On a sunny day, as soon as doctor Daniel opened his clinic, he had a patient waiting for him. Though it has been few weeks since he had patients waiting for him, pretending it was usual, he invited her to his cabin.
After both of them settled, the doctor could observe that the girl was quite tensed. Before he even asked for her problem, she mentioned, “Mr. Daniel, I didn’t know whom to consult. I’m in need of your help to find my friend.”
Asking her to take a deep breath, Daniel took two cups from the shelf beside him and served coffee from his flask. Passing one cup to girl, he mentioned, “I’ll certainly help you Arya. Could you just tell me everything in-detail and not rush?”
Looking into the doctor’s black eyes, Arya replied, “One of my friends is missing and I cannot help but feel that he is in danger.”
Daniel suspected Arya was lying as she never reached out to such great length to help someone before. So after tasting his sweet coffee served with milk, Daniel asked, “Can you tell me details about your friend?”
Arya took her first sip of coffee before stating, “He’s name is Anthony and we are colleagues. In fact, we share a cubical at work.”
As Daniel realized he isn’t a friend, Arya continued, “He is quite unique compared to most guys at work. He’s an introvert and seldom shares his views.”
Looking at her oval face and pony tail, Daniel suspected if he might be a gay. Meanwhile Arya continued, “Exactly four days back, he resigned from his job and when I asked for a reason, Anthony told me he was going in search of his Senorita.”
As his eyebrows raised, Daniel confirmed, “A title to address a young lady in Spanish?”
Arya nodded in agreement. Placing his cup of coffee on the table that seperated them, Daniel questioned, “So your friend left his job and is wandering in search of a Spanish girl?”
Arya nodded again. Feeling confused, Daniel questioned, “Is he traveling to Spain?”
Arya thought about it for a moment before saying, “I’m not sure. I have come to you suspecting he is lost in his loneliness and is destroying himself.”
Taking a deep breath, Daniel questioned, “And why do you think so?”
Looking at the doctor for a moment as he waited for her answer, Arya replied, “I have been to his home to talk to him. After entering using my spare, I witnessed his thoughts through his wall paintings and took time to read his diary too.”
Finishing her sentence, Arya passed a black diary to the doctor. Taking it, Daniel replied, “A few people’s diaries talk more than them. However, I’ll need time to comprehend his intentions.”
Arya impatiently pleaded, “Please get it done as soon as you can doctor.”
Arya tried tracking Anthony with the help of cyber police but since he wasn’t carrying his phone, they couldn’t help. Even tracking through money lending machines didn’t help because the last time he used them was when he was in city.
Meanwhile a few police officers checked the travel records to confirm that Anthony hasn’t left the country. Every contact Arya seeked told her they don’t know where he could go.
Two days passed by and even Daniel didn’t call back. Arya felt, she would lose Anthony and while eating lunch, she received a message from Daniel saying “Meet me as soon as you can.”
Arya immediately rushed to his place taking a leave that afternoon. Daniel could see her tensed and offered her a glass of water as soon as she settled down.
“I am excited about this case as it’s interesting. Your friend is quite unique and could be in grave danger if he is not helped.”
Arya curiously asked “Why? What did you find out? Can you help him?”
Daniel smirked. He knew how tough it is to find Anthony, as he is a fantasizer whose reality is his dreams.
However, he said “Your friend's personality is quite intriguing. I have never been more motivated to take up a case like this but I will need more evidence of the theory which I’m using as a reference before we start helping and to do so we must speak to father Joseph.”
Arya herself read from the diary that every Friday Anthony confessed his sins as he believed that God would forgive him and give him a lovable life if he did so. But never thought speaking to the father would help.
Both of them visited the church that evening. As they walked in, they could see father Joseph sitting in the first row reading a book. Arya tried to take a look at the book as it did not seem like Bible. As they walked half journey, Daniel said “You must be father Joseph. Hello, sir! I am Daniel a psychiatrist and this is my friend Arya. Both of us have come to seek your help finding Anthony.”
Father stood up and shook hands with Daniel and said “How come you know Anthony? And you want to find Anthony? Is he alright?”
Daniel sat on the second bench while Arya stood. Father sat back in his spot but faced Daniel.
Arya answered “Anthony is a colleague of mine father and four days ago he left his job to go in search of a girl called Senorita. As far as I know no boy would ever leave his job to find a girl but he did as he is insane. I was curious and went to his apartment the next day to talk some sense into him and could not find him. I even... ”
Joseph interrupted saying “You are Arya Allen, Anthony spoke about you almost every time he came here and Mr. Daniel nice to meet you. So both of you have come to me to help Anthony from what?”
Daniel leaned forward and in a steady voice said “Anthony is mentally unstable and is insecure. He is afraid of loneliness to such extreme ends that to protect himself he imagines characters and voices.”
Joseph explained “I know he is single even now and was lonely since a long time but he is definitely not afraid of it. He grew up in an orphanage which I owned and as most humans he seeked what he didn’t possess which was nothing more than love and care…”
Daniel interrupted saying “He was excited to read Misterio Señorita by Antonio didn’t he?”
Joseph thought for a moment as how Daniel knew about the book. He was pretty sure that Anthony always excluded about his lover Senorita in his diary. So he asked, “How do you know about the book?”
Daniel did not care to answer and again asked “Tell us, father. What did Antony really tell you before he made up his mind?”
Joseph plainly answered “Just a few days back he came to me and confessed his petty sins as usual but his tone was high as he was excited to tell me about his eternal lover waiting for him. He told me that he has been hearing a girl’s voice which was very sweet and he spoke with her every day. He also told me that he lost his feeling of loneliness when he heard her and eager to meet her he asked to reveal herself. She insisted that he read a book named Misterio Señorita and told him that this book would unveil the way he would have to travel to meet her. So he asked me to advise him as he was stuck in a dilemma. According to the book, he must let go of all his possessions before he started his journey in search for his lover and since I knew how he cried for years of loneliness, I asked him to win her as I felt his commitment.”
