I opened my eyes slowly- something in my heart said I wouldn’t like what I saw much, so I was on the look-out. Not that I could do much more, I felt like I was strapped to some high bed… in crisp sheets. It was very bright. As if there was a light-bulb right above my eyes. And even that I couldn’t see clearly, my vision was grudgingly fogged.
“Hey! How are you feeling? No, don’t you open your eyes…”
No points for guessing. It was Karan. “Not very good, really. Whatever happened to me?!” I mean, I have been oblivious to what has been happening to me while everyone around obviously knew just about everything. That didn’t feel good.
“Don’t think about it too much. Just relax, you are alright.” Duh.
“Ok, Mr. Overprotective, I’m chilling out just fine here. And don’t worry, I won’t have died if you told me I was in hospital!” I smiled.
“Yeah…. forgot you were smart.” But I knew he wasn’t smiling. “Listen, I got to go now… there’s this thing that has come up… umm… but I’ll be back and…”
“I understand. And you’ve probably not even slept the whole night so you go and see to that business.”
“How-” But then he left, softly closing the door behind him. Something was up with him, just like it was with everything else. And I could know none of it.
Karan walked with his head down through the labyrinth of corridors. From one ward to another, to another… how far the entrance seemed today. It was a difficult decision. But he had to do it. He couldn’t let her be with him for too long. No, he mustn’t. Finally, he was out in the open air, with not the least scent of her… not like the smothering fragrance of her hair in Room-207, where she slept all night yesterday.
Each step was heavier than the previous. It was a tough decision. But he must.
They say when you really want something, you eagerly accept any diversion towards that thing, good or bad. Karan could do anything to not have to go away. And his wishes were answered, but hardly.
“KARAN! Karan!!!!” There was a screeching yell from the hospital’s entrance. A man was running frantically towards the dumbstruck Karan.
“Jem, what’s wrong? Hey, hey cool down.” Jem could hardly breathe but he kept on saying ‘sorry’ like he would die if he didn’t say it enough times.
“I’m sorry man.”
Karan’s eyes opened wide. He wanted to shout but he couldn’t speak a word.
“She’s gone, man. I am so sorry…..She’s gone. Sunny died a minute ago.”