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CHAPTER 1 : THE MUMBAI TEENS
" SO HOW WAS YOUR DAY?" SOURABH ASKED SUMEDH WHILE BOTH OF THEM WERE STROLLING CASUALLY IN THE CORRIDOR IN FRONT OF THE NEW COMPUTER LAB .
"ARRE, BOHOT PAKAU GAYA BHAIYA..PEHLA PERIOD ATTENDENCE KE LIYE ATTEND KARNA PARA, AND GUESS WHAT? PEHLE HI CLASS MAIN SURPRISE TEST, WOH BHI ECONOMICS KA! " SUMEDH REPLIED.
"YEH SAB CHALTA RAHEGA, TU CHAI PEEYEGA? DIMAG THANDA HOGA TERA AND PHIR SUKOON SE BAAT KARTE HAI...I HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL YOU."
"WHERE IS PAARTH"
"I CALLED HIM LAST NIGHT, HE HAD SOMEWORK TO DO.. I HAVE TOLD HIM WHAT I AM GOING TO TELL YOU NOW.." SAYING THIS SOURABH WINKED LEAVING SUMEDH BACKWARDS.

SUMEDH MUDGALKAR, A FLIRTY GUY WHO HAS JOINED THE COLLEGE (ST. LOUIS COLLEGE) THIS YEAR. HE IS THE COLLEGE CRUSH OF ALL THE 1ST YEAR GIRLS..HE IS THAT HANDSOME. BUT HIS HEART ALWAYS TELLS HIM TO BE SINGLE. HE MAY NOT BE THAT GOOD IN ECONOMICS OR HISTORY BUT HIS ANALYTICAL SKILLS, AND KNOWLEDGE ON THINGS ARE DAMN GOOD..HENCE HE FINALLY FOUND HIMSELF IN THE GROUP "THE MUMBAI TEENS" CREATED BY HIS "SUVI BHAIYA" , SOURABH..

SOURABH RAAJ JAIN, NICKNAMED AS SUVI, IS A BRILLIANT COLLEGE STUDENT. THE NEXT MONTH HE WILL BE PASSING OUT. EVERYONE BELIEVES THAT ONLY SOURABH WILL SCORE THE HIGHEST IN HIS FINAL YEAR. BUT VERY FEW KNOWS THAT SOURABH, THE BOOKWORM, THE "NERD" WHO IS LEAST INTERESTED BUT IN STUDIES AND EXAMS IS ACTUALLY A DAMN "MASTIKHOR'",AND JOLLY GUY. HE IS THE CREATOR OF THE GROUP "THE MUMBAI TEENS" AND HE IS IN SEARCH OF SOME EXTRA-ORDINARILY INTELLIGENT STUDENTS WHO CAN BE A PART OF THE GROUP. ONLY SUMEDH AND PAARTH HAVE BUILT UP THIS TRUST AND IMAGE IN THE MIND OF SOURABH.

PARTH SAMTHAAN, A 2ND YEAR STUDENT IS A CHOCOPIE..HE IS THE SWEETEST IN HIS BATCH AND GIRLS FIND SOLACE IN HIM. APART FROM BEING THE CUTEST, HE IS ALSO THE PROBLEM SOLVER OF THE COLLEGE. BUT EVEN AFTER BEING ACCLAIMED AS THE "PROBLEM SOLVER" HE CANNOT SOLVE HIS OWN PROBLEMS..SOURABH IS THE MOST TRUSTWORTHY FRIEND IN HIS LIFE AND VICE VERSA. BECAUSE OF HIS READY SOLUTIONS AND SUPERBLY WORKING IDEAS HE BECOMES ONE OF THE MEMBERS OF THE " THE MUMBAI TEENS"

THE THREE FRIEND'S TIME FOR MEETING IS AFTER COLLEGE. THEY WALK TOGETHER TO THEIR HOUSES. IT IS IN THIS TIME THAT THEY DISCUSS ALL THEIR HAPPENING TENSIONS,JOY , HAPPINESS AS WELL AS THE MOTIVES AND AIMS OF THEIR SPY GROUP.

SUMEDH AND SOURABH WALKED INTO A CHAI TAPRI WHILE DISCUSSING SOMETHING..
"KYA BOL RAHE HAI BHAIYA!!" SUMEDH'S FACE TURNED PALE.
"SAHI BOL RAHA HUN..PARTH TOLD ME LAST NIGHT"
" BUT HOW CAN EVEN THEY STOP HIS EDUCATION? MATLAB PARTH IS SO GOOD IN STUDIES! SIRF ISS "MUMBAI TEENS" MAIN HONE KE LIYE USKE MOM DAD ITNA DRASTIC STEP UTHAYENGE! MATLAB HOW"
"I TRIED MY LEVEL BEST TO EXPAIN UNCLE AUNTY..BUT THEY ARE NOT READY TO LISTEN."
"DID YOU TRY TALKING TO PAARTH?"
"YES BY ALL MEANS. I TOLD PAARTH TO LEAVE THIS GROUP. WHY TO SACRIFICE EDUCATION FOR A MERE SPY ASSOCIATION.."
"AND?" SUMEDH ASKED SIPPING OVER HIS TEA. TENSION RUNNING THROUGH HIS VEINS.
"AND HE IS ADAMANT." SOURABH LAMENTED. HE TOO FELT GUILTY FOR INVOLVING PAARTH INTO HIS CRAZINESS. HE SHOULD HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT HIS FAMILY CONDITIONS..PAARTH'S FAMILY IS WAY TOO CONSERVATIVE AND NARROW MINDED TO LET HIM DO ANY OTHER THING APART FROM HIS STUDIES.
"ATLEAST LET HIM COMPLETE HIS 2ND YEAR COURSE. BANDE MAIN BOHOT POTENTIAL HAI.." SUMEDH SAID..
"WAHI TO"
THERE WAS AN AWKWARD SILENCE BETWEEN THEM. THE ONLY SOUND THAT BROKE THE ICE WAS OF THE KETTLE WHERE TEA WAS BOILING, READY TO BE SERVED TO THE CUSTOMERS.

