- 24 Jul - 30 Jul, 2021
Missing Pieces of a Puzzle
- 12 Jun - 18 Jun, 2021
What was the reality of the suicide case? Who knew?
It seemed that the missing pieces of the puzzle were lost and it could not be solved without them.
Few months back, Asad was sleeping in his house when the alarm began to ring on his phone. He woke up and turned it off. He slowly sat up removing his blanket away. While rubbing his eyes and stretching his body, he suddenly remembered what happened last night.
Last night, while he was walking towards his house, Kiran came running from behind and asked him,
“Why are you doing this? Why are you breaking up with me?”
“I am done with this relationship,” he said.
Kiran who was almost crying stood right in front of him and asked,
“I want to know why that is so.”
“You know why.”
“No, I want to hear it from you. Now!”
Asad got fed up and answered,
“You are a very materialistic woman. You want nothing more than materialistic possessions from me.”
“That is so not true. Please believe me.”
“Alright, then prove me wrong if I am.”
“Look, even if I am a materialistic person, so what is so wrong with it?”
“So, you accept that you are like this.”
“Look, I know that I am a bit greedy, but you matter to me.”
“Don’t make me utter words, true words that can really hurt you.”
“Asad, listen to me,” Kiran pleaded crying this time.
“No Kiran, we are done. We are over. Don’t ever call me again.”
“I am sorry; I shouldn’t have asked you about when you’re getting your salary.”
“It’s not just about this one time, and you know it very well.”
Saying this Asad left her and walked straight ahead.
Kiran wept as she saw him go.
Asad came back from his last night’s memory and said to himself,
I should have known that. I was wasting my time with her, all these months.
He stood up and walked towards the mirror in his room. While he was looking at his reflection, he talked to himself,
Alright from now on, no more friendship with girls. Not until I get a better job.
Meanwhile at Kiran’s apartment, she had just woken up. She started weeping as she remembered what happened last night. She said while crying,
It’s true that I am greedy, but it is also true that I sincerely love Asad. He doesn’t even value my feelings.
She picked up her cell phone and said,
I’m calling him now. He can’t leave me like this.
Asad who was in his room saw that his phone was vibrating. He checked the caller’s ID, it was Kiran.
I am never answering this call ever. He said.
He was getting angry as the call kept on ringing, so he uttered,
How can I get rid of her?
He walked away towards the exit of the room and said,
I think I should simply block her. But that won’t end it, would it? She will get in touch with me through some other source, and create a drama again.
Kiran was getting upset and angry as Asad was not answering her call, so she angrily threw her cell phone towards the wall, causing it to shatter.
I hate him. I so hate him. She uttered in rage. I wish that he dies.
She continued crying.
Asad saw that his phone was not ringing anymore, so he immediately picked it up and said,
I must block her right now.
He did so and said,
I’ll think about social media blocking afterwards.
That week, Aaraiz was with some estate agent. The two of them were walking. They were having a conversation and Aaraiz asked him,
“So as I told you before, I am looking for a small house. My range is not too much, not too less.”
“Well, if you were looking for an apartment, it would have been easier. But since you asked for an entire house, it might take a little time.”
“Don’t worry; I’m not in a hurry. I can wait.”
“Well, I have your number. I’ll call you soon.”
As the estate agent separated from him, he walked alone for a while. He saw some old colleague on the road. He went closer and recognised him. He was Asad. Aaraiz greeted him and asked,
“Hey, what’s up?”
“I was just headed to work.”
“So, what are you up to?” Asad asked courteously.
“I’m looking for a house. I need to purchase it.”
“So, how’s Kiran?”
“You have no idea.”
“We have broken up recently. She is a very money minded girl. I just had to leave her.”
“Oh dear, I didn’t know you had left her.”
“And more importantly, I am just tired of her. She will just ask you more and more. When are you getting salary? When are you getting promoted? Total greediness.”
“You know something about her. During our last semester, there were rumours in our university that I have fallen for her.”
They both chuckled for a while and then Asad replied,
“I know about that. And I also know who spread those?”
“It was Kiran herself. She spread that herself.”
“Why would she do that?”
“She is a dramatic person, you don’t know her. She’ll do anything to get some attention. I know her.”
“Well, this obviously seems to be a job of an attention seeker.”
“You have no clue,” Asad responded taking out his cell phone, “Anyways; it was nice talking to you. Give me your cell phone number. We’ll meet some time again.”
They exchanged numbers and then separated.
Next week, Kiran who was really upset kept her phone aside for a while and wondered in thoughts,
How can I find peace in life? I can’t stay with this phone, it makes me disappointed and sad. This phone, I can’t stay with it, I can’t stay without it.
She looked at her phone and said,
This phone is a part of my life. I can’t stay alive without it. If not Asad, then I will find someone else. But I will find someone. Someone who can fulfill all my financial needs, of all kinds.
