Rudra Narayan is Free!
While Pratap Narayan was time traveling Rudra Narayan aka Bhanu is going through the most troublesome time of his life. He was having flashes from his past life, but those were not clear. The scenes looked familiar to him, but he could not remember the names of the people. He already had to deal with sleepless nights, now sleep has said “goodbye” to him as all these events, people, and scenes haunts him almost all the time. One day, when Sunaina was out with her cat Sankar, Bhanu was all alone, chained in the tower, he felt as if the flute is becoming restless about something. For the first time, he felt, as if the flute has life in it! He took the flute, which was tucked with his dhoti, and looked closely. However, he couldn’t see anything, just felt its restlessness. Suddenly, he felt like playing the flute, and as soon as he closed his eyes, and blew the flute, it started playing music on its own.
Bhanu was amazed because this time he seriously didn’t do anything. The flute started playing all by itself, and created a magic in front of his eyes.
Gargi, on the other hand, was becoming restless, because by now, Bhanu would have helped her to tie the rope at his end and let her enter the room. But she has long ago thrown the rope, yet there is no sign of Bhanu yet.
After a while, Gargi saw a confident a man near the window. She knew immediately that this is not Bhanu. Rather the man standing near the window was Prince Rudra Narayan. She immediately bowed, knowing very well the man standing there with a confident smile was Prince Rudra Narayan Chowdhury.
“Take the rope,” shouted the prince, which broke Gargi’s trance and she saw that Rudra has already tied the rope at his end and threw the other end towards her. She climbed the rope and entered the tower. After she entered the tower, she didn’t know how to react. She felt that talking to Bhanu was easier than the prince. Again she became the shy girl of Gurukul. So, the prince had to make the first move, “I guess you are more comfortable with Bhanu, than me,” Gargi remained silent, the prince again said, “You have not changed a bit Gargi, still afraid of me?” Gargi now spoke, “I was never afraid of you. I am just shy in front of a prince.” Hearing this Prince Rudra Narayan cannot help smiling, he looked at Gargi with little amusement and said, “Oh really! Seems like, Tez was never a prince, because you were never shy in front of him.” At this Gargi did not answered but giggled a bit, Rudra Narayan too, smiled at this, and then he asked Gargi to sit. Both sat down on the floor, and after settling down Rudra Narayan asked, “How’s everyone Gargi? I saw you and Rajni after such a long time, yet I couldn’t recognize you. I feel so angry of myself. But you know very well that I didn’t remember a bit of my past life. Hopefully, you can forgive me.”
Gargi just nodded and smiled. She wasn’t looking at Rudra Narayan she was too shy, so Rudra again spoke, “You didn’t tell me how’s everyone? Rajni looked so matured, just like a woman. The lively, mischievous, prankster is nowhere to be seen.”
“She lost her father, what do you expect?” Gargi said so abruptly that Rudra Narayan couldn’t catch hold to what she was saying. He was dumbfounded for a long time, he didn’t know what to stay, Gargi, too was silent, a grief was settling between them, finally Rudra Narayan spoke, and “Who lost her father?” Gargi gulped a bit, as if controlling a sob, and said, “Rajni. Acharya died. Gurukul was burnt, but Pratap and Rajni saved all the students and the teachers there. Except for Acharya.” Hearing this, tears rolled down from Rudra Narayan’s eyes, he respected Acharya more than his father. He couldn’t accept his death. Gargi held his hand to console him. Rudra Narayan took a deep breathe, wiped his tears, and said, “I respected him more than my father. When I left Gurukul, I didn’t worry much about Tez, because I knew Acharya is there to look after him. You know more than me Tez was close to him. Without me by his side I don’t know how he coped with this pain.”
Gargi was listening to him, now she said, “Prince Pratap Narayan coped with greater pain than this, without you.” Again Rudra Narayan was shocked, and this time Gargi narrated him everything that happened in past few years when Rudra Narayan was going through his memory loss. After hearing everything Rudra Narayan was at a loss of words. He didn’t know what to say neither he had any tears left.
After Gargi finished her narration, Rudra sat like a statue for a few moments and then finally spoke, “Tez took the poison of the river within himself?” Gargi nodded. Rudra again spoke, “He is the carrier of that poison?” Gargi again nodded. Rudra Narayan now took a deep breathe, closed his eyes and remain silent for some time. His silence was making Gargi curious, after waiting for some time she impatiently asked, “What happened? Why do you become silent suddenly?” Rudra spoke after a long time, “Why is it always Tez, who had to suffer the most?” as he said a tear fell from his eyes, Gargi looked at him with questioning eyes, he looked at her gaze, and said, “You said Tez injected himself the poison of the river just a day after my disappearance, right?” Gargi nodded in affirmation. Rudra continued, “Then only a month is left and then seven years will be completed.” Gargi couldn’t understand anything and so she said, “So what?” Rudra took a deep breath and said, “I have read about this magic in Gurukul. You can become the carrier of this poison only for seven years. If you cannot find a way to get rid of this poison, at the end of seven year, you—” Rudra Narayan stopped and gulped a bit of his tears; Gargi became impatient and said, “Why do you stop suddenly? C’mon say something! What happens after seven years?” Rudra took heavy sigh and said, “You die!”