Daniel shouted “You should have never said that! You ruined this boy’s life!”
Arya got tensed while Joseph immediately asked panicking “What happened? Is Anthony alright?”
Daniel explained “A few decades ago a Spanish writer named Antonio Javier wrote poems for years about darkness and loneliness. Seeking to help him, his friend reached him out and took Antonio’s to a psychiatrist. After a clean study, the psychiatrist told Antonio’s friend that he has been lonely all his life and all his thoughts have been overcrowded with darkness and the will for hope has been shattered to such an extent that not even one thought of faith is left in him. The psychiatrist suggested that he would treat Antonio by making use of his strong internal desire to travel. The psychiatrist created a character in Antonio’s mind named Senorita, a girl who would provoke interest in Antonio to travel whenever he is depressed. Antonio’s friend accepted and for about the next two years Antonio wrote the best poetry as he traveled with the voice of Senorita. He started to love Senorita and asked her to reveal herself. She asked him to follow her voice and promised him to one day meet him. Considering nature as the goddess and its everlasting beauty, Antonio wrote the best classics and as time passed by his perception towards love and violence changed. For about two years, he excelled in writing and the last of him was his first story Misterio Señorita a journey he narrated to meet his eternal lover.”
Arya asked “Senorita is a fictitious character, right? How can he find her?”
Daniel smoothly said “Yes but the voice in his head made him travel a specific path finally leading him to a cave in the hills where the voice promised him to reveal herself. When he went in, he could see nothing but a dark pit. Lost was he again into the shadows and disappointment. Crying in pain he threw his book and not wishing to live any longer he killed himself as he felt betrayed. However his book remained as his legacy and since the story is left abrupt it attracted many readers and is an inspiration to many as the truth is always a sour pill but lies are as sweet as honey.”
Joseph did not understand why the voices directed Antonio to a cave so he asked “Why a cave in the hills? Why not a pit in the graveyard?”
Daniel clapped in excitement as that is the main point “When I got to learn about Antonio in my study of psychology, there is a concept called subconscious memory which will help humans defend from losing themselves when they are in need of strength mentally. Antonio read a poem every day titled “The Cave of Desires” which says that Gods have left a cave in the mysterious hills which satisfies every desire a human has and this poem made his thought shape out in such way.”
Joseph thought for a moment and shouted “So now Anthony is chasing behind the path Antonio left and when he will find out that there isn’t a senorita he would also be lost. Oh! No! What have I done? Daniel, please save him!”
Daniel assured, “I will save him but I need your help, Arya!”
Anthony has been traveling since a week and finally reached the blue hill that Antonio mentioned in his book. He followed not just the book but also the voice in his head and when he almost got into the cave he could see a girl standing in white ballet dancer costume dancing on the stone in between the pond formed by the small hole in the cave’s roof. He raced towards her to peek as he always imagined his Senorita as a ballet dancer. He tried imagining faces to her body as he raced towards her and when he finally reached her, he could see that she was Arya. He was awestruck as she has been with him all these days just beside his cabin and he could not even guess her being the Senorita. He walked near her and she calmly said: “I am sorry for doing this but this is for your own good.”
Saying this she hit him with her taser knocking him unconscious.
Anthony opened his eyes hours later and he could see that he was tied to bed and he could not yell as his mouth was also plastered. Daniel walked in and said “Hello Anthony, I am Daniel your only friend as of now. I will help you let go of your madness and...”
Arya knocked the door and Daniel walked out. She heartily said “Thank you, Mr. Daniel. I am in great debt to you.”
Daniel replied to her “I am angry at you Arya. If you really love Antony, you should have told it to him a long time ago as he would not have started his search or think of Senorita. Frankly it is your shyness that caused the whole thing.”
Arya felt bad but wanted to ask “How did you know about the ballet dancer?”
Daniel replied again “All these crazy people have the same signature line. Anthony loved the poem titled “The Ballet Dancer” by Julius and I presumed that he would love his Senorita dressed like that. I promise to cure him as soon as possible.”
Kingdom of Glewn was perhaps the only kingdom in the world ruled by twins. Unable to decide whom to give his kingdom to rule King Argus gave his kingdom to both his sons named Arian and Anthony. Anthony was ambitious and wanted to conquer the whole world but he well knew that he would not be able to conquer the whole with the life span he had. So he seeked for a solution in scriptures and got to know that their was an island named Elrix in the Center world and in it there is a lake called Immortal. One drop from the lake could make anyone immortal until they killed themselves and the water was blue in color and tasted as sweet as honey.
Anthony with the help of scholars in his kingdom got a map to reach the place. Arian was given the complete rule and Anthony along with hundred men stared sailing. Arian and the priests requested to stop the pursuit as it is against the laws of nature for anyone to be immortal. They also pointed out the fact that previously two kings never returned after travelling but the more they pushed away the more Anthony thought he was getting near to his dream.
Anthony and his men sailed in the Sea of Nightmares. All along their sailing no one could sleep as if they would sleep they would dream of their worst fear killing them. For about fourteen days sailing continued and on the fifteen day all the men in the ship started sleeping. For some reason they could not control their sleep.
That night a big octopus called The Guardrail broke both the ships. While men woke up falling into the sea. Sharks feasted on them. Next morning Anthony woke up seeing the sun rise and he was lying at the coast of Elrix. He could see that only fifteen men were along with him.
Long before Anthony started his journey priests said to him that to reach the lake there would be different quest's. The first one being the Guardrail and the sharks only kill the people who aren't blessed by God Vuio to set forth on the island of Elrix.
Anthony thanked God Vuio for blessing him and he looked forward to see the Golden Gate of Sky which was built by twenty Goblin's on the request from God Vuio and it is so high that it touched the Sky. Anthony and the others walked near to the gate and saw text written on it saying that Sing or make anything sing a song that shall impress God Vuio and I shall open myself.