SOURABH AND SUMEDH BOTH COULD UNDERSTAND THAT "THE MUMBAI TEENS" WAS GOING TO CRASH NOW. IF NOT PAARTH , THEN NO BODY ELSE..
"BYE BYE MUMBAI TEENS, BYE BYE MY DREAMS, MY ASPIRATIONS.." SOURABH THOUGHT WHILE BOTH LEFT FOR THEIR HOUSE..

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CHAPTER 2: PARTH'S TENSION
Sourabh let out a sigh while he was sitting on his couch thinking about all the old memories that "THE MUMBAI TEENS" has given him. Paarth may be junior to him but he was like Sourabh's best buddy. Not only that Sumedh and Paarth are his partners in crime. How could he let this bond break? Yes of course, in the age of FACEBOOK AND TWITTER AND WATSAPP, no one can be in out of touch. But he knew Paarth would never dare to contact him or Sumedh neither he would allow them to contact him. Sourabh knew that Paarth would blame himself for all this drama.

"kya kar raha hai bhai?"
Sourabh looked towards the door, when he heard the familiar voice. A voice which gives goosebumps to all his body. A voice which he can hear 24*7 relentlessly.
POOJA rushed to the room. As usual she was all messy...
"Ab kise mar ayi?" Sourabh asked..
"Oho, Sakha! aj marke nahi ayi. I fell down from my bike. You know i can be extremely messy sometimes"
"SOMETIMES?" Sourabh let out a joky laugh while Pooja chuckled.

Pooja Sharma, the rowdy, the messy, the dominating soul of the college. SOME STUDENTS ACCLAIMED HER AS THE MAHAKAALI OF ST. LOUIS COLLEGE. She is well deserved to be called as the MAHAKAALI. She is the saviour of the college as well. She once saved the college from getting burnt...but that's a different story all together. Let's not lose track now. But she calls herself MODERN DRAUPADI too because of her tremendous self respect and personality. But people fail to notice that beautiful, selfless, innocent girly element hidden inside her. Sourabh is Pooja's best friend..but that's not the case with Sourabh. WHY?
BECAUSE SOURABH LOVES POOJA. But somehow he didn't reveal it to her. Normally Sourabh shares every bit of his daily life with Pooja. But in case of "THE MUMBAI TEENS" Sourabh kept mummed.
Everyone knows that there is a spy team called "THE MUMBAI TEENS" but no one knows who it's memebers are. Anyone who need help from "the teens" they would write a letter to the latter about the problem and would drop it inside the cheque box in front of the cashier counter.

Paarth was lying on his bed thinking about his present problem. He has not eaten his dinner last night neither went down to the breakfast table. But no one cares..After all his parents are concerned only about their narrow minded ethics. In the mean time, Paarth got a call.
Sumedh it was.
"Hello, Sumedh abhi baat karni hai tujhe? baad main call kar na..man nahi hai baat karne ki"
" Tere ghar ke saamne khara hun. Bell baja raha hun. Koi khol kyun nahi raha? ghar pe hai na tu?" came from the other side.
" KYA/?!! WAIT..ARE YOU MAD? "
"NO AM NOT. JUST OPEN THE DAMN DOOR MAN."
So finally after 48 hrs of lying on his bed, Paarth finally went down just to open the door..
" Idhari ruk tu." Sumedh said as soon as the door opened..He went running towards an old couple siiting on sofa.
Before the old couple could react, Sumedh spoke and kept on speaking.
"Uncle, Paarth is too good in studies. Teachers are very upset hearing about his leave. They are requesting atleast to finish his 2nd year course."
" Haa, paise to tumhare baap ka haina beta? Hum iske padhai ke upar kharch kare aur yeh aiyashi karke tumhara woh TEEN THE MUMBAI karke phere." The old man spoke with rage smouldering in his eyes.
"Sirji, paiso ki tension na lijiye, the college would be providing him free scholarship for this year."
Paarth was shocked. He stood rooted beside the door. He knew Sumedh was bluffing. But what if his parents think it to be real? If they really dont pay the fees? Who would pay then? Paarth was confused. He looked blankly towards Sumedh while the latter gave him a wink naughtily..

"Woh baba, actually.." Paarth tried speaking up.
"Tu to chup kar jikra..ha to Sumedh beta, jo tum bol rahe ho woh sach hai kya? Paarth's mom asked. Her eyes revealed the disbelief she had on Sumedh.. "Haa Aunty sahi bol raha hun, teachers are afraid to lose him, so they have appealed to the college authorities for providing him free scholarship." Sumedh said.
Strangely Paarth couldn't figure out what Sumedh was up to.
"Thik hai ab tum jao" the old man said.
. " but.."
" kya but? bola na bhej dunga usko college. Jao tum ab"
Sumedh let out a sigh of relief as he walked out of the house. Paarth still looking blankly. Though his initial tension ended but there began another tension for him. THE COLLEGE FEES.

