“Tonight’s hope was yesterday’s agony,
I cared less for the things I lost
In hope for the things I might gain in turn.”
It was that time of the day when the streets were still asleep while the odd traffic light flickered on and off. There were raging cars swaying past the necklace road, while the street urchins looked from their sheets in awe. The one in flashy red made an excellent run only to mistime the turn which saw it crash over the lake. The damage was brutal, leaving the lone driver’s life hanging at balance. He was clutching on to a photograph as he was being pulled out, that photo did mean something to him, it really did.
News Headlines flashed with all its clamor as it brought the world to notice that Ryan Narayan, a noted playwright, has been seriously injured in an high speed car accident near necklace road. A woman stared blankly at her television as the news was read out; she couldn’t believe her ears, he had promised to marry her and be with her forever but there he was broken and fighting for his own life. She tried calling him, wishing he picked up and dispelled all the rumors about him but no one picked. She pulled out her coat and made way to the hospital, all teary and lost.
The sun had completely risen while the streets swarmed with people who were unknown to the tragedy which had stuck just a few hours ago. At the hospital corridor, two people waited patiently as the tears kept rolling down their cheeks. They were baffled upon the happenings, they had met Ryan only a few hours ago before the accident. It was going to be a big night for Ryan, he was going to propose to his childhood sweetheart. It was all planned, Jess booked the table at Jade’s favorite restaurant while Nikhil brought the flowers and the suit for Ryan. They bid him adieu with a smile and never hoped that they found find him in this state. They weren’t able to come to terms with it, they wanted to know what happened that night, what did Jade say to make Ryan do something like this.
Jade: Jess, how is Ryan?
Jess: He was supposed to be with you, what did you tell him? What did you do to make him go nuts?
Jade: I want to see him, I want to see him now.
Nikhil: He is there fighting for his life. Doc says that its difficult for him to make it out. I don’t know…what will happen, I really don’t know. ~ bursts into tears.
Jade: He was there with me till late night. He made me dinner, after he proposed. We were on cloud nine, we wanted to get married right away but Ryan was like everyone in this world needs to know that he was getting married to me. We shouldn’t have waited, we shouldn’t have.
Jess: Then why did he have to leave?
Jade: He got a call around 11 in the night. He said it was urgent, someone wanted to meet him. Saying this he left hastily.
Nikhil: We never gave out appointments that night, we had left it free.
On that fateful night,
Ryan: Hello, Ryan here.
Her: Don’t you remember me, I am your master act.
Ryan: I am not able to get you, hold on.
Her: Yesterday’s agony, today’s hope. ~The playful laughter continued.
Ryan: Why did you call? I thought we were done!
Her: You started it, I am the one who ends it. Not you Ryan, not you.
Ryan: What do you want me to do?
Her: Meet me at the pool side at Taj.
Her: Obviously, our things happen only at night. Call ends.
Ryan looked up perplexed, trying to avoid the eye contact with the only girl he ever loved and he ever cheated. He made an excuse and was on his way to meet Lisa as the old memories came afresh. He was teary eyed, the only thought which ran across his mind was Jade running away from him in her white cladded wedding suit. He was trying to catch a glimpse of her before she disappeared while he kept peddling the accelerator to catch Jade in his day dream. He had lost it he knew, he should have come clear about Lisa long back but now it was too late. He kept pushing the accelerator beyond control and before he could flip to rest his madness, his car was flying high into the waters. All the while he held her photo close to his heart, may be he hoped he would be forgiven for his sins, may be he was wrong.
Doctors came out of ICU with a good news, they asked Jade to go alone, Ryan wanted to meet her in person. After a while, Jade walked out heart broken. She left her ring inside, and left his heart broken into pieces. The pain was screeching loud as Ryan couldn’t control his emotion, he kept shouting Jade’s name, wishing she looked back but it never happened. He felt a part of him was walking away, he wanted her back, he didn’t want to feel incomplete but like his stories there was never a proper end to even his own.
“There ain’t a carpet big enough
to cover the truth, there ain’t a lie small enough
to escape the punishment; they do appear, they do hurt,
and they do leave you bruised forever.”