.. look.. hum bass thodi hi der mein pohonchne waale hain.. Apni aankhein khuli rakho.. Samjhi?'
He saw her blink a couple of times and sighed, 'She was going to be fine!'
He looked up and his gaze happened to meet Rathod's, who was as tensed as he was. Rathod glanced at his brave officer lying in Arjun's arms, and spoke through gritted teeth,
'Tumhe kuch nahi hoga, Riya. Hold on; hum bass pohonchne hi waale hain..'
She attempted to shift her head so as to acknowledge her chief's orders.
Shree was sitting on the seat, with her legs on his lap, clutching them tightly and occasionally glancing at her, to make sure that she was still with them..
Chottu drove like a maniac along the highway; Rathod would have himself booked Chottu for rash driving had it been a normal day.. But today; today was different!
She breathed heavily and looked up at him; Arjun was staring straight at the windscreen, with a contrasting blend of emotions on his face.
Riya would've been really concerned, had it not been such a serious situation.
Her head was cradled in his lap, with one hand under her neck holding her in place, while the other was wrapped around her waist, clutching her wrist.
She could feel his heartbeat against her ear; his heart was working overtime. She let out a mocked laugh at the irony; her's was slowly coming to rest!
She shifted slightly and rested her cheek against the fabric of his shirt and closed her eyes.
The ETF had reached Palghar Dam and had managed to spot Rajat. Acting upon Rathod's orders, the team had split and were on the lookout for him.
Riya had been treading carefully through the long blades of grass, when she felt a hand clamp down on her mouth as her pistol was snatched away and thrown somewhere on the ground.
She wriggled in her attacker's arms, trying to free herself, but froze when she saw the familiar blue ball in his other hand. That thing contains live bacteria!
Her eyes darted around to find her team, someone who could prevent the disaster..
And then she saw HIM; he was sprinting towards her with his pistol firmly clutched in his palm and obvious rage in his eyes. She heard Rajat warning all of them to drop their guns; but Arjun refused to comply.
She was still struggling to get out of his arms, when she heard him call out to Arjun; 'Ab mera kaam tum poora karoge. Policewale ho na, jaanein bachate ho.. Lekin aaj tum hazaaron jaanein apne haathon se loge.. Iss bacterial culture ko dam ke paani mein daalkar..
Warna tumhari yeh officer apni jaan se haath dho baithegi..'
They both saw Arjun step forwards, and on cue, Rajat pressed the gun into her temple.
Arjun stopped in his tracks upon seeing that..
No! he couldn't let him harm her. He had to save her.. He had failed Roshni in the past, he couldn't fail Riya too.. History was clearly repeating itself; but this time he would win!
He couldn't simply stand there doing nothing. This was dangerous.. Riya was innocent, she needed to be saved. He had to do it!'
Riya saw the frown on Arjun's face disappear, as his gun fell to the ground. She followed his gaze and gasped when she saw it end on the deadly blue ball..
Her mind froze! She looked up at him and their eyes met. His eyes conveyed an array of emotions, some that Riya understood instantly; some she couldn't decipher.
But one thing she was sure of! She wouldn't let him throw away his life just like that..
But what if he had other plans?
No! It was way too risky! What if the ball accidently slipped into the dam below them. It would end up contaminating the entire water supply. Thousands of lives were at stake!
She had to make a decision.. Her mind drifted back to the day she had pledged to serve her country and the society.
His words rang in her ears; 'Ek aam ladki aur ETF ka hissa hone mein, kya fark hai, yeh Samjhi ya Samhaun?'
That was it! Her decision having being made, she glanced at him, for the last time!
She looked at him, and saw rage and confusion slowly making way for concern and helplessness; No! she wouldn't let him lose; 'Jeet aap hi ki hogi, humesha hoti hai!'
She leaned forward and swiftly engulfed the deadly bacterial ball in between her lips and shut her eyes as it glided down her throat!
'Maybe this is how, it was meant to be!'
She heard Arjun yell and slumped on the ground since her attacker was too stunned to react.
She heard a round of bullets being fired and was sure that Arjun had mercilessly gunned him down.
He ran towards her and gathered her in his arms, repeatedly calling out to her, 'Riya.. Riya''
She saw his furrowed eyebrows and was lost in his eyes once again, maybe for the last time.
He let go of her arms and gently cupped her face, 'Riya.. yeh tumne?'
