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Lights out-The Man in the Darkness.

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I finish filing my work and Am ready to leave for home. As soon as I reach the lift, the lights in the building go off…

Shit! I always end up in awkward situations like this every-time. Ronit asked me just fifteen minutes before if I wanted a drop back home and what did I say? I said no. At-least if I had gone with him I could have avoided this situation. I’m stuck alone in the office lobby, in the nineteenth floor of the building with no light and no lift.Being fiercely independent has its side-effects too, just look at me for example I’m living in an unknown city all alone in a flat ten kilometers away from my office,  I’m stuck here but no one knows about it. Even if I died here tonight, no one will know till tomorrow morning.What is wrong with me? I must stop thinking of horrible things that can happen to me.

Now no use wasting my time regretting anything or over-thinking, I have to take the stairs. I cannot see anything. Let me at-least turn on my phone-torch. Good! It’s working. Where is the security guard?

‘RamLal, RamLal bhaiya aap kaha ho?’ I shout looking down from the stairs.

‘Meeta behen I’m in the ground floor.Come down carefully,there is some shattered glass on the stairs.’ RamLal’s feeble voice reaches me from the ground floor.

‘Okay. Wait up till I reach there.’ I scream at my loudest voice, making sure he can hear what I say.

I hold my torch-light high up and walk downstairs swiftly. By the time I reach fifth floor from the nineteenth floor I’m panting heavily, also sweating profusely. God! I have to go down another four floors! I sit down on the steps for two-minutes, in the dark,panting… I search for the water bottle in my bag. I suddenly feel a hand on my shoulder.I’m stunned. I instantly turn the torch towards the person behind, the torch turns off… Low battery… I’m hyperventilating now.I’m scared.

‘Who who is there?’ I shout at my loudest voice.

‘You will never know darling…I love you from a very long time… A very long time… From the time you were a student at Brigade high School. You are gorgeous…’ He said. This sent a shiver down my spine… I didn’t know how to react. I clenched the pepper-spray in my bag, ready to attack the man in the darkness.

‘Behen are you okay?Where are you? What is taking you so long?’ RamLal bhaiya shouted from the ground floor.

‘Bhaiya… Some one is here… help me…’ I screamed with tears running down my cheeks unconsciously.

‘Don’t worry I won’t harm you. I’ll not even try to contact you after this. I just needed to tell you how I felt… That’s why I was always around you. I came for you from Bangalore to Mumbai.’ He said.I could feel his breath on my shoulders. I loathed myself for letting someone harass me and not doing anything.

‘I’m coming to you behen. Just don’t panic..’ Security Bhaiya said. I could hear him running up the stairs with full speed.

‘Bhaiya… Hurry up…’ I shouted as I tried to free myself from the Man in the Darkness. He held my hands from behind.I kicked him with my legs, but he seemed too huge to feel anything. Suddenly I could feel his mustache on my face, he kissed me on my cheek, and kept some plastic bag in my hands… Making me hold it…I shouted for help and kicked him harder.trying to free myself from his hold.

‘Bye Sweety. I’m going now, I’ll meet you next after fifteen years.’ that Man said in a creepy voice and I found my hands free suddenly. By then Bhaiya was up with a bright torch and we saw this man disappear into darkness, Bhaiya tried to catch him but he ran away.

‘Behen, Are you okay?’ RamLal bhaiya asked me. I nodded trying to catch my breath. I felt so disgusted for being touched by some unknown stalker. We walked down, bhaiya handed me a bottle of water. I finished the whole bottle. The security Bhaiya called Ronit and told him about what happened. I was blank about whatever happened to me just now. Ronit was almost half-way home, but he came back. I sat in the car. I sat in his car, Ronit pointed out the marks on my fist, that man’s finger marks. I felt so weak at that minute. I loathed myself for being so helpless at that moment. What would I have done if RamLal bhaiya wasn’t around at that time? I was molested in a span of few minutes.I did not even know who he was. All I knew was that he was a psycho stalker who followed me right from my school days. I did not recognize his voice, I did not know him at all. I went through the contents of the cover he handed me. It contained some love-letters written in blood, it freaked me out. I showed them to Ronit he was stunned too.The cover also had my photographs from very private occasions of my life.The occasions I shared only with my dear ones. I looked outside the window as we rode across marine drive. I cannot believe I left myself to be harrassed by some stalker and did nothing.I felt so disgusted at myself.

