NEVER FADE AWAY
Shipping (per book) : 50
Genre : Romance
TARGET AUDIENCE: Teenagers, Adults
Pages : 150
NEVER FADE AWAY
“What happened Yohan?” she asked
I blurted out, “Can I kiss you?”
A great relationship begins when two people who love each other and understand the bond they share for who they are created and what makes them unique from others.
Yohan falls in love with Aditi, doesn’t want to slow things down so he confesses his love to Aditi, and she accepts it. After that their relationship goes through a lot of ups and downs, anyhow they always find different ways to love and support each other. The day comes when an unforeseen incident changes their life forever… Aditi is critical, and Yohan is in peril on its own, helpless.
What happened that brought them here in this position?
Will they both arise from the incident?
Will there lives come back to normal just like before?
It is a heart-warming tale of love, hate, rejuvenation and above all, justice to be served at any cost.
The next college semester begins in a few days, and students hope it would be different this time. The students have discussed among themselves and decided not to repeat those things which caused annoyance end unpleasantness in the last semester. They have decided to plan and organise activities for the next six months to spend more time participating in competitions, sightseeing or travelling. It is a mixed blessing, being a student. At times it feels cool but, then, there are times when it feels quite awful. College gives knowledge, experience and confidence to the students during their stay at college. They pass out as better persons than when they came in. The students have planned activities for the next semester with creative engagement as the theme.
What most students find irksome are the ‘early morning classes.’ Some admit that they abhor them. Some find them particularly disagreeable if the subject happens to be the one they dislike. Most students do not relish coming to the early morning class. They come to mark their attendance, and once it is done, they are set free.
The class of this morning was no different. Aditi was not finding the lecture interesting. She looked disinterested and tired. A yawn would break out now and then and she was struggling to keep it down lest professor notices it. Nevertheless, she sat through the lecture. She was one among the many in the class who took a deep sigh when the professor announced that the lecture would be extended by thirty minutes.
“I hate Algebra," Aditi whispered to her friend sitting next to her, “and why do they have to keep it as the first period of the day? It ruins the whole day. It does, you know." The lecture bored Aditi, and she was airing her frustration and exasperation to her friend.
“I don’t know Aditi. I too do not find it interesting. I am beginning to have a headache," Ruchi said in a low voice, so that the professor, writing on the blackboard with her back towards the students, would not hear.
“Yeah, you are right. Nothing can be more disgusting than this Algebra,” Aditi continued to vent her irritation.
“I thought you wanted to ask me something,” Ruchi said changing the topic away from Algebra.
“Yes. I don't believe what you told me while entering the class. Has Kanav dumped you?" asked Aditi.
“Yes, he has. That is the truth. I am certain he loves someone else,” replied Ruchi, with her voice tinged with sadness.
"Don't take it to heart Ruchi. No one wants a relationship to turn sour but such things happen. If it cannot be mended, then it is better to accept it. There is no need to fret over it and feel miserable," Aditi said philosophically, trying to rationalise the situation for her friend. She felt sorry for Ruchi. She was her best friend, and it was awful that she was going through an agonising period.
“Ruchi, I feel you too should take a decision and not be so sentimental. Move him out of your mind space. Just flush him out of your life. He does not deserve a person like you,” Aditi continued to counsel her friend. She was very annoyed with Kanav, and it showed in her voice.
“Yup, Aditi is right.” This was Vineet, who was sitting behind them. He was overhearing and following the conversation.
“Vineet! Why are you putting your nose in our conversation?” Aditi felt infuriated. She then turned to Ruchi and said, “Ruchi, you need to think it over. I think you should go home this weekend. Just relax and calm your nerves. Tell your parents about it. They would understand. All parents do. They will help you to deal with this bad situation. You need their support.”She held Ruchi’s hand to comfort her.
“May I say something, if you permit me?” Vineet asked raising his right hand slightly.
“No. Just shut up, Vineet and stay out of it. I can’t bear it anymore,” said Ruchi, raising her voice.
Anger was rising in her. For a moment, she forgot that she was sitting in a classroom listening to the professor of mathematics who was explaining the solution of the cubic polynomials. What Ruchi had said was heard by the whole class. The rest of the class began to giggle and laugh. The professor did not appreciate the disturbance and cast a hard glance in their direction.
What’s going on? You three! Get out of the class right now,” said professor in a firm voice pointing at them. The professor sounded irritated and visibly annoyed with them. There was little they could do. They got up, gathered their things and walked out of the class without saying a word.
They felt deeply embarrassed. They exited from the class and headed towards the college corridor in front of the classroom. As they walked, Aditi could not control herself any more. She turned to Vineet and said in a voice full of blame, "Are you insane, Vineet? Why did you have to do all that? You humiliated us all in front of the professor and the whole class.”
“OK, I am sorry. We can discuss this issue later. For now, please think about Ruchi,” Vineet said softly with a voice full of regret for the classroom incident. Aditi was expecting Vineet to react strongly to her rebuke. She was surprised at his response. There was no malice in his voice.
