Samiksha’s heartbeats raced as she awaited the master mind behind her present condition. She paced in the room from one end to the other, her footsteps loud and clear in the vast room. The opening sound of the knob of door halted her pace and she gave a fiery look towards the door as it opened slowly.
But her expression changed as the entrant was none other than the woman who served her food.
“Where is your master? Can’t he come here and face me?”
“Calm down. I have come to take you to him. He wants to meet you.”
“Fine. Come, I am ready to go with you. But wait. He has abducted me right? So he needs me for some reason. If he wants to talk to me, tell him to come here.”
“Why are you troubling yourself like this girl? Don’t you wish to know the reason behind you being brought here?”
“Then why are acting so reluctant? Please come with me.”
“I won’t. He is responsible for my present condition. Beacuse of him I am yearning for my family, my fiance, my freedom. I won’t leave this room. What if he harms me. I don’t trust anyone here.”
“Not even me?”
Samiksha withheld her reply. She knew somewhere in her mind that this woman had cared for her since she was brought here.
“You do and I know that. Believe me, no one will harm you her. A man came in your room some time ago. He asked you to close the doors of that window. Did he even try to touch you?”
Samiksha turned her face to the opposite direction.
“Answer my question.”
“No he didn’t.”
“Then you can expect the same treatment even from my master. Can we go now?”
Samiksha crossed her hands across her chest. Her body language showed clear signs of adamancy and anger.
“I am elder to you. Maybe of your mother’s age. I know you are not in a position to listen. But sometimes we push away chances just because of foolish vices like anger, stubbornness and impulsive decisions. Meet him once. You might get all answers you are looking for.”
Samiksha stared at her.
Somehow, her gut feeling said ‘trust her’. The woman looked at her for a response with blank and cold eyes.
“What is your name?”
“Sandra. Now can we go?”
“You replied at once. Did not question why am I asking your name?”
“I don’t question much. Neither do I think very deep. It is of no use. We lose our peace of mind in the bargain to know more and more facts and truths. Just lead your life as it comes. Shall we leave? Or else I will continue my endless talk.”
Samiksha started walking towards the door along with her. This was the first time she stepped out since she arrived there. Unknowingly she looked around and noticed the interiors of the beautiful mansion.
The whole staircase was decorated with artificial flowers, which appeared natural due to their vibrant colours and beauty. The anger within her was mixed with the anxiety she experienced seeing the ancient touch to the villa. The conflict of pain she was going through in contrast to the anticipation of seeing the mansion yet more and more was no doubt visible on her face. However she felt disgusted with the feeling of the anxiety she sensed by the mesmerising view of the mansion.
They walked along
several rooms to reach a visually eye pleasing chamber. Sandra directed her to go inside. She was about to leave when Samiksha caught her by hand.
“Wait. I want you to come along with me.”
“I shall feel safe then.”
“I told you already, your virtue is truly safe here. Go ahead. We are already late. He hates waiting.”
Noticing the displeasure on Samiksha’s face, she immediately added
“We all do right? Now go. I will meet you here in fifteen minutes and take you back to your room.”
“Yes. He said so. He stands by his word. So see you in fifteen minutes.”
Without a word she left from there leaving Samiksha all alone near the huge door. Samiksha looked side ways but found no one. Her immediate impulse was to run and get out of there. But by now she knew very well it was next to impossible. Giving in to the longing to move out, she slowly opened the door and entered in. The tinkling sound of the wind chimes placed at several places caught her ear. She moved ahead and noticed a way to the balcony.
As the other parts of the mansion this room too had spectacular interiors. On the whole the light pink marble flooring, pastel shades of the walls, hustling sound of emerald green curtains increased Samiksha’s anticipation furthermore.
She caught sight of tall man standing in the balcony. His back towards her, he was busy talking to someone on the phone.
Samiksha’s mind murmured,
‘This must be the cruel master‘. She stood there as he was talking on the phone. He moved his hand backwards and gestured her to sit on the couch. She was bewildered as there was no mirror in front of him. Then how did he know about her arrival? How did he gesture confidently to sit on the couch knowing where she was standing?
‘Why do I care? He must be kidnapping people and calling them in his den in the same manner. So he knows very well where one might stand ‘.
Finally Samiksha uttered as she was unwilling to wait more.
He kept his phone in his pocket and turned around.
To be continued/-