Short Story

The Love Cartridge: The Assured Bullet – Chapter 3

Day – Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Time – 6:30 PM

“Yeh fiza itni madhosh hai

Kyunki isme tumhari saanse basi hai

Yeh sham itni khoobsurat hai

Kyunki isme…………..”

“Stop it Harsh, mai mazak ke mood mein hain hun”, Riya screams agitatedly. Harsh quietly rises from his kneeling pose and sits beside Riya on the bench.

“Abb jaane bhi do, kuch na kuch raasta nikal aayega” Harsh consoles Riya

“Kab raasta niklega. Tumhe to jaise koi fikr hi nahin”

Harsh caresses Riya’s soft hair and says “Fikhr hai, bharosa rakho, mai jald hi kuch…

Riya looks at Harsh. Tears roll down from the corner of her eyes to the corner of her cheeks.

“Monday ko papa mujhe Munger le jaa rahe hai. Wahan unhone ladka pasand kiya hai. Brahmin hai. Wahin shaadi karwa denge”.

Harsh hugged Riya. “Don’t worry sab theek ho jaayega”, Harsh tries to comfort Riya

“Tum log kahin bhaag kyun nahin jaate” Neha screams from behind.

“Neha tu yahan?” Riya asks curiously

“Sorry Didi, friends’ ke saath aayi thi, aapko dekha to bas aa gayi” she says as she kissed Riya on her forehead.

“To Harsh, mai yeh keh rahi thi tum didi ko bhaga ke kyun nahin le jaate”

Riya interrupts “Bewakufi ki baatein mat karo, papa maar dalenge”

“Kuch dino ki baat hai didi, Harsh aapko bhaga kar Kareli le jaayega, wahan kuch din reh lena.”

“Papa dhund lenge” Riya interrupts

“India ke map mein koi Kareli ko dhund nahi sakta aapko Kareli mein kahan se dhund lenge.” Neha smirks as she retorts

“Ek baar hum Kareli pahunch jaaye, wahan koi humara baal bhi baaka nahi kar sakta” Harsh assures

Riya and Neha look at Harsh. His eyes provided assurance.

“Tumhe chutti mil jaayegi?” Riya inquires

“Chutti kisey chahiye? Tum par aise sau Tata Motors kurbaan”

They hug each other as Neha leaves them to have a private moment.

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