She picked up her phone again and said regarding Asad,
For once in my life, I loved someone. A selfish woman like me fell in love with some boy, and this guy blocked me from everywhere.
She opened her Facebook account and typed Asad’s name. As usual the ID was not visible, which meant that she had been blocked.
This rat cannot dump me. Even if he is thinking of doing it, his money will come back to me. I will not lose. He disrespected my love; he will pay for it now.
That moment her phone began to ring. She got startled for a moment and read the caller’s ID. It was Mahnoor’s call.
She answered the call,
“Hey Kiran, what’s up? What are you doing?”
“Nothing. I’m just upset about this breakup.”
“Oh, well, why don’t you come over to my place? Let’s meet, we’ll have some fun.”
“…Okay,” Kiran answered after a little thinking, “I’ll come in a while, but you are paying for my food and everything.”
“Sure, why not? This is the only thing that has kept our friendship alive.”
Kiran chuckled and said,
“You and I are not different. We both have to do something about it.”
One hour later, while Kiran was at Mahnoor’s house, they were having a conversation. Mahnoor said to her,
“Look, you need to get over him. He is your past, you can’t keep thinking about him.”
“I don’t care. I gave my heart to someone for the first time. I will not let this go wasted. I have to…there has to be a compensation.”
“So what, what are you going to do?”
“I’m going to attain his wealth, that’s what I’m going to do now.”
“And do you have any plan? Have you thought of how you will do it?”
“That’s where I’m stuck. And that’s where I need your help.”
“How can I help you? I can’t. And I won’t be a part of any crime. Nor will I let you do something stupid.”
“Look, I’m not talking about doing something stupid as in harmful. I’m suggesting that we should fool him in some way. We can make him do it himself.”
“Kiran, you have all the brains to do such sort of stuff.”
“But I need something different. I can’t fool him again.”
“Kiran you have so much greed for money; why don’t you earn it yourself? Will your mother lend you money if you’ll ask her?”
“Mahnoor, you are absolutely useless. You are of no use.
I came here with so many hopes.”
Mahnoor stood up from the couch where they both were seated. She walked and said to Kiran,
“I know, and I understand that. I am greedy too. Money attracts me too. But we can’t always keep thinking about it. There’s a lot more in life besides this stuff.”
“I am not here to discuss this philosophical stuff with you. I have other problems you know. Right now, we are discussing how we can attain money through Asad and only Asad. So, stay focused on the subject.”
“Why only Asad? There are plenty of other boys out there. And they are way wealthier than Asad. Why are you only focusing on…?”
“No Asad, only Asad,” Kiran interrupted. “I am doing this against him on purpose.”
“So, can I say that this is more of revenge rather than a greed for money?”
“Mahnoor, I am not going to argue terminologies with you. Just stay on the subject please.”
“Kiran, I can’t think of anything. You can think of it, I will help you however I can.”
“Why do I have to do all the important work?”
“Kiran, kiran lets have some rest. We’ll talk about this later. Let’s order some food and enjoy for a moment.”
Aaraiz was with the estate agent who he met earlier and they were standing on a footpath. The estate agent said to him,
“I called you here because the house that I can arrange for you is right over there.”
Aaraiz looked at the direction where he was pointing through his finger.
“That one?” Aaraiz asked.
“Yes, that is the house. It has been empty for years and you can get it in a very low price.”
“I see. So, how big is it? I mean, in terms of yards.”
“I don’t know exactly but seems more than one twenty yards.”
“Right… So, when can I see it from inside?”
“Before I can show you, you need to know one thing; in fact two things.”
“What?” Aaraiz asked impatiently.
“The house is very old, around fifty years and hasn’t been touched for a decade or two, so it would require a lot of cleaning.”
“Okay, I’ll wait for that. The second thing?”
“Yes, the most important thing that you must know is that this house has no documents, none at all. This is why you can get it in really cheap price.”
“No documents? Not even B copies?”
“Well, in that case, I’ll pay very little amount for it.”
“Sure, I’ll have to find the owners but I can guarantee you that your expense would be very minimum.”
“I’ll meet you soon. Anyways, thanks for the update. I have to rush right now but I will come again.”
“Don’t come unless I call you. Let me arrange a meeting for you.”
“Yes, I understand. That’s what I meant.”
They both shook hands and Aaraiz left.
Later that day, Aaraiz received a call from Asad. He answered the call,
“Hey, it’s me Asad.”
“Hi, how are you?”
“Are you available today? I was hoping we could meet.”
“Sure. Where do you want to meet? We can meet at my place if you want.”
“Well, I was actually hoping for a restaurant. Or more importantly a bowling club where I usually go. Can you make it till eight o clock?”
“Eight? Sure. I’ll be on my way.”
As Asad disconnected the call while standing in the middle of the road, a criminal appeared before him on his bike showing him a pistol.
to be continued...