Anthony and his crew were in no position to sing and even if they did they knew for sure that the gate would never open. Anthony could see parrots on the nearby tree. Anthony requested them to sing while they asked what is in for then in return? Anthony promised that when he returns back he shall take the parrot to his kindgom and give it the comfort that it has never seen in its lifetime.
Convinced with the offer the parrot sang "Once there lived a king who was young and charming. Blessed was he with fortune and kingdom but desire did not stop him. He wanted more and more until there was nothing. Once day he knew about a immortal lake and when he tasted it he never returned as darkness was was lured in the trap of rightfulness" on completing the gates opened. Anthony thanked the parrot and walked in. As soon as they entered poisonous got hold of all those soldiers legs who had negative desire of using the immorality. Anthony knowing the fact never thought anything about the wars he wanted to fight with his blessing which was just two steps away.
After passing the creepers Anthony was left with last five members. They were all near the lake and beside the lake it was written people who want to drink the water should use a bone glass to carry the water. Now Antony took of his armor bent it in the form of bowl and dipped it and as soon as it was in the water it melted.
Antony within no time saw his soldiers pulling out their swords. They started attacking one another and Anthony being the best amongst all killed every last man and pulled out a skull and dipped it in.
When he tasted the water it was both cold and sweet as described. Nothing tasted more wonderful and Antony regained his energy that he lost since the last fortnight and felt very strong. He shouted I will conquer the whole world and when he turned back to walk out the golden gates closed.
He heard the parrot say “My King you are finally immortal but I am afraid you have to stay inside all lifetime.”
Anthony turned back and there was no lake nor creepers all he could see is a sword and two dead kings who travelled like him long time before.
Lions of Carvern Stone believed that beyond the hills of sky there was a lake that had
Long ago in a forest named Charisma there lived animals of every kind. Charisma is a habitat covered by dense forest to its left and right while to the north and south there are two hills. In the center there is a big hole that collected fresh water for all the animals. Enriched with rich habitat Charisma is ruled by a jackal named Elon.
Elon lived with lion Leo and eagle Lasher. Years back they all travelled to Charisma and over time Elon along with others shaped it to the habitat it is today. Elon formed an alliance with Wolves of Werno and the best of them would protect all members of habitat under the command of Elon in return he offered them portion of Longevity that would prevent sudden death of Cursed Wolves.
Long ago five animalsUnder his cherbivorous and with the help of elephants he made a clear patch in the center of forest and every night all animals would gather and sing songs and rejoice with happiness. Covered on two sides densely with forest and with vast water basin that remained with fresh water anytime the year Charisma was the most envied habitat of all the five habitats.
Elon himself named the forest as Charisma at his arrival and as days passed by many animals joined them and the forest was becoming rich of habitats. Everyone adored Elon and Leo. They all called Elon the King of Charisma.
One day Elon's friend unicorn named Fren visited him. That afternoon after both of them had lunch both of them sat beside the water basin and Fren smilingly said "Elon, I am proud of you but don't get me the wrong way. In my opinion their is a huge difference between a minister and a king. If either of them think otherwise they are either underestimating or overestimating themselves. A minister is always a minister irrespective of what his people call him."
Elon never thought Fren was about to talk about him being called the king and so he thought for a moment and said "King? Let them title me with whatever they want. I never asked them nor would ever conside myself as one." Fren smiled again and replied "Think about what I said my friend. A rich habitat is always a target.”
That evening Leo went out of Charisma as he did everyday and visited the Ferocious Cave to meet the other Lions. They had a common target and it was overthrowing Elon and take command of Charisma. As soon as Leo entered Lion Jarin who managed the pride walked toward Leo. He asked “So, when do we strike?” Leo wanting to let everyone know about the plan shouted "Brothers! the moment for our strike has arrived. Tomorrow we all shall attack Charisma after the sunset and achieve our dream.” All the lions roared at once and they all shouted "King’s are the ultimate masters!”
The next morning after Leo left to reach back Charisma Jarin’s friend named Uproar asked “Jarin, do you trust Leo?” Jarin knew many in the pride had the same doubt but he was one of the few who knew who Leo was exactly. He replied “Leo, isn’t an lion who was sent on exile like us after he committed sins. He is more than everyone of us and he is a royal member. To be frank, I don’t trust him completely but I believe he would never betray his race for his friends.” Uproar did not speak another word. For Lions there was nothing more convincing than serving their race beyond anything.
Elon saw Leo coming into Charisma and went to him and asked “Leo, where have you been? Is everything alright?” Leo thought for a moment and said “Yes. Everything would be from this day.” That evening when everyone in Charisma were sleeping Leo along with twenty five Lions started running towards Charisma habitat center from Frecious Cave. They planned to overtake by just killing Elon as they held him to be the key to Charisma.
Everyone followed Leo as he led the pride. They all ran fast and Leo was taking steep turnings and many Lions could not keep up the pace. Every time they missed taking a turning correctly they all paced more fast and at one point Leo took a steep turning and jumped above a huge pit. Betrayed by trust that they would conquer Charisma that very night most Lions unprepared did not jump after the steep turning and fell in the pit that was very deep. The few others who did not fall where hit by elephant trunks making them fall into the pit. After everyone fell down lighting bees came all across and Elon walked near to the pit.
He said "Don't you fools think I know a rich habitat always has enemies? That is why I asked my friend Leo to set out the word to fight against me and that is how you all got together. I still don't understand how did you believe he would betray me?"
Saying this he turned to Lasher the Eagle and said "You know what to do."
Lasher made elephants pull a huge stone and that crushed most of the Lions. That night Leo saw Elon’s back raised. He hasn’t seen that anytime before. Next morning Leo and Elon sat near the water basin and Leo said “Elon killing these lions would provoke the great lioness. She would not leave you nor this habitat.”
Elon smiled and replied “I am deeply hurt because you take me for a fool. I have already sent a message to Queen Lenore and she gave me full permission and promised me full amnesty as the pride was sent to exiled long time ago.”
