Posted: 14 May 2008 at 1:43pm | IP Logged
It took them around 2 hours for them to reach the place where Rajveer was staying. And what a safe place it was; Gunny had led them to place that was ahead of KMA, through a forest and up a hill where a huge chalet was. This was the safest place in all of Ambala and the perfect hiding spot for a while. Navin had already woken up and he was now shaking Naina.
"Naina, utho… hum pahunch gaye." Navin whispered, as the others slowly got down from the van.
Naina stirred a bit and then she opened her eyes. "Hum kahan hai bhaai?" she asked him.
"bahar aake dekho, Raj yahan par tehra hai." He told her smirking to himself.
Hearing Rajveer's name got Naina to her senses. She woke up and together with her brother, got down from the van and was amazed by the view in front of her. They all were on a hill from where the view was spectacular. It was around 9:30 pm, and from where they all stood, the whole of Ambala could be seen. Turning around, they saw a huge chalet all lit up and made for the perfect safe place. Naina's heart began to beat wildly with each step that she took towards the house.
She knew that in a few minutes, she would come face to face with Rajveer, after two long years. She became worried all of a sudden, what would she say? How would he react in seeing her like this? A hundred questions scared her for the first time in her life as a soldier. Aalekh seemed to have noticed this and he took her hand in his as they walked up to the gates of the house.
"Naina, kuch nahi hoga. Apun hai na." Aalekh told her.
"Thanks Aalekh, lekin… main kahoongi kya? Aur kaise?" She tried to explain to him what was going on in her mind currently.
"Jo bhi kehna hai, kehdo… apun ke paas ek tarika hai, agar tereko chahiye toh…" Aalekh said to her.
But before either of them could say something else, Abhimanyu had taken them past the gates and rung the bell. Naina shivered once and then waited. She knew that it was too late to do anything and decided to do whatever her heart told her to do. They all heard some footsteps shuffling around inside, and soon the door to the chalet was opened by a young girl. She recognized Navin and Shalini and led them inside the house.
The house was really huge from inside; Shalini went upstairs to one of the rooms to check on Rajveer while the girl, led the others to a big den where a fireplace was burning. She told them that dinner would be served in half an hour and then she left.
"bhai wah, yeh toh bahut hi shaandar ghar hai, kiska hai?" Huda asked jumping on a sofa next to Pooja and Neelu.
"Raj ka hai, usne kahin saal pehle isse kharida tha taaki chuttiyon mein woh yahan aakar manaaye… hum sabko yahin par bulaate the…" Navin told Huda.
"Sir ka ghar bahut hi accha hai, right guys?" Yudi asked.
"haan Yudi bhai, ghar bahut sundar hai…" Ali remarked, "Par kya hum yahin par rahenge?"
"hmm… kuch dino ke liye yahan par rehna theek hoga, jab tak hum koi faisla na le, tum sab yahan par hi rahoge… don't worry about the clothes, main aur Abhi kal jaake woh sab sambhal lenge… filhaal main Raj ko dekhkar aata hoon, kabse humein wait karwa raha hai…" Navin said.
He headed for the door when suddenly Shalini came inside, alone. Much to Naina's relief, the extra few minutes that she got would be enough for her to calm her nerves down.
"Dr. Shalini, Raj ka haal kaisa hai?" Gunny asked her.
"He's perfectly fine, Captain. Maine abhi uska bandages change kiya hai, he should be done in a few minutes. Usne mujhse kaha hai ki aap sab yahan aaram se baithe rahiye…" Shalini told them all.
They all sat down and waited in silence for a few minutes. Naina, who was sitting near the fireplace with Aalekh had her back towards the door.