"Kya sakha? Dont taunt me now..you know very well what i am." Pooja said as she grabbed a slice of pizza that Sourabh ordered from Zomato just a few moments ago.
"When did i taunt you sakhi? But yes, you should learn to be tidy.. AANI MULGI AAHOT TU. " Sourabh replied while he ate his favourite cheeze mania pizza.
"Thamb zara"
" kya hua...Sumedh tu?"
Both of them looked towards Sumedh who was at that point smiling heavily.
Pooja looked at both of them suspiciously. She never knew that Sourabh knows Sumedh, his junior.
"Hello mam, I am Sumedh Mudgalkar, first year."
" Yes, i know. After all you are the college crush and MR Fresher of 2019." Pooja replied while she prepared to leave the room.
"hey tu jaa rahi hai?" Sourabh exclaimed.
"yes, bye"
Pooja left.
" Suvi bhaiya, girlfriend thi apki?" Sumedh chuckled.
"Kaam ki baat kare? kyun aya hai"
Sumedh explained the whole thing to Sourabh about Paarth, how he convinced his parents to send Paarth to college, about the scholarship, etc.
"What! Scolarship? Are you mad? College will never provide him free scholarship! Their financial condition is better than stable.! ab kon paise bharega uske liye?" Sourabh screamed.
" I know! But bol diya excitement main! ab kya karu? "
" Now Paarth will suffer worse!"
Both of them looked at each other with a tensed look. They dont have enough money to pay the fees on his behalf.
Paarth has no way left now. HE HAS TO LEAVE HIS COLLEGE NOW!

But somewhere Paarth felt confident now. Standing in his balcony he looked at the dimly lit horizon with a new hope.
MAYBE COLLEGE IS TRULY PROVIDING HIM SCHOLARSHIP, MAYBE HE HAS ACHIEVED IT, MAY BE THERE IS HOPE.
HE KNEW ST LOUIS COLLEGE WOULD NEVER DISAPPOINT HIM. HE WOULD CONTINUE HIS EDUCATION NOW. HE WOULD REMAIN ONE OF THE "MUMBAI TEENS".
He smiled to himself. He surely didn't know what was waiting for him...

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As Paarth finished his supper, he straight went to his room without uttering a word. The first thing he had to do is call his "Suvi Bhai" and tell him regarding his scholarship and what Sumedh told him. 

Sourabh was gazing into the clear sky thinking about what to do. It was then his phone rang. It was Paarth. He picked it up hesitantly, not knowing what to say, how to react. Thousands of thoughts running in his mind. 

"HELLO"

"Hello, Suvi bhai? main bol raha hun, Paarth" Sourabh heard a very excited voice from the other end. Now he got scared. He didnt know what to say. Sourabh felt his voice has been cracked. He cleared his throat and replied " Ha bol..i am listening"

" You know what happened? Sumedh came to my house and he gave me an exciting news. College is disappointed to lose me. Unho ne mujhe Scholarship de rahe hai! isnt that amazing? I know mujhe free main education lene main koi interest nahi but at least I can clear my 2nd year to! All thanks to Sumedh! woh agar Ma Baba se baat nahi  karta to shayad main kabhi wapas college nahi ja pata."

Tears rolled down Sourabh's cheeks. " Tum ab college nahi ja paoge mere bhai." he thought to himself.

"Ap kuch bol kyun nahi rahe? Are you there? Hello? Ap thik hai? Hello? " Paarth was struggling to hear Suvi's voice.

" Ha hu main. Congratulations bro. Finally you did it." Sourabh weeped..He now cut the call. Now it isn't possible for him to hide his emotions. The surroundings could hear a soft moaning sound from his room.

 

The next day, Sumedh rushed to the cashier counter. He has made up his mind. He would appeal to the college authorities to provide Paarth's scholarship, if this won't work then he would break his lifetime saved Fixed deposit to pay the fees on his behalf. It was his fault. He shouldn''t have exaggerated so much. And now he have to pay for it. 

"Kya? Its paid?" Sumedh was shocked. Paarth's college fees were already paid. Not only for that month but for the whole year! Who paid them? Was it Paarth's baba? No, he cannot be. He is too particular regarding money. Then who?

WHO PAID THE FEES? Sumedh was totally confused. Sourabh is absent today. As Sumedh walked towards canteen, Paarth bumped into him. He hugged Sumedh so hard that he felt that his 20 bones have been fractured.

"ARRREE, Let me breath. Mar jayega banda ab to" Sumedh let out a shriek.

"Ha to mar jana. Aj counter jake check kiya, my fees are paid. College has paid my fees for sure. Aur to Aur pure saal ka fees bhar diya in logo ne! Baba ko bola to woh dang reh gaye." By that time Paarth was jumping with joy.

But Sumedh's face shadowed out. He became indulged in some deep thoughts. "So it isn't Paarth's baba. Then it must be Suvi bhaiya for sure." 

They both walked towards the canteen. While Sumedh ordered a coffee for him, Paarth was in a mood of feast. He ordered a chicken burger, two pakodas and a coke.

"Babare, itna khayega to fhul jayega na." Sumedh chuckled.

" Sirf fees ke liye itni khushi nahi hai bhai ki itna khau.." a quick reply came..

" phir?"

Paarth pointed towards a girl sitting just beside their table. The girl dressed in a white jeans and a red off shoulder top. Not too much make up unlike the other girls of the college. She was naturally so pretty. She had reddish white complexion, with swirly flowing hair and hypnotic brown eyes..

" Dil aa gayi ladki pe kya? kaun hai woh? Pehle to nahi dekha.." Sumedh said.

"Dekhega bhi kaise? Science department se hai. Top bhi kiya tha last year."

" What's her name dude?

" ERICA..ERICA FERNANDEZ" 

And the time stopped.

She looked at him...ERICA LOOKED AT PAARTH..FOR THE THIRD TIME.

Paarth's cheek turned tomato red. His fair complexion made his blushing looked more prominent..

Probably Erica heard their conversation...

