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The Origin

Team WORDOHOLICS : Chapter 23


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Her fears perspired down her temples forming little droplets of salt water that hit the floor . There were splashes of guilt and sympathy too . Guilt for having lied to her best friend and sympathy for her husband who was being pushed to the dark corners of her heart . She wished to take her secrets to grave because she knew that if it were to happen otherwise her grave would reach her too soon .  She had warned them all to stay away from Aryan ……her Aryan . Her fingers clasped the pendant of the chain she wore around her neck . She longed to be the other half  of it that caressed the torso of the love of her life . “ What happened to us ? We were so happy then. What went wrong ? What have I gotten myself into ? It’s all his fault , if it hadn’t been for his greed for power ,for money we would  have been together . Roohie likes him too . Does he really love me ? Only if I knew ” .

Ten years ago they were the talk of the town ,head over heels in love , at least she thought that way. Aryan was a handsome , intelligent  Managing Director of one of the top publishing houses and Tara was a budding journalist . He knew she had it in her to reach the very top of the ladder . She was oblivious to his growing avarice for power and failed to realise that she was being used , a symbiotic relationship it was for Aryan in which he was the clear winner . Tara wanted to be loved , wanted to scale new heights and he helped her achieve that . And he was waiting for the right time to take the next step towards his dream . He wanted Tara involved in Insignia ,wanted to use her potential to gain inside information plus she was every man’s dream and he could never have enough of her .

His calculations misfired when Tara on her first meeting with insignia developed cold feet and left . She was shocked and was way more ambitious than he ever imagined . She did not want her career ruined if they were to be exposed ,she valued it more , even more than her love !  Tara  moved on to have a whirlwind romance with Shekhar and married him in haste . Aryan lay low planing and abiding his time when the world would be in his fists . He despised rejection and Tara was his insatiable desire .

A chance meeting three years back had got them together again . By that time she had come to realise that marrying Shekhar was a mistake , rebound love never worked for her and she could only love Aryan . She wanted him so much she was willing to keep a blind eye as long as he was with her , nothing else mattered to her anymore . He had seemed to acquire a new found interest in Shekhar too . Though it felt odd for her to be discussing her husband’s work with her boyfriend she obliged never giving it a second thought .

One day she had , in one of their conversations told him how much she missed him ,and the next day he was at her doorstep . He still had the chain hanging around his neck . The pendant was a heart ,she had one half and he had the other . Seeing her he had kissed his half and his eyes , they were magnetic and in no time she was in his arms . This was her secret ,that which kept her going . But then there was Jenny ,her best friend ,who knew nothing of this little adventure of her’s but unnecessarily poking her head into things that were better to be left alone . She had tried to warn them , to keep them away , Jenny and the stupid geek friend of her’s . She knew Darius would never come back ,she wanted to tell Jenny to find solace elsewhere but she couldn’t . She couldn’t risk losing Aryan . Jenny’s call had startled her ,she felt scared and words failed her . She had no choice but to cut the call knowing very well that Jenny would have sensed the fear .

She washed her face and looked up to see her pale self staring back at her , her face was yet to regain it’s colour .


“What did Tara say ,Jenny ? ” , Cyrus asked a perplexed  Jennifer . Tina sat next to him listening carefully .

“ Nothing ,she doesn’t know Aryan at all , but somehow I have a feeling she isn’t being very truthful and I could feel her fear . I wonder why ? ”, Jenny said looking at both Cyrus and Tina .

“ It’s simple Jenny ,it’s because she isn’t . Please show her the pics Tina ” , turning towards the computer Cyrus asked .

Seeing her eyes widen with shock Cyrus added , “ I just received these pics via mail ” . Jenny had her eyes fixed at the images of Tara standing next to a much younger Aryan , their fingers teasing each other’s , clearly they had been engaged once . Just then Tina pulled out a write up about Aryan , which showed him being part of A.V publishing house years back ,the same publishing house where Tara had worked and also to their disbelief Jenny remembered Tara mentioning about her working at around the same time .

Betrayal was not a feeling alien to Jenny but this broke her down . Her anger ,she couldn’t hide . “ If she has anything to do with my Darius , I will make her pay ” .

“ And speaking of mails, I remember getting an email that gave me the link to your blog Cyrus , it wasn’t a coincidence at all ” , Jenny said with a vigour that she never knew existed .

“ Really ? Can you please show me the mail ? ” ,excitement vivid in his usually stern eyes as he realised that the ids were the same . “Someone is working very hard ”, he said

“ Tina , could you please get me the IP address of this  account  ? ” , he asked .

“ It depends Cyrus , if he is using a proxy server I am afraid I won’t be of much help but if he isn’t then maybe I can . It will take time though and I might have to pull a few strings .”  Tina said , getting back to work .

