Two weeks back, I had
realized my wife was pregnant. A fact she was still hiding from me...I sat in my
cabin, feeling strange and unsure about everything. How had everything gotten so
messed up? Oh yes! Sheetal. Why had she come now? When everything was perfect?
She had appeared out of nowhere, and the suddenness had left me no time to plan
or think. I knew my lies had hurt Khushi, but I had done it for her hadn't I? I
sighed, staring at the ceiling. Everything was so perfect, until he had met her
two weeks back...
I was walking into the
office, when I heard someone call me. "Arnav."
I turned around, and saw
her. "Sheetal?" And with her, was a small boy of five. Strangely, he looked so
much alike me. No. Not LOOK, DRESSED like me.
"Hi Arnav." She
I looked up, taken aback
by her tone. "Why are you-"
"We need to talk. Meet
me today night at 8 at the Four Mice Club."(yeah, and I DO intend to make fun of
FOUR LIONS here) She said, turning around and dragging the boy along with
That little meeting, had
changed everything. That meeting had left me with two options, that were so
difficult to choose from: hurt Khushi, or hurt her even more... The only option
was to hurt Khushi. And then things took a tough turn...
I knew the minute Khushi
had told me in the car that day that she had met some boy just like me, that she
had met that little boy who had been with Sheetal... Then the market incident. I
hated playing along with that 'chudail' as Khushi would call her, knowing what I
was laying the foundation to. Things took a turn for the worse when that boy's
name turned out to be 'Aarav', too similar to mine. And then, Khushi's call of
Aarav having fainted... Argh!!!!! Everything was going according to HER! And
here I am, sitting helplessly, no being able to make a move, weakened by my only
strength, Khushi... How was she now...?
My thoughts were
interrupted by my phone's ring. It was Di. "Yeah Di?"
"Chhotey. Don't ask me
questions. Start to the hospital RIGHT NOW." She said, panicking.
I felt fear coursing
through me. "What happened Di?"
"It's Khushiji. GO NOW!"
she said, disconnecting the call.
Without wasting another
second, I grabbed my keys and rushed to my car. When I was halfway there, I
called up Di again. "Di, I am on my way. I have my blue-tooth. Please tell me
what happened!" I begged her.
"Chottey, she went out
sometime back, maybe 15 minutes? She said she had to buy vegetables. I was
surprised, because the refrigerator was already filled. I let her go, and as
soon as she left, I noticed her purse lying in the living room. I went after her
to give it to her, just in time to see her taking an auto and asking him to take
her to City Hospital." Panic was evident in her voice. "What I don't get, is why
did she lie to me about the hospital?"
"But Di, it is normal right? She is pregnant!" I said.
There was silence on her
part. "How did you-"
"Di, I know the symptoms.
I could make out. Did Khushi tell you?"
"Well, I figured it out."
"See? So yeah, tell me.
What is the problem if she DID go?" I asked, still not getting her point.
"Chhotey. She is
pregnant." Di said, and disconnected the call again.
Something about her tone
reminded me. A crazed Di, fighting with me, demanding to abort her child.
Ofcourse, Di wasn't implying what I had begun to think, but well...given
Panic gripped my heart,
and I hoped with every ounce of energy I had that my fear was misplaced. I
stopped the car, and ran out and through the hospital doors straight to Dr
I could make out Khushi's
slumped shoulders, shaking amidst sobs. I reached there just in time, to hear
Khushi's broken voice. "I-I don't want the baby." I was right! I began walking
"But Ma'am, it could be very unsafe for your health..."
"I don't care even if I
die during the process. I don't want the baby," she said her sobs getting
uncontrollable now."And Yes. Yes I am sure."
The word 'die' made me
walk faster. Without a word, I walked into the room.
I saw Dr Jain's eyes
widening. "Mr Raizada?" she said.
Terror coursed through my
body. Shit! Hey DM! Very slowly, I got up and turned around, very carefully, now
meeting his eyes. I could feel anger emanating from every inch of him.
"Excuse us Mrs Jain." he
said, his voice dangerously low as he took my wirst, firmly, but gently. Was
that even possible?
He took me out of the room
and wordlessly I followed, not putting up a fight. He did not stop till we had
reached a stairwell. Stopping, he turned around, breathing hard. "WHAT do you
think you're DOING!" he asked.
"Arnavji, I-" I began, but
stopped at seeing the tears run down his face. I noticed something new in his
eyes...A new expression...An expression of helplessness. I walked to him, and
took his face in my hands. "What happened?"
He looked at me. "You were
going to take away my child... OUR child from me, and you're asking what
happened?! You are acting like I don't exist to you anymore, and you're asking
me what happened?! I-I am having to LIE to you and you're asking me WHAT
I was touched, and I hugged
him. I couldn't hold my tears anymore, and sobbed onto his chest. "I am sorry
Arnavji. I-I did not want to cause a rift between a father and son. I couldn't
bear to be the reason Aarav for having to go through a father-less childhood
like you had! If our baby was born, I knew that you wouldn't care for your
Then I remembered
something. "Arnavji, you said something about having to LIE to me. What is it?"
I asked, fearing his answer.
silent. Then he whispered. "I want to tell you Khushi. I whole-heartedly want to
tell you, but...I-I can't...Do you trust me?" he asked.
I could hear the
desperation in his voice. "Yes." I said, softly.
"Then I will tell you
everything, when the time is right..." he said. I gave in, and accepted
defeat. I didn't know when I passed out.
I panicked as soon as her
body went limp in my arms. I picked her up and went to the doc hurriedly, who
told me fatigue and exhaustion makes pregnant women pass out. Then she asked
hesitantly, "Sir, do you want to proceed with the abortion?"
The very thought made me
want to cry. I shook my head in a 'No'.
Edited by Dynamix215 - 07 November 2012 at 1:50pm