My theme for this year's A to Z Challenge is A Reader's Take, where everyday I will be picking out a novel title corresponding to that day's letter and write my post based on it. To make it more challenging, I have decided to write a serial story. The novel I have selected for today is 'Crux'

Chapter 3

(Read the previous chapter here)

“Where do you think you are going Kayra?” Ayaan's voice reached her from downstairs even before he reached her room. She knew what was coming and she braced herself for the confrontation. Within seconds, Ayaan was up in her room. One look at her packed bags and he lost his temper. “Care to explain?” he spat out the words at her. His fists were balled and he had crossed them tight, as if he was afraid of hitting something. The image of Ayaan like that made her shudder. But this wasn't the moment to lose composure. She was prepared, wasn't she?

“I am moving to Bangalore” she replied as coolly as she could. She hoped Ayaan didn't notice the slight tremor in her voice. Her nonchalance aggravated him more. “Aunty told me that much. But why are you leaving all of a sudden?” She knew he wouldn't understand. How would he when she was hiding the truth from him. It would be easy, seeking his help but Kayra didn't wish to take that path. So, she said what she had been rehearsing from a long time – “Ayaan, I have dreams of my own and I want to fulfill them. I want to start a new life where I can do things without you or mom looking out for me always. I want to be on my own. Is it too much to ask for?”

Kayra wasn't sure how she managed to say it all. She had been scared that she would break down any moment and Ayaan would see right through her but nothing of that sort happened. But what she hadn't expected was Ayaan's next words. “I thought you knew I loved you Kayra” She had prepared for his anger but not for this. Yes, she had known it all along and that is what made it difficult for her to confess the truth. His pained face and his feeble voice almost broke her resolve but then, she said what she didn't know she was capable of. “The crux of the matter is not that you love me Ayaan; but it is that I have a life of my own and I want to live it my way!”

To be continued...

About today's novel: Crux is a novel by Juliee Reece. She should have run. Now, she'll have to fight. Eighteen year old Birdie may be homeless, but she's surviving, that is until a mysterious guy throws money in the air like a crazy game show host and she grabs some with the idea she'll be able to buy dinner that night. In that singular moment, unassuming Birdie becomes the girl in everyone's viewfinder. Thugs want to kill her. Money-guy wants to recruit her. The very hot, very rich and very out of her league Grey Mathews wants to save her. Birdie, though, wants nothing to do with any of them until she realizes fate didn't bring them all together. Her heritage did. Now, with only twenty-one days left, she's got to decide whether to follow in the footsteps of those before her or risk her life for people she's only just met.

PS: Linking this post to A to Z Challenge 2015. If you are participating too, please leave a link to your blog in the comments, so that I can visit you :)

Until the next post,
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Swathi :)

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