"Dekh Harshad yeh Teri aur meri fight hai... iss mein Nandini ka koi kaam nahi hai... usse jaane de... I will do whatever you asked me...". Manik said still being tired on his knees.
The empty stomach and the tiredness is making him weaker. But his stamina is still intact. He can't give up now. Until Nandini is safe.
"Nooo... Manik I'm not leaving you hear alone with this monstrous people..." she scoffed at Harshad and Nyonika.
"Oh shut up... " the place echoed with a slap again which Nyonika did on Nandini's face.
"Nyonikaaa... don't touch her.." Manik growled.
Anger tore through Manik's nerves and he is trembling with rage.
"Don't you dare touch her.." his voice gave a shiver to Nyonika but she hide her fear.
Nandini was struggling with the ropes from a long time from the back to open it. She somewhat is successful in doing it.
She waited for the right time to break free and run to Manik. But there's no way she can run without getting hurt.
Harshad took out some papers from his coat pocket and slammed it on the table that was in his left side.
"I want you both to sign these papers..than you are free to go..." he said.
"What,... are you serious... how can you let them go, how can you leave them free..." Nyonika grabbed Nandini's hair in her fist and pulled her face up..
Nandini didn't scream or yell in pain. Though she is feeling immense pain as her hair is being pulled very hard by this heartless woman. Nandini just pressed her lips together tight to suppress her pain.
"Nyonikaaa... I said leave her alone... don't you dare touch her... warna... koi papers per sign nahi milega..." Manik screamed venomously.
"Soch le Manik.. tu bhi jaan se jaayega aur... Teri yeh Nandini bhi.." he came to Nandini and ran the tip of his gun to her cheek all the way to her chin.
"khamakha Mari jaayegi..." he pushed Nandini's face to the other side with a jerk.
Nandini was looking for an opportunity to break herself free and she got one when Nyonika left her and picked up the papers. But before that Nyonika grabbed her gun that was on Harshad's other hand.
Without letting any one know Nandini took out her hands from the rope and kept her hands still at her back.
Outside this old building Cabir was waiting for the cops to attack in time. As soon as the cops arrived with full force they covered the whole place.
Cabir and few police men aimed at their targets slowly went inside the building without making any noise.
"I will not sign any paper until you let her go..." Manik pointed towards Nandini.
"There's no way and no question of letting you go Manik... why are you even wasting my and your time... just sign the papers... and I promise I will let you go..." Harshad said in a tone that's not believable.
"I'm not gonna come in your manipulative words... you let her go or no signs..." Manik was struggling from their grip to make himself free.
"Oh common Manik... just sign the god damn papers and save the time so that we all can leave from here..." Nyonika said waving the papers in front of them.
"But what's in that papers.." Nandini can't just give rest to her curious mind.
"You want to know what's in this.. at the time like this you should be worried about your life not the papers..." Nyonika didn't want them to know.
"Why are you scared Nyonika... I know what's in those papers... you want me to sign off everything to you... whatever dad has given me and Nandini.. am I right.. because you never care about me... you always car about money..." Manik smiled with pain.
"Oh enough already...yeh melodrama ke liye time nahi hai mere pass... just sign the papers and leave.." Harshad screamed.
"What's the guarantee that you will leave us free..." Manik's asked.
"Sign it and you'll see.." Harshad said again.
"Nooo..." everyone turned to Nandini as she grabbed a gun from the chair that's on her side. Stumbling and shaking she aimed the gun nowhere.
"No Manik... these people don't deserve a single penny of dads hard earned money... we will not sign any paper..." she pointed the gun on Nyonika and than Harshad' and than towards the two men who was holding Manik.
"Leave him or I'll shoot you..." Nandini said to the goon men.
Harshad startled a bit but he noticed that Nandini was still shaking due to the effects of the dizziness she was still in.
The men didn't listen to her. She shot a random shot in between them on the floor.
"I'm not a perfect shooter, so just leave him otherwise you will get hurt.because I will shoot wherever I want..." She said the men again.
The men looked at Harshad.
He gestured them to leave. As soon as they leave Manik tried to run to Nandini but Harshad stopped him.
"Uh uh... Manik wait... you are still at my aim... I will not hesitate to put the bullets in your and Nandini's body if you do any smartness. So tell her to use her brains and just drop the gun... look around you... you both will be dead if I give one signal..." Harshad said moving towards them.
