Behind every smile there is a cunning face (concluding part)
A few days later, Navdeep called her up all ecstatic and told her its time. She was puzzled but agreed to meet him an hour later with the required documents.
“What’s the rush?” she asked as she met her friend
“Your worries are now over” he said and she gave him a look
“Ok, let me explain. Abhishek has been missing for a long time now but we can prove that he has been gone for about seven years and we can claim his life insurance. After that, you both can have a happy life somewhere in the Bahamas”
“Why will you do that for me?” she asked. Navdeep was with insurance company where Abhishek had his policy.
“Just go with the flow and do as I tell you. Submit these documents at the insurance company. I have his police report from seven years ago and these other documents which are required by them” he explained
She did exactly as Navdeep had told her. She even had tears in her eyes while submitting the documents to make it look authentic. And to her luck, it worked. The claim was passed within a few days and she was just waiting for her check. Randomly, one fine day, Abhishek came straight to their place.
“Honey, you did it. your tears looked so authentic” he said while hugging her
“How do you know that?” she asked
“I was there”
“I was disguised as an old man. I was right there. I even sat next to you in the waiting area” he said with a wide grin on his face.
“Why aren’t you more excited?” he asked looking at her gloomy face.
“Because I don’t think it is that easy. I think that any minute the brick can fall and all this will end. You will end up in jail and I will be alone forever” she said with her hands up in the air.
“Relax my love, take a seat and breathe” he said holding her softly by her arms
“It’s a fool proof plan. It has worked so far and it will work in the future also. Don’t worry we just need that check and we can get out of here. I’m already working on my new identity. Our new place is set and most of all our new life awaits us” he said looking into her eyes.
That said, he kissed her and left. She got started on her packing. Even though she loved her job, she couldn’t tell them that in about a few days she wouldn’t be able to work there. She had made a few friends there with whom she just had a work rapport because of her troubled life, but in her heart, she really felt close to them. And it killed her to be indifferent with them.
About a week later, her check came through. Navdeep was the first one she called to tell. Abhishek said he would call her as and when he got a chance. He called the next day and she gave him the good news.
“What are we waiting for now, let’s get this party started?” he asked
“Are you sure about this?” asked a scared Avika.
“I’ve worked hard to make a bright future for us my love, don’t be scared; everything is going as per the plan. Nothing can go wrong now” he said and kissed her over the phone.
Avika’s mind was racing, there was something bubbling up in her mind. Pretty soon, she would reveal what she was thinking. She put the phone down and started getting her things ready. They had planned to meet three days later, on the weekend, on the same empty plot they had met a few days earlier.
“Are you certain you want to go through it?” asked Navdeep the next day when Avika told him about her plan.
“Yes, I was certain from the beginning. I was just waiting for the right time” she explained
“Great, so we are going ahead with our plan” he gave her a thumbs up
A night before their scheduled meeting, Abhishek knocked on Avika’s window and asked her to let him in the house. Reluctantly, she opened the window and let him in. It was a three story building and they were on the first floor, so, access to the bedroom window was quite easy if you knew where to go.
“What are you doing here at this time?” she asked Abhishek
“I wanted to see you so badly” he said with puppy dog eyes
“You could’ve waited till the morning. We were supposed to meet” she said rubbing her eyes.
“You know how much I love you and care for you”
“I do but you risked everything for it. Somebody could’ve seen you here” she said sternly
“Don’t be angry my love. We will be free tomorrow, no more hiding” he said and tried to hug her but she pulled herself back. She was thinking for a minute. Things had changed since they last met and Abhishek was unaware of them. They spent the night together and Abhishek felt at home after a very long time. The next morning, while getting ready, there was a knock on the door. It was the police. They had somehow known about the whole fiasco.
“Tell me who it was?” asked Abhishek furiously when they were about to arrest him.
“We are not at liberty to discuss that. Please come with us quietly or we will have to drag you out” said one of the policemen.
“I know it was you!” Abhishek said suddenly pointing a gun at Avika
“What, how can you say that after all I’ve been through because of you?” she said defending herself
“Oh, cut the crap” he answered. At this time, the policemen were pointing their guns at Abhishek and had him cornered. One of them grabbed him from the behind, letting the gun slip under the sofa. He had been handcuffed the next instant.
Avika started crying hysterically and went inside her room. The policemen escorted Abhishek out to the police station. A few hours later, Avika & Navdeep were celebrating. Their plan had finally paid off. They could be together now and enjoy the luxuries of life. Avika was over the top, what she had set out to do, she finally achieved it and she had her soulmate to share it with.
Life is not always as we plan it to be. Navdeep had always liked Avika and always wanted to be with her. In these last few months, he actually got to know her having spent so much time together. He realized the worth of a true friend and a soulmate. He couldn’t bear the fact that she had cheated on her husband. What if she found somebody else and left him? He had to put an end to this madness.
Navdeep went to the police station with all the proofs that it was Avika’s plan from the start and that Abhishek was just a player in her story. She had played dumb to make him feel as if it was his supposed plan. In the next hour, Avika was arrested and sent to jail for a very long time. Abhishek, on the other hand, would be let go in about a few months. As he was an accessory to her plan, he had to serve his time along with Navdeep who surrendered himself.
Avika learned that cheating on a good person is like throwing away a diamond and picking up a rock. Abhishek, on the other hand, lost his love but gained a true friend who proved loyal to him in his hard time.