She smiled inwardly and spoke up, with pride evident in her tone, 'Maine apna aakhri mission poora kiya, Sir!'
Arjun's heart skipped a beat and he clutched her tighter,'Chup karo, Riya. Tumhe kuch nahi hoga!'
He lifted her in his arms and sprinted towards the ETF SUV, followed by the rest of the team.
He placed her on the backseat and quickly settled himself, cradling her head on his lap. He constantly kept patting her cheeks to make sure that she was awake and responding to his touch.
*** Flashback ends***
Tears were brimming in his eyes; he had been staring at the windscreen far too long now. However, the fearless and courageous officer could not get himself to glance at the woman lying in his arms.
He shuddered involuntarily at the memory of Riya swallowing the bacterial capsule. His brain cells had ceased to function that very instant; he had sprinted towards her and held her constantly assuring her that, she was going to be fine.
However, his heart knew it was addressed to himself! He couldn't let her die on him. He wouldn't be able to breathe if he let her die, knowing that he failed to protect both the women in his life.
Today, as she lay half-dead in his arms, with every passing moment, Arjun's heart was coming alive. The realization was slowly sinking in; she wasn't a mere colleague. She was much more than that!
He shut his eyes and gulped, to prevent an animalistic growl from escaping his throat.
She had affected him in a way or the other since he had laid his eyes on her. She was bubbly, cheerful, talkative, soft, sensitive, intelligent yet he had been royally irritated with her in the beginning; only to have that change over the months.
He had begun to observe her; Riya Mukherjee was an enigma!
Yet, Arjun knew better; she mattered to him, her pain, her worries, her troubles had unknowingly had started affecting him. And to make matters worse, he could clearly see that she was being drawn towards him.
She respected him as a senior officer, but there was much more to it! He had seen it in her eyes; she had never thrown him pitiful glances; she was able to read through him as if she wanted to help him heal.
Riya was slowly breaking down the fortress of indifference and loneliness that he had painstakingly built all these years; and that is when he had realized that he needed to keep her away from himself, for her own self.
He was a broken man, incapable of loving her back; and she deserved much more.
But today, when she had slumped on the floor in front of his eyes, every other thought had deserted his otherwise analytic mind and the urge to protect her had taken over!
He patted her head and held her close to himself; he needed her to stay safe!
He couldn't afford to lose his love a second time. He smiled through his tears as that thought crossed his mind; yes, that's what this was all about! He was insanely in love with Riya Mukherjee!
He felt her deep breath through the thin fabric of his shirt and his eyes shot up to meet hers; her droopy eyelids were slowly closing..
He caressed her cheek with his the back of his palm,
'No Riya! Apni aankhein khuli rakho.. We're almost there.. Bass kuch minute aur, hum hospital pohonch hi rahein hain..'
She heard him and could also hear his unspoken pleas; yet there was nothing that could be done!
She wanted to get up and comfort him; yet every cell in her body refused to obey her frail heart.
She was helpless.. She gulped and blinked her eyes, fighting back the darkness that was threatening to betray her resolve.
But she had unfinished work to be done before she could drift away into the darkness!
She lightly grazed her fingers across his chest, trying to seek his attention.
Arjun's eyes opened wide and he looked at her; she was trying to speak.
'Haan Riya.. bolo.. talk to me..'
He leaned down and turned sideways, positioning his ear directly over her lips; she gathered every ounce of energy left in her body and parted her lips;
'Sirr.. aur koi raasta nahi tha.. Hazaaron logon ki zindagi khatre mein thi.. Main.. mujhe..'
Arjun clenched his jaw and shut his eyes, 'Of course there was! You knew there was.. Why did you have to read through me; every single time!! Dammit!'
His eyes flew open when he felt a soft tug at his fingers; she was trying to get up.
She knew she had to speak, she had to let them know; she had to let HIM know!
She held out her hand and he saw her motion towards Shree.
Shree, who had been a silent observer to their agony, quickly leaned forward towards her,
'Haan Ri.. tum theek ho? Bohot jaldi theek ho jaogi.. See, hum bass pohonch hi gaye.. Only 5 more minutes..'
Shree pressed her knee, and tears flew out of her eyes. Rathod, Shree and Arjun were stunned to react and stared at her without blinking; they could clearly see her struggling.
Arjun looked on helplessly, as she held on to him and Shree; he felt his senses go numb.
