Adi planned a surprise for Aditi. It was their first anniversary.
He woke her from sleep in the early morning. Midnight would be the right term to use. He covered her eyes, and started driving to a new place. It was her wish to go to a distant place, with just him.
On the way, Adi played her favourite songs, kept her hooked ranting his childhood tales to distract her thoughts from the surprise.
He explained the beauty of the dawn comparing it with her eyes. Availing the chance, Aditi manipulated him to get her mask removed to witness the beautiful sunrise, still blushing. Her request got rejected. She enjoyed the denial, and mentally prepared herself for a big surprise.
Adi was overwhelmed with joy when he got to know this place through a friend. He knew Aditi loved nature, specifically serene spots to enjoy with family, and thought this trip would be a perfect gift.
They reached the spot, with her eyes still covered. He detailed the surroundings while walking her to the red bridge – the fishing spot surrounded by twisted trees, the pool filled with water lilies, and children playing in the park nearby.
His words hit her deep in the brain. Blurred memories cross, but she brushed them off!
When he untied the mask, she instantly fainted, neither for the beauty of the place nor loving his surprise.
He could see only the pool, and its surroundings, and nothing harmful. Still wondering what went wrong, he tried to bring her back to senses.
All the faint memories that Aditi had painted black, and left hidden in the depths of her mind, started gaining colours and got back to life.
Only she could see the non-existent quagmire beyond the pool that took away her little sister whom Adi didn’t know existed. This is the place she dreaded the most in her life.
The scene was almost similar even back then. Aditi’s eyes were covered with a black mask. As kids, Aditi and her sister were playing hide and seek.
The best things happen unexpectedly. So are the worst.
Sometimes, the most shocking surprises are also the most beautiful surprises. Sadly, for Aditi, it turned out to be a nightmare. A beautiful surprise happened to be the most shocking, rather the most haunting surprise!
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