Friday, 13 February 2015

part 38:I will bring my basket back

Armaan opened his eyes but shut them again trying to adjust to the sudden brightness and due to the shooting pain that he felt in his head. He blinked his eyes a few times and finally as he opened them completely he found himself in a dark room. He remembered Riddhima's face and why he was at that place; so he tried to move but couldn't as he was tied to the same chair where Riddhima was sitting a while back. He struggled to get ou of the ropes but he wasn't able to do so; still he kept pushing and pulling putting his best to come out of the ropes. He was busy struggling when he heard Riddhima moan and he instantly stopped moving and started looking around for her. He saw some shadows near the door and as soon someone entered the room and switched on the lights. As he shut his eyes and opened them again his view got a little clearer and that is when he saw a guy with a mask on his face. But his heart wrenched as his gaze fell on Riddhima whom the guy had held mercilessly by her arm as she struggled to get out of his hold. He could see bruises all over her body while she tried her best to keep her eyes open as they looked very drowsy. He threw her harshly on the floor making her fall on Armaan's feet. With great efforts she looked up and a small smile crossed her lip as she saw Armaan.
Ar...m...aan... she raised her hand up to reach him but the guy behind came in and held her hand in his never letting it reach Armaan. He squeezed her hand making her wince in pain. Armaan pulled his hands with all his might caring less that by now it had started bleeding as the rope cut his skin. He turned red with anger as the kidnapper grabbed Riddhima's hair pulling her up to his face level;

Uh uh baby...not yet...don't worry main tumhare Armaan ko bhi aise hi nahi chodunga...uski bhi khadirdaari hogi... but a little patience darling. Leaving her all of a sudden he walked up to Armaan and held his face... So Armaan...Dr.Armaan Mallik...maine kaha tha na aapse...time par hi aana...bina vajah jaldi pohoch gaye aap; dekhiye aapki vajah se Riddhima ko bhugatna pada ab! Armaan kept wriggling on the chair and blinking his eyes as he still felt dizzy due to the injection. The guy removed the tape from his mouth and Armaan choked on air.
(Kidnapper:KN)
A: Tu jo koi bhi...hai...jyaada der zinda nahi bachega...bohot pachtaayega kameene...bas ek baar mujhe...
KN:  Oh really...hmm...chalo dekhte hai kaun pachtata hai! Smirking at him he went to Riddhima and slapped her hard making her fall back on the floor.
A: Noo...Leave her you ba****...don't you dare touch her...let her go.
KN: Tch...vohi toh nahi kar sakta na Armaan...use chod hi toh nahi sakta main... And afterall abhi toh maja shuru hua hai; abhi use ch...
A: Kaun ho tum? What the hell do you want from her...kyun kar rahe ho uske saath aisa?
KN: Ahah...now you are talking! Main kya chahta hu?...MAIN BAS TERI RIDDHIMA KO BARBAAD KARNA CHAHTA HU BAS!  Usko uski jagah dikhana chahta hu; khud ko bohot great samjhti hai...bohot akadti hai na...aur tujh pe bohot gurur karti hai...tu bechara bina baat is sab main fas gaya. Sach kahu toh mujhe tujhse koi aitraaz nahi tha...par teri vajah se hi toh ye itni ud rahi thi us din! Teri vajah se hi toh isne sabke saamne mujhe itna jalil kiya. Toh tujhe aise hi kaise chod du?! Tere liye ye teri zindagi hai na...toh ab tu ise apni aankhon ke saamne barbaad hote hue dekhega!
A: Tu hai kaun?...Aur Riddhima ne kya galat kiya hai tere saath jo tu... slap...he slapped Armaan hard on his face. He pulled Armaan up through his hair;
KN: Thappad...aisa hi ek thappad mara tha saali ne mujhe...yaad hai!
A: Thappad?
KN: Tu bhool sakta hai...par main nahi...vaha un sabke beech main...sare- aam usne mujhe thappad mara; sirf teri vajah se! Huh...bohot pyaar karti hai na tujhse...tere khilaaf kuch sun nahi paati!
