Now that the program was done they all have their food and went inside to take rest. Tomorrow is the big day for everyone.
Cabir came to Manik's room. Manik was already waiting for him.
"What happened...all the arrangements are done..." he asked.
"Yeah... you Nandini be ready before sunrise..." Cabir whispered searching around to see if anybody is watching.
"Thanks yaar... I wouldn't have done this without your help..." Manik hugged him tight.
"Tu mera yaar hai, bhai hai mera...tere liye nahi tou aur kiske liye itna bada risk lunga..." Cabir said.
"Acha ab tum log aaraam karo subah time per ready ho jaana.." Cabir said and walked away from there.
Manik sneaked into the girls room and took Nandini out from there. As everyone was tired so Mukti and Aliya was also sound asleep.
"Kya hua Manik... why are you sneaking again..it's just the matter of one more night... tum thoda..." Manik cut her off by placing his index finger on her lips.
"Kitna Bolti ho tum..." he removed his finger.
"Tomorrow before sunset we have to leave. We are going to Basilica church... early in the morning.." he said.
"Whaaat..." Nandini screamed and jumped on him. Hugging him by his neck. Her feet Leaving the ground..
"Sshh..." he make her quiet.
"It's our little secret...only you me and Cabir are going... so keep your voice low..." he said hugging her while still lifting her from the ground.
"Why..." she got down to look into his eyes.
"Because... I didn't tell anyone else.. and when our elders get to know that we are going out on our wedding day then they will make a fuss out of it.. so we will go and come back before they even wake up... samjhi..." he pinched her nose.
"Ohhh like that..." she still is very excited hugged him.
'I'm sorry Nandini... I'm lying to you... Kya karun, if I let anyone else know about this then dad will get to know... and right now I don't want to say or explain anything to anyone... bad let's hope that we will come back safely...' he thought.
Early in the morning before
sunrise Manik Nandini and Cabir sneaked out of the villa without making any noise. They were in their car but they didn't started it.
They both dragged it out of the drive way so that no one can know.
But they didn't notice that two pairs of eyes were watching them. They reached the church in no time as it was no traffic at all. And it was a Sunday also.
"Yaar this is indeed a very beautiful
church... tum dono... go inside, pay your visits and come back quick. So that we can leave as soon as possible..." Cabir said keeping an eye on the surroundings.
"Why Cabir... you are not coming..." Nandini asked.
"I will definitely come,.. but later... we have to leave fast so you guys go ahead...and please be fast it's Sunday and people will start come for Sunday mass. " he said.
"Thanks once again yaar..." Manik hugged him.
Nandini don't understand what's going on between them... but it's doesn't look normal. And there's something fishy that they are hiding from her.
'Ok koi nahi ... once I come back I will ask them...Manik can't hide anything from me...' she thought.
" Nandini let's go..."Manik said.
She nodded and they both walked side by side inside the church.
When they stepped inside, they were in an awe.
The interiors were more beautiful and elegant. It was a very old church. The ambience is breathtakingly beautiful.
Nandini walked in the front and taking a candle she light it up and came in the front. She bend down on her knee and joined her hands together in front. Bending her head down she started praying.
Manik is mesmerized by her devotion towards God. She have an unbelievable trust towards the God.
He lift his face and looked around. It was empty. At this time of the day no one will come to the church.
"He went to take a look around. Few steps away from Nandini.
But still he is keeping an eye on her. For a few minutes he got lost in the interiors. But he straightens himself and looked back at Nandini.
But she was not there. He thought that maybe she went to place the candle in the booth. He came running towards the candles stand but she was no where to be seen.
"Nandiniii" he screamed going in circles. But she was not there.
He was going berserk. He was running around inside the church searching for her like maniac.. Climbing the stairs skipping two steps at a time.
"Nandiniii" he yelled again.
"Maniiik.." he heard Cabir's voice echoing from the entrance of the church.
"Manik...what happened..." Cabir called him.
"Nandini..." ran down the stairs again skipping two steps at a time.
"Nandini ko dekha hai..." he asked him holding his shoulders.
"Woh Abhi Abhi mere saamne pray kar rahi thi..." he was at a verge of crying.
"But very next second he disappeared Cabir... she is gone... pata nahi kahan gaayab ho gayi..." he said pulling his hair back. His senses were almost giving up. He couldn't keep up his calm anymore. His face gone pale drained out of blood.
