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How are you?. I am just writing this letter to let you know that I spoke to Champa, who told me that she was hired as my replacement. Thank you for doing that. I know she needs the job.
She also told me that you have not been keeping well. Thakur Mallick, please take of yourself. You have a lot of responsibilities I know,...and I would feel very bad if I am responsible for your state of health. You are a good man Thakur Mallick, and I don't want you to feel that because if what happened you have to give up. Please don't!
I am sorry things had to be this way. I am sorry for all the pain I may have unknowingly caused. But I am not sorry that I met you, or for or friendship or anything. You have always been some one I looked up to and respected and that has not changed. So please don't let the incident spoil it for you.
I arrived in Mumbai, At R.K.Ji office fine. Both him and his wife are very nice people and I am learning a lot form Mehima meemsaab. Every one is nice here. Thank you , for once again showing me a way out.
This is my last letter to you. I had to, because hearing you are unwell has left me uneasy. I'll be ok, and I would like to know you are doing ok to. If I can ask you one favor, I would ask that to see the old Thakur Saab, the one with a smile on his face no matter what is going on inside.. Maybe I have no right to ask that, but I will any way. And yes, remember no matter where I am or where you are just remember there is someone who will always care about you, no matter what.
Vickram folded the worn piece of paper he Champa handed him two weeks ago, after she got it . He must have read it a hundred times since then. Her concern over his health, even from far away was touching. He was happy to know she was doing well. He did speak to R.K. after so he knew she was there. He trusted them to take care of her.
Vickram closed his eyes and sighed. It had been a month since she left. A month in her new life. He was happy to know she was good, moving on. He though was stuck it seemed in this dead end cyle. Reva's reaction to his showing her the divorce papers was as expected she threw a fit and Dr. Suman had to take her into the hospital. She spent a day and returned home the next day. After she returned home she acted like nothing was wrong and was to his chagrin acting more affectionate towards him. Dr. suman told him she want to take Reva to the city to consult with another doctor on her condition, as she was also perplexed as to why Reva was not seeimg to understand her marriage was over.
Two weeks later
Reva and Neeranjan left with Dr.
Suman for the Dr. visit. Suman told him she would call If he was needed as
this was just a consultation. He was fine with that he did not have the strength to deal with her
erratic behavior any more.
At least it gave him a few days peace and quite. She returned a couple of days ago saying she wanted to explore the city a bit hence the delay. However she was still acting like nothing was a miss., all of a sudden being all attentive and carring towards him. He was sure it was another delay tactic, but Suman and the consultant said that Reva was just not wanting to face the reality of the situation and if he were to bring it up at the moment it was likely she would end up totally insane. So he was again waiting for them to tell him it was OK. He did warn the suman that this time he would not wait indefinitely and if she did not find a solution he would find another Dr. to help. She did ask for a little time saying that she would wait until the consutltant can come here and help her in treating reva , as he was out of the country for a few weeks if she could have that much time. After talking to Him, Vickram Agreed to wait until he was back. In the mean time he was told to not bring it up and behave normally towards her. he could not remember a time where he was "normal " with Reva.
"Vickram Beta..." His mother knocked on the door to his room.
"come in." he said slipping the letter under his pillow.
"It is after 8 A.m. and you are not up!.. are you feeling better?.I am telling you , I think you should see the doctor.!" . She said. She was worried about him. Apart from his disheveled state he seemed to have adopted, he hardly ate, he was pale, and he seemed to sleep a lot. The Vickram she knew was always on the go. He loved going out and seeing about the lands. Now if he went he hardly stayed the day and would come back home only to come up to his room.
She thought after she told him she accepted his decision to get the divorce he would be happier. But it seemed to her he was getting worse.
"I am fine maa...just tired is all." He said. He did feel a lot tired , he did not know why...maybe he was coming down with the flu. But really Vickram knew there was not a doctor on earth who could cure what ailed him.
