The screams made me open my eyes. I was still standing at the start of the corridor. It was quiet. I couldn’t see the end. But I had to get there with my eyes closed. Ma said I will hear strange voices. Crying, screaming, insulting, begging for help. Ignore, she had said. They are just wretched souls yearning for release from earth. Sounds simple. I close my eyes again. The screams are louder now. I start walking to reach the end. But I can feel someone walking behind me trying to touch me. I shrug it off and run.
Nani refused to leave the bench. It was dark and Renu was getting worried. Renu had never had problems tending to Nani in the past year as her nurse. She took Nani out on her wheelchair everyday. It was the first time they had come to this park. Nani had insisted on sitting on the bench. An unusual request, but Renu obliged.
‘Come Nani. Bhaiyya will scold me if we are late,’ she said.
‘Bhaiyya would scold me too. But Ajit will not let me go home without his kiss. Lets wait a bit. He’s late,’ said Nani.
‘Just feeling a bit dizzy,’ she said without looking up. She knew he would follow her.
‘Why can’t we get married?’ she asked through her tears.
‘You know, we can’t,’ he said, his mouth set grim hearing her ask this the umpteenth time.
‘B..but it doesn’t matter. So what if you don’t have a job. You can work for Papa. and.. and you can help him run the business. It doesn’t matter.’
‘It does. To me. Life is not as simple and rosy. You will hate me then,’ he said quietly.
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