Hi guys ð I know most of you might not have missed me much, but I missed you guys so much! Honestly, I was so disappointed with number of comments, especially as I had asked for what you would like to read further. Iâm not particularly happy saying that I wonât be writing any ff on Om and Iâll try to wrap up this one as soon as possible. I was really sad as I had expected the same support and love that I had received when I began the ff, but I think itâs technically my fault that I might not have been giving it my best after all. So, I made this episode as good as I could, within the limited time I had on my hands. Iâll not end it abruptly. Iâd rather give a rather vague ending than one that isnât liked by me. So, please bear it. Or notâ¦
Anyways, letâs begin with the episode directly. The last episode, for those who havenât read it yet and want to, can be found at the link given below.
Episode 16: Precious
ANIKAâS POINT OF VIEW
âIâm gonna kill you, Rudra!â I thought to myself. Where do his weird ideas come from? I still canât believe that he actually stole my Chandni! It was technically my fault. Why did I have to tell him about the ritual of stealing the shoes? As if that wasnât enough, he locked the door from outside and shouted that he spilled something outside the door, so that I canât come outside. I scanned Saumyaâs room, and luckily I found a pair of sports shoes that fit me. Then I climbed out of the window and started searching for him with a frown on my face.
âI wonât leave him! Now heâll know the dangerous side of me!â I grumbled. Suddenly, Billuji was standing right in front of me.
âWhat did I do?â he asked innocently, holding up both his hands in surrender.
âDo you know whereâs Rudra?â I asked impatiently. A small part of my mind noted that he wasnât scolding me for almost hitting him again.
He looked down at my shoes which didnât match with my black kurti.
âItâs a long storyâ, I explained. Then he did something I could swear he would never do. I stood in shock as he bent down on one knee and tied my shoelace. As he got back up, I couldnât move a muscle in my body. I gaped at him as his liquid eyes stared back at me. It seemed as if it was the most natural thing for him, contrary to the SSO I knew. I was completely oblivious to OmRu, Saumya, Dadi and Priyanka watching us from three different parts of the hall. Then just as suddenly and quietly he left. It took me a moment to get a grip on myself and remember why I was here. I had no idea why and where I went.
SHIVAAYâS POINT OF VIEW
That look on her face was worth watching! Her talkative eyes were shocked into silence. Honestly, I too didnât know why I did it. But I had more pressing things on my mind. I went back to my room and got to work on my laptop. Much later than I had expected, OmRu came to my room. I asked them if they had eaten anything and they shook their heads quietly. I guess Anika wasnât the only one shocked by what I had done. âLetâs go. What would you like to have?â I asked, hoping that they would forget it. But of course they wouldnât. As soon as we were in the kitchen, Rudra asked me, âBhaiya, are you okay? Did you take painkillers again? You couldnât have had my punch, since I didnât make it!â He pointed to his head and said âLogic!â as if that was the only plausible explanation.
I tried avoiding it at first, but they wonât give it up. So I decided to distract them with what I had found out about Tia. âHow are you so calm about it?â Om asked after listening to the whole content. Being extra cautious about my words, I answered after thinking for a while. âWell, itâs still a work in progress kind of thing. I donât know what to believe now. These few days have changed my take on people and their motives for doing stuff.â Om seemed satisfied with my answer, but Rudra was still curious about something. âWhat is it?â I asked in my fake strict voice. âBhaiya, how is it going with Anika Didi?â
What will become of him? I gave him a âlike seriously?â look and went back to my veggies. They were good; they didnât ask me troublesome questions! âHow did Anika come in this conversation?â I hope my nonchalant look worked, but they were my brothers. And it wasnât easy to fool them. Om continued with the interrogation. âWhatâs going on with the two of you? Sometimes you are holding hands, and then you sneak away when everyone is enjoying together, and then today you actually bent down in front of her! What is happening?â Rudy intervened, âO, look at his ears!â I covered both my pink ears with my hands instinctively, asking âWhat happened to my ears? They are perfectly okay.â
âNot anymore!â Om chortled. Looking at my mobileâs dark reflective screen, I realized I had smeared flour over part of my face and a little on my hair as well. Damn! âIâll get this cleaned. Donât ruin my dish.â I warned Rudra and then moved towards my room. And that was the moment Anika chose to come! She was looking down at her mobile and mumbling something. I turned away quickly and went back to the kitchen, to see a surprised OmRu. I knew I was acting a little stupid, but I also knew that if she saw me like this, sheâll laugh at me for days. Sheâll tell everyone and there wonât be a single moment when she doesnât remind me of it. I quickly dusted off some of the flour on the sides and poured myself a glass of water. As soon as I drank a mouthful, I heard her call me. âBilluji! I was searching for you all over the place!â I coughed, spitting out a bit of the water. She rushed over immediately, patting my back with Om. I turned to see the concern in her eyes quickly transform into mirth. Oh no! Iâm in for trouble!
ANIKAâS POINT OF VIEW
The sight that met me was beyond words! Was that Billuji? I burst out laughing. The white on his face and beard and hair made him look like a cross between a ghost and a clown. âWhatâ¦ clownâ¦ or ghostâ¦ Billuji!â I was talking and laughing at the same time. This was a once in a lifetime view! âStop laughing already. Itâs not that funny!â I heard him say. OmRu were also trying to control their laughter, but they gave up and erupted laughing as well. Billuji tried to get us to be quiet but his attempts made him look funnier. Without a second thought, he took some of the flour and smeared it on my face. I was shocked for a second, but I retaliated by throwing some of the flour in front of me towards him. He turned and it accidently fell on OmRu, who were standing right behind him. They held Billuji from each side and signaled me. Billuji was shocked to see that his brothers had turned on him.
I filled my fists with the white powder and doused him with it completely! He shook his head and all the flour from his hair fell on us. It was Billujiâs turn now, and he motioned at me to get the two of them. Billuji tackled Om and I got Rudra. All of us were covered in white now, and then we started laughing out loud like the bunch of crazy people that we were! It seemed as if we had played Holi in November, with white as the only colour, of course! The O Brosâ laugh was something I hadnât heard yet, at least not all three of them together. They acted like kids and I felt like being a kid too. Shaking our heads and elbowing each other and laughing our hearts out! Stuff like this wasnât something I ever did with anyone else besides Sahil. They were like family to me now.
I left to get myself cleaned up, having forgotten what I had to show to him.
Iâm not really expecting more than 10 comments on this. So, Iâll sign off with âBye Byeââ¦