Uproared suspected danger and so he ran last in the pride. When he saw the lions fall he ran back. By the next morning he reached Carvan Rock which was the second biggest pride headed by Lion Vigor. Uproar reached Vigor and told him everything. Vigor smiled and replied “My friend, the game has just begun. Let’s see how intelligent the great jackal Elon is.”
A week after Elon killed the Ferocious Pride with his tricks Queen Lenora of the cat family died. Since her son was too young next in the chain of succession was Lion Vigor of Carvan Rock as so he took her place. Vigor was very concerned about his pride and he would not let anything go unnoticed. As days passed the topic of discussion has come of how crooked jackal Elon burnt all those who attacked them from Lion Uproar the only survivor after that attack. Vigor was a blunt person and so he ordered to send a message saying Elon should submit himself before the him as soon as possible. Vigor sent two messengers to spread the word.
In the next day they reached from Qurion Rock the main cave of cat family and on their way they saw thousands of reindeers and they also saw the richness of the habitat. Finally after a long travel they reached Elon and passed the message of how Vigor summoned him to answer for his killings. Wanting no problem Elon passed his responsibility to Leo to take care of the habitat in his absence he started his journey along with a pack of wolves to guard him.
When he reached Qurion Rock Elon was made to stand in the centerhe reached he was made to stand in the center surrounded by Lions, Tigers and leopards. Irfi asked if Elon ordered the trap and without fear Elon said Yes. Irfi now warned Elon saying they would all attack on Grey Wood to avenge their brother's who were burned
Elon waited as he knew how this all goes. Now Irfi acted as if he thought for a moment and said I would give you a choice. We either attack you or you pay us tribune. Elon knew that would be the deal as all others were out of food. Elon smiled and replied Wise King Irfi you are generous in your offer but I cannot sell my brothers for the cause of no attack.
Irfi roared and all other members stood all at once. He looked at Elon and said killing a few animals for others is not a bad thing. Elon said "Oh King do you know what makes a habitat? Every animals has its role and since no one properly managed your habitats are now starving. Saying this Elon left.
After Elon left the messengers who went to Grey Wood and described how much food is available. Irfi all at once ordered all members to get ready for a strike. Though his ministers adviced him not to Irfi was confident. Elon reached back and talked to everyone and planned in such a way that the north would have elephants guarding. To the south bulls would be guarding. To the left and right as there are forests to the left he assigned Snakes and to the right he ordered the Lions and others to guard.
The next day as expected all members of Cat Family attacked. Elon ordered Lasher to see how they were coming. It informed him they were forming a circle around the forest. Elon smiled and sent Leo to the left side forest. As Elon expected all the cats came left forest he knew that Leo would not stop them as Leo was the son of Irfi who himself the attack.
That is why he kept majority of Snakes at the center to protect the herbivores. Thanks to Leo he and his father came at the center to attack. Elon could not kill his best friend and that is why he asked Ceceli to bite him. Leo and Irfi had come towards Elon crossing many snakes and both of them wanted to corner Elon and all of sudden Ceceli jumped and bite on Leos forehead. Seeing his son Irfi lost his focus and that is when Elon jumped and pierced his poison nail on his left leg. Irfi stood for two seconds and fell down.
Elon with the help of bulls and elephants threw out all others. Next day Elon assembled everyone and told them how Leo for the cause of helping his father has tried to build trust by killing other lions earlier in the pit. Later when the other habitats were suffering out of food Irfi conspired against their queen and killed her for the cause of attacking us and that is how Leo betrayed us. Saying this Elon said "I promise to you that we all will be safe only when everyone of us trusts one another"
Long time ago Sol appealed God to create a living habitat by gifting him a grandchild amongst one of his nine children. God blessed Sol by gifting a granddaughter to the third child Gaia and named her Nature. Nature was amazingly beautiful and was also blessed to provide survival to infinite living beings. God also gifted Nature with two children who nature called Mortals. Nature feed Mortals everyday with all that is requisite and took care of their well being. Mortals worshiped Nature for her adoration but as know the personality of mortals changes when their basic needs are being taken care off. Mortals started evolving and amplified in number. Nature served every one of them as she always did but Mortals did not stop with that as their personal greed made them divide their mother by drawing borders and they even fought amongst themselves for Power a personification that most Mortals were victim to achieve.
Thought Nature tried to help Mortals, their minds were filled with ignorance and they could not hear what she said. Kingdoms and Wars weren’t all that happened. Mortal’s madness also created Richness on which they levelled everything. As time passed by Mortals craved for it so much that they even scaled their mother based on it. They exploited their own mother for the cause of earning Richness. Ages passed by and Richness which was domineering Mortals mind more than power understood that if it did not save Nature it would get itself killed. So one day it induced the thought amongst few mortals that Nature was the root cause of everything. It made them strive for what it is dependent on and all of them called themselves “Saviours”. Foolish Mortals never understood that it was all their madness that is making them do what they are thriving to achieve and even today they exploit their own mother who serves them every day with her eternal love provides us her wings of warmth for our living when we exploit her for our greed.
Nihal and Neha have been in a relationship for three years and as years passed by, Neha got nervous of how to express their relationship to her parents as Nihal was no way near settlement. Her family is already in a pursuit of searching matches for her. Though the problem is serious Nihal always neglected her words and did not care much about the future. Regarding the marriage proposal Neha already refused two of them pointing out various reasons which in fact made her sister and parents curious.
Unable to please them Neha at last decided to meet Nihal for one last time and warn him critically. Both of them meet in a cafe and she initiated saying "Nihal, earlier today I had to reject my third proposal" as soon as she said that Nihal smiled as usual and the smile made her more enraged. She took a deep breath and asked "Why are you smiling? Do you even know how much irritating it is to answer your parents when you refuse a bride they show?" Nihal did respond at last saying "Lucky me. I don’t have anyone to reject."