     Armaan thought for a while and realization striked him hard as he remembered the canteen fiasco when Riddhima had slapped RISHAB.
A: Rishab??  As he looked up Rishab removed the cloth off his face and winked at Armaan.
Ri: Yes Dr.Mallik!! That's the right answer. It's me...Rishab Malhotra.
A: Tum us thappad ki vajah se...
Ri: Haan...vo thappad jo teri biwi ne mere gaal par nahi mere self respect pe mara tha. Sach kahu toh mujhe toh pehle din hi Riddhima bohot pasand aayi thi, bending down he sat besides Riddhima and caressed her lips, iske ye hooth ye maasom chehra, badi badi aankhen, bohot khubsoorat lagi thi mujhe! Par mujhe jaldi hi pata chal gaya tha ki ye teri biwi hai...bohot boora laga tha mujhe ye jaankar; bohot ghussa bhi aaya, par main chup tha. Lekin fir us canteen main Sanjana ne tere khilaaf baatein karni shuru kar di; bechari ko kuch pata nahi tha na...par mauka toh acha tha toh mujhse bhi raha nahi gaya...maine socha tujhse naaraz hai toh jyaada se jyaada tujhse ghussa hokar nikal jaayegi...humari baton ko neglect kar degi, but ka**** ni ne mujhpe haath utaya...sabke saamne mujhe tamaja mara. Are mere baap ne aaj tak mujhpe haath nahi uthaya aur ye sa*** samjhti kya hai khudko. Usi din maine soch liya tha ki ise itni aasani se nahi chodunga. Uske baad main mauka dhoond hi raha tha ise sabak seekhane ka...kabhi toh ye akeli mil jaati is baat ka; par har baar tu beech main aa jata tha. Par khair...aakhir mujhe pehli baar mauka bhi tune hi diya...
A: Maine...matlab?
Ri: Haan...yaad hai us din jab iski duty jaldi khatam ho gayi thi...tujhse ye keh bhi rahi thi ki ise nahi jaana ghar; par tune iski baat mani nahi. Use chod diya akele ghar, aur mujhe mauka de diya acha khaasa. Par us din bhi...us din bhi ye bhaag nikli aur iska naseeb toh dekho aakar teri hi gaadi se takrayi. Mujhe laga ki ab...ye sab kuch bata degi tujhe...aur saara khel khatam...par uske baad toh iski yaadash hi chali gayi...aur mujhe aur bhi acha mauka mil gaya...par tu...tu uske saath din bhar rehne laga tha...aur har baar jab bhi main uske paas pohochne ki koshish karta tha tu ain mauke pe vaha pohoch jaata tha. Jab Delhi main ye akeli gayi thi tab maine socha ki ab toh jarur main ise vaha se le jaa sakta hu...par us waqt bhi tu beech main aa hi gaya.
A: Delhi? Tum delhi main bhi aaye the?
Ri: Huh...yaad hai jab tu vaha balcony main use milne aaya dusre hi din...tab main vohi balcony main tha! Par teri vajah se kuch kar nahi paaya. Par koi baat nahi; dekh ab ye bhi yahi hai toh aaj kaam poora kar lete hai. Vaise tujhe maine isi liye toh yaha bulaya tha aaj; maine socha ise toh main barbaad karne hi wala hu, toh tu ise barbaad hote hue dekhe isse badi saja tere liye aur kya ho sakti hai! Acha hi hai ki Riddhima ne tujhe kuch bataya nahi; kaise batati bechari khud ke muh se ki iske saath kya hua; sharam aa gayi hogi ise... afterall tu iska pati hai, toh tujhse toh keh nahi sakti job hi iske saath hua! But trust me mujhe ye sab tujhe batane main bada maja aa raha hai.
A: Riddhima ne kuch nahi bataya matlab...us...uski toh yaadash...
Ri: Oh haan tujhe toh pata hi nahi hoga...Panchgani main uski yaadash pata hai vapas kaise ayi thi?... Mujhe dekhkar! ...Itne din se main directly uske saamne isi liye toh nahi aa raha tha...because I knew the moment she would see me use sab yaad aa jata. Phir toh mere liye problem ho jaati na...afterall ab mujhe toh vo bhool nahi sakti thi...specially us din ke baad toh bilkul nahi.