While Tina worked Jenny sat lost in her thoughts of Darius  , “ He wanted to protect me , that is why he left . I was such a fool to think otherwise  ?  ” , her eyes were slowly filling up .

The horse like mystical creature with it’s single horn stared back at Cyrus form Jenny’s right hand . It’s beauty and grace had a resemblance to Tara which reminded him of his nightmares . He felt concerned for Tara even though he knew she had lied . “ I think Tara is in trouble Jenny , I think there is something else . You remember my dreams , the ones with a naked girl  ? Well , I think it’s Tara . She is in danger and we need to help her .”

“ Hmm …There better be a good explanation . I trusted her so with my life and she ? I feel bad for Roohie , you know . Poor girl ,all alone . No wonder Tara has no time for her , I remember Roohie talking about an ‘ Ahuja uncle ‘ , what if he is Aryan Ahuja ? And Tara is still in touch , covering up for him ,leaking information ? What if ? ” ,Jenny said getting up from her chair .

Just then Tina got a call and as she spoke her face formed a palette of expressions . And finally when she did keep the call ,she said “ I have some good news for you guys . We have the address from which the mails were sent and believe me guys it would definitely be a surprise you if it does not shock you already .  It’s from Tara’s house . ”

Jenny and Cyrus couldn’t comprehend the news Tina had just given them and they could only think of one person . Cyrus got to the computer and typed in a mail to the person who had got them together . A minute after he send the mail there was a reply which said , “ yes , it’s me Shekhar ,  meet me asap . Don’t forget to bring Jennifer along . URGENT ” .

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Team Wordoholics – Inside Story 2

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My team and I are participating in Blogadda’s Game of blogs and this is a little inside story we are doing on ourselves and how we have evolved so far . Since this is already an epic post I do not intend to add to it’s length . Just wanted to let you all know that it’s been a wonderful experience and I am super excited as always . And this is to my teamies – Gitanjali , Remya , Bienu ma’am , Anunoy , Depanjan , Bhakti and to my sweet sweet Parul love you all and it’s been such a pleasure working with you all 🙂 . And yes we made it to the top ten and the last round !!! Fingers crossed 😀

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Chapter 14 from team : WORDOHOLICS


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Jennifer was tired of the cat and mouse game . She had the eerie feeling of being watched ,always . A single cigarette was lying in her pack waiting to be kissed by her lustrous lips. Despite her failed efforts to find Darius ,life had been quite eventful  the past few months. Tara , Roohie and Cyrus  had become the nucleus of her existence ,from total strangers to her most beloved ,the journey did not take long . Her phone rang ,it was Cyrus calling .

“ Cyrus , I am so happy that you called ” , Jennifer said expressing her relief .

“ I am in Mumbai now Jenny , came here for a conference ” , he said in his monotonous voice . There was never a time in her life she felt this safe .

“ Cyrus ,meet me tomorrow , 10.00 A.M sharp at Barista , Colaba  , URGENT ” , she said without pause . “ What happened Jenny ? Are you okay ? ” , Cyrus was caught off guard by the tension evident in her voice .

“ Will explain tomorrow ” , she couldn’t risk it , not now .

In her futile attempts to sleep her thoughts wandered to her lost brother . An accident  had turned her world upside down. She lost her parents and there was no trace of her little brother . She remembered the time when four year old Jennifer had taken her little brother on a cycle ride . The day she had caused a lemon sized scar on his little forehead . She had been silent and in shock the whole day , scared to venture near him . Her thoughts languidly returned to the search for Darius which was getting her into dangerous territories each day .  Lady slumber took her into her arms and gently kissed her tired eyes .

She woke up the next day with a cloud of negative vibes lingering around . For the first time in weeks she felt scared . She rushed to meet Cyrus . His stern face was full of concern .“ He is so tall” ,she thought .

“ Hi  Jenny ” , Cyrus greeted her with a hug . Though she was meeting him for the first time , it never felt that way .

They sat down at a table away from the window .

“ How did that happen ? ” , Jennifer asked pointing at the crescent shaped scar just above his eyebrow .

“ This one ? ” touching the scar he asked . Jennifer nodded her head .

“ I don’t remember Jenny , maybe someone pushed me off a cycle ? ” he said .

“ I am sure she would have meant no harm Cyrus ” , a slightly taken aback Jennifer replied .

“ Relax Jenny , there is no ‘SHE’ , I am a single child ” ,  Cyrus reassured her .

There was something about Cyrus that drew her towards him , “ was it the  way he held his coffee mug or his effortless humour  ?”  she couldn’t decide  . He reminded her of grandpa so much that she started missing him . Was he ? Could he be ? The possibility made him more special .

Few tables away a man typed into his phone and touched the send button ,“ THEY HAVE MET ”, it said .

“ Okay tell me all that you know of insignia  , Jenny ” , Cyrus asked , his face flooded with a sudden gush of seriousness .

