A BAD DREAM (PART 26 OF ‘A DANGEROUS LOVE’)
By Neel Anil Panicker
The tower loomed above him like some monstrous mythical creature that seemed to grow larger and larger with every single excruciating step that he took.
‘God! spare me this torture,’ he wanted to scream out, his anguished cries reverberating all around the icy blue skies, ricochetting off the innumerable small hills that dotted the jagged landscape, but then he checked himself.
His pursuers were close behind, barely a 100 metres away, and he didn’t want to take any chances, not after coming this far from his tormentors, and so near to his goal.
Swiping his brow off thick beads of sweat, the man stepped forward, his each step a stagger as he negotiated the steep bolder strewn mud splattered narrow incline that led to the ancient tower.
As he inched closer to it he could make out the pole, a massively long iron bean that rose Phoenix -like from the bowels of the tower and pierced the skies. On it, fluttering proud and high, the silhouette of a flag, a white rectangular piece of cloth, a clear indication that freedom was but a few steps away.
The sight filled his heart with renewed vigour and he raced ahead, almost running towards the tower.
It was then that he was hit, a shower of bullets knocking him to the ground, blood spluttering out of his chest and upper torso.
Slowly, he turned around and just before his eyes descended into darkness, he saw them, their victorious faces, in particular one face, the visage the very personification of Devil himself.
An earth shattering heart wrenching cry escaped his lips.
The tyres screeched to a halt inside Tiz Hazari Court premises, and that woke up Ali.
He rubbed his eyes in disbelief, but couldn’t wish away the face of his tormentor.
It was Afzal Guru, his crime boss, and now his Enemy Number One.
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If you would like to read the earlier parts of this ongoing novella ‘A DANGEROUS LOVE’
kindly click on the links below:
PART SEVEN https://neelwritesblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/05/neelwritesgaffarmian-alifeoutsideprisonwallsthreelinetalesfiction188words/
PART EIGHT https://neelwritesblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/neelwritescatsoutofthebagfffpppart8ofdangerouslovefiction08082017/
PART TEN https://neelwritesblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/12/neelwritesalonelyvigilparttenofadangerouslovefiction35812082017/