The Horrifying Past
Rajni is staying undercover in Chandreyi’s royal room for around three days now. None dares to enter her room because she has barred everyone from entering it. Even her mother is not allowed to enter that room. She had told everyone that she is working on a critical issue that can solve a lot of problems in the kingdom. Well, she was not totally wrong, as her kingdom is now in great danger and Rajni’s power can give them a solution.
While Rajni was taking rest and rejuvenating her magical powers in the royal palace, Gargi was there in the jungle, and now she has come this close to rescue the Prince. Bhanu is slowly remembering things from his past. That day he asked her whether her father is a Vaidya or not. Gargi was stunned to hear that, when she asked how he knew that he replied, “I don’t know, it just occurred to me. The design you made on my bed sheet often seems so familiar to me. I was staring at it that day and suddenly I remembered names without faces, faces without names, incidents unknown to me yet quite familiar to me.” And on the other day, there was a miracle, Bhanu suddenly asked, “Who is Tez?” This shocked Gargi greatly, none has ever known this name, except for the Acharya, Rajni, Gargi, and of course Pratap. After all, Rudra Narayan never called his brother Pratap; he always referred to him as Tez. Bhanu is Rudra Narayan no doubt about that, but he doesn’t remember anything then how come he remembers this. Gargi quickly came out of her shock and said, “Ummm . . . I-I don’t know. But why do you ask?” Bhanu kept quiet for a moment and said, “I don’t know, but I know one thing for sure whoever this person is he is suffering a lot. I don’t know why I am saying that but I know one thing for sure somehow we are connected. If I could only figure out how—”
Rudra Narayan’s Tez was indeed suffering a lot! Both physically and mentally; hence, he tried to know the past of the Queen. It was not easy. Time travel was only possible by Rajni, and she rarely allows anyone to travel with her. She is also not happy about traveling with Pratap, but after all, it’s Pratap. She can’t say “no” to him. However, there still lies a problem and that is how Pratap will escape the prison, because if he had to travel in time then he had to be with Rajni. Well, since, Pratap can’t escape the prison Rajni had to visit him transfiguring herself into a falcon again. Pratap didn’t want that because performing two magical tasks at the same time, may affect Rajni’s health, but knowing how stubborn Rajni is Pratap couldn’t argue more.
At midnight when the guards in the prison were half asleep Nilesh saw a falcon in their window sill. He gave Pratap a nudge, who, then was in a deep thought. Suddenly Nilesh’s nudge brought him back to reality. He stood up knowing time has come, and the falcon too by that time has entered the prison and transformed herself into Rajni, who looked exhausted but she supressed that with her big smile. She tightly hugged Pratap and then forwarded her hand to him and said, “Hold my hand Pratap.” Pratap held Rajni’s hand tightly and soon everything around him started shaking as if there’s an earthquake happening around them. Pratap felt that the land on which he is standing is also moving, soon there was storm, and Pratap felt that he is there in a whirlpool with Rajni. After a while everything stopped and Pratap looked around him. He is no longer in the prison.
They were actually in a garden. Pratap looked around it and was really surprised. Rajni asked, “Any problem Pratap, you look disturbed.” Pratap looked at Rajni and said, “Actually, this garden is inside the palace only. One of Bhai’s secret place; we used to play here a lot. But I thought we were going to Vikrampur, Rajni you’re sure, your magic worked?” Before Rajni could say anything they heard footsteps. Rajni took Pratap by his arm and hid behind a tree. After a while they saw young King Shambhu Narayan, and Queen Chitralekha. They were arguing about something, the young queen had baby Rudra Narayan with him, after waiting for a while their voices were clear.
“Wait Chitralekha, at least listen to me for a while,” pleaded young King Shambhu Narayan.
“You are out of your mind; you don’t realize what you are saying. You are asking me to kill my unborn baby for some kind of curse that this land have! Sorry I can’t do that to my child. And how do you know it is a boy, and even if it is a boy how do you know that he will be same like you all,” said Chitralekha with tearful eyes.
“I know because I have seen it. I have witnessed it. I have done it. My father did the same thing. His father, too. We all have killed our brothers and have come to the throne,” Shambhu Narayan paused for a moment and said, “Chitra please listen to me, this is for our child. This needs to be done for Rudra!”
“The baby who has not born yet is also our child, and if you don’t change your mind then I will not return to this kingdom. Neither will I allow Rudra to return here.”
“You can’t do that, Chitra!” roared the king.
“I definitely can,” said Chitralekha with dignity, “I AM HIS MOTHER,” stormed out of that place. Rajni could feel that sensitive Pratap can’t stand still after hearing all this. She could sense a hand clutching her arms. Tears were also there in her eyes, but no she can’t be weak now. Pratap needs her now; she has to stay strong for him.
Rajni hold Pratap’s hand, his eyes were filled with tears, Rajni hugged him, and said, “Pratap, please be strong. You are a prince, your land . . . your brother, needs you. Please Pratap be strong.” Pratap nodded, soon there was another storm.
Pratap and Rajni held each other tightly, and after a while they found themselves inside a royal chamber of a palace, they quickly hid themselves behind a pillar. Soon, three, no three-and-a-half people entered the room—Queen Chitralekha, her brother, King Vikramaditya, and a young lady. Well, Pratap and Rajni knew this woman very well. She is now the queen of their land. But she looked so different, so polite, so amicable, so innocent, most importantly so loving and caring. She seems to be pregnant, and she was only holding Prince Rudra Narayan, caressing his hairs, kissing him, she was the one to speak first, “When your child will born you have to keep him, or her here in this palace for at least six months. My child will get a playmate, and I will play with three of my children, what say?” said the Queen playing with baby Rudra Narayan.
Chitralekha gave a melancholic smile, “If at all Shambhu Narayan allows this child to take birth, then definitely.”
“Your husband has gone out of his mind,” said Vikramaditya angrily and impatiently, “Why don’t you tell him every curse can be broken. You, of all people, know that very well.”
Chitralekha lied on the bed, putting her head on the Queen’s lap and said, “You just said he is out of his mind. Do you think he will understand?”
The Queen caressed Chitralekha’s hair and said, “You stay here Chitra. You know of all the sister-in-laws I have, you are my favorite. Stay with me, we will fun. Meanwhile let your husband suffer for a while. Don’t you worry he can’t stay away from you for long, he will soon come after you.”
to be continued…