“ It all began with my search for Darius . We were married for a month when he left for a business trip and never came back . The only thing I received was his camera and a letter asking me to never go in search of him ” , Jenny said eyes filling up . Cyrus could see the frail and lonely woman hidden behind her mask of confidence and indifference . Jennifer continued ,“ Six months back when I was back home mourning grandpa’s demise I got a call . Darius was in Mumbai the anonymous caller had said .I wanted answers and fortunately that was when I got my interview call . I came to Mumbai . From then on it was this stupid game they have been playing  with me ,Cyrus.”

She held out the rail ticket behind which the word insignia was written . This is the only clue I got after months of toil . “ No number of visits to the library or researches yielded any result . I came  across your blog accidentally ,Cyrus , I had lost all hope by then.With the elections approaching I have a feeling something very bad is about to fall upon us and this city . There are very few people I can trust  ”

“ Now Cyrus you will have to fill me in on insignia . According to a confidential information  I managed to fish out from one of my cop friends, they are planning to strike soon and have a very discreet agenda  ”, Jennifer asked  all her confidence returning .

“ As far as I know , this is an organisation of intelligent minds that gradually grew feeding on the rampant corruption and avarice that prevailed . They have an extremist vision and have already infiltrated  political and defence sectors of India . Their head is believed to be someone very powerful ,highly qualified and whose identity we do not know . He is referred to as ALPHA by other members and could be anyone ,a common face  .They aim to change the system and bend it according to their beliefs . They plan to create chaos and political unrest and use it as a medium to rise to power . Targeting various religious groups and manipulating them based on the differences form the backbone of their strategy .They plan to strike when least expecting and in a way no one can ever comprehend . That is all I know Jenny. ” Cyrus said as he sipped  his coffee .

They needed more information and evidence if they were to do something .  Since the defence and police were being infiltrated trust was an important factor . “ we need someone influential ,powerful ,efficient and above all someone we can trust ” Jennifer  voiced her thoughts . After minutes of pondering she smacked her head and exclaimed , “Tara , of course , why din’t it occur to me before ? ” .  She picked up her phone to dial Tara’s number, “ Where are you  ? … mmm  okay  ,we are coming over to meet you ” , she said and cut the call .

“ Cyrus come lets go ,I know someone who can help us after all  ” , saying this Jennifer got up and strutted towards the door .

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Treasures from past ….

Chapter 9 from team: Wordoholics

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Night was yet to fall ,Jennifer sat in her balcony trying to absorb the fast paced city that had welcomed her with open arms . Lost in ponder on the events of her past week she failed to  realise her fingers getting entwined with the loose strands of her hair displaying the beautifully decorated tattooed unicorn on her right hand . Her toe ring  against the metal railing was singing  a song of it’s own .

It was not just the monsoons that she missed ,the  saline air  caressing her body as they took long strolls at the beach , watching the sun go down kissing the gentle waters ,all reminiscences of those amazing times she had with her grandparents , times her little heart yearned for . Oh how much they loved the sea , all three of them . Her grandfather’s hand over her grandmother’s jewelled with shells strewn all over the sand, the very first picture she took , the one still safe in her purse , her treasure . “ I have to find a new house ” , she thought .

She opened her laptop in search of new apartments where she could feel close to the two most important people in her life . There were so many , the whole idea excited her . Change , prospectives of a new life thrilled her and her new boss seemed so nice , like a sister she never had . Her lips curved into a smile , that which had become alien to her grief stricken face . It didn’t last long  , a myriad of emotions gripped her -loneliness because she had no one she could call her’s , guilt for having been so unforgiving ,her longing for Darius which couldn’t be swallowed by his betrayal ,apprehension of what life had in store for her and also the triumph of being an achiever . If only there was someone, a friend , whose shoulder she could cry on for hours removing the mask  carefully glued to her face,someone who wouldn’t be so judgemental instead be her pillar to which she could hold on to and not sink in her own sea of guilt.Yet there was someone and from deep within those tiny chambers of her heart , she saw him smile ….. her Darius .

Dreams of the girl had taken a toll on him , insomnia was making it’s way into his life .All he wanted was a good night’s sleep .He lay in bed wide awake and with the dim shade of  street light creeping into his room , he saw a small box marked “My Treasure Chest ” sitting on  his neat pile of Law books . Those priceless memories , he wanted them near , always . He walked over to the table ,ran his fingers along the gold painted edges of the box and gently clicked it open . A girl in her teens  with sparkling brown eyes  and  hair twisted into plaits stood smiling at him . She was wearing a white pleated shirt and  checkered red skirt  and next to her was a boy , the 13 year old Cyrus . His eyes clearly betraying the mischief they just plotted . Just when he was lost in thoughts she called , Tina his best friend , the same girl who had taken him back to his school days only moments ago . He excitedly told her about the upcoming conference in Mumbai and Jennifer . Beside him lay a ticket to Mumbai …..

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