"come down for breakfast beta, and ...and I have a surprise for you!" She said.
"What?" he asked, " surprise? Maa what?"
"Well even I was surprised...but I...Oh forget it...come down and see for yourself ...hurry up we are waiting on you !" She said looking at him.
Sighing Vickram got up making his way to get ready for the day. Fifteen minutes later he made his way downstairs to the dining table where his mother , Neeranjan, and Reva were already seated. Vicram took his seat at the head of the table.
"morning jeejaji!" Neeranjan greeted.
"morning." Vickram mumbled. Not paying attention to any one .
"Sahib tea!" Reva said placing a cup in front of him.
"Thanks." He said taking the tea and having a sip.
"Vickram. Mr. Sparks called he is supposed to meet you at the fields he said, I told him you were unwell and said you would meet him here instead if he won't mind." His mother said.
"Ohh I forgot about that." Vickram said. "Yeah sure, what time?"
"He said he should be here by mid morning.. I instructed Rattu to make sure he gets here." She told him.
"I am sorry maa, it totally slipped my mind." He said. It was unlike him. He was not one to neglect his responsibilities. He was starting to really worry her now.
"Maa ji.I think Sahib is to overworked...maybe Neeranjan can help him." Reva said.
"yes Geejaji...I mean..." he stoped as he saw Vickram shaking his head.
"It's ok Neeranjan. I can handle it. I've just been a little off I'll be fine.!" Vickram said.
Before any of them could respond Champa came out and began bringing the breakfast to the table.
"Where is um..." Maa sahib asked.
"Right here maaji" Said a voice that has been haunting Vickram for over a month now. Vickram watched in disbelief as she moved to stand next to him. Slowly surreal he looked up into the most beautiful face he ever saw and wondered if he was in some strange dream. This could not be , she in Mumbai leading a new life , yet here she was. Yes this had to be a dream.
The spoon she was holding slipped out of her hands and onto the table knocking over his tea cup, confirming that he was indeed awake and not dreaming.
"You stupid fool!" Reva exclaimed!
"I-I am sorry ma'am..." Sugni said hurriedly taking a napkin and mopping up the liquid.
"Sugni..." Vickram said looking at her. "What are you doing here?"
"She came this morning!" Maa Thakur answered the question. Her Aunt got better and she decided to come back. She even helped champa make breakfast!" Maa Thakur said.
"I don't understand." Vickram said still looking at her.
"What's there to understand? You told her she could come back when she was ready. Did'nt you say that?" She asked looking at Vickram perplexed. She thought he would be happy about Sugni coming back since he was always so protective of her. And she was a hard worker , Champa was doing a good job ...but some how Sugni was more efficient. And Maa Thakur realized she did miss her around here. Sugni was one of those who took the initiative with out waitng for instructions, unlike others. And within a short time Maa Thakur was confident that she can handle the work with no supervision.
With Champa she always felt she had to be there over seeing things with her. although when she did her work well. It just was not the same. And sugni had a sort of sunny personality you could not help but like her.
"y..yes..I did" He said.
"Excuse me!" Sugni said as she made her way back into the kitchen.
Thowing the soiled napkin in the bin she sat on the kitchen chair as she had to fight with everything she had not to break down and cry.
"Sugni"... Champa came in the kitchen.
"Champa what...happened to him?" She asked tearfully. She was still in shocking disbelief over what she just saw. She never expected in her wildest imagination that she would see him in such a sate!
"Sugni...pull yourself together ...if they come in here and see you like this they will wonder." Champa said looking at the door way anxiously. Grabbing the last dish she went out side to return a few moments later, Sugni was still in the same spot.
Champa touched her friend on the shoulder.
"Sugni, remember why you are here?" she said
"But I don't even know if..."She said looking at the door way.
"you have to be strong here Sugni, if you breakdown, and he is breaking down then everything is just lost. Ok. He'll be OK. You're here now.!" She said.
