Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Chapter 9 - The Man

She did not notice her parents standing behind the man, nor her sister.
She also did not see the look of hatred in her sisters eyes, almost as if she had taken something she deserved.

The man gently removed himself from the grasp of Amira, looking at her face, his eyes meeting hers finally.
He smiled at her, his eyes coated with a layer of tears. He stroked his bushy yet well kept beard and then took her by her hand.

They walked together into her living room, where her parents had returned to earlier.

They were seated on the white sofa at the corner. Rima seemed to be engrossed in her phone, tapping at the screen.
Her parents looked sufficiently angry and she assumed it had something to do with her being late and also the strange man she had been hugging a minute ago.

Once they both were seated, her mother looked at her.
'Explanations. Now.'

As Amira started to speak, he cut in between.'I'd like to introduce myself Mrs. Mithra.'

'Haven't we already done that, Maanav? ', her mother asked. She seemed to be annoyed.

He smiled back at her sheepishly, nodding.

She nodded at him, cold and distant and then turned her head, looking at Amira expectedly.

'Uh.. mom...', she seemed to find issue with opening up.
'Today, dear', her dad said, a faint smile at his lips.

'Mom... Dad... this is gonna sound crazy but I know him from a dream.'
Their eyes widened a bit and a look of skepticism cut through.
And she explained to them, what had happened earlier today.

They sat back, listening to each and every word she said with rapt attention.
Even Rima had stopped her annoying typing and was listening in closely.

Once she was done, her parents looked at each other.

Standing up, her dad escorted him to the front door.
They talked something in hushed tones and she heard him leave.

Her mom came up to her. Her face was blank, but the words she said contained anger in them.
'You're grounded. Until we let you, you can't leave the house'

'But Mom...', she tried to reason, pleading.
'No Buts. Have your dinner and go to your room.'

She heard Rima snigger when their mother said that. Amira paid no attention to it, even though their mother did glance in Rima's direction.

'Look I know you guys must think all this is crazy and that I'm lying... but believe me... I am not lying!'
Her frustration was understandable, because she believed that her parents did not believe what she had said.

Her mother's eyes suddenly softened, her hands caressing Amira's face.
'That's the problem my dear. We believe you.' 

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