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"kya ? The fees is paid? That too for the whole year?" Sourabh was stunned.
"Wahi to! Maine socha apne diya hai... apne pay nahi kiya kya?" Sumedh asked apprehensively.
"Nahi bhai.. Mere paas paise kaise ayega? Toh phir kisne diya hai?
"Jisne bhi diya hai, bhala ho uska..Finally no tension." Sumedh let out a sigh of relief. They were sitting on Sourabh"s balcony chairs having tea. The whole college knows how mad Sumedh is for tea. He is a hardcore TEA-LOVER. On the other hand Sourabh prefers coffee, but he is lately in a mood to drink tea..As they giggled and joked about other things a voice came..

"HI GUYS!" Pooja entered the place..
Sumedh was about to get up and wish here, when she interrupted."Rehen de,Rehen de..Madam nahi hun. Baith chuo chap"
Sourabh laughed heartily. Pooja is compatible with Sumedh, he understood. Pooja without feeling the need of asking permission, started sipping over Sourabh's tea. She always did that. Though Sourabh's favourite food is pizza, he never ate its crust. It was Pooja who ate his left over crust.It was their cute habit.
"Oye Pooja, tu aj free hai?" Sourabh asked.
"Ha. Kyun?" the reply came.
"Toh aj humlog bahar chalte hai na..tu, main.."
"main tu.." Sumedh interrupted..He clear cut meant to indicate a date. His naughty expressions made Pooja laugh hard...
"Apna hi bhai hai re tu..Good joke. But do not dare to crack this joke again." Pooja replied.
Now Sourabh's face shadowed a bit. He never expected to Pooja to take it as a joke. But soon he went to his jolly mode and said: " Chup reh tu Sumu. HA to main keh raha tha, aj bahar jayenge main,tu, Sumedh aur Paarth. Is that ok for you?"
'Who is Paarth now?" Pooja asked.
" He is my buddy, 2nd year."
' you never said me about your these junior Buddies"
Sumedh was eagerly listening to their conversations. To some extent, he understood that Sourabh had feelings for Pooja.
" Chal thik hai, tu bhi kya yaad rakhega. Main chalungi. But mere saath koi aur bhi ayegi" Pooja quirked.
"Aye GI?" Sourabh was okay with gi. If Pooja would have said 'Ayega' , he would have died..
"Haa. ERICA nam hai uska."
Sumedh's face turned up.." Erica Fernandez?" He asked
'You know Erica?"
" Yes Pooja di, I know her. Aj hi kisine bataya uske baare main.." Sumedh said.
"Arre I dont know about Erica! From which department?" Sourabh asked hastily. He could sense something. He knew something was cooking in Sumedh's mind.
"Dont worry Sakha, Sumedh will tell you about her" Pooja said as she got up.
'Are you going sakhi?"
' Yes sakha. Today evening 6 pm. Bye" Pooja left the room and few minutes left Sourabh and Sumedh could hear bike.. She went.

Paarth was sitting on his bed, thinking about Erica..He was in deep love. His ongoing lovy dovy thoughts were interrupted by Sumedh's call.
"Hello, Kya hai?" Paarth was clearly irritated.
"Bhai, get ready. We have planned an outing. Me, you, Suvi bhaiya, Pooja di and someone.."
"Who someone?"
" That is a surprise. Time waste na kar. Get ready. And wear something good for god's sake."
The call ended..

The group met in front of Sourabh's house in the evening. But wait what? Paarth and Erica were in front of each other. Paarth was in total awe. Sumedh, Sourabh, Pooja noticed his expressions and Suvi, Pooja both understood what was Sumedh talking about. Paaarth liked Erica. Erica too blushed.
"Arre chup mat raho, kuch bolo to sahi" Sourabh poked. And immediately Pooja held his hand to make him quiet. She wanted them to relish their first meet.
" Hum age ja rahe hai, Tum aur Erica peeche aa jayo." Pooja said.

"H-h-h-h-i-i-..hi" Parth spoke up finally..
"Hello" Erica replied.
" I am Paarth and you are Erica"
" Ummm,,,I know.."
" NO i meant..shit" Paarth blushed heavily.
"CHalte chalte baat kare..They have already left us behind." Erica said and both of them started catching up the rest of the group.
" Tell me something about yourself Erica" Paarth proposed.
:"Sure. I am from Zoology department. I am in 2nd year. And I am from Delhi. But since my dad got a transfer we have shifted to Mumbai. I am a Karate teacher as well and I want to take up forensic in future. I am quite interested in investigations and detective things..You know i am a good jasoos too.." Saying this Erica let out a laugh.
Paarth accompanied her in laughing.

"Dekh lena sakha, Paarth and Erica will be in a relationship soon..Sumedh teri baari next hai. Koi bandi dhoond le." Pooja said.
Sumedh gave a flirty look and said.." Ap ho jao na meri valentine Pooja."
"Na baba Na, Mere liye sakha hi thik hai.."
Sourabh stopped...He was spellbound. What did Sakhi say just now????
"WHAT!" Sourabh exclaimed..
"Umm Nothing" Pooja realised what se said and now she was trying to cover up. Even SHE HAD FEELINGS FOR SOURABH! "Sumedh tu aage ja thoda.." she said..
"Accha to ab love shuv te kahani chalni hai...ok jata hun." Sumedh walked up fast and left Sourabh, Pooja behind.
So Paarth and Erica walked behind Sourabh and Pooja, who were walking behind Sumedh.

" Jokes apart sakha, I have something important to say.." Pooja's tone became serious.
" What happened Sakhi?" Sourabh asked.
" Mujhe bhi Mumbai teens main participate karni hai."
Sourabh was stunned! How did Pooja know? He never uttered a word about the group to Pooja. And at the same time he understood who paid Paarth's fees..