"I am not sure I'll help"
"I am sure you will!" Champa said with confidence. She was right Sugni thought she would serve no purpose if she broke down over the situation. There was a reason and a purpose she had by returning and she had to remember that.!
Taking a deep breath Sugni got up and began helping tidy up the kitchen. Waiting for the right opportunity.
After breakfast Maa Takur came into the Kitchen, "Sugni..." She said
"Here beta," She said handing Sugni a key. "The guest house. It's just like you left it."
"thank you!" Sugni said accepting the key.
"It's ok. Listen Vickram has an important meeting they will be staying for lunch...and Reva has a Dr. appointment. Will you see that all the food is prepared properly ."
"I am going to get some rest. You know I missed your beet juice. It really helped me feel better."
"I'll make some don't worry!" she said with a smile.
Sugni started getting Lunch ready and was busy in the kitchen she did not get to see much of Vickram, Mr. Sparks arrived shortly after breakfast and he and Vickram were in his study.
It was lunch time before Vickram emerged form his Study with his guest. As anxios as he was to speak to Sugni he did not get a chance due to his talks with Mr. Sparks . a leading architect to discuss his plans on his other phase in his project the factory. Mr. Sparks was a bit surprised by Vickrams approach to his business, and he could not help but mention it.
"You really want endevour on running this mill on manual labour? ...I mean you will loose money that way. ...the other way you can keep up with the market and make better profits.!" He Said.
Vickram nodded. "I know. But you see if I do that I benefit my self. The people around here need an opportunity like this to better themselves and I am trying to provide that. I am not saying that we won't have state of the art machinery and equipments of course we will...but a bare minimum. "
"That admirable...but Mr. Singh human labor is not always reliable. Especially in this fast paced world we live in. Unfortunately some people don't appreciate it." he said. Vickram knew that very well ...when he wanted people for the field work.
"It's different here...these people are thirsting for a way out. Mr. Sparks...sometimes big profits is not all that matters. " He said. "giving back to the place you were born in means a lot!"
"That is true" Mr. Sparks conceded. It was not often he came across someone like Vickram Singh. His respect for the business man grew in the short meeting and he was eagar to work with him in his project.
As Vickram sat down to have lunch, Sugni came out to serve them. Again Vickram was wondering why was she here. She served them quicly and quietly befor moving back into the kitchen. He despritely wanted to talk to her ...but he knew he had to wait.
Finally after lunch was served and the kitchen put to order Sugni ventured out into the Guest house. Part of her was avoiding coming in here and putting her bag, but she could no longer put it off. Walking in she was bombarded with the memories of that night. All that happened. Not that she thought she would ever forget...but being back in here everything came back with much clarity. The way he sat on the chair with his heart broken face. Telling her about how he felt. The kiss...the touch. Sugni Shook her head. As she walked into the bedroom. It was put away and the bed made. But she remembered the rainy night. Sugni closed her eyes and sighed wondering if she did the right thing by coming back here. It's not that she had a choice really She knew that if she stayed there and not do anything she could never live with herself.
She just did not think that seeing him again and being back here would have this effect on her. Remembering what she saw this morning, and the state he was in strengthen her resolve that she did indeed make the right choice. She took a deep breath and set out unpacking her bags.
The knock on her front door came. It was night time . nine o'clock. Every one else was either in bed or in there rooms, the kitchen was closed , and there was only one person who would come here at this hour.
Opening the door Sugni stepped aside to let him him. She closed the door and slowly turned around . For the first time today they were alone and face to face.
"You're really here?" he whispered.
She nodded. He walked up to her . Very slowly raised his hand to caress her face. Almost as though he thought she would disappear.
"I'm not dreaming?" He said
She shook her head. Before she could say anything he enveloped her in a bear hug.
"Oh thank God...I missed you so much!" He breathed. Sugni stood there shocked by this reaction.
"T-thakur malick?" She said as she tried to step back , but he would not let her go.