Riya sighed aloud, 'Shreee'. Mere desk ke drawer mein kuch red.. red colour ke envelopes hain..'
Shree looked on anxiously as she spoke, 'Tum.. tum toh lock code jaante ho na.. Woh letters unke asli haqdaaron tak pohoncha dena..'
Everyone around gasped as they looked on at her;
Shree squeezed her hand, 'Ri.. Ri.. please aisa mat bolo.. Kuch nahi hoga tumhe.You're going to be fine!'
She shook her head vigorously and they gasped yet again; Arjun couldn't bear it anymore so he motioned Shree to stop talking and let her speak.
He clutched her hand firmly and felt her nails dig into his palm.
She pressed Shree's palm, "Shree.. please Shree.. Tum toh mere best friend ho na.. Please meri help kardo.. One last time..'
Shree gently kissed her palm and held it with both hands, 'Of course Ri.. Tum meri best friend ho aur humesha rahogi.. Kuch nahi hoga tumhe..'
Riya sighed and attempted to smile; she shut her eyes and inhaled sharply. Her first task being accomplished, now was the difficult bit!
She shifted her head slightly and looked up at him; his forehead creased, his brows knitted together, his eyes shut, his jaw clenched; he was angry!
Arjun felt her move and quickly opened his eyes, 'Riya.. tumhe..'
She silenced him with a slight nod of her head, 'Sir.. Aaj bhi aapki jeet hui.. Maine kaha tha na, humesha hoti hai..'
Arjun couldn't take it anymore and he pulled her closer into himself, vowing to himself to never let her go!
Riya's hand flew to his collar and she gripped it tightly, when black spots appeared in front of her eyes.. She shut her eyes, 'I love you!'
Few minutes later, Chottu had pulled into the hospital premises; the hospital staff was ready for them.
Arjun slowly placed her on the stretcher and was about to move away, when he felt something pull him back; what he saw made him freeze!
Rathore, Shree and Chottu had been briefing the doctors about Riya's condition when they saw Arjun face turn white..
They reached him in a few steps and Rathore placed a hand on his shoulder; Arjun's eyes darted off to his shirt; Riya was unwilling to let go of it!
Rathore sighed and slowly freed her grip on Arjun's shirt. Arjun felt her fingers slipping away from him and quickly caught hold of her hand. The stretcher was being wheeled into the hospital.
The doctors motioned the team to let go of her and wait outside the OR. Rathod signaled his team to move back and was taken aback when he saw Arjun standing motionless , still holding on to Riya.
He fought back his tears and walked to them, 'Rawte.. Haath chodo uska..'
Rathod saw him nod in negative.
He threw his head back in frustration; he hated to be the one doing this, once again!
He hated to be the one consoling Arjun, a second time. He hated watching his best friend's life being snatched away from him, yet again!
Rathod gritted his teeth and yanked away Arjun's hand from Riya's and quickly motioned the doctors; they saw the stretcher disappear behind close doors.
He stood still, holding on to Arjun's arm as he leaned over Rathod's shoulder.
Rathore motioned Chottu to help him and together they sat down on the bench outside Riya's room.
Doctor: Humne unki body se toxins ko flush karna shuru kar diya hai. Who ho jaate hi, hum Miss Mukherjee ko general antibiotics bhi administer karne ki taiyaari kar chuke hain.. But that's not sufficient. We have to be more specific! But unfortunately, main pehli baar aise khatarnak bacterial infection se deal kar raha hoon.. We are helpless..
Rathod: Phir, XZora 12 ke liye kaunse antibiotics denge aap? Kuch to solution hoga..
Doctor: Haan solution hai toh sahi.. Uske liye humein pehle iss bacteria ke baare mein aur jaankari chahiye hogi.. Lekin woh information milna namumkin hai, kyunki yeh pehli baar hai..
Arjun snapped at the doctor, "Shree.. ek tareeka hai..'
Done!! I know it was sad and depressing.. But don't you worry, I'll more than make up for it in the next two.. So, yes, this one will have 2 more chapters to it.. As always, do leave your reviews behind.. I would love to hear them..
Chapter 1: Pg. 1
Chapter 2: Pg. 8
Chapter 3: pg. 14
Chapter 4: Pg. 23
Chapter 5: Pg. 28
Chapter 6: Pg. 32 (Last)
Farewell Note and Epilogue : Pg. 37
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Edited by mohabbatgirl - 29 October 2012 at 12:32pm