"So you knew Sakhi?"
"Yes, from the very begining. But never said a word because i felt could never contribute to the group. But lately i did contribute. I saved your group from crashing at least for this year. i heard yours and Sumedh's conversation about Paarth that day."
"So it was you who paid the fees?" Sourabh asked.
" Not full. Me half and Erica half" pooja pointed backwards towards Erica, who was now busy talking to Paarth. " And yes, Erica also knows about The Mumbai Teens. She is also willing to join the group. But she is too shy to tell you. Par haaa, usme bhi bohot potential hai, I tell you. Le le use bhi. Please Sakha"
Sourabh thought for a while and then whispered into Pooja's ears " WELCOME TO THE MUMBAI TEENS..I will make this announcement officially tomorrow. But tu aur Erica ka hartik swagat hai is group main."
"OH MY GOD! THANKS SAKHA!!!" Pooja hugged Sourabh hard but soon realised they were not alone..They cannot be so touchy then..
In the mean time, Sumedh, Parth and Erica started their joky, interrupting, fake coughings.

One thing was now clear, Paarth's and Erica's FIRST MEET turned out to be a positive one..

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A month has passed. The Mumbai Teens, which now consisted of 5 members now, is doing a commendable job. A few days ago it saved a college girl from getting accused as Drug Seller. The work of The Mumbai Teens is just "hatke". They never disclose themselves but write the solution, or the culprit or the real incident on the front board of the office, attached with all the proofs and other evidents. Everyone is impressed with the group. But everyone's question: "Who are the Mumbai Teens?"
When Sourabh or Sumedh or Paarth or Pooja or Erica hear their group's praise from the other students they become so proud and happy.
The 5 of them sat in the canteen. Sourabh sitting beside Pooja and Paarth beside Erica. Sumedh's next chair remained empty..
"Ab tu bhi dhoond le kisi aur ko, Sumedh." Paarth said to Sumedh.
"Arre main bhi to baitha hun na dhoondne ke liye. But kisi main woh baat nahi.." Sumedh quirked.
" Ab koi pat nahi raha hai, to yahi bolega na.." Pooja joked.
"Bas bhi kijiye di, Mr Fresher hun main, kuch toh respect dijiye." Sumedh replied.

"Arre chill, chill..Sumedh ko bhi miljayegi koi jo uske taunts seh sake. Aur phir dekhna, sabse zyada gulu gulu uska hi chalega" Sourabh spoke..
Everyone laughed including Sumedh.
"Sahi kaha, Suvi bhaiya" Erica said.

All of them went to their respective lecture rooms. Sumedh was scribbling some thing on the bench, when this happened. It was Economics lecture time. The subject he had no interest in.
The college head entered the room followed by a pretty, sweet girl.
"Attention here students!", Mr Verma,the president exclaimed. "Meet Sanskruti, she is new here. Her father got a transfer to Mumbai and so she joined the college late. But she is an intelligent student. She will pick up all the things that she is lagging behind. And I hope, you will support and help her out. Sanskruti, go find your seat."

Sanskruti once looked at all the students of the class. She smiled to herself and went towards Sumedh. Sumedh was looking towards her. He felt that he has been casted a spell. A magic spell which he enjoyed. He gazed at Sanskruti untill she gave him a stir.

"Hey are you ok?" Sanskruti asked.

"Ummm, Yes..Hi, Sumedh Mudgalkar."

"Sanskruti Balgude. Ab hat bhi jao, baithne nahi doge kya."

Sumedh blushed a bit and shifted to his right. Sanskruti sat beside him.

"Kaafi fast ho tum.." Sumedh taunted. He always does that. Sumedh- The TauntMaster..

"21st century main, agar tum hum ladkiyo ko slow hona expect kar rahe ho, then you are a dumbass. Mera kya hai, 2x main bhi chal jau.." Sanskruti laughed when she trolled Sumedh  back.

Sumedh was impressed. It was the first time, a girl trolled him back. "Bandi mil gayi" He thought to himself.

" Friends?" Sumedh asked..

"No."

Sumedh became upset. 

"Best friends?" Sanskruti asked..

"WOW! That was quick" 

Sumedh was confused. He thought that being best friend is a good way to get friendzoned. But anyways, it was a good start. Sanskruti was a "dhamaal" girl..She was fulltoo different. Sumedh had seen very few girls who were Self Sufficient and so confident yet jolly and decent. He wanted to introduce her to his team.

"Will you meet my friends?" Sumedh asked

" Surely. Why not?"

"Cool"

After college Sumedh introduced Sanskruti to "Mumbai Teens". Everyone made her feel so comfortable.

" Hi, Sanskruti, I hope you are not getting irritated by Sumu's trolls." Paarth said.

"Babare, main kya troll karu use, isne to mera muh hi band kar diya.." Sumedh said.

" To yeh bandi tujhe tight degi.."

Everyone including Sanskruti gave a hearty laugh..

"It was nice meeting you all. Main roz ap logo se milna chahungi."

"Anytime" Sourabh smiled sweetly. Sourabh's smile was so sweet that Pooja gazed at him which made Sourabh blush..

 "Sanskruti, I am dropping you home." Sumedh said.

"Pehle din kuch zyada hi sweet nahi ho raha? Aplog hi boliye, Sumedh ko trust karu?" Sanskruti asked in tone of suspicion and joke.

" Ha bilkul, trust kar sakti. But it is better if you stay cautious. Yeh kuch bhi kar sakta hai" Pooja replied, that made Sanskruti laugh.