"Shhh...just please...Shhh..." He said "You're really here" ! He said he voice craking under all the emotion running through it. "I missed you.." he repeated.
Unable to help herself Sugni Returned his embraced. "I missed you to." She said. They stood that way for a long time , just holding each other not saying anything. Until minutes or hours later . Vickram pulled back to look at her. Caressing her cheeks again wiping away the silient tears that were in her face, he smiled.
"How about a cup of your tea..." he smiled.
"Ok" she said. As she went into the small kitchen to make it.
Sh returned a with two cups , handing him one as she took a seat next to him. Reaching over her took her hand, refusing to let it go, not that she resisted it. It all happened so naturally that it was hard to believe these two had so much between them. Yet they did.
"You look amazing!" he said looking at her. Taking in her change of attire. She actually blushed. But then she looked at him and got serious.
"And you?" She shook her head sadly as she touched his stubbled cheeks. "What's this?" He shrugged.
"No...this is not right. " She said. "you must take care of yourself" she said.
"You're here now na...I will." He said.
"Thakur Mallick!" She shook her head.
"Forget it...tell me...I am glad you are here but...what made you come back?" he asked .
Suddenly Sugni remembered what made her make the decision to return to Mahawri . She came here to tell him , but she did not know how, as it was still unbelievable to her. And if she was wrong she was sure she would burn in hell, but if she was a chance that it was true she could not live with her self if she stood by and let it happen. She remembered the kitchen incident this morning, resolving that she was doing the right thing.
She looked at him, into his eyes. There was a glimmer of that light in them she had seen since that night. The fact was she loved him, and whatever she was about to do it was for that sake of that love. Whether they were together or not was irrelevant at the moment. What mattered was that she did all that was in her power to protect the one most precious to her.
Taking both his hands in hers she looked at him. "I had to come back...I had to warn you."
"warn me?" he asked. Perplexed by the look on her face.
"yes...Thakur Mallick" She said ...Aware that what she was about to say could cause a lot of trouble.
"What is it Sugni?" He asked when she seemed like she was about to say something but did'nt.
"You're in...I mean they ...Oh gosh...Thakur Mallick they want to k..kill you" She stammered Almost choking on the words.
"What?" Vickram asked , even more confused by her words "Who?"
"R-Reva...and her brother..."
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I knew it ... she was back because she knows some thing about Reva and her bro even that Dr sumanReva and her bro Along with that Dr went to the city ... and that time sugni too was in the city ... I guess she saw them (they did not see her else they would Know why she came back and where from she came back)... so she saw them And now is back to save Vikram !!!
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I said at the very beginning that I hope it is Sugni that sees Reva for what she is and is the one to expose her.
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"What?" Vickram asked dazed. What she was saying was making no sense. Why would they want to kill him?
Sugni closed her eyes and took a deep breath. "I better start from the beginning.' She said.
"A few days ago, I went to one of RKji's Hotels to pick up a lunch order for Memsaab, I had to wait for it, so I took a seat in the dining area. I was surprised when I saw that on the table right in front of me, sat Reva madam, Neeranjan and that Doctor lady. They were laughing at something funny, and I heard them mentioned your name. I got curious about what they were saying so I moved closer. Reva was saying that it was a stoke of genius by the Doctor to get her to the city so no one would know what was happening. She said that they needed to move fast for the plan to work and something about delaying the divorce...because that was not part of the plan. And they needed the plan to go into place before the divorce can go through."
"Plan?? What Plan?" Vickram asked still not fully comprehending what she was saying.
" Sh-She wanted to be the "Widow of Thakur Vickram Singh" ...she said. Vickram looked at her with raised eyebrows, " I know I thought I heard wrong...but they were all laughing and then her brother said this time it would happen. Cause they had the Doctor on their side. Then Reva was saying she managed to turn Maaji against you...with her story of you abusing her and she thought she had "the old lady" on her side it all but at the last minute she changed her mind and was no longer pressuring you. And now it seemed that the divorce could not be avoided. I guess they were talking about Maa Sahib.