Gargi remained silent for a few moments! Her whole word became numb. She didn’t know what to say, how to react! After a while, she remembered why she is here, who all are waiting for her. So, she quickly composed herself and said, “Well, there is still a month’s time, and everything will be fine! We will save Pratap! You will save Him! You will save your Tez! Trust me, you can and I know you will!” After a long time Rudra Narayan smiled, and this time there is again a confident smile. He stood up, “You are right! There is still a month’s time, and I will save my Tez, my people!” Gargi too stood up with a confident smile and in joy both hugged each other.
For the first time both felt something different. They felt a comfort and security in each other’s arm. Gargi was already aware of her feelings, but for the first time Rudra Narayan started having a varied kind of feeling towards Gargi. They remained in each other’s arm for a long time, and then slowly broke the hug. Both were feeling a bit awkward and shy. Knowing Gargi’s nature, Rudra Narayan again took the first step!
“What do we do now? I may walk and stand up on my feet but the question is how will I move out of this tower? I am all chained!” asked Rudra Narayan. Gargi smiled, “Pratap told me something and its time that I tell you that,” Rudra looked at her with questioning eyes, Gargi continued, “He said your sword has feeling. Just like your flute. Both are enchanted. Your mother’s family is sorcerer’s family, and both these things are given to you by your mother only. One belongs to her, and one belongs to her brother. The sword belongs to her brother and Pratap told me that if you desire for that sword, remember it and then call for it then it can’t be far away from you. Just like a long lost lover.” Gargi said the last line teasingly, Rudra Narayan too smiled and said, “Well, then, let’s try!” saying this he closed his eyes, and try to call his sword. After a few moments, he felt something is there in his hand, when he opened his eyes he saw the sword. Right is his hand.
He was more than happy. He took out the sword from the holder and looked at it with a wide smile. Yes, Prince Rudra Narayan Chaudhury is back. Rudra Narayan was overwhelmed to have his sword, but before he could rejoice the moment a bit more, the door flung open, and Sunaina entered the room with her cat. She was astonished to see Bhanu with the sword. Gargi understood while rejoicing Rudra Narayan’s memory regain both of them have forgotten about time, which created this ruckus. She didn’t have much time to think she knew she has to act quickly before Sunaina come out of shock she has to free Rudra Narayan from his chains. So she threw her dagger aiming Sankar, the cat’s throat, and as soon as the dagger hit its throat the cat fell from Sunaina’s grip, and changed into a man of around Pratap’s age. Both Gargi and Rudra were shocked, and Sunaina too was bewildered to even react. Gargi thought it’s the right moment to ask for the keys of the chains, and she looked at Rudra. Sunaina by now had come out of her shock and she was kneeling beside the man, trying to pull out the dagger, but since, he was shrieking in pain, she couldn’t do that. She had tears in her eyes, which were disturbing both Rudra and Gargi, but they have no way out. Rudra Narayan stepped forward and pointed the sword on her neck, who was having her back towards them, and said, “Keys! Give me the keys!” Sunaina, became fierce and in anger looked at them, hatred was there all over her face, she said, “Find out yourself!” Rudra Narayan in a flash, put the sword on her throat, horizontally, and pushed her back to the walls, and said, “Don’t force me to do that! You may regret your decision!”
“I will give the keys to you,” a voice from the back said, when Rudra Narayan turned back he saw, it was the man, who even a few moments ago was a cat. Gargi had removed the dagger from his throat. But he was still in pain, somehow he had stood up, Sunaina was angry with his words, maybe she wanted to stop him, and so in ager she said, “You won’t say a word Sankar!” She roared in anger, but the man didn’t listen and continued, “I will mother! I have remained silent for many years, but not anymore. You, my aunt, Uncle Satyaban, you have become insane; this fire of revenge is destroying you every day! Just look at yourself, see what you have become! Is this who you are? No, mother! This isn’t you!” Sankar stopped, and then he moved forward towards her mother, and then looked at Rudra Narayan and said, “Please leave her, she is not in herself! Actually she has lost everything. Her family, her loved ones, her land, everything! She is neither dead, nor living, she is just surviving! Surviving for revenge!” Rudra Narayan now said, “Revenge? Against whom?” Sankar by now has brought the keys, while unlocking the chains he said, “Your Father, King Shambhu Narayan,” saying this he freed Rudra Narayan!