A MEDLEY OF VOICES TO USHER IN A CONCOCTION OF EMOTIONS
Wednesday, 6 March 2013
THE AIRPORT TALK
The man proceeded towards the lady seated at the
corner of aisle 4..He rather plodded to her, an aura of confidence reigning in
him as he took a seat beside the lady..From what he made out,the lady was
crying profusely-tears trickled down from her lachrymal glands as if water
leaking from a tap..The man brought out a newspaper from his attache and
feignedgetting engrossed in it, but all
the time kept a keen eye out for the girl.. When it had gotten to a point that
it would seem rude,the man blurted
:"You okay miss?",hiding a carefully
The lady retaliated rather: "Do i look okay to
you?..Do people bleed tears when they are teeming with delight?"
"Sorry mam,i don't know for i haven't cried in my
life. So by my standards it is rather odd.",came the man's witty reply.
He also added :"I didn't catch your name
The lady sobbed :"I never mentioned. Hi!i am
Clara",and directing a hand out to shake she further said :"And you
The man replied coldly : "Call me
Mr.X,eh?",and a convex curve appeared on his face.
For a tiny moment,the lady's face lit up as she said
:"o ho,trying to be mysterious,are we??..okay then Mr.X it is!!"
Mr.X now improved on his posture,as he leaned
forward,and in a manner that said "I am ready to accomodate your
thoughts" all over and he asked: "As far as i have heard that our
flight is an hour late and given the complex web of life it is likely that we
may not ever meet again.So as far as i am concerned it is better emptying out
before a stranger,than somebody you know cause they won't judge you."
Clara : "Do you want me to share??..And even if i
did you wouldn't understand me cause probably you won't be in a position i am
Mr.X :"well give it a try!!..who knows,life works
in ways neither you nor i can fathom..Just give it a try..I assure you one
thing-a patient ear and a cold heart",again hiding a grin.
Clara : "well even emptying myself won't help
cause i won't ever get over this..You see on Thursday i came home from office
with loads of presents for my little brother-he was going to be 12 that day and
man o man was he excited??..:)..My mom made his favourite chocolate mousse and
dad was supposed to be giving him his very first bike..I and john,my
boyfriend,were there too and so was my sister..You could say that we were all
happy like hell as it wasn't only a birthday but a reunion of hearts that beat
the same tune-love!..Everything was fine until,until....",and stopped,she
Handing out his bottle,Mr.X said: "Drink and
breathe.You will feel better."
Clara gulped down waters as tears now bolted out of
Clara : "A hideous dark hooded monster of a man
broke the door with a deafening thud..he stormed in,paralysing our reflexes,
shot my brother in the head..We were all stunned,shocked,spell-bound as screams
and wailings of my mother pierced the air..The whole house had then turned into
a slaughter-house..4 bullets!4 bullets was all he took..first my brother,then
my boyfriend,mother and finally one for my father..i broke down in agony..all
my foundation,my memories,my elixir of life wiped away within seconds..i
shrieked in agony as pain crippled me in every way possible..i begged him to
kill me but a devil that he is,he spared me and left me to brood to death.Now
Mr.X,tell me how can you relate to me??..Right now i am leaving my life back in
the place which i thought to be home and on my way to a new place in search of
answers or death. So now you tell me."
"Pathetic,"he said,"I am really sorry
for your loss. BTW can you describe the man,or should i say the monster of a
Clara :"what?..That's the question you
ask??..Tell you what he is the reincarnated form of the devil..why?why?..what
wrong did they do?..my brother,he wasn't even twelve.!!..I curse that man with
all the pangs of life and may he face the same,only then will he
Mr. X replied :"I am a psychiatrist and i was
trying to read the dark corner created by that "monster" in the
corner of your heart..So,you say that that "monster" should suffer
the same,eh??..As far as i know,or as far as i have learnt :"To err is
human,to forgive is divine!"..why don't you advocate this in your
life..you will feel much lighter!!"
Clara : "And i am a student of physics..According
to me life is governed by Newton's third law :"To every action there's an
equal and opposite reaction!!..what do you say to that?"
Smiling a grin,the man,or Mr.X said :"Okay,fine
then.So you would want the same for that "monster's" family,am i
Clara : "Yes,obviously!!..He won't understand
otherwise!!",her voice carried the roar of thunder.
Mr.X :"So allow me the opportunity of telling my
own story..when i was small ,6 to be exact,we lived in small town off the
shore..we were a happy family-parents,two brothers and an elder sister whom i
adored..Then one day when i was in school,i heard a tantrum coming from down
the road.we all escaped from the clutches of our headmaster and ran off to see
what was the issue..I found people gathered about our little farmhouse in large
numbers. what i saw was something beyond description,all my family,each and
every one of them was shot in the head by a shooter who robbed them off
everything..And guess what?..it was my sis's 12th birthday!!..Later the shooter
was caught and even served jailtime..That day i promised myself that i will get
my justice..i kept a close lookout for that man from then onwards..Found out
that later he improved on himself and made a life and a family.The same
questions that haunt you now,haunted me then!!..And likewise i too never
forgave him cause as you said :"Every action has an equal and opposite
reaction",right?..BTW,don't you wanna know the name of the
A bewildered Clara uttered :"who?"
Mr.X :"Mitchell Stevenson."
Clara's eyes opened wide :"my my my..???"
Mr.X :"yes,my dear,your father!!"And the
shooter who killed your family,a monster,as you say was born out of the actions
that shook me to my very root.I didn't kill you that day because i wanted to
tell you this today so that you will find logic in my actions..You can't deny
your own words that you have said and neither can i but we both deserved to
know this...You yourself on your own terms told me in a way that what i did was
the humane enough to keep me sane even after killing or should i say avenging
my family's slaughter."
Words halted in Clara's throat as she couldn't bring
herself to say anything.Her mind screamed to her as she couldn't come up with a
Mr.X proceeded on :"But you see i haven't
forgiven myself..i have committed a crime which is not a crime on our
terms,right?..i lived to die on this day..and die i will!!..My name is Andrew
Saying this he handed over
a cheque to a statue like figure of a person-Clara ,took out the gun from his
attache and shot himself in the head...