"Where can she be gone.. she was right here... oh God... oh God... no... nooo..." he screamed and sank on his knees with a thud covering his face with his palms.
"Don't do this to me... don't please... not now... we already have been through a lot... please..." he was feeling so helpless and also mad. He couldn't take enough care of her, he just wasn't careful enough to protect her.
Cabir grabbed him forcefully by his shoulder and hugged him.
"Manik... woh kahin nahi gayi hogi... yahin kahin hogi..." Cabir is making a very lame try to explain him when he too knows she couldn't be here because he was right outside and he didn't saw her come out or leave.
"Tu Pehle apne aap ko sambhal Manik... aise kaise kahin jaayegi woh... just relax ok... calm down..." Cabir is trying hard to make him stand.
"How can I calm down Cabir... how can I..." he yelled his lungs out.
"When I knew that something like this was bound to happen, I still took the biggest risk of bringing her here... how do you think I should calm myself... I'm responsible for this irresponsibility... this happens because of me..." he stared crying in Cabir's arm.
"Ok... this is not the time to break down... get up get up... we have to think where can she be..." Cabir patted his back.
"What do you mean... you still asking where she can be... when you know who is after this" Manik was exhausted by the disappearance of Nandini.
"Yes... I know..." it was Cabir's turn to yell now. " you want me to give up and accept the defeat... no Manik I will not... and I won't let you give up too... not now at least... we have to find Nandini...before he took her too far from us...let us inform uncle Malhotra and commissioner uncle... before it's too late..." but before Cabir makes a call, Manik's phone started ringing.
He wiped his face with his sleeve and picked up the phone.
"Hello..." he said with a very heavy voice.
"Manik Malhotra is crying... wow... that's a scene I want to watch..." the vicious voice he can recognize anywhere in the world.
"Harshaaad..." he screamed his lungs out..." where is she... agar usse Ek bhi kharosh aayi tou... I will rip you apart...do you understand... I will cut your body into pieces ...". Manik yelled in the phone that Harshad has to take the phone away from his ear.
"Relax Manik relax... Abhi se itni energy waste kar raha hai..., save it for later, you will need it..." Harshad taunt him.
"Right now she is sleeping peacefully in front of me...don't worry I won't hurt her until I feel that you are following my rules..."
Manik stand up from his place and got two and two together.
'But how did he reach here with so much of tight security...' he thought.
"Ab meri baat dhyaan se sun..." Harshad's voice bring him back.
"I know all over around you there's very tight security. But if you want to see Nandini alive than you have to follow my rules. Otherwise you know me, if I can shoot you directly at your heart than it will take me just a mere second to kill her..."
"Harshaaad..." Manik screamed the h*ll out of his lungs.
"Agar usse kuch bhi hua naa tou I will find you and I will give a dreadful death trust me..." Manik yelled again.
Cabir was rubbing Manik back to make him relax. But it's not helping.
"I know Cabir is right there with you... but I will call you in few hours and let you know the location, but only if you come alone and not informing about it to anyone not even to your so called security, than I will spare her... warns uska Ek haath aur Ek leg todne mein I don't have a problem..."
" if I can sneak into the security and take her than imagine how much I'm capable of doing... I'm not warning you I'm just telling you... think about what I said and wait for my call..." before Manik could react more he hang up the call.
"Hello... hellooo... Harshad..." but there was no answer.
"Aaahhh." Manik throws the phone with frustration and anger filled in him.
"Manik... manik sambhaal apne aapko... Kya kaha usne..." Cabirs having a real hard time handling him.
He kneeled down again on his knees and breakdown.
"He said that I have to wait for his call and that I should not inform anyone... otherwise..." his voiced clogs in his throat.
"Otherwise what..." Cabir screamed too.
"He will kill her... he will freaking kill her damn it..."
"Mazaakh hai Kya... aise kaise he will kill her..." Cabir said.
"He can Cabir... I know he can... his hands will not shake doing it. I know that. Did you forgot about the Delhi performance... he can do it..." he said and covered his face and cried screaming helplessly.
Cabir stayed with him like that. As they don't have any other choice.
Then he remembered something. In the morning when the security guards are in and introduced themselves. They only meet Cabir Manik and his dad.
They gave a tracking devices to every one which was attacked to their phone without letting anyone knows.
Cabir took an extra device that looks like a small sticker. He liked the way it looks. So he asked an extra from them.