Nandini was walking towards Manik. There was a good ten to twelve feet of distance between each other.
"Nandini listen to me... please sweetheart drop the gun. We will get out of here safely... but please give the gun back to them..." Manik was scared now after looking around seeing a few men holding guns aiming at them.
Manik expected that Harshad will definitely be prepared for this but he was well prepared this time.
"YOU ARE SURROUNDED FROM EVERYWHERE, SURRENDER YOURSELF OTHERWISE WE ARE GOING TO ATTACK"
All of a sudden they here the announcement.
Manik and Nandini was happy to here the cops. But Nyonika was very upset. She got panic. She started blabbering in her panicky state.
"I told you Harshad that these two are not reliable you should have killed her as soon as you got her... these too are worthless and brainless creatures... they care for each other but my so called son forgot that this world depends on money... without money no one will entertain you... and this little idiot here..." she pointed out to Nandini
"Once she got the money she will leave Manik and she will go her way..." she said very angrily with irritation. She don't even know what she is talking about.
"Shut up... shut up... let me think... we can't let them leave. Let me think... let me think..." Harshad pat his forehead with his gun.
The men grabbed Manik again taking the signal from Harshad.
As soon as the goon held Manik. Nandini fire a shot at him. And a very unexpected thing happened. There where gun shots firing from everywhere. Manik ducked looked around to see the goons who were aiming at them are down.
All of a sudden there's only noise of firing. And because of the dusty floor no one can figure out what's going on. Who is getting shot and who is shooting. His concentration was on Nandini.
" Nandini... ducked down...don't keep standing..." he screamed.
"Try to cover yourself from something or anything..." he was yelling and could see Nandini's silhouette going down. Because of the extreme dust the visibility is almost zero.
When he saw Nandini laying down he thought that Nandini heard him and followed his rules.
After only just thirty seconds the extreme noise of gun shots were quiet down. And he can hear the tapping of shoes and saw the police men coming in taking control of the situation.
The police force came barging inside to grab the rest of the men. Manik ran to see where Nandini is. In the strong dusty air he couldn't see properly. He remembers her laying down but he didn't imagined that she is laying on the floor lifeless. As soon as he saw her he screamed his lungs out.
"Nandiniii..." he ran to her and lift her in his arms. She was unconscious.
"Nandini wake up...wake up please.." he couldn't figure it out what happened. But suddenly he felt wetness in his hands at her back. He looked at it and saw that it's blood.
"Nandini... yeh Kya ho Gaya..." his eyes was shedding tears. He lift her and checked her back. But the blood was coming from her front. He lift her top and checked that she has been shot on the upper part of her stomach.
"Help me... someone please help me... Cabir... oh God..."he screamed pulling Nandini lifeless body in his arms holding her tight.
"Nandini get up... please you can't just die on me Nandini... wake up..." he was shaking her crazily.
"No no... this is not happening... this cant happen... why... why do I have to go through this...
Nandini you can't leave me... you have to wake up... you have no choice... wake up..." he is bending down and shaking her but of no use...
Nandini is laying in his strong like a lifeless doll with her hands spread on each of her sides. Her blood is flowing non stop.
"Cabir... where are you...damn it... why can't anyone hear me..." he was agitated with the given situation. He didn't want to leave her sight for a second to go around and look for Cabir.
"Sir we already called an ambulance...check her pulse if she's breathing..." one of the police inspector came and told him.
Manik checked her pulse putting his forefingers on her neck. The cop checked her wrist to find her pulse.
"She's still breathing... she is alive...but I'm not gonna wait for the ambulance... I can't take the risk on her life, just call Cabir I will take her to the hospital myself..." Manik said with his teary face where dirt lines formed because to the dusty air.
Cabir was looking for them and he came right at him when he heard Manik's screams.
"Manik are you ok..." he sat near them.
"Cabir... Cabir... dekh Kya ho Gaya... Cabir kuch kar... I want my Nandini... I want her back..." he screamed and shout holding her lose to his heart.
"I will not leave them those b*****ds... I won't leave them..." Manik screamed.
"Aaahh..." he screamed and cried again in agony. In pain.. in frustration. In restlessness.
"Manik sab ko Goli lagi hai...Harshad and Nyonika bhi wahan pade hai, dekh..." Cabir showed him. Manik took a look at them.
