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 'Like It Happened Yesterday'
Leave Me Never
(Read the previous chapters here)
As Ayaan walked the familiar
streets of Mumbai again, every street, every place reminded him something about
their past. Yes, the place had changed a lot but their memories hadn't. There
were still enough places, which remained untouched by time, like the park they
visited often. As he walked by the park on his way to Kayra’s home, it brought
another gust of memories. He remembered how he and Kayra used to spend time
there, sitting by the lake, watching the sunset together. It used to be her favorite
place. Whenever she felt low, she used to sit beside the lake, gazing at the ripples
forming on its surface and trying to find answers to the questions in her mind, amidst those ripples. “I feel at peace here” she used to say whenever he asked her why
she did that. As Ayaan sat there, trying to feel the peace she used to feel in
this very place, he felt frustrated. It wasn't taking him anywhere. He hadn't
come here to waste time. He had to find Kayra.
Ayaan got up and
started walking towards Kayra’s home, brushing the dust off his Denim. What will he
find out? Will Kayra be there? Will she be thrilled to see him? The questions
buzzed in his mind, making him restless. He quickened his pace, in a hurry
to reach his destination. He couldn't bear the silence anymore. The
memories, a lot of them from their time together, kept rushing into his mind. He
felt like it all had happened yesterday. It was like the seven years in between
hadn't happened. A smile formed on his face as he saw the ‘Sharma Residence’
around the corner. He closed the distance quickly and rang the doorbell. Would
Kayra open the door? His heart started thrumming in anticipation.
The door opened after he rang the bell twice, and
there, standing behind was a very weak looking Shruthi. The glow on her face
had disappeared and was replaced by the worry lines. Her shoulders were
drooped, as if she was carrying something heavy on them. Her expression
brightened a little upon seeing Ayaan. “Oh Ayaan! I was waiting for this miracle to
happen from so long” she said as she broke down into sobs. Ayaan was equally surprised
seeing Shruthi there. “Is Kayra too…?” he began, hope rising in him but Shruthi
shook her head. “I came to check on aunty. I don't know where Kayra is. But I
know why she left” said Shruthi as she remembered her betrayal all those years
ago. She had been carrying its weight for so long, not being able to share
it with anyone. But now that Ayaan had come, she would tell him everything.
To be continued...
About today's novel: Like It Happened Yesterday
is a novel by Ravinder Singh.
Has anyone ever asked you - What were the best days of your life? That one period of your life you always wanted to go back to? And live that life... One more time? When asked this, I closed my eyes and went back in my own past. And I thought...
...of the days, when life's most complex choices had a simple solution of Akkad Bakkad Bambey Bo!
...of the seasons, when rains were celebrate by making paper boats.
...of the times when waiting at the railway crossing meant counting the bogies of the train passing by.
When I opened my eyes, it seems Like it Happened Yesterday!