"Wah di! Thappad aur compliment dono eksaath!" Sumedh chuckled..

 

On the way back home, when Sumedh was driving Sanskruti to her house, He wanted to tell her about "The Mumbai Teens". But he could not do that untill Sourabh permits him. Instead he asked:

"Apne baare main kuch bata"

"Ummm, kya batau? I know myself the least. Tu kuch din ruk mere saath tujhe mere baare main pata chal jayega..Tu bata kuch."

" Am Mr Fresher and Single. Bas itna hi.."

Sanskruti gave him an awkward look..

" Ok, kal se mera project, tujhe observe karke tere baare main janna.."

"waah! Main to celeb ban gayi..Paparazzi huh?"

Both laughed frankly while the car stopped at her house.Sumedh dropped Sanskruti. A new chapter began in Sumedh's life. 

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So its time for College Excursion. The students are hell excited for this trip. College is taking the students to Mussorie this time. The best part of the trip is spending sleepless nights with friends, doing whole night parties, and clicking endless photos and selfies with friends. The students of St Louis College awaits only two things: One is the college fest and the other is the college excursion. Sumedh, Paarth and Pooja were sitting together on the college staircase and discussing about the College trip. The team will be together for the whole trip, including Sanskruti. Though she is not officially the member of The Mumbai Teens, but Sourabh insited Sumedh to include his New best friend. It was actually Erica's plan. She planned to patch Sumedh and Sanskruti up. Cause she understood that Sumedh likes Sanskruti. Sumedh, Paarth and Sourabh are the most organised, so they were to decide the plan, but Pooja took Sourabh's responsibility. She said that girls are more efficient planner for anything.

"So me, Erica and Sanskruti will stay in a room and you boys stay in the next room." Pooja said.
"Hmmm..And lets just not forget to take our detective kits..Kuch bhi ho sakta hai." Paarth said
"Arre waha kya hoga?" Sumedh giggled..

"Kuch bhi ho sakta hai." Sourabh said as he joined the converstion. "Hmm..Sakha is right." Pooja supported
"to, let me clear everything out" Sumedh said, " our excursion is on 20th march, on 21st we will reach our destination and then.."
" Arre yeh sab sara college ko pata hai. Humare plans bol tu." Sourabh replied.
"Ha Ha, all the girls are staying together and the boys are staying together. Ekdin party karenge, koi secret adda dhondenge hotel mein where official meetings can be held, lots of enjoyment and happiness all together. Aur ha, we are taking our detective kits..All right?
"All right..." Everyone shouted..
"Hi everyone, Kya chal raha hai?" It was Sanskruti.
"Planning for excursion, come na, join us" Pooja said.
" Surely.."

After college, Sumedh personally met Sourabh. He wanted to ask his permission to inform Sanskruti about the Mumbai Teens and add her to the team.
"Tujhe lagta hai ki Sanskruti main aisa potential hai?"
"Haa bhaiya, she is superb. She is a fast learner, confident, and very intelligent with an ability to discriminate between the right and the wrong." Sumedh urged.
"Thik hai, i trust you. Jo tujhe thik lage wahi kar. And yes I trust Sanskruti too. Okay , you can add her."
"Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you so much, Bhaiya" Sumedh hugged Sourabh hard and kissed him on his cheek..
"Aeeee, durr reh mujhse, hatt, hurr" Sourabh protested.
Both of them shared a laugh and Sumedh left.

"Yeh, to Sanskruti pyar bhi karne lag gaya hai..Aur yaha main ek simple si baat Pooja ko nahi bata sakta..that i love her. Hey bhagwaan, yeh juniors to bohot pohochi hui cheez hai." Sourabh thought to himself and smiled..

"Sanskruti, I have something to tell you." Sumedh said as soon as She picked up the call. She was in her house.
"Na hello, na hi, sidha serious baat? kya hua, bol.." came from the other side.
" Can you meet me now.?"
"No..I am very tired. Kal milte hai. College main. Bye"
Call ended.

" Waah!Kya advantage le rahi best friendship ka!" Sumedh said to himself. "But i am happy that she is strong and expresses her opinion. She never follows anyone blindly and that's what makes her "DHAMAAL".."

The next day in college, Sumedh took Sanskruti to the back staircase of the college. No one usually goes there and it is a safe place to speak his heart out. Sometimes Mumbai Teens meets there too.
Though Sanskruti was a bit scared. Every girl would be a little confused and sacared that time. But she trusted Sumedh and so she kept mummed.
"Listen to me carefully San." Sumedh's tone sounded serious and excited.
"Ha bol na Sumedh. Anything serious?"
" Did you hear of The Mumbai Teens?" Sumedh asked
"Haa, bohot baar, they are like the superheroes of the college. But no one knows their identity...Hey, tumhe pata hai woh log kaun hai?"
"Haa.."
"W-H-A-T? Seriously..joke nahi kar raha na?"
"Nahi baba..I know them."
"Accha to bol kaun hai woh log."
" Sourabh Raaj Jain, Paarth Samthaan, Erica Fernandez, Pooja Sharma and...."
"And?" Sanskruti was shocked. Till now she had been unknowingly talking to THE MUMBAI TEENS! She didn't believe her ears. At first she thought Sumedh was bluffing..
"And Sumedh Mudgalkar."
"WHAT? You are the MUMBAI TEENS? Aur tu mujhe aj bata raha hai? Are you serious?
"Damn serious..agar yakeen nahi hota to ask them"
"No no. I believe you. But tune yeh sab sirf mujhe hi kyun bataya?" Sanskruti's eyes narrowed
"Because I BELIEVE YOU."
Sumedh and Sanskruti lost into each other. They gazed at each other for don't know how much time. Their eyelock was interrupted by the college bell.
Sumedh was about to leave Sanskruti behind when she called Sumedh.
"Sumedh!"
He turned back. Sanskruti walked towards him, closer and closer. She whispered to his ears..
"Can i be a part of this team? Of course if you don't have any problem.."
Sumedh blushed a bit and whispered back to her ears, touching her cheeks a bit. She felt the warmth of his hand and closed her eyes. She cherished the moment.She somehow enjoys his every touch. This attraction, this long was very pure.
"Welcome to the team San.." Saying this he winked at her.
Sanskruti blushed..

