Shatranj – IV

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Jake! What happened? Why the gun?  I slowly turned raising my hands.

Why did you do that? He loved you like your own daughter!

What are you talking about Jake? Please relax and put the gun down.

You know perfectly well what I’m talking about. Why did you do it?

I had to Jake, for all of us. For the country. He was putting us in danger. I had to do it. It shattered me, but I had to.

No! You didn’t feel a thing. You are the danger. He told me everything. He told you will try to fight against it. But he never expected you to be a traitor. He shouted.

Put the gun down Jake, let’s have a talk. A civilized conversation. I said as I slowly moved towards the window.

Civilized? I understood your civilized behavior when I saw you drive a knife through his skull. Kay was our lead, he was like a father. How can you kill him?

I had to. It was tough, but I had to. Let’s not jump into conclusions. Hear me out. I slowly felt the breeze. I wondered where Sam was.

I came here for revenge. I came here for kay. Not to listen to your cooked up crap. He said clutching the gun tighter.

There is no other way out. I didn’t want to lose more people but I have to. I twisted my hand towards the shelf and picked the gun, swirled it towards Jake and clicked.

I saw his eyes freeze and he slowly slid towards the floor.

Sorry Jake! The country comes first, then friends. I shall pray for your family.

Jake? Yelled Sam. What happened to him? He screamed.

I have some damage control to do.

to be continued…

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Shatranj – III

Read the first episode: Shatranj – I

 

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Slowly slipping the gun in the holster I asked.

Are you sure about this?

Yes absolutely, the device is in here. This was one of Kay’s hideout.

At any cost, I told myself. We exited the van as I zipped the vest, and slowly walked towards the seemingly innocent building. As we opened the huge black gate which was guarding the house, Sam gave me the signal to get in.

You have an eye outside, I’ll go in.

Sure. And hey, be careful. He gave a peck in my cheek. I wished for more, but not now. After all this maybe.

 

I opened the creaky wooden door and entered into the living room. The house was dingy and dark, to the left was a table with maps scattered around. As I leaned in I saw Britain. And slowly my thoughts wavered to Buckingham. This is bigger than I thought, why would they go all the way to Britain. I shook myself off, first the device then the plan. The table had nothing of value until I get the device in hand, so I slipped into the room to the left of the entrance. The room was surprisingly empty except for an old bed with tattered sheets. Something was off here. I took support of the cot and kneeled to look under the cot.

Don’t move! Boomed a familiar voice, and I felt the chill of gunpoint on my neck.

 

to be continued…

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Conscious dream (The banyan tree – II)

Read the first part here: The Banyan Tree – I

 

The sky painted blue

Yellow lantern rising

Its rays waking wings

Sparkling dew on green carpet

He skipped a puddle

Towards the big floating branches

I could watch him all day

His soft hair, his stubble

 

He sat near me silently

His eyes reflecting my face

A small curve on his lips

With his back touching the

Banyan tree, he took my hand

Within his hands

No words exchanged

 

I turned my face away from his

As he slowly leaned onto me

Its not really a good bye, he said

My eyes went watery

The war isn’t easy,

And all the life it has claimed

Sacred isn’t a word enough

This banyan tree has been our sanctum

With myriad memories flashing

I choked

 

He said nothing

Kept mum, shifting slowly

‘Oh Mike!’ I gasped,

as he slowly slipped

A ring onto my finger

 

to be continued…

Shatranj-II

Read the previous episode here : Shatranj – I

 

As I slowly dragged myself near the boat, I continued pressing all the buttons on the radio hoping for anything other than static. I cut the familiar two wires and started connecting them. And in after a few futile attempts, the motor roared to life. Without a blink I started, away from the shore opposite to the moon. As I shifted my bleeding thigh, I heard a voice. I picked the radio. Sam! Sam! Oh thank god, can you hear me. I heard a distorted yes from the other side. Sam, 10 miles north east of location alpha in fifteen, I said finally breathing. As the radio sound slowly vanished into the eerie silence of the sea, thoughts started flashing. Still unable to believe my escape. Slowly the land started to appear, and the sight of the familiar green jeep made me feel alive and safe. I skipped with one leg, as Sam came rushing and hugged me. Sam! We don’t have time, we need to tell Kay. We need to tell him right now.

 

Hey! Hey! I’m Glad you are alive. Also, Kay is dead. Took a knife through his skull.

 

My heart stopped.

 

to be continued…

 

Read the next episode: Shatranj – III

Shatranj – I

As the blurry vision cleared, the bright circles focused to a distant light source. The throbbing head took some time to realize the events which led to this. The rope crushed the wrists, turning it red. I have few hours before the sun wakes up the building, I slowly shifted my hip to make my knees reach the floor. The spine had to bend in half to cut the rope through the metal edge of the legs of the chair. The pain seemed insignificant compared to the wounds on my thigh. I slowly dragged my right feet and the pain shot up making me blind, I had no choice, I removed my tee and tied it around the thigh to stop the blood flow, this should help for now. I crawled to the window, as I heard my captor snoring, and slowly climbed the grill and jumped!

 

to be continued…

 

Read the next episode : Shatranj-II