Monday, October 6, 2008

Heart Break

When the heart breaks, it does so with a noiseless crash and the invisible splinters scatter in the tears and flow away, leaving behind a hollow emptiness in their wake. Everything after a heart-break then seems relatively painless or unimportant, because the vacuum which sits in the place of the heart is incapable of emotion.

But that is all about a heart-break. She was not suffering from a heart break; she was suffering from the acid burns of betrayal. She had first been woven a story by Lav and then Chris had fabricated a whole new twist to the oh-so-enigmatic presence of the horribly handsome Lav Kulshreshtha. And the truth had been bared open by the skimpily clad Shaina, who might not even know that she had been married to Akshay; twice by two different people.

She had spent an entire night running millions of possibilities through her mind. She had painted vivid pictures of re-acquainting herself with Lav. All the while, she kept convincing herself that she was harbouring no romantic notions whatsoever. So what if she pictured walking down the gaudy lobby of her office and casually bumping into him and striking a very captivating conversation right then and there. They would talk for fifteen minutes, till some corny colleague, would pass some equally corny line and Lav would blush gorgeously. She would excuse herself with grace, turn around and smile and say oh-so-casually, “Oh by and by sorry about the other time. Mistakes happen you know.” And he would watch her till she disappeared from view. Not romantic at all. She was just thinking of ways to apologize to a perfectly romantic guy, that’s all.

And after last night, she had spent time till the wee hours of dawn, fuming over her naiveté at accepting Chris’ tale on face value. Why had Chris lied to her? There was no way Shaina was married to Akshay. There was nothing platonic about the way Lav had been caressing her shoulder. She had almost smacked his hand off her shoulder, out of pure irritation.

So why had Chris lied to her? What was is it about the entire Lav-Shaina-Akshay triangle that needed to be hidden under so many layers of deceit? And why did she need and seek answers to these questions?

The answer to the last question was quite simple – because she was a woman!

There was no real reason as to why she had picked up the phone and dialed Shaina’s number. There was no explanation as to why Shaina had accepted her invitation to lunch. And no rational basis whatsoever as to why she had spent an hour dressing up for a lunch with Shaina.

But as she walked in through the glass door of Benny’s she was glad she had taken that bit of extra time. Seated at one of the expensive window tables, Shaina looked elegant in her simple black dress. She was browsing the massive menu and didn’t seem to notice that Shikha had arrived. She risked a look at her reflection in the ceiling to floor mirrors on the right hand side wall. Her muddy pink dress with a white high waist belt, didn’t look as demure as Shaina’s black dress, but it didn’t look shabby either.

Sensing Shikha’s presence, Shaina looked up and smiled a genuine and warm smile. After settling down with their drinks, Shaina turned her expectant eyes to Shikha.

“I know this is so strange,” Shikha plunged into her conversation, “But I sort of remember attending ‘your’ Lav.” She was sounding successfully confused and perplexed. Shaina kept smiling as if Shikha had said not one word out place.

Now genuinely perplexed, Shikha continued, “But I met Chris the other day and he told me you were not married to Lav!”

Shaina’s elegant brows creased into a frown, but her lips still smiled. Not sure how far she had gone, Shikha now kept mum. She had dealt her cards and now it was up to Shaina to clear her confusion.

“Chris told you I was not married to Lav?” She asked gently, sounding a little hurt.

Shikha nodded, feeling suddenly very very uneasy. Shaina leaned back in her chair and fidgeted with the silver spoon. She did not seem very offended by this remark, but she did not seem very calm either.

“Its funny,” she finally said. She looked at her then. There were tears forming in her eyes, but she was too brave to let them flow. “ But Lav keeps telling me that I am not married to him either!”

Shikha didn’t know what to say. Shaina leaned forward, laid the spoon back where it belonged and began talking very animatedly, “ But I know I am married to him! I remember marrying him! And,” she blushed sensationally here, “ I remember a whole lot of ‘other’ things!”

Shikha nodded and hoped her nod was encouraging enough for Shaina to go on. But at this point Shaina needed no encouragement. “And then suddenly for the past three months, Lav has been trying to convince me we are not married! Its absurd. I have never met many of his friends, except for the wedding. And the only friend we ever go out with is Chris. And when we are with Chris, he does behave like the perfect husband! And now there is you! After you left yesterday, both Chris and Lav were very disturbed. We hurried back home. Which is why I so wanted to meet you!”