A: Kaunsa din? Kya kiya hai tune uske saath...
Ri: Usi din...jab iska accident hua aur ye sab bhool gayi...well tujhe bata kyu raha hu main ye sab...tujhe dikha hi deta hu jo us din adhura reh gaya tha...it would be even better nahi? Afterall; us din ka vo adhoora kaam poora karne ke liye hi toh ise yaha laaya hu. He walked towards Riddhima who was lying on the floor not in a state to have an idea of her surroundings. But as Rishab approached her Armaan realized that he was up to something really incorrect.
A: Nahi...nahi uske paas mat jaa...use kuch mat karna... dekh Rishab use...use us din tujhe thappad nahi marna chahiye tha I agree but...
Ri: Ohh just shut up...don't try to act smart Amaan...I very well know tu ye sab kyu keh raha hai...but your tricks are not going to work here sorry! He sat on the floor and as soon as he threw her dupatta away she opened her eyes wide and pushed him back.
A: Nooo...just leave her alone you jerk...don't...just...uski taraf 1 kadam bhi mat badhana varna... I'll kill you...you moron. Armaan kept struggling with the ropes as he got Rishab's intentions.
     Riddhima on the other hand got up and tried to move away from him and reach Armaan but kept stumbling on things. Just as she had taken two steps he pulled her leg making her fall on her face.
A: You will regret this Rishab...don't do this. Tu...tu yaha se bachke kaha jaayega...tu galat kar raha hai...iska anjaam bohot galat hoga tu bo...
Ri: Par kisi ko kuch pata chalega tab anjaam boora hoga na...aur yaha se mere ilaava aur koi zinda nahi jaanewala hi nahi hai toh kisi ko koi kuch batayega bhi nahi...don't worry. Bas ek baar ise iski aukad dikha du...
        Riddhima started crawling back as she couldn't get up, but he held her hand and pulled her up. Riddhima had absolutely no strength to even open her eyes completely but somehow she kept pushing him away with all the energy that she had.
Ar...maan...
Nooo...Ris...hab...nahi...nahi...ch...chodo mu...ujhe...ch...cho...do
      He pushed her back making a glass bottle behind fall and break into pieces. As he tore her sleeves she pushed him with all her might but he was quick enough to hold her back. He slapped her again and she fell back flat on her back and the glass pieces pierced deep in her back. The pain was just too much for her to handle but she cared less, she still tried to get up with the support of her hands experiencing extreme pain all over her body.
       On the other hand Armaan found a glass piece on a table beside him and was trying to cut the rope vigorously. As Riddhima tried to get up; Rishab pushed her down again making it almost impossible for her to even move now.
It's just the beginning darling... there's a lot more to come. He held her face and tried to kiss her but she kept wriggling, she looked up at Armaan helplessly but her eyes shouting at him to help her and save her!  Armaan did read her eyes and felt like killing himself; but soon he pushed a rod that was near him with his leg making it roll towards her. She saw it and the moment her hands reached it she hit Rishab on his head with it. But she did not have much strength left in her to make a hard hit so it just caused a bump on his forehead making him a little dizzy. But this made him even more furious. She somehow got away from him but before she could get up he tried to hold her but unfortunately as she had her back towards him it resulted in tearing of her dress a bit causing the zip to break open. Rishab shaked his head to feel a little better and the next moment he pounced back on her. Turning her around he was about to grab her face but the next moment he was lying down the floor. Armaan had by now managed to loosen the rope and had kicked him hard making him fall down. As Rishab groaned in pain Armaan successfully cut the rope completely and throwing the rope aside picked up the chair in his hands. Marching towards Rishab he banged the chair on Rishab crushing it into pieces while making Rishab bleed badly. He ran back to get the dupatta and wrapped it around Riddhima covering her properly. But as she groaned in pain his blood boiled and he looked back at Rishab with murder written all over his face.