 

Excursion day it was. The college students were about to gather in the Mumbai Station, platform 6 one hour before the departure. Attendence taking, meeting the respective groups, seggregating the sensitive students and the pranksters, explaining the same rules and regulations which the students had probably memorised, gossiping, criticising the quality of the excursion, all would take at least an hour.
THE MUMBAI TEENS, which now consisted of 6 members arrived the station.
"Aj to maza aane wala hai" Sanskruti was very excited. It was her first College Excursion.
"And it is up to you all to make mine and Pooja's last college trip the most memorable one..ok guys?" Sourabh spoke up.
"Yes yaar, This is like our last college trip! 3 saal kab aur kaise guzar gaye pata nahi chala! I will be missing all these." Pooja replied
"Guys, yeh waqt senti hone ka nahi hai! enjoy!" Erica stirred them up..
"Yes ! this would be the most memorable trip ever and adventurous too" Sumedh said..
Everyone boarded the train and took up their respective seats according to their groups. They would be reaching Mussorie by next morning.
Yes, this trip would be their most memorable one indeed...

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The college students reached Mussorie. No body slept in the train. Everybody was busy enjoying themselves. The train reached the station at 5:21 am. From there, the students will board buses to reach the hotel which was about 16 km away from the station. The college always books a hotel which is situated in the outskirts. The students are tired but excited at the same time. After boarding the buses safely the students leave for hotel. The beautiful scenic beauty, the mesmerising views, heavenly valleys and the romantic cool weather leave the students delighted and in awe. Sourabh and Pooja were sitting together. Sumedh and Sanskruti were sitting in the opposite row beside Sourabh and Pooja. Parth and Erica were sitting behind Sumedh and Sanskruti.

"Mast jagah hai na?" Pooja exclaimed. "I am visiting this place for the first time and i am loving it. This is faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar better than Sunderbans.."
"Don't tell like this di, Sunderbans were advantageous for us." Erica protested.. She is a science student and she is interested in Botany and Zoology..
" I agree with Pooja, Sunderbans were boring as hell." Paarth spoke but became quiet immediately as Erica looked at him with an angry expression.
"Kyun Tommy? Phas gaya na gf ki side na leke?" Sumedh taunted.
"I AM NOT TOMMY AND...What ? Gf?" Paarth felt awkward. He blushed heavily. Erica blushed too but she enjoyed the taunts. She was happy with the title of "girlfriend". But she didn't want to make the first move. She longed for his propose but Paarth was too shy and scared to speak his heart out. He loved Erica but couldn't express that love. Probably he was scared by thinking how Erica would react.
"We ,..we....are ..not..not co..couple Sumedh." Erica said shyly..

"Arre, Choro yeh sab baatien, guys look out of the window.." Sanskruti interrupted. The bus moving through a beautiful valley. It was going to a higher elevation. The hotel must be a hill top resort.
But among all these, Sourabh was quiet. He was thinking a thing. How to make use of this trip? He wanted to propose Pooja and was thinking ways to propose her. Pooja noticed his silence.
"Tu itna silent kyun hai sakha?" She asked.
"Firstly, stop calling me sakha." Sourabh replied. His reply left Pooja and other members stunned. Sakha-Sakhi were the little cute relationship. Why would he react like that? Sumedh whispered in Sanskruti's ears: "Sourabh bhaiya ke man khayal aa rahe hai.."
Sanskruti whispered back: "Kaise khayal?"
"Sakhi-sakhi ka rishta chor ke, ab Mahadev-Gauri banne ka khayal"
"Kya?"
"Mila lena meri baat..Mahapurush Sumedh mudgalkar bol raha hai Suvi bhaiya propose karega Pooja di ko iss trip main."
Sanskruti returned a smile.

"Fine, i will not call you sakha.." Pooja was in a way happy as she came out of the friendzoned relationship.

"okay girls and boys, We have reached the MOONFLOWER RESORT." Mr Verma announced. "But before getting down from the bus, I want to tell you some rules..As this is not Mumbai, there is no night life. So after 6pm no one will get out of the resort. Jo masti karna hai, hotel maain karna, varna vaadiyon main agar gir gaye to humari responsibility nahi hai. And today at the evening we have organised a bonfire in the resort. So be there on time. Okay? Now you can get down."

As Sumedh got down from the bus he was encountered with Mallika Singh. A student of St Louis whom he always wants to avoid. Mallika is mad about Sumedh and she hates Sanskruti.
"Hey bhagwaan, Ab trip pakka bura jayega!" Sumedh thought to himself. He wanted to go to Sanskruti who was gesturing him with her hands by then.
"Hi handsome." Mallika said.
"Hello, zandu..aa mera matlab hai Mallika.." Sumedh hesitated. He describes Mallika as Zandu balm. Sanskruti knew this and so she was enjoying the scene.
"Kaha jaa rahe ho?"
"Ab,,San ke paas. Wahi to mere jannat hai."
"Aur tum meri jannat ho."
"Haa, samajh gaya behen." Sumedh excused himself and ran towards Sanskruti.
Mallika was irritated with Sumedh's reply. "Kitna arrogent hai. He doesn;'t deserve me."

