HATE YOU TO ETERNITY (genre/crime fiction)
By Neel Anil Panicker
“Are you sure. I mean he’s your husband, father to your child”?
Simi stood ramrod straight, her hands firmly clasped behind her back, her eyes a cold, granite stare. When she spoke, it was as if a harsh winter morning had just smashed through the windows sills and dislodged the autumnal warmth of a late October that was resolutely refusing to die out.
‘One hundred per cent freaking sure. There’s no going back. He deserves to die.’
Completely shaken by the sheer nauseating malice in her hate fuelled voice, Akshay withdrew a couple of steps, pushing himself further into the room.
Despite the airconditioning, he found himself unbuttoning his top two shirt buttons as hot beads of sweat began to trickle down his nape.
Still lost and his mind a quagmire, he almost didn’t hear her next words.
‘Aks, are you going to stand all day and do nothing, or simply help me execute this plan’?
“What?…Oh!…yeah…yes…let me think…well…ughhh…I need a smoke…no cigarettes…will be back in a minute…”
His voice was a trail as he raced out of the room.
By the time she realised and opened her mouth to say something, he had already emptied out of the seventeenth floor flat at Jacaranada Heights and had taken the lift that was hurtling down to the basement.
There, he half ran to his car, and lit the long awaited cigarette that he so desperately was dying for.
As the nicotine entered his bloodstream and he felt his muscles relax a bit, his mind slowly began to clear out.
It was only then that the full import of what his lover was suggesting struck him. As his mind wrestled with the dilemma, he knew in his heart of hearts what he would do.
The realization made him curse himself for having fallen in love with such a crazed woman.
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