Kaleidoscope of Hopes

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 'Kaleidoscope of Hopes'

Leave Me Never

Chapter 11

(Read the previous chapters here)

Ayaan boarded the plane, his mind unsure. Was he doing the right thing? He didn't know. He replayed the conversation he had with Lucy in the previous morning for the 100th time.

He had repented the slip of tongue during dinner and he wanted to apologize. But Lucy, like she always did, knew what he was about to say and stopped him before he could utter a single word. "Do you love me Ayaan?" She had asked. He was ready for many things that might have followed the apology but not this! Where had this come from? He had just stared at her, trying to understand the situation when Lucy threw yet another question, which crumbled the perfect world he had built around himself in the past 7 years. "Do you love me Ayaan, as much as you love Kayra?" she had asked. He opened his mouth to say that he didn’t love Kayra, that she was his past when Lucy stopped him again. “I know you want to say yes, but I want you to think about it before answering. Have you really moved on with your life? Are you ready to leave Kayra and her memories behind? Forever”

He had felt his heart twitch in pain upon hearing that. ?Could he do that? He had wondered but even as he thought about it, he knew the answer – he couldn’t. He had loved Kayra like he hadn’t loved anyone in his life and when he had thought that everything was perfect in his life, she had walked away; just like that, without telling him anything. What killed him more was he didn’t know the reason behind her decision. He knew she was hiding something. Even today, his heart kept wondering what made Kayra take that drastic step. He just couldn’t let go of her thoughts, no matter how hard he tried.

Lucy must have seen the emotions playing across his face because by the time he had reached the conclusion, her face fell. “I so wished your answer was otherwise Ayaan, but I know you can’t forget her” They both had sat quietly after that, each lost in their own thoughts. Suddenly, Lucy had said something that changed everything. “I think you should go back to India and find out what happened” she had said. “But I don’t want to!” he had protested. “You should Ayaan. You should find answers for the questions which have haunted you all these years. That is the only way for you to make peace with the present. If you don’t do it, you will never be able to start over, no matter how hard you try”

Ayaan had spent the night thinking about what Lucy had said. He knew she was right. He had to find the answers. Only they held the key to find the peace of mind he longed for. But should he go? What if he couldn't find her? What if she refuses to answer his questions yet again? There were so many questions. But as the sun rose in the morning, so did Ayaan’s hopes. He would go back and find out the truth. He decided to take the journey back before uncertainty clouded his mind again! 

Little did he know what truth he would discover and how it would affect all their lives!

To be continued...

About today's novel: Kaleidoscope of Hopes is a novel by Devika Fernando. High hopes mean big disappointments. Nadia has learned that lesson the hard way. Single, struggling to make ends meet, and hurt by the past, the last thing she needs is another complication. When her new boss - a handsome, secretive widower with a child - moves in next door, their worlds collide. Sweet hopes bloom again, but both of them are burdened by tragic secrets. Should she give love a second chance?

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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