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 'X'
Leave Me Never
(Find the series index here)
Sameer didn't try to
run away when Jason confronted him on Ayaan’s behalf. If anything, he was happy
to surrender. He had thought he had escaped when he had run away from home and
to the city of Jaipur. But he couldn't have been more wrong. He could have cheated
Kayra and Ayaan but he couldn't escape from the clutches of Karma. Karma had
indeed come back to ruin his life, just like he had ruined Kayra’s.
When he had come to
Jaipur after his mother's death, he started working in a small cloth shop. He had wanted to lie low and
change cities often but fate had different plans. He had succeeded in his plan
for the first two years but then fate had intervened as a charming neighbor in
Delhi. He had fallen for her and though he had tried to brush it off as a minor
crush, he couldn't. Her innocence and her beauty had drawn him right in and
just like the moth drawn by fire he had walked in willingly, surrendering to
her charms. It wasn't easy to convince her though; but he had been persistent.
Finally after a year,
she had agreed and they had married. Sameer was so smitten that he had almost forgotten
about the heinous crime he had committed. But Karma hadn't. When he had thought
his life couldn't get any better, everything had come crashing down. History
had repeated itself and this time the victim was his wife. Some other Sameer
had done what he had done to Kayra years ago. His wife, who wasn't as strong as
Kayra hadn't survived the brutality. She had committed suicide. Sameer was furious with the one
who was responsible for all this but then he remembered that he too had done
the same thing once. To say Sameer was devastated was an understatement.
He was guilty beyond
words. He knew it was Karma that was getting back at him like this. His wife
had paid the price for his mistake. He wanted to go fall at Kayra’s feet and
beg for her forgiveness but he wasn't sure that she would ever forgive him. No matter what he did, that wouldn't be enough. He had
spent the past one year grieving the death of his wife and the sin he had
committed when Jason found him in Delhi. He had surrendered willingly. He
didn't want to live without the love of his life and accepting his fault was
the only way he could think of to do a little justice to her.
To be continued...
About today's novel: X is the 24th novel of Kinsey Millhone series by Sue Grafton. It is a series which has the books with titles starting from A to Z, just like our A to Z Challenge. Read more about the featured book here.