I saw Reva give the Doctor something, maybe money and in return the Doctor handed her a medicine bottle she said that they needed to use it wisely...so it looks natural. She said they knew what to do. Thakur Mallick I don't know what is going on but it's not good. And then they started saying some craziness that made no sense."
"What...tell me everything!" Vickram said. His disbelief turning into slow anger over what he was hearing.
"She said she wasn't like the first Reva? And and that she knew how to play her cards least she end up like her...Then Neeranjan said he was lucky he found her...other wise he would have lost it all. He said something about his sister being a fool that was why she ended up where she was.. It was like they were talking about another person or something. It sounded like they did something to her. I don't know it made no sense to me.
I was going to call you but I was afraid maybe they would find out I did. So I came back to tell you myself. Then when I came this morning... I went to see Ramu Kaka to let him know I was back and when I was coming through the Kitchen I saw her in there by herself...she was putting that pill from the bottle into the tea she made for you. " She said. Vickram recalled her coming in and dropping the spoon, and Reva's reaction to that.
"That's why you spilled..." She nodded.
"What ever they are doing ...they've been planning It for a while, by the way they were talking." She said.
Vickram leaned back on the chair...still trying to process what he just herd. "Wait ...you're saying that they are planning to kill me and make it look like natural? But they need to do it before the divorce is finalized." She nodded. Quickly he remembered all the delays Dr. Suman had. Telling him she needed him to wait a few Months...Reva insisting on going into the city. Reva telling him she was not giving up the title no matter what. Vickram s head was starting to spin with this development. His blood was running cold and he felt as though he was going to be sick. They were trying to kill him?
"Thakkur Mallick?" Sugni said , looking at him. He look lost . Oh God! "Thakkur Mallick?" She said lightly tapping his face trying to snap him out of the daze he seemed to have gone into.
"Huh?" He said shaking his head. Slowly his anger was beginning to ignite. They were playing a game with him? , with his life?. over some materialistic wealth and status. ? The more he processed this the angrier he became until he felt he would literally explode. Getting up from the chair he kicked the ottoman out of the way needing to do something about it he began walking towards the door.
The look on his face was thunderous and frightening and Sugni was afraid he might do something he would definitely regret. "Thakur Mallick ...Wait where are you going?" She asked standing up and swiftly walking behind him.
"There not getting away with this..." he said his hand on the door knob.
"NO WAIT! " Sugni said holding back his hand. He was breathing rapidly she knew that in his state of rage if he went into the main house all hell would break loose.
"You can't...Thakur Mallick...come back have a seat..." She said
"I know...but just calm down a little think ...please come back..." She said tugging him towards the couch. "Sit ...Please"
Vickram sat. Rubbing her hand soothingly on his fore arm trying to calm him down. She was wondering how to handle this situation. "if you confront them now...they'll never admit it. In fact they'll probably say you're mad." She said.
"I can't just sit here..." he said
"I know...Shhh..." She said trying to calm him down. "Thakur Mallick..." she said as he turned to look at her. She caressed his face looking into his eyes that were burning with anger and hurt at the moment.
" Dealing with this in anger won't help. You might just make it worse. Whatever they are doing they are being smart about it...turning you into the bad one. They'll probably find a way to turn it around on you now as well. All you have to go on is something I overheard. There is no proof that it is true. I am not even sure it's true." She said
Vickram nodded. She was right . Flying off the handle would not help. Taking a deep breath he tried to get control of his anger. "You're right." As he got calmer he started thinking about what she just told him. "tell me again...what was this about Reva ...?" He asked
"I don't know , even I was confused about that it was as though they were talking about another person. Oh Ummm Neeranjan said ...um He was lucky to have found her when he did...and she saved him for loosing it all.!" She said.
