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"Stay away from him, otherwise you'll die", he reread the note for a hundredth time, but didn't know what to make of it. Who could have written such a thing? The note had scared the hell out of Sonam, but still her accusations were baseless. Sneha would never play such dirty games. Why would she? After all, they were best of friends. Anyway, she loved Vicky and they would tie knots this fall.
He asked her, "Don't be ridiculous, Sonam. Why would she do that?", but she wouldn't listen. The note had scared her to death, nevertheless he wanted her to understand that Sneha was innocent. He knew his friend better than that. However, Sonam kept on sobbing, no matter what he told, so he gave up convincing and instead, he just held her close to him, as if to assure that he would always protect her, from everyone and everything. If anything was to happen to her, then they would die together.
He told her, "Not to worry, sweetheart. I wont let anything happen to you" and then giving her a peck, he added, "I love you baby. I love you so much".
She didn't believe him. Why would she? Because the look in his eyes, whenever Sneha was around, told a different story. She knew that they were more than friends. She couldn't understand what had changed his love for her. She loved him so much, and she had believed that she too, had been truly loved. Their marriage would end if things didn't work out and she desperately wanted to save it. She couldn't imagine herself living alone, a life without him.
She argued, "It can't be anyone else. Its her" and then looking into his eyes, she asked, "or you too want me dead?"
He asked, "How could you say that, honey?" and planting a kiss on her forehead, he added, "You know how much I love you, don't you?" but she knew he was lying.
He knew that she didn't believe him and he couldn't understand why. He had done everything to win her trust, and had left behind everything and everyone to be with her, yet she wouldn't believe him. However, he hoped that she would gradually start trusting him. He loved her so much, and he believed that he too, would be truly loved.
He also had the notes to worry about. He seriously couldn't figure out who would threaten Sonam and why they didn't want them together. For whatever reasons, whoever were writing them, he decided that he wouldn't let them off easily. He would track them down, but right now keeping Sonam safe was crucial. He decided to go to police and he also needed someone to watch over Sonam, all the time. He thought of asking Sonali, Sonam's sister, to stay over with them for few days. Otherwise, there was another option and he was sure Sonam would like the later.
He informed his manager that he would be taking the promotion, as he was ready to shift to Bangalore, ready to leave his hometown and everything that reminded him of his parents. He would do anything to keep Sonam safe. After all, she meant the world to him.
She had done everything to keep him happy because she wanted him to love only her. She spent more time in beauty-salon to look good for him, still it wasn't enough. The more she tried to get closer to him, he seemed distant. He always said that he loved her, but she knew he didn't mean it. She could sense the emptiness in his words. Even those threatening notes hadn't moved his heart, instead he stood to his grounds and kept on defending his friend.
"It's high time that I ended this game", she thought to herself and decided that she would talk to him.
She wore the best dress that she had, spent hours curling her hair and putting on some make up. While she was admiring herself in the mirror, the doorbell rang. She opened the door and for the first time since few weeks, she was really happy to see him. He looked at her and said, "Hey gorgeous, someone is all dressed up".
She said, "You must be tired, let me get you some coffee".
He watched television while he waited for the coffee. He wanted to surprise her with the news about his promotion and transfer, but that had to wait until later. He didn't realize when she had walked into the room and when he did, he had a gun pointed towards him.
He asked, "You scared me, honey. Why would you do that?"
She asked, "Why did you choose Sneha over me? Am I not good-looking enough? Today, I dressed up just for you. Now, don't I look better than her?"
"Trust me baby, I love only you".
She wasn't listening and said, "You know what, I will first shoot you and then shoot myself".
He tried to make her understand that he loved only her but she wouldn't listen. He begged her so much to drop the gun but she wouldn't and when she did, even she fell on the ground along with it.
She said, "I'm sorry for I didn't trust your love and wrote those notes, but I don't want to die yet. Please, save me".
He cried like a wounded dog, holding her, as it was too late to do anything else. The poison had ceased her heart already.
"Tragedy of life isn't death but what we let die inside of us while we live. If only you had believed in my love".PS: See what other "Rodeo Writers" have written for the contest: Anney, Pooja, Swathi, Pranjal, Arjit, Mahesh and Anurag