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The phone kept ringing continuously , though he was in bed, sleep was a distant dream. His fever subsided but not the calls . It was her parents . He wasn’t ready yet ,and doubted if he ever will . He wanted to erase from his memory every second of that night . Switching his phone off , he put it away. He couldn’t imagine being alone, fear was his companion now .
A week ago he wasn’t like this . Darkness never scared him . He was returning after dropping off a family at the airport . His means of earning some extra money . And that was when he saw her , all alone waiting for a taxi .
She got into his car , a pretty girl in her early twenties .
“ It is dangerous for girls to travel alone so late ” he said .
“ This is the first time , my first bus broke down and I missed the second ” she said .
In that short journey lasting approximately 10 minutes, she told him how much she loved the city , her hostel , friends and the sisters there ( it was run by nuns) . As they reached her hostel he saw a gathering at the gate.They seemed to be waiting for someone . SORROW written all over their faces .
“who are they waiting for , why is everyone so silent ? ” turning back he asked , when to his horror he found the seat empty. He just couldn’t believe it .He stopped his car and ran over to the gate .
“what happened here ? ” , he asked the watchman.
“ A student passed away in an accident while returning to the hostel . It was her last wish to be buried here in the hostel grounds . We are waiting for her ” he said .
The ambulance arrived , he could hear cries of her parents , friends whom she so dearly loved . One look , that was all he needed , it was her . She was there with them , crying and he could feel it . Sweat trickled down his face …….he fainted !!!
p.s. this post is loosely based on a true story .