"Thakur Mallick What happened? I mean they said she had disappeared for a while before you came back? But what really happened?" Sugni asked
"...I was away on a business trip and um Maaji called and told me she went driving and did not return. I came back and the police had found the car she was driving ...bloodied but she was not in it. It was abandoned in the woods. Funny she had no business being there..bu t with her she sometimes got these whims to go somewhere. If I was'nt around Neeranjan would go with her. But when we asked him he said she stopped for gas and asked him to get her some snacks, only to drive off and leave him behind. We looked for her for months and could not find her. The police finally told me they think we should give up...thinking she probably got attacked by animals or something." Sugni grimaced at that.
"Then when I was about to give up, Neeranjan comes with her. She said she fell unconscious and lost her memory and began wandering when she got up, some people found her and put her in a hospital where she was admitted. Then one day they herd her mumbling an address and called Neeranjan who got her." He finished looking at Sugni. "Convenient huh?"
"So he did not tell you that they contacted him or anything?"
"No he simply showed up with her just as I was about to leave for Mahawri.!"
"Wow" Sugni said . This story was unbelievable.
"Maybe..." Vickram mused. "Who he returned with was not Reva at all. Maybe she was some one else. Thinking back on it. She looks like Reva, She acts like Reva...but she never felt like Reva." He said
"What do you mean?" She asked.
"I mean...she was more cold, I don't know " he said
"Yeah.." Vickram said thinking. "See Reva was erratic. A lot of it was because of her illness. She never liked seeing people upset , if she knew she upset some one by her behavior she try to apologies or make up for that behavior. Yet ever since her return it's like she enjoys being mean. .." he trailed off lost in thought. His mind going over the past year trying to connect the dots.
"But then...if this isn't her...what happened to her? What did they do to her?" She asked.
"I don't know ...but I'll find out. First things first. I need to prove this for myself. If this is true." He said.
"How?" She asked curious to know.
" I don't know ...let me think...let me think ..." he said tapping his forehead."There's one way! But I'll need your help. Will you?'
"Yes..but what would I have to do.' She asked
He explained what he wanted her to do .
"But what would that prove?" She wanted to know.
"let's just say it's a sure way to know if she is who she says she is or someone else, depends on how she reacts to it."
"Hmmm...ok even I want to know ...maybe I am wrong" She said.
"I don't think you are. In some weird way this makes sense." He said. He sighed tiredly.
They both sat in silence for a while , each lost in their own thoughts about what was just revealed. Both in disbelief that someone could stoop that low as to do this . And wondering how to deal with it.
. Reaching over and holding her hand again, moving closer to her , until ther was hardly any space between them Sugni bent her head looking at her lap, closing her eyes. She may have come back here to warn him but the fact remained she left for a reason. Her principles. She knew coming back here would have some consequences , she was putting everything she believed in on the line here. Sugni could fight everything...but she was losing this battle with her heart and her principles.
"Sugni?" He said. She shook her head, not daring to look at him.
Vickram placed his hand on her chin , gently lifting her head to look at him.
"look at me." He whispered.
Sugni swallowed hard, as she slowly opened her eyes to look at him. Memories of the last time they were both here flashing through her brain.
"This is not easy for you , is it being back here?" He asked. She shook her head , no it wasn't.
"Yet you came back , despite everything.." He said.
"I had to...I couldn't just sit and do nothing. I mean if some kind of weird unreal dream I'll be happy...but if there is any truth in it you should know." She said. "I just did'nt think it would be this hard." She said.
"I am sorry Sugni..." He said
"You know the hardest part?" She said looking at him.
