Sandra was taken aback by the revelation. Samiksha felt relieved that she is not hiding anything from anyone now.
“Karan, is this true?”
“Yes mom. She is the one.”
“Why Samiksha? Can you give me the reason why you were so reluctant with him then?”
Samiksha paused before speaking.
“Nothing was intentional Sandra. It was just fun between two youngsters. And trust me, I was not aware that Karan . .”
She stopped at once.
Sandra heard her unspoken words with resilience. “I trust you Samiksha. And I know my son. He will never ask something from someone. But his patience and kind nature has always costed him. Now, I want you to rethink your life son.” She turned towards Karan.
Eventhough he listened to his mom, half of his mind was worried for his men outside. He called one of his guards and enquired. Disconnecting the phone he released a long sigh.
“Is everything fine outside?”
Sandra asked him with concern.
“Yes mom. Our men have chased away the intruders. Situation is under control now.”
Sandra sat on the nearby chair.
“Mom, are you fine?” Karan sat near her placing his hands on hers.
“I am. But let this get over now son. Why to put so many lives at risk? I cannot see you leading a life which you never intended to.”
Meanwhile Samiksha struggled with her mind which screamed aloud, ‘Go ahead and stop him. Don’t let him continue this miserable life.’
“Let me talk to everyone outside. We will have to surrender. Over these years we have abducted so many people. We need to confess our acts to the Police. But after talking to my men. And yes, I will leave Samiksha safely to her home first.”
The last sentence of Karan melted Samiksha’s heart. She looked towards him with a different way now. Her mind was shocked seeing his selfless, responsible attitude. How can someone be so good? Can people like Roshan and Karan exist in the same world? Karan’s voice interrupted her thoughts and she quickly wiped her wet eyes.
“Samiksha, you sit first. Don’t worry about anything. First I will inform your parents that you are safe.”
Both Sandra and Karan were surprised at her request.
“I want to show the true face of Roshan to my parents. Please let me do this.”
“Alright we will figure it out. I need to talk to my men now.” Karan left the room leaving the ladies alone.
Samiksha’s turmoil was not hidden from Sandra.
She placed her hand on her head. “Sit down Samiksha.”
Sitting next to Sandra, she slowly lowered her head on her lap.
“Do not overthink. People betray. They backstab. But then good ones also exist. Just think, you came to know the truth of your relationship by this incident. What troubled you till yesterday seems like a blessing today right?” Samiksha nodded her head, tightening her grip on Sandra’s hands.
“Why is he so nice Sandra?”
Smiling she replied, “I told you, people are nice also. Above all, he genuinely cares for you. So what if you did not fall for him.”
At once Samiksha raised her head and stood up. Wiping her tears she managed to speak.
“Sometimes you need to travel through a long bad phase before experiencing a good, blessed one. I experienced it just now. My mom always used to tell me, don’t look for a person who you love. Instead give your heart to the one, who loves you. She is absolutely right. Maybe that is the reason why you stood with Karan’s father like a rock. And continued the support to your son too. Karan loves like you Sandra.”
Sandra got up and hugged her tightly.
It was late evening in the huge villa. When Karan arrived for dinner, Samiksha was stunned to see his look. The old, friendly and without beard Karan seemed to be back. She couldn’t take her eyes off him as he looked more handsome. His kind, generous nature had won Samiksha from top to toe.
After dinner, the three of them sat near the bonfire in the backyard of the villa. Somehow all of them were relaxed. Sandra got up after sometime. Walking towards her room, she wished good night to Karan and Samiksha. They were all alone now. The crackling sound of fire along with the rustling of leaves around was the only sound heard.
“So, how do you want to proceed? I mean you wished to expose Roshan . .”
“Can we talk about us? Only us. For a change.” Samiksha interrupted him with fury in her tone. Karan noticed the sudden change in her tone at once.
“Why not. Have you seen centre room of this house? Did mom show it to you anytime? I asked because she used to show you around.”
“No. I haven’t.”
There was some noise in the bush nearby.
Samiksha caught Karan’s hand in fear. “Don’t worry, all is fine. You need not worry when you are with me.”
She suddenly was aware of their closeness. Her heartbeats increased rapidly and she separated herself at once. Doing her hair nervously she looked here and there. Karan smiled looking away from her so as not to make her more awkward.
“So tell me, what will you do with Roshan? Raul, one my guards is very good at Kung fu. He will teach him a good lesson. What say?”
“What will you do?”
Karan gazed deep into her eyes and replied without any hesitance.
“I would make him regret his existence.”
His straight forward reply
answered many questions pondering in Samiksha’s mind at once. Fidgeting nervously with her fingers, she gazed down. “Show me the room you talked about.”
“Oh yes. Come.” He ascorted her towards the room.
As he opened the door for her, she entered the dark room slowly. Karan switched on the lights presenting the interiors of the room.
“Its beautiful as the other rooms. Who has designed the interiors? Each part of this villa is a masterpiece.”
“Its done by the famous designer of dad’s era Mr. Paccio. Lovely isn’t it? Go ahead and see the walls. Each wall tells a story.”
As Samiksha eyed the magnificent walls, she noticed a pattern in the design. She couldnt recollect it though.
Trying to remember it, she spoke, “I think I have seen this pattern somewhere.” When she turned around she was astonished by what she saw.