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'I am not going to speak with you! I am going to find my own best friend!,' Khushi screamed out her frustrations towards the idol before her. One last time glaring at her devi maiyya, she stormed off with a new plan in mind- sobbing more over the sudden turn of events.
The chilly air brushed against the strands of her hair as she sat down on the bench, placed outside. Furiously she rubbed her palms all across her cheeks increasing the redness. Khushi Kumari Gupta was shattered, angry and completely lost. Because of one man she lost her family, her dignity and most importantly her strength. She felt completely hopeless to the world. Nothing could ever heal such a wound that was inflicted upon her.
Even her argument with devi maiyya seemed silly to her now. Just the thought of finding a 'new best friend' seemed absolutely pathetic. She might be the most joyful girl to the world, but Khushi had no one else, other than her sister Payal. She never really took the time to settle on one person. People came and went in her life, but her sister- her sister was always there. A tear escaped her eye at the thought of Payal. Today she lost her sister as well. If the most important person in her life left her, just because of a sacrifice she made, then how would she make a 'best friend'. They'd leave her too, like everybody else.
'Oh god,' the sound of a groan, shook Khushi to her wits. 'Ah!', she screamed, rising up in fear, and her eyes widened. Right beside her sat a girl. Short hair covered in caramal highlights; fair skin tone, maybe the same height as her, but Khushi couldn't tell since she was seated. Taking in her outer appearance, Khushi realized the girl was dressed in an all black- a t-shirt, which read 'What the' and dark skinny pants. She would have been mistaken for a boy if it wasn't for the chubby cheeks. Gulping down the fear to the pit of her stomach, Khushi shook her head for a bit, thinking she was hallucinating. 'Hai devi maiyya, I am starting to see ghosts now too?!', she claimed in horror.
The stranger laughed. 'Goodness Khushi, seriously, a ghost? Okay I guess I shouldn't have chosen to wear all black, and suddenly appear to you at this time, but come on.' She also had a very feminine voice, Khushi noted. 'Who are you!?', Khushi asked, her lips quivering in fear. The girl shrugged, stretching out her legs and arms, lazily. 'I am your... hm, what can I call myself- ah yes, 'best friend',' she added, with air quotes.
'But.. but-', stammering, and utterly confused, Khushi actually sat down next to the stranger, still facing her. 'I don't understand,' she finally finished. The strange girl sat up straight and leaned a bit closer. 'Alright, look. I am your imaginary friend. Yeah, let's go with that. My name is Anitra, but you can call me Ani. I heard your prayer to devi maiyya so I thought I would pay a visit. And don't worry, I am not some kind of- how do you say it? Ah yes, 'raksha's'. I just happen to like the colour black, and it kinda suits my blunt personality, along with the 'I give no shits' personality too.'
Confusion consumed Khushi at the moment. Ani continued, 'listen, I didn't come here to freak you out. I came here to knock some god damn sense in to you.'
'Sense?,' Khushi asked, her confusion increasing by the second. The fear within her evaporated within seconds. Something about Ani made her feel alright. 'I have never had sense before,' sadly Khushi added with a sigh.
'Ha,' Ani scoffed, while she sat Indian style on the bench. 'Now that's bloody bull shit right there. Khushi Kumari Gupta, you listen to me, and listen to me carefully. In this whole damn family- Razaida's included, you're one of the most amazing, and sensible people I know. Regardless of all the shit in the world you kept going. Had faith in a god you cannot even see up in the skies. You just know that good will happen. You love. You care. You are strong. Behind that child you portray to the world is a grown woman. But you know, you brought out that woman more, the moment you met your rakshas. The Rakshas. You might recall everything that happened in the office.'
Khushi nodded in awe as images played in her mind. How could she ever forget those incidents.
Ani smirked. 'Good, so you do remember. Now remember when you completely lost it at the construction building? Or let's not forget my other favourite moment; the resignation letter confrontation. Oh man, that was brilliant. Like dude, that was A+'
'But what does that have anything to do with any of this!', frustrated, Khushi asked impatiently. Ani shrugged again. That seemed to be one of her favourite physical trait marks. 'That has everything to do with everything. Because those 2 incidents brought out the actual woman in you. You, Khushi did something no other woman have dared to do- stand up to THE MAN. A middle class girl, who was ridiculed and put to the test, stood up and gained back her dignity. People might say that you were stupid to be so paitent, but I say you played the game well. You completed each task that was thrown at you with simplicity, but when shit went down, you did not continue just to make a point. You knew where to draw the damn line. Where is that Khushi, Khushi. Yesterday you just stood there crying, while he married you. You froze at the mere mention of him threatening you to break your sister's wedding. What happened.'
It was a simple question, and there was only a simple answer. 'My sister. I can do anything for her,' she said quietly, staring in to the distance of the garden. 'I can do anything for my family.'
'Yeah,' Ani nodded in understanding, 'I am aware you will and can do anything for your family. I get that, because in the end family is what we all have to stand for, but not like this Khushi. You think you did any good today? Saving your sisters ass, like he always have done for his own sister. You think either of you are doing any good? If you do, then your way wrong. Your family ditched you today, because they claimed you brought shame to themselves. All what mattered was the family name. You were thrown like it was nothing. So what are you going to do. Sit here, cry, wail and just stay quiet? Because I know you will. I already know what's going to happen next. You will try to pacify your family, apologize to them. Stop that. Stop sacrificing what you have all the time and take a god damn stand like you did before. Fight until you get answers. Do not keep this quiet. Go speak to your sister! Go find out answers from your husband. Threaten him! And I don't mean small threatens, like leaving the house. I mean get your facts straight. Start thinking like THE MAN- the one who's not an idiot, like he was today. Once you get your facts, then pull the trigger. Do not take shit from people all the bloody time. You can be loving, but not a punching bag! Just because they are adults doesn't mean you have to be a punching bag. Respect is a two way street.'
'But Ani ji, I am not that kind of girl to go against my elders. I wasn't raised this way. No matter what they gave me a home. Loved me, and took me in. I cannot just throw that away.'
'Who said you're going against your elders? Khushi, learn something from this experience. One- if you want to gain back your dignity, you gotta work for it. Two- it also means stepping a bit out of the box. Just because someone is older to you, doesn't mean they are always right. Right now they are blind, and it's up to you to show them the truth. It's up to you to gain your respect. Standing up for yourself will restore your family again, and your life.'
'How do you suggest I do that?,' Khushi asked quietly, overwhelmed with everything she heard just now. 'Bring out the woman inside of you. The woman I saw before. Bring out your fighter. Bring out Khushi Kumari Gupta. You once said you bow down to no one, but you parents and devi maiyya- well prove it.'
Silence between them for a bit, until Khushi asked the final question. 'Where do I start?'
'Simple,' Ani said with a smirk, her eyes twinkling with pride. 'You sleep in the god damn room. Ain't no girl sleeps out, honey. Claim your place. Good luck. I will see you again, soon.'
'Wait!,' Khushi yelled out, panicking. 'Where are you going?'
Ani shrugged once more. 'To get a pole so I can go shatter the glass house your sister in law is living in. And maybe use it on your rakshas as well. Peace'. Walking in to the distance, the darkness consumed Ani far from Khushi's sight. Once more silence settled in to the night as Khushi sat there in awe of what just happened.
Liked it? hated it? I don't know man. Just a drabble I suppose. :P I am after work and dead tired so this happened. Later on when I feel like this again I will write down a conversation between Ani and ASR. No promises though. Work is killing me. lol anyways peace.
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