Oh, My God! What happened to you? Why are you crying asked Ruchika to Isabelle?
Isabelle looked at Ruchika and walked away towards the washroom to wash her face. She came back with tears in her eyes. She said: I lost my job today. Bob tried helping me with a job with one of his client, but unfortunately, the person met with an accident and is now in a serious condition. While they were talking, her phone rang. Ruchika overhears the conversation. Isabelle was saying to someone: Yes, I will visit him at the hospital tomorrow. Once Isabella finished her call. She shrugged her shoulders saying: what a life God has given me. Things are just not working!
Ruchika felt sorry for her. She wanted to hug her but Isabelle ignored her and went into her room. Ruchika felt her behavior was weird but also understood that she was disturbed. She let her be!
Next morning, Ruchika accompanied Isabelle to the hospital.
There she saw Robby was sitting in the corridor with his head down. Ruchika let Isabelle visit her friend and stopped near Robby to ask him what was he doing there.
Robby had sadness written all over his face. He ignored Ruchika’s question and got up to go towards the water cooler to have some water.
Ruchika walked behind him, she hesitated for a moment but then put her hand on his shoulder and asked: What is the matter, Robby?
Robby shrugged his shoulders and asked: how does it matter to you?
Ruchika said: Treat me as your friend, please. I am here to help.
Robby smiled and said some other time. At this Ruchika excused herself and turned to see where Isabelle was but Robby stopped her insisting that they should now move to Bob’s office, as he would be waiting for them to hand over the case they had discussed last night.
They saw Isabelle coming out of the room. She announced that she will also accompany them to Bob’s office. They agreed to go together. Isabelle was driving and sobbing while Ruchika and Robby were looking out of the window car. In some time, all three reached Bob’s office together.
Isabelle was sitting quietly in Bob’s office. Ruchika thought maybe Isabelle was not comfortable in talking to Bob in their presence. She tried to comfort her but Isabelle refused to listen. Bob did not even bother to greet anyone of them today. He looked disturbed too. He suddenly was acting very professional with them. He looked at Ruchika and Robby and started telling them about the case instead of giving them Nancy’s file. The information he gave was very minimal. All he told them was that Nancy had come to his hospital after she went into a severe depression on meeting with an accident. In that accident, she had lost her only son who was only seven years of age at that time. Nancy had blamed and accused her husband of her son’s death because her son had inherited the property from his maternal grandfather.
The police investigated and closed the case as they found no foul play.
We helped her out of depression and she accepted the harsh reality. It has been years now, but no one from her family has contacted us. Would you help us?
He was looking at them. Ruchika and Robby nodded in affirmation and asked him for the address. Bob was searching her file for the address when Robby went behind him and read the address saying, Bob, you are old now.
Robby seemed to be more excited about the case. He did not even wait for Bob to finish. He held Ruchika’s arm and they were out of Bob’s office.
Ruchika asked him to wait but he told her firmly that he is the boss and Ruchika has to do what he asks her to do. Robby was smiling. He was full of curiosity to explore and had enthusiasm in his tone.
They traveled by bus. Ruchika was admiring the beautiful weather around when Robby asked her to get down.
We have to walk 2 miles extra from here said, Robby.
Ruchika insisted that Robby should ask someone the address since the place looked weird and lonely.
Robby: I know more than you. I have lived my maximum life here. Both of them were very surprised when they landed in a barren house.
It looks like, no one has lived here since ages said Ruchika to Robby.
Robby said: I think you are wrong, I am sure we will meet some ghosts inside.
He glanced at Ruchika’s face, The fear on her face made him laugh insanely.
Robby was a kind of a man who would often search for ways to make people laugh even in crazy situations. Ruchika was scared but walked along with him.
The garden of the house was totally destroyed and the fountain in front of the big gate was in a horrible state.
They walked further and saw that the house property was intact and nobody had tried to steal anything from there. They saw a huge lock on the main door.
Robby tried to clean the window with his hand but ended getting his hands dirty.
Ruchika was looking around when she saw a lady observing them.
She ran towards her but suddenly lost her. Robby came running after Ruchika and asked where was she going.
Ruchika said: I saw a lady here who was looking at us. Robby said: it is your imagination since there is no community around. How can someone be here? This house is almost in the woods, miles away from NewYork.
Ruchika was shocked and she screamed at Robby: What!! we are not in NewYork.
There was bewilderment in her tone. How will we go back, Robby?
Robby started laughing and said: the same way we came here Ruchika. What is the matter calm down!
Robby further said: I suggest for a day or two let us stay somewhere nearby. I think it will help us in getting some information on the family members of this house.
Ruchika said: But Robby I am here only for 15 days out of which 3 days have already gone. I don’t think it is possible to help Nancy in these 12 days. Let’s go back and tell Bob we can’t do this.
Robby turned Ruchika towards him, looked into her eyes and said: Look, we are here for a mission. Let us think positive to help instead of assuming the negative outcome of the situation. Trust me, no problem in this world exists without a solution. You have to keep faith within yourself and in me too.
Ruchika was looking deep into his eyes and some voice again whispered in her head saying: Not every man you meet is same. Sometimes destiny makes you meet people to answer the longing of your heart. Don’t judge him and don’t compare him with others. Just let it be!!
That was when she felt fascinated by his words. She could feel the calling of true love in his eyes. His touch was giving rise to strange sensations in her body and a warm feeling of love was arising in between both of them. They both immediately distanced themselves from each other as if both of them had felt the same spark for each other.
Robby asked her to wait in the barren house till he brought some food to eat.
What here? No way. I will come along: said Ruchika.
But we have no place to stay. We will need to break the lock of this house to enter: said, Robby
Ruchika felt uncomfortable and refused to live in the place where nobody had lived for years.
At last, they both decided to go further and look for a place to stay for a while. They were crossing the lonely lane while walking hand in hand as if they had known each other for years. They squinted at each other but did not say a word. The silence was talking between them. That was when Ruchika saw a tiny hut at the end of the lane. They rushed towards the hut. They looked inside but found no one.
Now there was no option. It was getting dark. Robby decided and told Ruchika that they will spend the night here only. Robby arranged barbeque with the woods around and told Ruchika to wait till he returned with something to eat.
Once alone, Ruchika had an urge to speak to her sister back in India to ask about how life was treating them. She wanted to know how her father was doing in the new place.
She searched for her cell phone but it was not in her bag. She thought to herself she must have dropped it somewhere.
She knew she could get a panic attack so to avoid that she started breathing deeply. She was tired and she actually didn’t realize that while practicing deep breathing she went into deep sleep.