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 'New Moon'
Leave Me Never
(Read the previous chapters here)
Kayra had spent that
whole night crying after Sameer left, leaving her there, scarred forever. She
knew not what to do. She felt humiliated. Who could she share her pain with?
She suddenly felt all alone. Ayaan’s thoughts had crept in but she felt scared
to tell him the truth. She needed help and Shruthi was the only one she could
trust; her best friend would never abandon her, or so she had believed.
Next day, Kayra had
been to Shruthi’s home, after she had seen Sameer leave. He still had the
courage to roam around with his head held high, despite the heinous crime he had
committed. Kayra could sense that something was bothering Shruthi when she saw
her but she had more pressing matters. A teary eyed Kayra had explained the
whole episode in front of Shruthi, wanting to take the weight off her chest. It
was killing her. She was sure Shruthi would help her. But when she had finished
narrating what had transpired, Shruthi had scoffed at her and called her a
lying b***h. She had asked Kayra to leave and never show her face again. She
had said she was ashamed of their friendship.
Hurt, Kayra had locked
herself in her room, shutting out everyone completely. Ayaan had sensed the
change in her mood and had asked her the reason several times, but she couldn’t
bring herself to say the truth. What if he reacted the same way as Shruthi?
Would she be able to live with it? Dark thoughts had started creeping in,
luring her to give up everything and fall into the oblivion. With each passing
day, that had seemed more sensible. She had almost given up on life but then
Ansh had come along.
She had freaked out at
first! She wasn’t able to handle her own life and now a baby? What will she say
to her parents? To Ayaan? What would they say? The thoughts were suffocating
her. But once the initial fear started waning off, her thoughts became clearer.
It wasn’t the baby’s fault. She couldn’t punish it for the crime someone else
had done, even before it could see the light of this world. May be this was a
new start that life was offering her. She saw a ray of hope. It was her
secret, the one even Shruthi didn’t know, the one she didn't want to share. She had hugged it close to her heart and
had made the preparations to leave. The toughest part was breaking Ayaan’s
heart but she had to do it. ‘It is for
his good’ she had told herself repeatedly. She had vowed to forget him and
start afresh but no matter what, his thoughts always found their way into her
To be continued...
About today's novel: New Moon is the second novel of the popular Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning...