Monster #writebravely

Chapter 1 , Chapter 2 , Chapter 3 , Chapter 4 , Chapter 5 , Chapter 6

Neil walked into the flat late in the night.  The office party was a disaster.  His thoughts kept going back to Shruti.  Shruti needs help, he thought.  He himself would like some support.  He thought of the one person who can set Shruti right.

He had dialed Niti’s number.  She had picked up immediately as if she was waiting for his call.

‘I was about to call you,’ she said.

She went on to narrate about the happenings of the day and Shruti’s concerns.  He had left the party and walked over to the nearby beach.

Did she really think he will divorce her?  He wanted to shake Shruti out of her web of accusations.  He wanted to shout at her and tell her that he loved her.  But he couldn’t understand why she did not ask him outright. That would be typically Shruti to grab the bull by its horns.   Why keep quite?   Did he close himself to her when she needed him the most?

He walked to the edge of the water and he did something which he had probably not done since he was 12 and hit by a cricket ball.  He cried.

At home,  he changed into his night clothes.  Shruti was in bed as usual.

‘Hey Shruti,’  Neil called out.  ‘Hi,’ she responded.

‘It was a great party. I had lot of fun.  Nisha, Jenny and all were there.  We even danced.’

‘Great,’ she responded.

‘Nisha is getting married in two months.  Her fiancé works in our office too.  So, it was a double celebration.’

‘So, Nisha is gone.  Who next?’ Shruti thought.

‘Nisha is a lovely girl.  Last week,  some food had fallen on my pink shirt.  Nisha had immediately wiped it with her handkerchief.  She puts perfume on her handkerchief.  Crazy girl.’

Shruti realized now where this was going.

‘In the shared cab,  she was sitting beside me.  A particularly rough bumper made her bump against me.  It left a pair of lips on my shirt.  It wouldn’t go even with the handkerchief.’

‘All these stories sound so innocent.  It cannot be,’ thought Shruti.

‘Shruti,  look at me,’ Neil commanded.

Shruti turned a tear stained face to look at Neil.

‘I am not the monster.  The monster is inside your head.  Let him go,’ he said as he wiped her tears and  caressed her face.

‘How can I love someone else when you left the whole world to be with me?’ he continued.

‘B..but the baby.  We lost it.  Do you not hate me?’ she asked.

‘Why?  We lost ‘our’ baby.  It is terribly sad.  I know you are hurt.  But, I am hurt too.’

At this Shruti hugged Neil and cried.  She cried till there were no more tears left to be shed.

…To be continued

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. Obsessivemom says:

    Finally! I am glad she has a bunch of sensible people around her to help chase away the monsters.


  2. Alice Gerard says:

    This made me cry. It was so moving. What a beautiful story. Neil loves Shruti so much. She has to chase her own monsters away.


    1. lataadmin says:

      Thanks for this lovely comment. It motivates me. ❤❤


  3. Parul Thakur says:

    Finally a conversation between them. So true that the monster is in our head and no where else. I’m glad you are finally giving it a positive and hopeful spin.


  4. Shilpa Garg says:

    Yes, it’s the monsters inside our head that grow big and sabotage our relationships. Talking to each other is the best way to tackle them. I am glad that things would be looking up for them!


  5. writershilpa says:

    I too cried along with Shruti and Neil!
    Communication is the answer to all these issues that arise out of insecurity and misunderstandings! I am so happy they talked, finally!


    1. lataadmin says:

      Shilpa, such a beautiful comment. Thank you so much.


  6. Rashmi says:

    Oh, I so love this! Finally!! And yes, most times the monster is in our head 🙂 Beautifully done


    1. lataadmin says:

      Thanks Rashmi. It is true about monsters


  7. Nupur says:

    Aw. His explanations are tough to believe though.


    1. lataadmin says:

      Yes.. it sounds quite innocent, though not improbable.


  8. Ramya says:

    Nice turn in the story. Someone has to talk and break the barriers. I think, that’s why they say communication is the key to any relationship.


  9. Sulekha says:

    Lata, finally Shruti has come to her senses 🙂 Loved the simple excuses Neil gave for the complex problems in her head. We have to give the other person a chance before branding them guilty. Great going, let them be together forever, it is in your hands 🙂


  10. Its good that Neil tried speaking to her. Hope she gets better soon!


  11. Storyteller says:

    Awww…. I love Neil at this point of the story….


  12. vinodinii says:

    I agree with Vinitha, opening up and having the communication lines open is the key to a successful relationship. So many couples go through this phase of zoning out. Glad Neil took the initiative.


  13. Vinitha says:

    Opening up is the crucial thing in any relationship. Otherwise we would end up in guessing games of he would be angry, she would have a fit, and so on. Hope they both would be able to figure out the problems together and fix it.


    1. lataadmin says:

      Thanks Vinitha. Yes true. Honesty and trust in a relationship is of utmost importance. Everything else will fall in place eventually. Atleast here Neil and Shruti are acknowledging they have monsters to face.


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