"Pehle let's take her to the hospital.." Cabir said
"Bring her out... I will bring the car..." Cabir was very hurt and angry at the situation right now.
'Why God why... why they have to suffer... they've been suffering the pain of separation ever since they fall in love.. why can't you just let them live happily... why can't you leave them alone... you just love giving them pain... people call you When they are in need... if you give them pain then they will stop believing in you.' Cabir murmurs to himself in frustration fisting his arms in the air and ran out.
Cabir didn't know any hospital near and he was worried how will he take them on time. But fortunately or luckily the boy who brought them here was hiding somewhere near. As soon as he saw them he came forward and offered his help. He guided the way to a hospital nearby.
They went to the nearby hospital that was almost 15 minutes away. The distance of fifteen minutes was like fifteen hours for them. This is the longest drive he could ever have in his whole life.
They stopped the car at the emergency entrance. Manik lift her in his arms and ran inside and puts her on the stretcher. The hospital staff dragged the stretcher straight towards the operation theater.
As soon as they are in Manik was left out with Cabir in the corridor. Cabir pulled Manik in his embrace to give him all the support he needs. But Manik is no condition to be calm and relaxed right now.
Cabir make him sit in the chair on the side and he started calling the family.
Manik rest his head in the wall
behind and closed his eyes. A line of tears started flowing from the edge of the eyes.
Dooriyaan phir bhi kam na hui
Ek adhoori si hamaari kahani rahi
Aasmaan ko zameen ye zaroori nahi
Jaa mile jaa mile
Ishq sach wohi jisko milti nahi
The time when Nandini took care if him when he was in hospital flashed in front of him. How he met her after so many years. How they got back together. How they became one after marriage. Everything was running like a movie clip in front of his closed eyes.
They were happy. They were joyful. They were enjoying. But all of this goes poof like a dream.
He never thought that he will loose her again. This feeling is taking his heartbeat away. It's making him choke his breath in his heart.
Rang thei noor tha
Jab khareeb tuuu tha
Ek jannat sa tha yeh jahaaan
Waqt ki ret pe kuch mere naam sa
Likh ke chood Gaya tu kahaaan
Hamaari adhuri kahani
Hamaari adhuri kahani
After a good full hour the lights of operation theater closed and the Doctor came out removing his mask.
"Doctor how is she...is she safe... did she lost lot of blood... can I see her..." Manik showers lot of questions on him wiping his tears.
"Relax young man... calm down,.. she is out of danger now..." as soon as doctor said that Manik released a breath of relief which he was holding.
"But she lost a lot of blood and she is very weak. Because of that we have to wait for her consciousness... to check her vitals...then we can say her complete blood report."
"Woh hosh mein kab tak aayegi..." Manik asked hopefully.
"We can't say yet...,,The bullet has just hit her two centimeters away from her aorta. She is saved by mere inches... she is out of danger now... but due to the blood loss her blood pressure has gone down so it can take eight to twelve hours for her to recover and wake up..." Doctor patted Manik's shoulder.
"Don't worry young man... she'll be fine.., just pray for her health... she survived a near death situation..."
Doctor walked away from him.
Manik sank back into his chair.
Everyone came to the hospital as soon as they got the news. Manik was sitting on the chair with Nandini's blood on his t- shirt. Chachi saw it first. She came to him and place her hand on his shoulders.
He lift his face and looked at her with his red swollen eyes.
"Chachi main le aaya usey... but she's not talking to me Chachi.., tell her na... to talk to me... she is sleeping and not getting up... please Chachi aap usey daantiye naa... woh zaroor aapki baat maanegi..." Manik broke down in chachis arms again crying his heart out like a baby..
Chachi was heart broken hearing his cry.
"Manik... beta sabar karo...woh ab khatre se baahar hai... thodi der mein hosh mein aa jaayegi... tum sambhalo apne aapko..." Chachi rubbed his back.
"Aur nahi to Kya... she has to come back to us...usey wapas aana hoga... hum sab ke liye... aur tumhare liye...". Amms said. This is the first time she said something after all day long.
Rohit too came to him and said.
"Manik, son don't loose hope now... you did your job... you fulfilled your duty by saving her... now it's the Gods responsibility to bring her back to us... so have faith... everything will be alright. ..."
"Haan Manik..., Nandini ko uske Aiyyappa pe bahut trust hai na... he will bring her back..." Mukti told him hugging him..." just don't loose hope now...". She too patted his back.
