Roshan was speechless to see Samiksha right outside the hotel room. As he fumbled with what words to utter, Karan emerged from behind Samiksha. He slowly pushed her inside the room before locking it. He removed his gun and pointed it straight. Meanwhile, Samiksha’s parents came to the main room, shocked to see the scenario. Her dad shouted at once,
“Samiksha, be careful. I am giving the money, then why are you after my daughter? You are the abductor right? Please don’t harm my daughter.”
“Dad, he is protecting me, not harming.”
“Yes dad. He has come with me to make sure I am safe.”
Roshan gulped air, thinking of his next move.
“Protection from whom Sami?”
“From him.” Samiksha pointed her finger to Roshan without fear.
Both her parents were confused as well as shocked.
“You heard right dad.
My abductor turned out to be my saviour. And the one with whom I was planning my future, is actually behind all this mess and plot.”
“I am unable to get you child.”
Roshan noticed the fragility of the situation and tried to run away but Karan caught him at once. He pointed his gun at Roshan.
“No tricks with me Roshan. I have never used it in my life. But for Samiksha’s sake, I can and I will. So stop this game.”
Roshan knew he had lost it and released the bags on the floor.
“Dad, Roshan planned all this. He got me abducted. And then pretended to find me, misleading you both. He wants nothing else but money.”
Samiksha’s mom sat on the sofa with a heavy heart. She immediately sat besides her mother and hugged her.
“Thank God you are safe Samiksha.” Cupping her face, the grieving mother spoke to her daughter.
Karan had already informed the police.
In a short while they came and arrested Roshan. As one of the police men came towards Karan, he signalled with his hands and spoke something in Italian to him, “Aspettami per favore.” The police left from there taking Roshan with them.
“Dad, mom, I need to tell you something. I met Karan two years back at the Forno beach. When we all came for holidays here. I failed to realize the care and concern he had for me then. But now, my heart has found its right match. Karan, come here.”
She entwined her fingers within hers and spoke,
“I love him mom.”
“But Sami he is the one who abducted you.”
“Mom, sometimes things are not as they appear. We all treated Roshan as family. But look what he did to us. He cheated on us for money. I was fortunate that Karan was the one whom Roshan approached for this work. If anyone else . .”
“Stop Samiksha. Don’t even say anything.” Karan stopped her at once.
Samiksha smiled at Karan.
“Now you know mom why I chose him? He cannot bear the thought of someone harming me even in thoughts.”
Her dad spoke finally, “I agree with you Samiksha. My eyes failed once to recognize the truth, they won’t now.”
“Thanks dad.” Samiksha hugged her father happily. But her mom was still in a shocked state of mind.
Karan noticed this and walked slowly towards her. He gently made her sit down and kneeled in front of her. He placed his hands on hers.
“When Samiksha was not with you, how did you feel? I mean, what all did you think of doing? Tell me without any fear.
At first hesitant, she started speaking.
“I felt to go out and search Samiksha. No one allowed me to. I would have done anything to find her. But couldn’t.”
“I understand. Just the thought of your loved ones might be in danger disturbs you to the core. I have seen my dear dad face wrath in front of my eyes. He was a good person at heart,” Karan wiped his eyes and continued, “He paid a heavy price for his goodness. I decided to step into this world to take revenge of my dad.”
But I failed to find solace.
I fell in love with Samiksha the moment when I saw her first at the Forno Beach. But things did not work out. Now after meeting her again, I realised good things do happen for people those who wait. Suddenly life became precious for me. I wanted to lead a good, respectful life once again, just for her.” He pointed to Samiksha.
She came towards him and held his hand.
“I have lost my love once. I don’t want to lose it again. Please.” Samiksha’s mother at once got up and enclosed his hands in hers.
“Get up son. You have proved yourself worth of my daughter already. Get up.”
“She is right son. This accident happened as an eye opener for us. Let us forget everything and begin once again.”
Karan looked at Samiksha.
His eyes held something deep, intense.
“Dad, Karan has been doing this work for two years. He has to surrender to the police for the same. I hope you both understand what I am trying to say.”
“We do. There is nothing more sacred than penance. I promise you Karan, we will wait for you. After returning back, this diamond will shine more.”
Karan hugged Samiksha and her parents. She accompanied him till the door.
Karan had tears in his eyes when he said, “I will miss you my darling. Don’t know how much time we will have to stay apart.”
“Shhh. The time won’t be longer than the beautiful years of togetherness we will spend later. See you very soon.”
After one year.
Karan and his fellow men were granted an early release. Due to the voluntary surrender, polite behaviour and their disclosure about some people in their field, they got this compensation. Also their past record did not show any instances of harming anyone physically. On grounds of good conduct, they were free now. Everyone decided to go back to their families and lead a respectful life.
In a lavish villa,
Karan and Samiksha’s engagement commenced in the presence of the near and dear ones. Sandra was smiling happily as her world, her son was happy once again. Karan sang a song for Samiksha on his guitar winning the hearts of all present there. Music had entered his life along with Samiksha. Everyone cheered for the couple and showered their blessings on them.
After the ceremony, Karan and Samiksha walked hand in hand on the sands of the beautiful Forno Beach.
“So, my dear abductor, do you know that my heart is in your custody forever now?”
“Of course yes. And I am sorry. I won’t ever release it. Never.”
“You better don’t.”
“I have to give you something.”
“0-8-4…” Karan laughed aloud embracing her tightly in his strong arms.
“I don’t need your phone number anymore. The owner of this number is mine now. What else do I need? I love you Samiksha.”
“I love you too, my sweetheart.”
And they walked hand in hand towards the setting sun, towards the rise of their new, beautiful life.
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