A: I warned you not to touch her...didn't I? Holding his head he punched him continuously on his face making his nose and mouth bleed. Dragging him up he pushed him towards the door making him fall into the broken wooden boxes. You were right; Riddhima ko tujhe thappad nahi maarna chahiye tha...because you deserve much more than that! Holding him by his collar he punched him hard in his stomach but Rishab somehow held a box and thrashed it on his head. He somehow reached out of the door trying to run away but Armaan held him in time. He hit him with a rod making him fall flat on his face. He walked up to him trying to balance himself as he still was dizzy due to the injection. With all his might he started hitting him with the rod not thinking even once if he would be able to survive through the pain. He cared less even if he killed Rishab at the moment; infact he had almost planned to do so as Riddhima's face flashed in front of him. He was hitting Rishab with anything and everything that came in his hands, but he was stopped somehow as Sameer and Atul came with the police and held him back.
At: Bas kar Armaan...stop it vo mar jaayega!
A: Let him die then...he doesn't deserve to live! Somehow Atul and Sameer took him away from Rishab while the police took Rishab in custody. Armaan fell down on his knees and held his head trying to clear his vision.
Sa: Armaan...shaant ho jaaiye...use saja mil jaayegi he is arrested. Riddhima ka...
A: Riddhima!!  He stood up with Atul's support and ran inside the room towards Riddhima. He found her still lying on the floor groaning his name in broken voice; covered in blood and her face full of sweat and tears.
A: Sab...sab theek hai Riddhima. Dekho...main...main aa gaya hu...vo ab kabhi vaapas nahi aayega...sab...theek...he couldn't really say anything ahead and just hugged her tightly and cried his heart out. Shashank, Anjali, Padma and Abhi-Nikki all of them reached by then. Tumhe...kuch nahi hoga ... chalo hum... but before he could complete his sentence she looked up at him all worn out and finally shut her eyes falling unconscious in his arms. He picked her up and placed her in the car.
Sh: Armaan...hum Riddhima ko dekh lenge...aap peeche baith jaaiye aapko bhi dressing ki jarurat hai. Sanjeevani pohoc...
A: Nahi...Sanj...evani nahi...gh...ghar!
Sh: What? Aap ye...
A: Use ghar le chalna hoga Papa. Jo bhi treatment hai vo ghar pe hogi. Vo is waqt bohot da...dari hui hai...plea...ase try to...understand sir. Use...is waqt gh...ghar le...jaana hi...sahi hoga. She needs...to be felt...ho...homely and...sa...safe.
Sh: Okay...okay fine...par aap peeche baith jaaiye main drive karta hu...aapke haathon se bohot khoon beh raha hai.
      By the time they reached home Armaan too had fallen unconscious making it easier to treat him, as otherwise he would have never let them dress his wounds. After a while Armaan gained his conscious and saw Atul and Sameer sitting besides him.
At: Hey Armaan...ab kai... Kaha jaa raha hai tu. Armaan removed his blanket and got off the bed all ready to go to Riddhima.
A: Riddhima kaha hai?
At: Vo uske kamre main hai...par tujhe aaram... Armaan was already out of the room on his way to her room. As he entered her room he found her on the bed still unconscious, dressing was done almost to every part of her body; her hand had the saline attached, she look weak...very weak and pale. Padma and Anjali were sitting near her while Padma was caressing her head; Dr.Keerti sat on the other side examining her and Shashank stood next to Anjali. As Shashank noticed Armaan he walked up to him;
Sh: Armaan...aap yaha kya kar rahe hai? Aap ko aaram karne ki jarurat hai.
A: Main...main theek hu Papa...Riddhima kaisi hai?
Sh: Abhi tak use hosh nahi aaya Armaan...par vo theek ho jaayegi aap jaak...
A: Main kahi nahi jaa raha...main bilkul theek hu.
Dr.K: Armaan aap please baith jaaiye. Aapka bhi kaafi khoon beh chukka hai...
A: I said I am fine Dr.Keerti. He sat besides Riddhima and held her hand; Riddhima ko ab tak hosh nahi aaya...4 ghante ho chuke hai Dr.keerti...is everything all right?
Dr.K: hopefully yes...par inhe kaafi strong dawai di gayi thi Armaan. Usi ka asar hai. Afterall inhe kaafi chot bhi lagi hai toh...