Manik heard every one. He still feel restless. He walks away from each one of them slowly taking one step at a time. He can't see her like this wrapped in bandages. He grabbed the keys from Cabir's hands and just ran out of the hospital to his car.
He drove on the streets of Goa city not knowing where he was going. He just drive and drive... maybe running away from all these disastrous situations. But he can't... he can't run away from her...
He can't leave her like this and go anywhere. Driving all this while he came in front of the same church from where Nandini disappeared. He parked the car and went inside. As it's night so there's only a few people who was already leaving.
How ironic... it's the same place where Nandini got disappeared in the morning, and he came to this church in the same night. He didn't know why. He is also Drawn towards it. He sat on his knees in front of the bench and stare at the statues of mother Mary and Jesus for a long time.
At last tired of staring he started talking.
"She came to you, out of happiness. Out of devotion. She was happy... and in that happiness she didn't forget about you. She always remembers to come to you and offer her thanks to you... but you disappointed her and me..." he was looking in the front and speaking his heart out.
"She made me believe in you.. and I somewhat started to have faith in you... but you broke my trust again...despite of the risk that our lives are in danger, I still bring her here... because I was having this slight comfort in my heart that you will support us and protect us... but you disappointed both of us... you lost my trust again..." he kneeled on his knees and combined his hands.
"she believed you... she always believed you... never ever lost hope in you... and you... you are giving her this in return..."
"she just came to visit you... with so much hope and expectations... please don't make her loose that..."
"You can't do this to me again..." his face was covered with tears that was falling non stop from his eyes. He was trying unnecessarily to wipe it off but it's not stopping.
" 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...".
"Nandini... please wapas aajaao... you know I can't live without you..."
Manik is lost in his thoughts fighting with himself and expecting a miracle to happen and his Nandini could just appear from the entrance and run in his arms. But that's not going to happen. At least not now.
He felt a pat on his shoulders. He turned around and saw Cabir standing with s heartfelt smile in his face.
"Chalien..." Cabir didn't say anything as he already heard his plea when he was watching him struggling with the God from afar.
"Tu chal main aata hoon..." Manik didn't budge from his place.
He felt very heartbroken seeing his brother like friend suffering so much. He couldn't do anything to take away his pain. But at least now that the things are in control, Cabir decided that Manik should fight and let out his frustration however way possible. He followed him when Manik left the hospital.
Cabir kneeled beside him in front of the bench.
"Manik... I know you can't see what Nandini is going through... and I'm sure woh uupar waala bhi tum dono ko itna suffer hote hue nahi dekh sakta... " Cabir glanced at the front and said.
"But Manik she is your life... and in the same way you are hers. she needs you right now more than anything... tujhe nahi lagta jab usey hosh aaye tou tujhe wahan hona chahiye...
woh tujhe dekhna chahegi, Manik jab woh apne aankhein kholegi... be there for her Manik... when she opens her eyes... trust me you will forget everything seeing her back..."
As they say that there's someone made for everyone to bring back the liveliness and hope in ones life.
Cabir is playing that part in Manik's life.
Manik got up with a very heavy heart and followed Cabir to the hospital.
The whole family is waiting out side in the waiting room. Even Amms wanted to wait till she wake up.
He entered her ICU room and closed the door behind him.
He leaned at the door and watched his soulmate, his Nandini, his lifeline is laying on the hospital bed still unconscious in wires and IV pipes attached to her delicate body.
Oxygen mask is covering half of her face. Some bandages were sticked to on her forehead and arms for the bruises and scratches that she's got other than the gun shot.
She still looks beautiful in her unconscious state. It took Manik's breath away seeing her like this. He never thought that he will ever see her like this in his life. He never expected.
A lone teardrop fall on his cheek. He walked slowly to her and watched her constantly without blinking.
Then he turned around and grab a stool from the side and sat on it close to her left side.
He hold her right hand in his and entwined her fingers with his.
"Nandini... please waapas aa jaao... I can't live without you... dekho tumne kaha tha you will never leave my side ever... you have to keep your promises... meri zindagi kuch bhi nahi hai Nandini... tumhare bina main kuch bhi nahi hoon..." her back of the hand is resting on his cheek. And his tears are flowing on her hand.
"I love you Nandini... please mere liye... wapas aajao..." he said again. Pleading and begging he didn't know when he fall asleep resting his head in her bed he didn't remember.