I looked at the letters once more… I did no recognize the hand writing… Who was this man? I closed my eyes trying to cool myself and trying to erase the nightmare I just had. Ronit looked at me with concern , he said ‘Sorry, I shouldn’t have left…’

We soon reached in front of my apartment. I was about to get down from the car, when a face from my past flashed across my eyes. I knew that that was the face of the Man in the darkness.

Ronit asked ‘Hey, what happened?’

‘Turn around. We’re going to police station.’ I said browsing through those letters to confirm my gut-feeling.

‘But we do not know who he was, what will you tell them?’ Rohit asked turning around.

‘ I know who he was. The Man in the Darkness… I can’t believe it took me so long to recognize him…’ I said with conviction.

‘How do you know?You haven’t even seen his face.’ Ronit asked as we rode towards police station.

‘Every girl knows who that Man in the Darkness is by her instinct… It just takes extreme situations to make her realize his true face…’ I said trying hard to hide my tears from him. He looked at me and wiped them away. His touch was the only comfort I needed that minute, the rest I knew how to take care of…

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‘First Aid Box. Check. Knife. Check. Spectacle Case. Check.’

Rani cross checked her check list for the nth time as she was leaving.Drops of sweat came down her forehead as she locked her house door. She wiped them on her blouse, hurriedly and got into the car that was waiting for her near the gate.

‘ Madam, Shall we leave?’ He asked her looking at her through the rear view mirror. She nodded, looking away through the car window. Rani lowered the window to allow the cool wind brush across her face drying her sweat. Tiny strands of her hair played to the rhythm of the breeze, annoying her immensely. Rani was extremely tensed about what the day had in store for her.

‘What was I thinking when I agreed to do this?’ she cursed herself for being so impulsive and easily challenged. On a second thought she asked herself ‘What is life without the impossible and risky challenges?’ .That’s when her phone ringed.

‘Where are you? We are waiting for you over here. You didn’t chicken out, did you?’ the voice in the other end of the line echoed.

‘No, Rani never chickens out. I’ll do this and you will see.’ Rani said with conviction in her voice but in the inside she was scared. Very scared. That’s when she remembered Akshay Kumar in ‘Thumbs up’ advertisement saying ‘Dar Ke Age Jeeth hai!’ . She smiled momentarily, there is victory after you’ve surpassed your fear she reminded herself.

After an hour’s travel through the rough terrain, she reached her destination; for now. She got down from the car, her Saree pleats were still intact.That’s Good,she thought.Her friends greeted her as she got ready to embark her adventure, all alone.

‘Okay, so all set?Are you sure you will do this?’ Rekha asked her. Rekha knew, that once Rani took any challenge she will not look back until it is done. Rani smiled at her, took her backpack and started her challenge. She started going into the dense, steep mountain to reach the peak that was twenty kilometers away, alone. No woman has ever tried what Rani was now attempting. Some even believed that this mountain was haunted.

Nakul looked at Rani disappear into the mountain, hoping he loses the bet and Rani reaches the mountain top, safe and sound.

‘One hell of a girl she is. Which girl agrees to go trekking on a haunted mountain alone, in a saree ,on feet ,wearing three inch heels?’ he said as Rani disappeared into the woods. Rekha looked on with tears in her eyes, with her heart beating at a pace that she felt it would burst off any minute praying for the safe return of her best-friend, the dare-devil.

Rani moved quickly, into the dense forest.She was now soaked in sweat and had hurt her hand already. Her elbow was bruised with marks of the thorny plants, sun was setting, she knew she had to rest for the day. That’s when she heard noises from the bushes behind her. Her heart stopped there, she was extremely frightened to turn back and see. She clenched  the sharp knife she had brought along, and turned to face her unknown opponent.

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