Neha said "Alright then. You and I have been together for a long time and now if you wish to move forward I would want you to offer me an assurance that you would take care of me by getting a job within one month or else I would have to move on. I know the time is short but I have been waiting for you for a year and half to get placed" Nihal smiled again. Neha yelled for one last time "I am serious!" and walked away.
Nihal tried calling her back but she did not even respond. He called her that evening and again heard the same clause she said that morning. So now he felt tensed about losing her. He knew if there is something she is very good at, it is standing by her word and ultimately the bottom line was he had to get a job in a month. Fortunately he had two interviews to attend that very month. So for the first time he himself visited a temple wishing for a job and took part in the interview.
After the interview, he himself felt he lost the job because of his unsatisfactory performance. Knowing that he had an interview Neha called him to ask how he performed. Irritated by himself Nihal exclaimed to her that he screwed it up. As expected the company did not select him. The next interview was in about ten days and this time it was a start up that called him for an interview. Nihal did not take much interest in the job and just went to be modest and answered at his perfection. After three days he was informed that he was selected. Nihal thanked God for his grace and immediately thought of calling Neha to let her know. However he thought it would be fun if he would meet her.
He reached her house and she in the living room all by herself. He walked towards her and she stood up. She presumed that he knew about the change in the events so she started as usual "It was very hard for me to decide. Trust me, I did my best but you know I can’t always wait for you. I cannot stand by a man who doesn’t accept responsibility." Nihal did not understand what she was saying. Neha continued saying “Its ok Nihal. I know you did not get a job and I also know that you have come to persuade me and win my heart but I must say it is all done. Earlier this morning I was engaged to Srinivas.”
Nihal crashed emotionally, for him it was unexpected. He wanted to ask about the time given and the days left. He had anger and pain erupting but for some reason he convinced himself not to hurt her. He knew that convincing a half of one to live with the other half is as cruel as killing oneself and so he smiled as usual. Seeing him Neha was relieved. She kissed him on his forehead and for one last time she said "I am sorry Nihal. All I ever wanted was to have a husband who took responsibility and was smarter than me."
Nihal did not care to listen what she said. He looked straight into her eyes and said “Congratulations!”
Long ago in the Age of Knowledge when races died in Heaven, ten scholars called the Brotherhood of Externality named after their perpetual ideas, through their meditative power predicted that there were four forces that shall be the root cause of creation of an entire new race. This race shall shackle the entire universe and will be worthy of all the races. However, this prediction, termed as “The Blood of the Ninth Descendant” due to cause that the ninth descendant of King Falcon’s thousand children will use the forces to prevail through Hell, was been believed only by a few.
Thousands of years later, in the “Age of Mighty”, a few scholars still believed in this prophecy. Scholar Plaro was one such being in heavenly worlds. In these worlds astral travel was used to travel and explore the universe. Plaro knew that his power alone isn’t enough to find about the four forces. So he constituted a council with the help of the King Loran which encompassed all scholars who believed in the prediction. The council renamed themselves as The Brotherhood of Externality and started exploring for the forces by travelling to various worlds around heaven using their astral bodies. In the world named Ultimatum, they all encountered a strange sight. Three of the scholars could see a shield of power around the world.
Plaro, along with the other two, travelled towards the world and just before they touched the shield, a voice shouted, “No one shall pass until true desire is what they possess!”
Plaro was sure that this is the world where the forces were and asked, “Who shall be eligible to pass?”
The voice laughed and alleged, “Only a man with a blessed woman with the power to fight himself and is emotionally detached to attain his goal. Only such a man shall pass.”
Plaro returned and ordered his council men to find a boy and girl from a noble family and raise them with proper knowledge so that they finally pass through the power. As the council worked on it, Plaro learned more and more about Ultimatum but as time passed by, Plaro’s health weakened. In his last moments, he called Leo and Leisa, the elected boy and girl and passed them a scroll and said his last words, “I shall see the brothers at any cost.” Saying so, he wept and left his last breath.
Leo opened the Scroll and found out that Plaro has found out three of the four forces. The fourth being Halo (master of invisibility and power that could affect anyone.) The third force being Dreary (master of emotions the most dangerous of all the three.) The second being Shadow (master of self and he is indefinable) and the first is yet unknown.
Plaro named them the four brothers and imagined them to be men. Reading the Scroll Leo and Leisa also thought henceforth of the forces to be men and brothers by origin.
The council trained both of them for twenty years and finally sent them by using their astral bodies. Leo and Leisa travelled to Ultimatum and when they passed through the shield, they did not get affected. Both of them wore armours and had a sword of Ruby with a shield of Diamond each. As soon as they entered, the voice which both believed to be Brother Halo exclaimed, “Beware of the danger that lies ahead.”
Both of them got down and for the first time Leo turned towards Leisa and said, “I want you to be safe and since the moment has come I am telling you. I have loved you all my life.”
Leisa hugged him and Brother Dreary far away smiled looking at both of them. He knew emotional training was the toughest of all. Both of them walked forward to see a man in a green cloak. Leo drew out his sword but Dreary responded, “As you believe, my brother Shadow is expecting you. You can pass.”
Leo and Leisa were surprised but as they walked forward, they found a tunnel. For some reason, Leisa whispered after they entered, “Lucky us! There isn't any light here.” Before Leo asked her to be silent, brother Halo heard it and kindled a flame with his energy and shadows of Leo and Leisa appeared. Leo drew out his sword before Brother Shadow commanded the shadows to fight them. On receiving the command, the shadows also drew their swords out. All the four fought and Leo pierced his sword into his shadow imagining it to be a man and it faded away. Leo felt as if a part of him were dead.
Leisa also fought well but before she killed her shadow, brother Dreary pierced his spear through her back. Leo was stunned seeing Leisa lose his form. For some reason he ran away to reach the end of the tunnel without bothering too much about anything else.
As soon as the tunnel ended, Leo saw a huge interconnection between stars. He has never seen so many stars interconnected and it was like a childhood dream in which all stars together form the mind of any living being according to him. Before he could observe anything keenly, he heard a voice saying, “Wake Up! Wake Up!”
