WEARING SOME NEW SHADES
By Neel Anil Panicker
Ali stared into the message that came alive on his cellphone.
“Plan 2 kill u. Tmrw court”. Escape, ILU.”
For an instant he feared his heart had stopped beating as his head turned dizzy and a cold dampness broke through his body. It was followed by a wave of spasmodic convulsions that saw his arms and legs contort and twist itself in frightening angles around his entire body.
It took him a while to regain his senses and thereafter the full import of Liza’s message hit him sending his mind careening into the dungeons of despair.
So, it is was true. The Don is after his blood. Wants to kill him. What did she say? Where? Tomorrow…in the court. Escape, ILU were her last words…
As the world around him slept, Ali sat up bolt upright and mulled over the developments.
Tomorrow was his court appearance. He would be taken to court around noon along with other undertrials. They will be in an armored police van.
Somewhere around the court premises Afzal Bhai’s sharpshooters would be waiting, ready to spray him with bullets.
Ali needed to escape; escape the madness that was Afzal Bhai, escape the dreadful machinations of his henchmen who had a fearsome reputation of always carrying out their boss’ orders right down to the T.
Sleep was an anathema as for the next few hours Ali thought hard and long, running over in his mind a multitude of escape plans, and then slowly discarding them all, one by one, for their sheer impracticality.
As dawn threatened to break through and his fate seemed all but sealed Ali stared into the red bricked walls of his prison, his eyes transfixed on the antics of a lizard that slid in and out of the walls without a care in the world.
For a long time he stared at the reptile, and then suddenly, as if seized by a brain wave, he extricated his phone and stabbed a message, “Meet outside chamber. Get some pythons, live ones. Also carry extra veil…ILU”.
©neelanilpanicker2017 #wearingsomenewshades #adangerouslove #partfifteenofadangerouslove
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