"Manik Nandini ko phone kar..." Cabir said.
Manik wiped his face with his sleeves and search for his phone. It was lying down away from him on the floor in two pieces.
"Damn damn..." he rubbed and picked up the peices.
He tried to fix it and luckily it was fixed.
He called Nandini's phone.
"It's ringing..." but the phone was ringing somewhere very close to them. They can hear the phone.
They looked around and found the phone lying under the benches.
"Oh no..." Cabir said. "Now we cannot figure out where she is..." Cabir traced his hand on his face with worry. Manik is not thinking properly. So he has to do something now.
He already messaged the head of the security police about the disappearance of Nandini and they came towards them with some more cops with them.
"What's going on..." the inspector general asked.
Cabir narrated the whole scenario. And turning towards manik.
"Manik please yaar... yeh waqt himmat harne ka nahi hai... please tell us what did Harshad said..." Cabir literally begged before him.
Manik pulling himself together said the whole conversation.
"You don't have to worry we will handle from here..."inspector said.
"Nooo..." Manik interrupted the inspector.
"I will go alone... no one is coming with me... warna... warna woh meri Nandini ko... nooo I'm going alone..." Manik was pacing with his hands on his face and steps not knowing where he's going.
"Mr. Malhotra you have to trust us... we are dealing with a very dangerous person here... he can harm anyone... you have to let us take charge..." inspector tries to explain him.
"I said noo...main akela jaaunga... main apni Nandini ko khud hi bacha ke laaunga... I don't want to take any risk this time..." he said.
Nandini's words echoed in his ears.
""""Hamesha aise hi Mujhe pyaar karna... kabhi bhi mujhe apne se dur mutt karna..."
"Manik tum kabhi bhi kisi bhi haalath main himmat nahi haarna...""""
"Ok ok Manik... if you want to go after her yourself than you have to relax and put yourself together... and don't worry about them I will handle them..." Cabir pointed towards the cops.
Manik just nodded his head like a child trying very hard controlling his tears that's is already spilling on his cheeks.
He was crying silently without any voice. He is devastated from inside but he has to be strong. For himself, for his love and most importantly for Nandini. He can't lose now not at this time. He has to prove that he can protect her.
'Damn damn.. its hurting so much... it's not fair it's not at all fair... I'm not gonna let myself break... no..." he said himself consoling. Wiping off his tears which is running nonstop.
Cabir went to the cops and said.
"Inspector... right now Manik is not in his senses. I have an idea. Nandini doesn't have her phone or any other device on her. We have to let Manik go..."
"What are you crazy... Mr Cabir.. we can't take that chance. Mr. Malhotra is too vulnerable right now.. what if his life will be in danger..." inspector disagree with Cabir.
"Listen to me first. Than you can take the decision.."
Cabir looked at them.
"We have no idea where Harshad is taking her. We have to wait for his call. Till he calls, you can do your inquiry. We will wire Manik without letting him know and let him go after Harshad... so that we can follow the traces..."
"And I know my friend... Nandini is his heartbeat his lifeline... when it comes to her safety he will never risk anything... he will be in his senses without any doubt... you can trust me on that..."
"only thing is we have to keep him away from Harshad because once he find out where Harshad took her and his whereabouts, he will not leave Harshad alive... he will kill him without any doubt..." Cabir give all the details.
"And one more thing. Harshad is after something... until he gets that he will not harm Nandini... so we can buy this time to search around..." inspector got really impressed with Cabir's thinking skill.
"I'm really impressed with your ability sir.. even in this situation you are thinking straight..." he said.
"We are talking about my brother like friend here inspector... aur uski jaan Nandini mein atki hui hai... so I have to be sane in all the situations. I can't afford to lose my sanity at any time...".
Inspector patted Cabir's back.
"We will find her. Don't worry..." he said.
"We sure will..." Cabir answers.
End of part 23
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" she trusted you... she has blind faith in you... and you... you let her down... usse agar kuch ho Gaya naa.. than I will never ever step into your house in my life...". He looked unbelievably.
"Uske badle mein meri jaan le lo, but please usse theek kardo...main uske bina jee nahin paaunga... mar jaaunga... agar woh theek nahi hui toh... than I will take my life away... here right in front of you... do you understand..." he yelled.
"You have to understand, I'm not giving you any other option... you have to give her back to me...".
Edited by Redcrystal - 11 December 2016 at 7:33am