CHAPTER 1 â Light in the emergence
Embarrassment engulfed me and I blew out a small chuckle scratching the back of my neck gawkily. I eyed the situation I was in and amusement couldnât leave their faces and I rolled my eyes.
Mumbling ravishing words under my breath , I crossed my arms tapping my foot impatiently so they could end their merriment right now.
âAre you guys done?â I said in a flat tone and they nodded as Sahil pursed his lips in a thin line smiling nevertheless. I gave an unbelievable look to her and she stood there and busted out in a fit of laughter.
Well , happens when you are surrounded by two amazingly idiotic siblings in the world. I groaned heavily and plopped on the couch and sank back exhausted.
She laughed and ruffled my hair as I gasped with my annoyance totally at the pinnacle. âSaanvi diâ I shrieked trying to settle my hair back but hell it would.
Saanvi Kaur , a perfectionist by name but a total disastrous person inside. I still canât believe on how she actually survived her 26 years of life. For the world , she may be my elder sister.
But for me sheâs my pluck , my vehemence and of course , her place in my life is irreplaceable. If Iâm strong , just because sheâs my backbone.
After mom and dad , Vogue Today , worldâs leading fashion and clothing industry is headed by Saanvi di. And along with that sheâs the one to handle both me and Sahil.
Sahil! Well well , by name a saccharine and innocent child. But in reality nothing but a nutcase. Considering the amount of what he calls âlove lettersâ He gets daily.
I have started to worry about how many hearts are gonna be broken in the future. But in the words Saanvi di , heâs just a 10 year old playboy.
Well , yes he is a PLAYBOY!
My thoughts came to an end as Sahil tapped my shoulder giving me the other shoe. The amusement and all the laughter in the beginning was because ,
Firstly, I was wearing a combat boots on one foot with Sahil slippers on the other. Donât even get me started on how did I even managed getting in his shoes.
Secondly, I poured soya sauce on my pancakes thinking of it as maple syrup. How intelligent of me.
Why all the fuss right?
What can you expect me to be on the first day of university?
My anxiety paced higher and I let out a huge sigh at last smiling. Itâs not that Iâm a shy person or Iâm afraid of being left behind but university is somewhere where I do not want to be the limelight.
I am sure middle school and high school were a lot for me. The drama , the incidents and everything that did happen, I guess it was enough.
Maybe or maybe not. And in my case when something drastic happens and how it happens , more than anyone else Iâm not aware of it.
âAnika , donât think about the pastâ Saanvi di placed her hand on my knees and I gave her a small smile. She knows me so well sometimes more than I do.
âI wonâtâ I mumble back and she nodded with a smile. I took my bag and waited for the car to come.
âGEEZ! THAT MUST HAVE HURTâ
âI BET IT DOESâ
âOOPS! SEEMS LIKE IT HAS A LOT OF FEELINGSâ
âON THE SECOND DAY OF COLLEGE?â
I let out a heartedly laugh hearing the bickering of Om and Rudra and got in between them. Rudra glared at me and I raised my hands in defense.
âWoah! Relax. Itâs not us who did thisâ¦â Om trailed gesturing his hand between me and him as he pointed out the mark on Rudraâs cheek.
âBut you werenât you the one to advice to me to propose her?â Rudra defended himself and Om looked on taken aback and coughed a bit roaming around the room.
âReally Om really?â I chuckled and he gave us a sheepish grin. âNow donât go around mourning. Itâs normalâ I threw back glancing behind my shoulder as I grabbed my keys.
âNormal?! Are you kidding me?â Rudra kept on blabbering as me and Om ran out of the room sighing . âOh! I have to complete a sculpture. See you in universityâ
Om hurried but I stopped him. âWait! Arenât you going with me now?â I asked and he shrugged , âMy classes are the in the afternoonâ
âOkayâ¦â I trailed and waved at him running towards my car.
âShivaayâ¦â I could hear mom calling me and sighed heavily. âMom Iâm 23â I told her and she smiled before nodding. âI know thatâ¦hereâ She handed me my phone and I sighed.
âThank youâ I breathed out.
Well , the perks of being 23!
âDonât make that sulking faceâ Daksh pleaded for the umpteenth time and I gave him a âZip upâ look before entering the university.
âLiterally anyone would even cross the exaggeration line to be with you but since high school you have changed a lotâ
Daksh shot at me as my breath hitched in my throat and I glared at him. âAs time passes by, people changeâ I responded honestly and he gave me an unbelievable chuckle before answering.
âYup! You are always in the limelight but back then you had your arms wrapped around every single girl in schoolâ
I sighed giving him a final stare as we were about to go towards the reception but I stopped deadly on my tracks as I heard the receptionist, âAnika Kaurâ
I could feel the loud throb of my heart and my body stiffened just upon hearing the name. In a swift motion I turned around to look but found no one.
I looked everywhere but she wasnât there. I felt a hand tap my shoulder and came across a quizzical Daksh. âYou okay?â
âDid you hear the receptionist say Anika Kaur?â I asked in a single breath as his eyebrows jotted in confusion. âNoâ He responded back looking at me confused.
âWhy? Everything alright?â He asked and I looked on before plastering a half smile. âYeah. Iâm fine. I think we should goâ I nudge him and he nods totally and utterly confused at my behavior.
My eyes couldnât let the search of her but sighed. It must have been my qualms nothing else. I took a deep breath but just one name pondered over my mind again and again.
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