Both, Vineet and Aditi, knew that Ruchi was in a steady relationship with Kanav. Recently some misunderstanding had developed between the two. It affected their friendship, and Kanav had started to drift away from Ruchi. Their relationship had cooled and turned frosty. Kanav had even begun to avoid her. The parents and families of both knew of their steady relationship and approved of it. It was accepted that their friendship would be formalised by marriage soon. Only a formal dialogue remained to be held between the two families to plan the event. And now their relationship was at crossroads and on the rocks. Ruchi was feeling the agony and pain of rejection. She was miserable. She was shell shocked with the relationship turning sour. It had taken a turn for the worse.
Aditi noticed that Ruchi had not spoken a word since the three of them had come out of the classroom.“Are you alright, Ruchi,” asked Aditi in a low voice.
“No, I am not. Please help me, Aditi. I feel awful. I do not know what to do? How am I going to face my parents? My mother will be heart-broken,” Ruchi replied in a choking voice.
Aditi looked at her friend. She was visibly in distress. Her eyes were red, and tears had started to well up in them. Aditi felt Ruchi would break into sobs any moment. Vineet who was quiet all along interjected and said, “Ruchi, you need a change of place. You are stressed. You will feel better with a change in environment."
“Yup, Vineet is right. A change would help,” Aditi added agreeing with the suggestion Vineet made.
“However, Tomorrow is my birthday. You both are invited. Ruchi, I bet you’ll enjoy it” Vineet said changing the subject of their conversation and extending an invitation to Aditi and Ruchi. He was trying to add humour to his words and wantedcheer up Ruchi. Aditi was excited to hear about Vineet’s birthday, but Ruchi wasn’t.
“Wow, it looks exciting. We’ll have a DJ party it will be fun…Don’t you think Ruchi” Aditi added giving a vow to Ruchi
“Yaa, I’ll organise that. So Ruchi are you coming?” Vineet asked
“No, I will see Vineet” Ruchi gave an uncertain expression
“Oh, come on yaar. It will be fun, remember fun…..” As Aditi was saying this, they both giggled, and Vineet was happy to see Ruchi laugh.
“So you both are coming?” Vineet asked
“Yup” they both replied at the same moment and laughed again.
“Invite Yohan also…” Aditi expressed
“Off course… why wouldn’t I invite my best friend?”
“Yaa… by the way where is he?”
You have two sides to the game, one out of the field and one inside. When you are inside you need to play like a gentleman; the winning spirit should never die. The power is your hand, need to overcome every situation and drive the word of success. We have lost five wickets in quick succession, but I was determined that we will still lead the situation.
Last two overs were left; our team required 20 runs with two wickets in hand.
I tried to push the ball in the gap on the first ball for a four, but I couldn’t make through. Run out. It was my mistake I made a call for a run. Unfortunately, it went against my team as I didn’t run after I saw the fielder capture the ball and swinging it on the non-striker end.
“Fuck… damn it”, I shouted and cursed myself
Now everything was turning against me or with me I don’t know. One more wicket and we could lose, and 20 runs could make your team champions. I was juggling in my thoughts somehow I regained some momentum and scored some runs that relieved pressure in for me.
1st ball of last over, tail-ender pushed the ball for single, and I was on strike again. Now 13 runs were required from 5 balls; all eyes were on me now. The crowd backed off; everyone was chanting my name.
I missed the 2nd ball. It was an unplayable bouncer ticking off my shoulder. I nearly lost my confidence to strike, but I came in back again and scored a four on the leg side on the 3rd ball. Nine runs required from 3 balls now, I swiftly took a double on next shot. It was a horrible situation pressure was binding up with a thrilling climax when I have to count on to score five runs on the last ball.
Like a monster looming over the horizon, the face of the bowler paralysed me with its serious looks.
The crowd was going insane; it was chanting my name louder than ever. I was determined that I could score a six but lacked confidence. Then, I saw Aditi sitting in the stands along with Ruchi and Vineet. It was her eyes I noticed first, the ones she hated calling lazy. As I moved, my mind went into distress, and my eyes were in a fix. I made direct eye contact with her. She was setting her hair and was trying to remove the band stuck in on the back side of the nose. I was flattened. The lost hope was back in me. I was ready to play again. With no promises to leave yet, but one to torment the opposition as hard I could. The bowler pitched the ball on my leg, and I lofted it on for a six out of the park.
My teammates came in celebrated on the ground; the celebration was on for everyone. They lifted me on the top, swinging to left and then to the right. I was lost in my thoughts; my eyes were on Aditi. I saw her celebrating, laughing jumping for me. I was feeling on the top of the world.
About the Author:
Chetan Batra is a law graduate, writer, poet and blogger born and raised in Ludhiana. 22-year-old Chetan has a keen interest in crime fiction. Apart from writing he is a big fan of Bollywood and holds an extravagant dream to try his luck in filmmaking.
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