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Sugni sat back down on her chair, looking out the window, staring into space, again her eyes filled with tears , with a deep sigh she started her story ..."It all started after my dad died..."
Sugni's mother started this Diner 20 years ago, after her husband died, leaving her alone with a five year daughter to take care of. Her food was good and pretty soon her small establishment took off. Sugni spent her child hood in this diner, and it was only natural that after her education she joined the family business. It was small but they were comfortable with it, people loved them and they wanted to keep that home feel to it, which from his business opinion was not a very smart move, this diner had a big potential to become a successful chain. Two years ago disaster struck , when her mother was diagnosed with cancer, treatment was expensive and although they were making the money it was not enough to cover the exorbitant medical fees and keep the diner afloat.
Against her mothers wishes Sugni took a loan from Jwala , from all accounts nothing but a goon with power and money, who has this town under his thumb, to pay the medical bills. Unfortunately her mother succumbed to the deadly disease and it was not long before Jwala started breathing down Sugni's neck , demanding repayment instantly, threatening to take the one thing she could never part with her mother's diner. After much pleading and begging . he struck another deal with her. She had six months to repay the loan, failure to do so would mean he would take her business. She had no choice but to agree.
But Jwala was not one to play fair, and pretty soon he sent his goon to come sniffing around, harassing customers so that they stopped coming . Vandalizing her property. Making her life hell.
She was now past the half way mark, and all she managed to make was one months payment. She knew she was fighting a loosing battle but she was determined to make it.
After hearing her story Vickram offered to lend her the money to repay the loan. He would have said give but some how he felt she would be against charity.
Her reaction to that one caught him off guard...She looked at him as though he lost his brains.
"Really? You want to lend me all that money $20,000?"
"Sure , it's no big deal" he answered that amount to was akin to a drop in a bucket.
"Get out...please just leave" she said pointing to the door...
"Excuse me?" He said confused that suddenly he was being chased after she took the time to tell him her story
"I don't know if you think this is some kind of joke, or sob story, I am sorry I don't know why I told you all this, but right now I need to figure out how to get customers in here and after what just happen I would be lucky if I get one! " Taking a deep breath she repeated "Please go"
"Wait ...you don't think I can help you?"
She stared at him as though he was crazy. Speaking softly she said
"I am sure you can, and thanks for the offer , but please understand if they come back and see you here this won't be pretty. And I can't afford to stop my business because they wrecked my place."
He realized then that given the way he was dressed, she did not believe that he could help her. He also realized that the goons would be back and as far as he could see , she was here by herself.
"Your food is good you know" he said cutting off what he sensed was another whirlwind speech "What?" She said stumped
"Your food is good, according to the clock it is lunch time...I am guessing the only reason in here is not crowded is because of curly Sue and company?" he asked referring to the goons
"Hmmm" she nodded trying to figure out what he was saying.
"Here is the deal, since I can't lend you the money, the least I can do is ensure they are no longer a hindrance in the running of your business"
"HUH...how?" She asked
"Simple I'll be your guard!" The more the idea unfolded in his head the more sense it made.
"What?" she asked in shock
"Look, I know I put you in this mess, the least I can do is make sure they don't cause any more problems because of my meddling. And believe me they would not dear come around here once they realize I am not easily messed with."
"So what say ..we have a deal.?"
"Are you crazy, look I know you dealth with those two. They will come back , and when they do they will be out for death. They will kill you!'
He knew there was a reason this made sense to him. Solitude or death...Solitude seems to be walking away now maybe death will take it's place. He smiled at how easily fate seems to put him on the path of fulfilling his wish, maybe she did feel sorry for him after all.
He looked at Sugni with a worried look on her face, and he smiled what he hoped was his most convincing smile;
"Don't worry I can take care of myself, any doubts? At least if I am here you have a chance to make your money right?"
"Are you a guard or something? You seem to nice to be a gunda? So what are you?
"For now you can call me your body guard, don't worry i am not a "gunda", not into drugs , just a wanderer"
"And your family , home? Where you from?"
"My you ask alot of questions, no family, no home, I just go where ever my
feet takes me." She kept staring at him
trying to figure out what he was about no doubt. Something about him
must have convinced her , he could see
"But I can't pay you"
"Off course you can, three meals a day , a bathroom and a shower and a place to sleep that's all I need." Seeing what it took for her to agree to this he said:
"Look you want to repay your debt and free the diner right, well to do that you need to make the money ,only way to make the money is to get customers to come in, now they only reason that is not happening is because of the goons, I'll take care of the goons and you take care of the costumers, and repay your debt!" He let that thought process in her head for a few minutes ..."So do we have a deal?" he asked again stretching out his hand. She looked at it for a few moments took a deep breath and said:
"Deal! " She answered, returning his hand shake.!
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