It was a Valentine's eve and he was driving in an isolated road. He found it odd to see an abandoned car parked there with doors open. A distant cry triggered him to stop his car to check if things were alright. He peeked into the car's back door and found fresh blood spots at the back seats. That's when he witnessed a masked man approaching the abandoned car...
He could see a lady's body slumped lifelessly on the car's front seat. Probably it was her loud cry that had alarmed him. He couldn't see her face as it was dark.
"Is this all happening for real? Seems like a Bollywood movie!" he thought alarmed as he tried to hide behind the abandoned car.
The masked man had reached the car's front door and was checking if the lady was really dead. Looking convinced, the man left on his bike. Luckily, that masked man never suspected the other hidden visitor nor did he spot his car. Else, perhaps he would suffer the same fate as the lady...
He breathed a sigh of relief. He pulled out his phone to inform the police, but found there was no network-signal in that area. He used the torch-light of his phone to check out the victim's face. He was shocked to find that it was her...
He gave a cry! "No! It can't be you, Sheetal!"
He pinched himself to ascertain if this was a bad
dream nightmare. Sadly, it wasn't as the fresh blood on her body was on his hands and shirt now...
Sheetal was his neighbour and used to be his junior in School & College. She too was working like him. She often dropped in at his home. Who would even think of murdering such an innocent and nice soul? What would he answer her parents and his parents? He felt very guilty as if he was responsible for what had happened with her. Could he have saved her from the murder?
Sheetal was a simple and sweet girl, so different from the rest of the girls he knew. He trusted her and respected her for her high values and ideals. George MacDonald's quote- "To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved" came to his mind. He knew that he actually loved her. Everyone had said that they would make a perfect pair...
He found himself falling on his knees and holding her cold hands and confessing, "I love you, Sheetal! Wish I had told this to you earlier... It's too late now... Wish the Lord would gift you to me and we could marry!"
"CUT! Perfect shot."
"That was simply brilliant, Raj!" a short man appeared out of nowhere along with a group of people.
"Hey! Who are you? How do you know my name?" Raj looked confused.
"We are from TV Channel Tarana. This was a Valentine's Day special episode that we were shooting for. We had invited our viewers to share their love-stories and their crush's details. Sheetal had shared your pic and info, and we planned all this to get your love confession!"
So, it was all a hoax, perfectly staged to fool Raj!
"And the actress is too brilliant! She's still in character! Hello! You okay? The shoot is over, Sheetal!"
"Raj, the Lord listened to your prayers and gifted my life!" Sheetal winked.
"You played with my trust! I never suspected you can do this to me!" Raj complained.
"I waited for long and then resorted to this as I thought you would never reveal your feelings for me...", Sheetal was teary-eyed. Raj was too relieved to see her alive and hugged her.
"Everything is fair in love and war!" & " Everything happens for one's own good!" everyone chorused!
"You both win a candle-light dinner for two at the 5-Star Hotel tomorrow courtesy our Channel! Don't forget to watch our Valentine's Day special episode with your families!"
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Note- In the pic: My Brother and 'Mere Brother Ki Dulhan' i.e. his Wife & my sis-in-law! Pic clicked on their wedding. The couple celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary 2 days ago! Isn't it wonderful?!