Saturday, August 21, 2010

Monsoon Spirits - Part I

"It won't come out that easily."
"Why? Spirits don't have a brain do they?"
"See. This is a rather simple solution. Let's just do it."
"Bah! You don't know one thing about human emotion do you?"
"I have plenty. Now just do as I say and I promise you won't be late for your next date."
I sighed. How did I get into this situation?


Thinking rationally, it was already two days since I got this ton of documents. There were a total of 15 people missing. They went missing during the evening when it becomes dark. "About 1900 hrs to 1930 hrs." or something of that sort was written in the 15 page brief report. I took a sip of coffee. There was no pattern of attacks. They happened very randomly and at random places. All the victims went missing on an near empty metro train, but strangely enough the metro card and the wallet or purse in which it was kept was found. Thanks to that we came to know about this abnormal activity.

Then the realization suddenly dawns upon me and I realize I've been made a fool by that vicious twin again. I sigh and decide not to think about it. Somehow, I was more interested in the puzzle in front of me... After about an hour of brain storming and decoding all the info I got. I couldn't think of anything. My phone rang and with perfect timing too. I picked it up. It was my girlfriend. She said if we could meet up tomorrow and I naturally said yes. Never let an opportunity slip by. I get up from my chair and turn around. A familiar looking girl in a black robe was standing in front of me.

"Just knock before entering dammit. You guys scare the shit out of me sometimes."
"You weren't scared this time?"
"Found anything?"
"Need some help with something?"
I sighed. She was the only one who'd ask me if I needed any help. But that was the problem. I didn't know what step to take, so I didn't know what to ask her to help me with.
She waited queitly for my reply. I didn't really reply. However, something struck me.
"Hey. Your reports say nothing about the cards."
"We did mention it."
"No, I mean, data like how much money it had, or what was the serial number of the card and all that stuff."
She looked at me. "OK. I'll try and get all that info. For now you should rest. You have a date tomorrow." And then she gave me a freakish smile and walked away towards the balcony.

I slept peacefully that day and got up the next morning. I found a brown envelope with the morning newspaper. As I had thought, it had the details of all the cards found in the metro. And some points were neatly highlighted by a fluorescent marker. The figures were the balance remaining on the metro card. The balance on each card was exactly Rs. 99.90/-

It seems it was an obvious observation to even an amateur like her. However, what I was trying was to connect this value with the timings. Well, not much progress that way. So I forget all of it and prepare for my upcoming date.

It's now early afternoon and now I'm waiting for my girlfriend on Sector 18 metro station. She is about 15 minutes late. I mentally prepare myself to be angry at her. She comes with a sweet smile and even a sweeter voice she says "I'm sorry! There was too much crowd and traffic. Just couldn't get on an earlier train." That unfair amount of sweetness renders me weak and I find myself giving her unneeded sympathy.

"So where do you wanna go?"
"I wanna go to Palika"
"Huh? CP? OK. Let's go then."
"You have a card right?"
"Metro Card. Ya I have one."
"Let's go then!"
My girlfriend goes ahead first and flashes her card on the sensor. The path slides open and the display shows a balance Rs. 99.90/- in green. I feel a chill go down my spine. My stomach and chest feel a strange sense of uneasiness. I can't move. There are people lining up behind me. My girlfriend who has now run a few steps ahead suddenly turns back and then asks with a worried tone, "Something wrong sweety?"
"Ugh. Nothing." I flash my card. The balance is Rs. 2.23/-. This has to be a joke right? Am I really the one taking her on a date?

Well, I first relax myself thinking that it was afternoon. All the occurrences happened during the evening. Meaning that She should be in the safe zone. And out of the hundred thousand odd people traveling there have to be many who have such a balance left in their cards. Thinking this we got up on the next train to Rajiv Chowk Station, which was directly in CP.

But then my peace of mind was vanquished by a monotonous voice - 'You're wrong. There are only unlucky people with such balance.'
I turn around to see my nemesis right in front of me with a serious "I wanna Kill" expression on her face. With her red eyes more fiery than ever, she continued, 'And she may do something in broad daylight now. After having 15 people, she must have had enough spiritual energy to do something bad now.'
'You have to be joking right? There is nothing that can go wrong, at least not my girlfriend.'
The red eyes look behind my shoulder. I turn around to see my girlfriend. Her otherwise shining eyes were lifeless. "Hey! Akansha!! Are you OK."
"Yes. I'm just feeling..." and she fell on her knees and her forehead hit the train wall.

Part two of this story is Monsoon Spirits - Part II. (<- It's a link... you can click it... ^_^ )

Author's Note

For Once, I wanted to write a horror story, but then I guess it ain't easy to write horror in today's age of high visual effect movies and animations. :?

Yes, this story has a Part II, where I will hopefully conclude this. For now, I'm feeling lazy and sleepy *Yawns*. Guess the ending :)

P.S. Now I've also italicized the dialogs in this one too...


♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ ayu ♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ said...

ill just read it as an e-book, is that ok..? ^^ so ill just comment about it after i finish reading it on my phone.coz reading in the net is kinda hard for my eye hehe

RE:@selenium:'re right.. the clannad after story is really amazing..i guess no otaku have guessed that revelation and twist at the end..have you cried as well..?:D i cried really T_T but it's worth it..the reason why i only make it to the top 8 spot is because should i put it..? the plot as a whole is not so y know something that will make you wanna watch it until the end (well..that is generally for the first season [as they say..first impression lasts]BUT if they happen to finish the second one, all the doubts like 'is it really that good..?' will be blown away..maybe that's the neg. factor..the beginning was not too catchy for the otakus to follow it..:D haha..however, im glad i did watched the season 2 :D

(reply on my blog)

♠ Tharangni ♠ said...

wow! really nice one! :) though i didn't understand one past.
the serial killer was it the girlfriend[and did she really die in the end?] and who was the protagonist talking to in the end i.e. besides Akansha?

♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ ayu ♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ said...

@selenum: haha! i salute you for having the guts to control your emotions..well..ive trued but i just cant win over something really sad..hahaha

btw..ive already read your post part's inter sting but i dont quite understand the whole picture or story behind it..maybe there is progress in the story at part 2..:)

hkittygirl said...

Your blog has such a cool layout and title! ♥

♠ Tharangni ♠ said...

>>reply to my blog>> :)
@Selenium ~ Nooo way!! it wasn;t a proposal!!!!!!!!!!!!!! >3> !!
but thanks! :) n sure ^_^ i'd love to be pen pals! :D
[and oh- i thought that you'd done your story till there only, so i got confused! sorry.. hehe! :D]

♠ Tharangni ♠ said...

>>reply to my post [day03-parents]:

@Selenium ~ no way! by when im on my own i meant that my parents cant keep/have me forever and one i'll eventually move out of their lives and start my own.

~ and no. i had no fight with my parents :). i said im sad cuz they're not being happy because now-a-days they only worry about their works and that pisses me off. and moreover i sometimes become irritated and they dont like it. but i cant help it because thats how i am!
~ sometimes when the situation tenses amongst themselves, i butt out because i reallly wouldn't want to be poking my nose around then, or else i'll be dead meat!
~ and thats all! :) of course im happy with the culture/wishes/traditions [though i sometimes do throw tantrums over that issue]. but still i am what i am because they nurtured me till today and im happy for that :)
so i said thank you for them! ^_^

[and lol ~ awesome mom u should have! X) ]

♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ ayu ♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ said...

RE: well..the endings pretty it's feel good :D

Abhinav said...

Ok! so you started writing parts... next will be serials... and seasons :)

Nice story... waiting for the part II. is it going to be same day same time next month?