Plaro woke up from his dream. Beside his bed, sat a man whom he imagined as brother Halo and a minute later his face transformed into the face of brother Dreary, and a moment later it changed into brother Shadow. To the left of the man, stood Lesia undead and to the right stood Plaro’s Shadow and to the extreme right, there is a flame burning.
The man whose face transformed spoke out “Hello my friend. I am the first brother you could not possibly imagine and my name is Dream or in your way, brother Dream. I am the first of the four brothers and I have tested your desire to seek the ultimate truth of your life and here it is. My fourth brother according to you symbolically represents power but he also helps races to seek one's own internal self and to vest themselves to seek self benefit. My third brother Dreary represents the worldly attachment that all races struggle to achieve. My second brother Shadow represents one’s personal self and a man who conquers himself is the only man who would achieve enlightenment and finally anyone who understands the ultimate truth that thoughts are what make races then they find me, The Dream. First of all the brothers and I have tested you in all different ways.
Your desire was tested and your Legacy of training two children proved it. The boy proved himself as he conquered his emotion by setting apart his worldly emotional love.
Plaro looked now to see brother Dreary and he was in the form a girl symbolically representing it. Brother Dream continued saying, “Leo proved himself again by winning against his own shadow which represented a man’s personal trait and finally I unveiled myself.”
Plaro was pleased and Brother Dream concluded saying, “Anyone who has conquered his worldly emotions, personal self and has the true desire to learn the real knowledge is the only one who is blessed to fulfil his dreams.”
Plaro again heard, “Wake Up! Wake Up!”
Plaro woke again and this time he had no brothers sitting beside him. He understood finally the driving force of life is nothing but the thoughts. What most people consider nothing is worth everything.
Next day Plaro assembled all the council members including all the scholars who did not indeed believe in the “Blood of the Ninth Descendant” and explained to them that dreams are what make all the races empower themselves and when he concluded, all the scholars cheered with this learning. On the last chair sat a man whose face transformed continuously. Plaro thought he was dreaming and pinched himself but this time he did not hear, “Wake Up!”, but in return he saw brother Dream smiling, looking at him.
It has just been a month since Preeti finished her graduation. Rather than applying for an engineering job, she preferred to attempt the bank exams as she failed to succeed in getting placed in a multinational company. One day, her father called her early in the morning and said, “I haven’t told you but I have been wanting to get you married, and finally, I found a boy who is completely suitable for you." Looking at her shocked face, he continued saying, “The boy is attractive and earns around ninety thousand a month in InfoTech, a software enterprise."
Preeti was terrified listening to her father; she had many fears ever since her adolescence, and marriage for her was a terror! Her father paused for a response while she was digesting what she just heard. He understood that she was unprepared for his proposal.
However, it was his responsibility to get her married. So he again continued saying, “I know it is a hard for you to accept under given circumstances, but you must understand that you should get married someday. I have taken utmost concern in selecting this boy and every single aspect of him is perfect!”
In order to convince her, he said, “As you know it has been two years since I retired and you have anyway completed your graduation a few months ago. This is an ideal time for this occasion!”
Preeti could do nothing but nod her head as she could not share her problem with her father. Even if she tried to, she knew that her parents would not be supportive as it is tabooed in India. She also knew that even if they supported it, people in their neighborhood would look down upon their family for a lifetime.
Unable to express her problem, she said straight away, “Father, I have never thought of marriage till now. I need some time to think.” That afternoon after their lunch, Preeti and her mother were chit-chatting about various family issues and her mother randomly brought the marriage topic. She wanted Preeti to accept it and assured that the boy was well disciplined and fairly religious. She thought that he was the perfect groom for her.
Preeti was a bit taken aback after the chat and wanted to confess about her problem. Just before she started, her mother continued saying, “Your father’s health is deteriorating and in the recent medical tests it has been confirmed that he has both diabetes and blood pressure. Moreover, your marriage issue is making him tensed.”
Listening to her, Preeti couldn't even speak a word. She knew that her father had high hopes on her marriage, so she wanted to express her problem to the boy on the first meeting. After planning her course of action, she accepted her father’s request of arranging a meeting with the boy’s family.
Her father’s happiness knew no bounds and within two months the families met. All the family members of the groom had arrived and after an hour of formal talks, Preeti and Rahul were given some private time to talk. Both of them met on the lawn behind the house. Rahul admitted frankly without any introduction saying, “I have nothing more to say, you look beautiful and I have no problem marrying you.” But for Preeti, it was a hard to break the news to him. It was especially hard because he was a complete stranger. However, it was her only chance. So ignoring the consequences she said, “Rahul, you are handsome. I won't say you are not, but I must tell you that I have always been interested in girls and I have a girlfriend named Manisha!"
Rahul was first taken back; he did not expect such a confession. He acted as if he thought about it for a moment while Preeti stood still. After few minutes of silence he said, “Fine, even then I will marry you. I will give you all the freedom you want. You can even bring your girlfriend to our home whenever you want. Even after marriage, I assure you that I will not touch you until there will be a day when you yourself would come to me."
Preeti could not believe what she just heard. She expected him to create an issue and assumed that he would at any cost reject the marriage.
Soon enough, Rahul walked back to the drawing room where all the members were seated, and stated, “We spoke to each other and am interested in getting married as soon as possible.”
All the family members cheered with joy. Preeti could not understand where exactly he was heading to. Within a year, both of them were married. Preeti tried to convince Rahul not to marry her many times, but he assured her that everything would be fine. As promised, Rahul did not touch her after marriage, he acted as all husbands after marriage except for one thing. He was, to her surprise, a good cook. He also took her to the movies, mostly late in the nights, which she adored watching. He even took her to the beauty parlor every month. As days passed, Preeti felt bad about herself for being unfair to her husband. She could see her husband was chivalrous to her while she was clearly not as good to satisfy his needs. Soon, she started to think more about him and as days passed, she nearly changed her course. As a first attempt, she wanted to have lunch with him and wanted it to be their first date.