It was morning and sun rays hit his face and the movement in her body wake him up. He saw that she is moving her hands and face and gaining consciousness.
When Nandini was getting back the ache in her body was still intact. She couldn't focus on her surroundings as if she was getting the worst flu ever. She was in bed, which means she survived. The bullet that hits her has taken away her consciousness.
Last thing she remembered was going down on the floor. But she heard Manik's voice telling her something. She couldn't recollect what.
Where is he. Is he alright. What if he got hit too. No no... I have to find him. She tried to open her eyes,but the heavy sedatives is making it very hard to move her limbs.
With very difficulty she opened her eyes. Her eyelids still heavy. The first thing that came out of her mouth is
"Manik..." she became restless.
"I'm here... Nandini... my dear... I'm right here..." Manik hold her hand in his and bend down on her. He caressed her forehead.
"Are you ok... open your eyes sweetheart... look at me..." his voice is choking in his throat hearing his name from her after one full day. It's an overwhelming feeling seeing your life getting back to life again.
Nurse came in the room and was happy to see Nandini awake.
"I'll call the doctor... please don't stress her..." she ran out of the room to get the doctor.
Nandini opened her eyes.
"Where am I..." she turned her head to her sides to check. That she is in a hospital room. She saw the IV is connected to her arm.
"You are in a hospital honey.. you have been hit by a bullet..."Manik gulped down the lump in his voice and said. "Now you are out of danger... doctors saved you... and you here with me...".
"How are you feeling now..." he asked after studying her for a few seconds.
"Very...weak... and pain here..." she took her hand to her stomach where she has been hit. It killed Manik to see her in pain.
The throbbing pain is making her irritated. She tried to a get up. But the sharp pain in her stomach is very bad and didn't let her.
"Uh uh... honey don't get up yet... you are still in pain... please... leti raho.." he came near her and make her elevated by adding one pillow more under her head.
"Tum...theek...ho..." she asked glancing at him.
Suddenly his eyes goes watery and he remembers the previous day's fight and survival.
"I'm ok...I'm perfectly fine..." he hide his pain in his voice.. but Nandini can figure it out how devastated he could have been in her unconscious state.
She lift her right hand and signed him to come.
He came forward near her.
She glide her hand behind his neck and pulled him with her weak hand.
She make his head rest on her shoulder.
Manik felt relaxed and comfortable on her shoulder. He felt that he is home. This is his home. Where he can survive for a lifetime. He didn't even realize that he is wetting her shoulder with his tears.
"Never... never ever do that to me again...you gave me a heart attack... never in your life think of leaving me alone like this... I will not talk to you than... don't ever pulled that stunt on me... samjhi tum... you took my life with you..." he was taking out his frustration by blabbering his heart out.
Even Nandini got emotional and a line of tears started from the edge of her eyes.
"I'm sorry... I'm very sorry... ab kabhi Aisa Nahi karungi... but only on one condition..." she said.
Manik lift her face and glanced into her eyes that is only mere inches away.
"You will not cry again... promise me that you will not let any of these precious pearls let go from these beautiful eyes..." Nandini touched his eyes and wiped of his tears.
A smile break through from his dried lips in this situation. He couldn't resist himself from kissing her. He pecked her lips lightly smiling.
"I promise... but tum bhi promise karo... ki jaldi theek ho jaaogi..." he said looking at her lovingly.
She nodded her head in a yes. He moved up and kissed her forehead. Doctors entered the room along with the family members.
"Well well I think by the looks and condition I can see that this beautiful girl has already started healing and recovering..." doctor said.
"But ladies and gentlemen... this is still ICU... and these many people are not allowed here... her wounds are fresh... she needs rest...and she will be transferred to a regular room... after that you can visit her..." doctor informed and one by one they emptied the room.
"She had to stay here at least for a week. Because as I told you... she survived almost a near death situation.. we wanted to make sure that she recovered completely..." Doctor gave the instructions.
"What about the wedding..." Nandini asked innocently getting worried.
Manik laughed at her innocence heartily thinking at the state she is in and still worried about the wedding..
Nandini felt so happy seeing him laugh openly from his heart. She knew that he must be worried to death because of her. But she make him laugh.
End of part 24
I know even I got emotional writing it
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I will miss writing this story
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And always keep smiling
Love you all
Edited by Redcrystal - 21 January 2017 at 10:54pm