A: Nahi acha hi hai...let her sleep...kam se kam uske shareer ko toh thoda aaram milega.
Dr.K: Haan...vaise acha hua aap ko hosh aa gaya...ab aapko jyaada dard toh nahi ho raha? He simply nodded his head as he stared down at her. Hmm...good! Aap...
R: Ar...maa...n...umm...na...hi...Ar...ma... Armaan looked down at her as she started stirring and taking his name. He realized she was still unconscious and must be just remembering the horrible incident. He caressed her hand and kissed her forehead lightly to make her feel his presence. She was made to sleep on her one side as she had an injury on her back, but she kept turning around hurting herself.
Pa: Us jaanvar ne meri beti ki kya haalat kar di hai!
An: I can't believe he did this to Riddhima. Use dekhkar kabhi nahi laga ki vo Riddhima se itni nafrat karta hoga!
        Atul entered the room along with the police.
Po: Sorry to disturb you...par hume aapse kuch baat karni hai.
Sh: Kya aap kal tak intezaar nahi kar sakte Inspector?
Po: Dekhiye main samjhta hu ki is waqt haalat bohot naazuk hai but we can't help it sir. Mr.Mallik ab aap theek hai? Armaan was just busy looking at Riddhima and never even bothered to look up.
Po: Umm...I am sorry Mr.Mallik par aapko humare kuch sawaalon ka jawaab dena hoga. We need to file a case against Rishab, aur uske liye aap dono main se kisi ka humare saath hona jaruri hai!...Mr.mallik?...Mr.Mallik?
A: Is waqt mujhe bas Riddhima ka paas rehna hai...all other things can wait.
Po: I understand Mr.Mallik, par Mrs. Mallik is waqt bohot jakhmi hai...vo toh statement de nahi sakti isi liye aapko humare saath aana padega. Try to understand...hum ye aapke ache ke liye hi kar rahe hai...Agar aap chahe toh hum aapse yahi baat kar sakte hai, since aapki bhi haalat kharab hai so we can do the interrogation here itself.
   He looked down at Riddhima and knew that this atmosphere wasn't good for her. He did not want her to face all this in case she gained her conscious in between.
A: Umm...nahi...main...main chalta hu aapke saath. He placed a kiss on her hand and left with the police.
      Armaan had been in the police station for an hour now, while Riddhima on the other hand gained consciousness. She opened her eyes and could only see blur images. She found everyone except Armaan so she started asking for him.
Sh: Riddhima vo abhi aa jaayega...tum aaram karo.
R: Papa...Ar...maa...n ka..ha..hai...Ar...m...an se...mi...lna ha...i.
Dr.K: Riddhima...vo aa jaayenge...vo yahi hai...aap stress mat kariye khudko. Main abhi bulati hu unhe. Aap leti rahiye.
R: Ar...ma...n... Pa...pa...main...mu...jhe...
Pa: Riddhima...beta Armaan aa raha hai...tu shaant ho jaa...dekh tu ghar aa gayi hai...hum sab tere paas hai...sab theek hai...
R: Maa...nahi...vo Ri...shab...mu..jhe...usne...and...hera...dar...vo...vaha ... Paa...ni...Maa...paani.
Pa: Paani chahiye tujhe...ek minute beta ... abhi deti hu. She made her drink some water, but just after two sips she choked as she was lying down and couldn't drink it properly.
     Armaan on the other hand was loosing his patience explaining things to the police. Abhi who had accompanied him was also trying to take care of things but till the formalities were done Armaan was not allowed to go.
A: Dekhiye please let me go now. Why the hell don't you understand sir. My wife needs me. Main...
Abhimanyu's cell rang and he told Armaan that Riddhima had gained conscious and was asking for him. The moment he said that; Armaan moved out of the chair and walked out not waiting for anyone's approval for that.
Ab: Sir please let him go; aage jo bhi formalities karni hai main poori kar dunga...if you want kal subah vo vaapas aa jayega par abhi ke liye let him go Inspector. He has to be there with his wife.
Po: Okay...theek hai...

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