A Journey – Short Story
Summer vacation has just started. In the evening I’ll leave for my home. I’ll able to play with Priyanka and Rahul, my younger sister and brother. Staying away from them is very difficult for me but I’ve to for my studies.
I left college hostel around 3:30 pm and reached ISBT Jorhat after 40 minutes. I preferred to go by Traveller so that I could reach home early. Buses take double the time.
I was very excited, I am going to spend the next one month at home. I will help Rahul and Priyanka in their studies and I will help Maa too. I wanted to reach home as early as I could but the driver was stopping the vehicle at every alternate stoppage.
Somehow I reached home by 6 pm that day. I got down from the vehicle and headed towards a shop to buy chips packet. Then I was on the way to my world, yes, my home, my Maa, Priyanka, and Rahul is everything to me.
I opened the door and started screaming Rahul…, Priyanka… they came towards me and said “Aa gayi tum” and hugged me tightly.
Maa was not at home. She was out for her work.
She came home and I discussed with her about my semester exams and all.
She cooked chole chawal for me, we had dinner and went to sleep.
(Next day) She told me that mama asked me to visit them for a few days. She sweetly ordered me to visit them tomorrow early morning and left for the work.
Priyanka, Rahul and I played together after a long time and enjoyed the whole day. I prepared the lunch as I wanted mom to take rest.
Mom – Radha uth ja 9 wali train se chali jana.
Me – Man nahi hai.
She shouted my name loudly and I jumped out of my bed. I did my regular morning activities and by 7:30 am, I was ready to leave. I had breakfast and left home around 7:40 am. We reached the station at 8:10 am. I went to the counter and took a ticket to Lumding station. The train was about to arrive at 8:50 am, therefore, we grabbed a chair. Maa was explaining to me that “mama-mami ka ped chhuna, Bittu ke liye chips le lena” and various other things and she handed over me some money and told me to buy a mobile with mama ji. This has left me totally flabbergasted. I tightly hugged her.
Finally, the train has arrived, I get on to the train which was deserted. There was a man whose age may be between 40-45 years. Maa said “beta akeli jaa sakoge,” I replied “Maa kuch nahi hoga, aap jao.” The train was about to leave the station, I took a window seat. I was happy to visit my mama-mami.
I was looking through the window and thinking which mobile I would buy, I will be on Whatsapp. I will chat with college friends and many other things came to mind.
Suddenly someone grabbed my hairs and pulled me backward, I fell down on the floor, I couldn’t understand what was happening, using his all force he dragged me to the lavatory.
He pulled me inside it forcefully, tied my mouth with a gamusa so I could not shout, then he tied my legs and hands with a piece of cloth. I was continuously trying to free myself but couldn’t stop him. He removed my clothes and brutally scratched all my body. In every passing moment, my breathing rate was increasing. I could feel that this monster would kill me, tears rolled down my eyes. Maa, Priyanka, Rahul, I was missing them all. I fought with him until my last breath. But everything was in vain. My legs stopped fighting, my hands stopped pushing him, I stopped my battle. I could not fight anymore. He untied the gamusa from my mouth and tied my neck to the pipe, smashed my face with his hard fist and left me there. I tried to kick the lavatory door but I couldn’t.
My body got frozen and my heart had stopped beating and I left this earth with the last word “Maa”. My 30 Days vacation ended up on the 3rd day.
From the Heaven
Written by Preeti Hazarika