" Seeing you at the table this morning...I felt like it was my fault. Thakur mallick, I lerned a few things being away and I realize . Nothing is really as simple as we all wish it was, Marriages , divorce, love.I had a lot of principles growing up, my own version of what was right and wrong, and now I would give it up just to see you happy. " She said, her heart giving in , as her brain gave up the fight. "Theres just somethings you can't fight no matter how hard you try." She said tearfully. Vickram looked at her as her words sank in. The realization that she was willing to give up everything she ever believed in for him was over whelming and daunting. She was the last person on earth he wanted to hurt, yet he was the reason she was crying. If he could'nt make her happy then he had no right to make her miserable yet, now that she was here again he wondered if he could survive losing her a second time around.
Vickram hugged her as she cried no one told her being in love was this painful. "Don't cry...Sugni...it' s not your fault. You're not responsible for anything. You know for my whole life I've done what everyone else wanted me to do . Until I could't handle it any more, my marriage was at the point where it was feeling not like a responsibility but a weight that was dragging me down. Then I fell in love and for the first time I realized how empty my life really is. Sugni if there was anything in my life worth anything, it was you. You were the only one who did not see me as some sort of self-centered cad. Whenever I felt like I was drowning , you somehow pulled me out of it unknowingly. You are the reason, I survived this long., the reason I crawl out of bed in the morning. The reason I face every day. If it wasn't for you I probably wouldn't." He said.
"Why does this have to be so hard?" She asked.
"I wish I knew, I wish I knew. You've just been caught in some twisted game of fate that it seems none of us have any control of really" Pulling back he looked at her.
"Sugni...don't do this to yourself ...I"ll arrange for your ticket tomorrow and you can go back." He said.
"No...no, I won't go . If I go back now I'll go crazy wondering what's going on here." She said. There stared at each other .
"I know, it's wrong. Thakur Mallick, apart form my mother , the only person who cared about me and my well-being has been you. Whenever I was in trouble or needed you, you've always been there for me. And now, for me to go back and leave you alone , I could never live with myself if I did that. Besides when you love someone, you don't leave them when they need you the most do you?"" She said softly.
Vickram felt his own resolve to send her back wobble. He could no more do that, than he could stop his own heart from beating.
"You're sure about this?" he asked her. Closing her eyes she took a deep breath and nodded. He knew she was still battling with herself .
"Come here." He said, opening his arms to her. Sugni knew that this was the moment of no turning back. Everything she ever boasted about saying she would never do , she was about to throw out the window. And this time she could not blame anyone else for this but herself. Maybe she made that choice when she decided to come back...or before then on that rainy night when she let him in here. Unlike the previous hug which was one of comfort and compassion. This one meant so much more. It was her embracing a life she swore she never would. It was her choosing her heart over her brain.
Slowly She leaned into his embrace as she rested her head on his chest as his arms closed in around her.
"I love you." He said . She felt him kiss the top of her head.
"I love you." She whispered.
"I promise you something, right now," He said. "Until this whole thing is resolved, and until I am not free from my marriage, I promise you there will never be anything more than this between us.!" At this Sugni lifted her head to look at him. Not sure she understood what he meant.
"I know how much your principles mean to you Sugni, your dreams of leading a respectable life.It took a lot for you to do what you just did, and I am not going to be the one to destroy that. You're not a bedni, and I'll never treat you like one. I promise." He said.
Sugni sat up to look at him. A part of her albeit a small part of her relived. Then again she did not know why this should come as a surprise. This was her Thakur Mallick. She remembered having a conversation with him once , when she told him she knew that he would not let her go down the wrong path, even if she wanted to. And so true he lived up to her conviction.
"But I just ask one thing..." He said.
"If there is any part of you that has any doubt , or want to leave now I won't stop you. Because this is not going to be easy. And it could get ugly, where people around here have a lot to say about things they don't know about. If you want to go..."
She shook her head.
"This is your last chance...because after this... I won't let you go!" He said, pointing a warning finger at her .
She laughed "I am sure ...I am not leaving." She said. This time she hugged him. "I'm here to stay!"
"Thank you Sugni!..." Vickram
whispered. Despite all that was
wrong in his world at the moment, at least there was one thing that was
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