A few tears had managed to sneak out and were rolling down her pale cheeks. Shikha was confused and didn’t know how to react. She was hoping Shaina would be able to clear her confusion. But Shaina was hoping Shikha would provide some answers. What were Lav and Chris up to?

She was in no mood to converse with Lav. But after lunch she did get Chris on the phone.

“You liar!” she hissed.
“You moron!” he yelled

“You lied to me!” she shouted

“Yeah! So? Sue me!” he challenged

“Why?” she asked baffled, “Why did you lie to me?”

“ Because the truth has got nothing to do with you!” he exclaimed

“I met Shaina for lunch” she confessed.

“WHAT?” Chris screamed. “What did you say to her?” he asked more calmly

“That I wanted to know what was happening,” she said that uneasy feeling creep over her again.

“Did you mention Akshay?” he wanted to know


“Good.” He relaxed. “Now listen, don’t mention Akshay to Shaina! Ever! In fact I don’t think you should meet Shaina yourself”

“But I thought she was married to Akshay!” Shikha was getting angry

“Was, shikha, was..” he suddenly sounded very tired, “ look do me a favour and please stay out of this?”


Crimson Feet said...


this is sensationally gripping... seems like theres something dark lurking behind... damn... the suspense is painful... and u r revealing nothing!!!

... ggrrrrrrr

Cinderella. said...

God ! Thi is sinful, doing this to the reader !!!

The suspense is barbaric !!!! And you're taking too much time !@!!!

•♥•♥[V]♥•♥• said...

something awaits you here ;D

i will read and comment on post soon.
take care miss.

•♥•♥[V]♥•♥• said...

Ektaa kappor ki maa ho sacchi mein :(

Start writing scripts for her..she will love you.

mind boggling totally...when will this thriller end..what's the next twist i want to be surprised.

Have a nice day

Prakhar said... it is unwinding(I guess so :D )..but you sure got some twists left..

comfortably numb said...

just wen i think all d twists r over, u cum up with another angle....
wrap it up quick..wanna knw d end:D

crasiezt said...

*feigns drowning to end the suspense*

marvin the paranoid android said...

this is what i get when i finally manage to get back!!! great!! :P keep it up, woman...

debasish.. said...

"She risked a look at her reflection..."

Abso luvd dis line.
And.. Dear, um waiting fr d nxt one!

Vinz aka Vinu said...

Waiting for the next...!!


rantravereflect/ jane said...

fuknnn this suspense is killing me :(:(:(

come on, let the cat outta the bag..

splendid confusion!

Mystique Wanderer said...

u kno the kind of ppl who when they pick up a book skip lunch jst so tht they can complete it...

i'm one of if u dont want me to come over and hold a gun to ure head to make u type...

better come out wid next part soon!!!

awesome stuff girl...

now fast start typing!!! :P

Khamakha said...

loved the first few lines...
"because the vacuum which sits in the place of the heart is incapable of emotion...."

about the story.. i sure am getting as curious as ur description of women and their curiosities!!!

AshenGlow said...

I just bought a pair of nibblers meant for toothing kids. Damn, Iv run out of nails to chew on, reading your posts!

And they talk of third degree torture...

Next one!.. Fast!!



Beauty and the BEast said...

@ crimson feet

patience has its rewards :P

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ cinderella

What to do the girl.. the net is not so easily accessible to me.. :(

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ V

thanks for those awards which adorn my blog ! And sacchi soch rahi hoon ekta kapoor ban jaoo :P

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ prakhar

just a few more ;)

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ comfortably numb

I know if I keep twisting it.. it will really wind up in a knot :o

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ crasiezt

no no no not yet.. ther's still some more :P

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ marvin

hope you are planning a quick return and hopefully a write-up

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ debashish

thanks!! :)

more's om its way!

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ vinz aka vnu


Beauty and the BEast said...

@ rantravereflect

lol!! ok ok ... I shall do it in due course :P

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ mystique wandered

trust me its the fear of death which has driven me to write more :P

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ Khamakha


Cant hang on to the suspense much longer myself :)

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ ashenglow

as usual your comments cheer me up immensely! Thanks a tonne for it!