Preeti cooked food and reached Rahul’s office in her car the next day. It was her first visit to Rahul’s office so she had to enquire at the receptionist about him. The receptionist asked her who she was. Preeti answered her, saying she was Rahul’s wife. The receptionist soon called Rahul but got no response, so she requested Preeti to wait for a while, but Preeti requested the receptionist to tell her the room number as it was none other than her husband. Preeti with a rejuvenated blood filled with great enthusiasm reached the room and took a deep breath while waiting behind the door.
She adjusted her dress, and hair and opened the door without knocking. She was awestruck finding her husband kissing another man. That very moment she understood why he always kept saying, “It is alright!” She knew that the best thing for a gay above anything else is to marry a lesbian.
“Shit! She saw us”, yelled Rahul looking at Preeti who just walked in. Meanwhile, Preeti walked out after the disgusting sight. She almost reached her car as Rahul rushed behind to reach her. Just before she opened the door, Rahul stopped her. He could see the sheer disappointment in his wife’s eyes. He knew her heart was shattered. He understood that he had to tell her about what really happened six months ago and his motive to marry her.
So, he got into the car along with her and on the way back home, Rahul started narrating his story. He said, “Preeti, I want to confess everything and I want you to patiently listen to me.” She was driving the car paying no heed to him. Since Rahul had no other option, he continued, “It all started three years ago, when Arvind and I got along well and started a relationship. For about two years, everything was good and our relation remained secretive. However, when we graduated and started working, our families started pestering us to get married. I was scared like you were about the marriage. However, six months ago, both of us came up with the idea of marrying you and Manisha. We presumed that by doing so, we would neither be socially accused of sinister behavior nor would we betray and destroy two girls’ lives.”
Hearing him, Preeti hit the brakes and looked at Rahul, stunned. For her, it was way too much to digest for a day. She could not respond as she was now in a state where she could not curse her husband, or agree to what he just said. The rest of the journey and the date which Preeti planned finally happened, but mutely.
Preeti broke the silence declaring, “I understand that you have done a favor for both of us. I also appreciate it and so I am going to return your favor by finding my lover back.”
Rahul was relieved. He said, “I knew you would understand. Win her back and lead a happy life. I’ve always believed that both of us were destined to get married.”
Preeti left to meet Manisha two days later and on her way she spent hours thinking about how Manisha first proposed to her. She recollected how she admired her but still rejected her proposal for about four months. After that, she could no longer stay away and that was when both of them started a relationship. Preeti always liked the way Manisha fondled her. Manisha showered more love than what her husband shows on her now. It was almost late in the night when she reached Manisha’s home.
Though it was late, Preeti did not even call as she wanted to surprise Manisha and to her surprise, the house was locked. So, she called Manisha but she did not take the call. Later, she called Manisha’s mother and that call was not taken too.
As a last resort, she called Riya who was their mutual friend since college. Riya was surprised to see Preeti calling and attended the call. Soon, both of them met in Riya’s house which was about three lanes across Manisha’s. Preeti asked Riya as soon as she got refreshed of Manisha’s absence. Riya was shocked to know that Preeti didn't know what really happened.
She thought Preeti had come to support Manisha’s mother but now she understood that Preeti knew nothing. Both of them sat in the drawing room. Riya said, “I don't know how to say this... but Manisha has recently... committed suicide.” Preeti not even for a moment believed what she heard. She said, "What? Are you insane? That is no joke!"
Observing the seriousness in Riya's tone, tears started flowing down Preeti’s cheeks. She could hear nothing and in just a few seconds she collapsed to the floor. A few minutes later, Preeti was back to her senses but, she could not control herself from crying. Riya shouted for the fourth time, “Are you alright?” Preeti nodded her head indicating a yes but was still crying. Riya was herself in grief since the last three days and she cried so much that her parents were worried about her and even stopped her from going to the funeral but for Preeti, her life took a huge turn in the past few days. She could no longer remain silent understanding everything. So she shouted, “What the hell happened?”
Riya took a huge breath and in a sad tone started saying, “Just a week after your marriage, Manisha returned from the US. As soon as she returned, the first person she asked for was you. She was informed by her mother that you got married. Manisha did not believe what she heard. As you know Manisha’s mother was kind of supportive to your relation but even her mother advised Manisha to get married and forget you. Manisha disapproved saying you would in no way live staying away from her and traveled to your city to know what happened. She followed you for a few days and was taken aback when she found you enjoying movies and beauty parlors with your husband which you once visited with her. Later one night, she came to my home and told everything to me. She was sobbing while saying that she was replaced and that you hold no more of your feelings towards her.”
Riya looked at Preeti who still sat weeping. She couldn't ask Preeti to control herself as she just lost half of her life but she tried to give her a reason saying, “I could understand that Manisha could not accept what changed in just a vacation but not even in my dreams did I think that she would kill herself in the pain.”
The following day, Preeti took the first bus to go to her parents. When she arrived, she could find her father sitting in the living room, watching television. He rose to hug her in surprise and both of them sat on the sofa. Preeti asked him about her mother and he told her that she had gone to the temple.
Preeti told all that happened to her in the past week and confessed her sexuality. When she finished, Preeti’s father in a bereaved tone said, “Just a few days ago, I got a call from Manisha’s mother shouting at my actions that led her daughter’s life to ruin. After a day I came to know that Manisha committed suicide."
Preeti started crying thinking of her again but her father hugged and whispered “Here is a small secret that I never wanted you to know all your life. I knew you were a homosexual long before your marriage. That’s the reason I asked you to marry Rahul so many times. I wanted you to be happy as I knew he was a gay. Forgive me for not accepting your choices and not valuing your relations, forgive me for fearing the society."
He broke down completely and said, “I am sorry Preeti, I am very sorry. I never wanted any parent to weep on their child's grave just for moral good in the society.”
Long back there were three princesses from Valria territory, who all loved the same prince. None of them knew that they were in love with the same prince. The eldest princess was the most beautiful amongst all the three. She had blind faith in God and prayed to Him every dawn with a thousand flowers, asking Him to make the prince fall in love with her, although she never prepared herself to express her love. The second sister was not as beautiful as the first, but was a good scholar. She knew that she ought to convey her feelings to the prince.
In this regard, she wrote an epistle about her feelings and gave it to her maid to deliver it to the prince by scouts in secrecy. The third sister was least attractive and was rotten with a crooked psyche. She knew about her sisters very well and always made sure of knowing about their plans in advance. Being good in the administration, she knew about the letter from her spies and was surprised to find out that her sister also loved him. She hunted to stop the epistle by many means, but they all failed mainly because of the delay in getting the information. All though one of her maids suggested to her that turning your sister ugly would make the prince reject the offer and so in a moment of hurry, she accepted her advice and visited a witch to make it happen.
The witch presaged saying black magic may perhaps at times have undesirable consequences. Getting worried about the time being wasted, the third sister neglected words of the witch and could not foretell the peril. The witch casted her spell and the second princess turned ugly by that evening. As time elapsed, she was also affected by a strange illness which killed her after a long struggle. Soon past the second sister's death, the third sister killed herself as she could not bear the guilt for making up such a poor choice. The first sister mourned for a long time and never proposed leaving everything to God and remained all her days as a virgin. Soon after the demise of the last two sisters, the prince married a girl he loved since a long time and lived happily. Neither did he obtain the note that the second sister sent him, nor did he hear about the first sister. The saddest part was that the prince did not even know that there was a third sister until her sudden suicide.
It was about 8:45 pm and I was waiting for a bus in order to go home after twelve hours of college. As accustomed, the bus was not going on time. The whole bus stop was free with just three girls, two boys and an old man who sat on the bench in the bus stop. The boys in the group were shouting and laughing while the girls stood whispering. I stood for about half an hour beside the group and was exhausted carrying the heavy bag which had big fat organic chemistry book in it. I went back and sat on the bench in the stop beside the old man as there was only one bench left. All of a sudden out of nowhere came a man who was wearing a saffron colour dhoti and had three horizontal lines on his forehead representing a Shiva’s follower. He was naked top except a chain which had Rudrakshas. He had a turban of the same saffron colour. He was dancing not even considering his surroundings. Girls who were near the bus stop started smiling by looking at his dance as it is not quite good. I was watching him intensely to comprehend what he was doing and all I understood was a man was dancing that too foolishly.
This man stopped dancing as soon as he could see girls beside him. He shouted immediately “Mata!!! Aashirvaad dho” connotation “Oh Mother, give me your blessings” the girls who contemplation he was barmy as soon as they saw him dancing inveterate it when he shouted. A girl from the group opened her pursue, pulled out a ten rupee note and pointed it to the man to take it. He did not bother about the note not even for a minute but he folded his two hands and said again “Mata! Aashirvaad dho”. Girls did not appreciate what to do. I sat examining him even more fascinatingly. One of the girl turned towards boys expressing for help from this man, while a boy who was watching the whole thing went towards the man responding to her appeal and said “Paise lekar chale jawo” the man who stood bowed turned up and looked at the boy and shouted “Shiva!!!!!!” and within no time the man started dancing again. All of them started laughing at his dance, I also laughed with them. The man danced for a few minutes and left dancing.
The boy who went forward turned back and said “Pagalwala” all the girls and boys laughed and I also laughed and said to the old man “Pagal admi hey” The old man who also watched along with me all the episode said “He is quite a great man” I looked at him while the old man continued “Does pagal means mad?” I nodded and said “Yes.” The old man continued “You think he is mad but I say we are all mad” I asked him “What makes you say that?” He took a long breath and said “I don’t know whether he is a true sadhu or a fake one but he had internal joy as you can see him dancing and you can also observe that he sees god in every human he sees. Show me another man in the whole world happier than him?” I started thinking about that perspective and yes he was right. We talked for a few minutes more about the sadhu and he said “I am from India but was raised in England. What I really like in India is the true essence of happiness through religion. Being Indians I wonder why you people believe in it. What would it really cost? It is just belief.”
I wake up sharp 4:30 in the morning and finish my morning routine for a span of half an hour. I take my dog and go walking at sharp 5:00 AM and return at 6:00 AM. Later I get refreshed and would take a look at newspaper. Later demands begin like son who is doing his engineering comes for his money of Rs. 200, daughter who is pursuing her B.Sc. come for her Rs.100 and last son doing intermediate comes for Rs.50. I never felt bad in giving them money but I feel bad in offering them the earning by bad means. I start working by 8:30 AM in R K Beach in Visakhapatnam. I have a job of which is most expected by many for the sake of side earning. I am a Traffic Police.
I assure you that I catch at-least 10 teenagers, 5 family holders daily for not wearing neither their helmet nor carrying their license with them. I assure you as this is my personal diary; I never made a mistake that most people intend in doing by taking a bribe for the cause of not following rules. You won’t believe me; my own wife says that "What is wrong in taking money when they don't follow the rule?” My children urge me that "What has honesty brought you? You belong to the same department which is being much offended by the public as cheaters to the government". I feel bad of being a part of a community of friends in which I am laughed at for by bare sincerity. I am the head of a family that doesn't understand what honesty brings me. I am part of society which pays me to break a rule that is meant to be followed. I don't bother what all of them say, I don't bother how many make fun of my behaviour but I really feel contented when I sleep at night for what I am. I am a true honest police officer from the day I started my duty to the day I end it.
By the time my son reads this diary, I feel he would truly understand the value of honesty and self-satisfaction. If I would have accepted bribe all along my service, I would have gifted my children with houses and money but I am truly happy that I gifted ethical values which are ultimate apart anything. He would really feel the way I enjoyed as an honest man than the most who did not. I hope he makes his way by his own choice.