 

Sourabh called Sumedh and Paarth to his room after for an exclusive boys meeting.
"So my shero, I want a help from you." Sourabh said.
"Ha boliyo, Shero da gabbar, Kya help chahiye." Sumedh replied.
"Bhai, iss trip main teri bhabi ko propose karne jaa raha hun."
"Ohooooooooo, Suvi bhai, Ab sakhi se sidha humare bhabi ban gayi Pooja di" Paarth screamed.
"haa yaar, Itna sab kuch ho gaya aur hume pata tak nahi chala!" Sumedh replied.
Sourabh said:" Woh sab chor, bol kya karu main?"
"Tension lenek nahi, mast jake bol do." Sumedh advised.
"Mast jake bol do..Itna asaan nahi hai. agar hota to tu Sanskruti ko propose kar hi deta." Sourabh replied. "Aj nahi bataunga, 2 din baad bolunga. Tab tak main kuch prep bhi kar lunga."
"Koi bhi help, chaiyhe to bhai hai. Bhaiyo ko bata dena..bas" Paarth replied.
'Shukriya bhaiyo." Sourabh was overwhelmed.
The three brothers shared a hug.

6pm it is. Bonfire time. The students gathered round the fire and enjoyed the cool weather with the warmth of the fire.
The Mumbai Teens couples sat together. The atmosphere was romantic. Sourabh and Pooja sat together. They sat so close that they looked inseperable. They have expressed their love already in silence. Though not officially a couple but their hearts have joined.

Sumedh and Sanskruti sat together. Sanskruti kept her hands on Sumedh's and they were comfortable with each other. Mallika gazed at the couple with jealousy and insignificance. But they didn't care. They were busy with each other.
On the other hand Paarth and Erica shared a common blanket. They gazed at each other. They were lost into each other.
Clearly love was in the air..

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Last night was bliss. The bonfire got the boys and girls so close. It was so cozy and romantic. Sourabh and Pooja both enjoyed each other's company. They wanted to speak their heart out. They wanted to propose each other. But...that but came between. But Sourabh will remove that "BUT" from his way soon and make Pooja his forever.
On the other hand, Paarth and Erica are lost in love. They just cannot spend time without each other. Paarth proposed Erica last night in front of everyone and Erica said YES. So they are officially a couple now. Everyone congratulated them for their new committed life

The students spent their morning by sight seeing. Paarth and Erica were the most excited. This trip gifted them each other.
"Kyun Bhai, teri bhi lag gayi na?"Sumedh said which made Paarth smile.
"Yes.."
Sanskruti and Sumedh spent the whole morning together. They were in love with each other's company. Sourabh was observing his one committed and the 2nd about to get committed juniors .
"In logo ne bhi propose kar diya.. Main nahi kar paya! Nahi Suvi, tu aj hi Pooja ko propose karega." He thought to himself.
Morning spent in enjoyment.

Evening time. Sumedh was sitting alone on a swing in front of the resort, gazing at the beautiful full moon night. Sanskruti suddenly sat beside him. Sumedh's focus jumped to her.
"The sky is beautiful.Isn't it?" He asked.
"Hmm. And romantic too." Sanskruti replied.
"You know i have been thinking something. Main pehle different tha. Mujhe akela rehna sabse pasand tha. I was deep! Mujhe apne problems, apne khushiyan, apne feelings, apne paas rakhna pasand karta tha. But main woh sab kisi se baantna chahta hun. Kisi ke saath apna saara time spend karna chahta hun. I dont know what is happening to me. Jab bhi main tumhe dekhta hun, i feel like the whole world is standing in front of me. I feel no other temptations but you. I am felling in love with you San." Sumedh looked at Sanskruti. He had been saying all this with his eyes closed. Adrenaline rushing in his body. His breath increased. He felt restless. He felt like he has tears in his eyes. But at the next moment he lowered his head. He knew Sanskruti would reject him.
"But that's okay. Yeh sirf ek tarfa feelings. Hum best friends bhi reh sakte. All that matters is, that I have You." Sumedh said softly. His voice cracked. " I am not perfect and i neither would be able to. I am me and i have always be my real me in front of you. But.."
"SSSSHHHHH!! You speak a lot." Sanskruti interrupted as she held his mouth. "Relax. I am there with you."
Sumedh held her hand and placed it on his chest. Sanskruti could feel his heart which was beating faster and faster. Sumedh starred at Sanskruti and vice versa. Their heads came closer and closer. Sanskruti dragged her hands from his chest to his face. Sumedh placed his hand on Sanskruti's face. They had their eyes closed. Sumedh felt a warmth on his lips. He could taste something cherry. It was probably Sanskruti's flavoured lip balm. Sanskruti felt the comfort of the whole world. She could feel the fire burning within her. She felt the softness of Sumedh's intoxicating lips.
They both kissed passionately.

Sanskruti kept her head on Sumedh's shoulder. They both held each other's hands, Gazing at the sky.
"I love you." Sumedh spoke.
"Love you too.." Sanskruti lifted her head, and left a peck on Sumedh's lips. Sumedh gave her passionate lover look.

Their romance was interrupted by Shanaya's shriek. Shanaya was the best friend of Mallika and she shared her room in the trip. Hearing her shriek, the students came running including Mumbai Teens.
"What happened Shanaya?" Mr Verma asked her. "Why are you screaming?"
"Sir, Sir.." Shanaya was horrified. She was drenched with sweat, heavily scared and shocked.
"Yes, Shanaya, calm down. Tell us what happened." Mr Verma replied. "Koi Paani pilao ise. Go and get some water." He instructed.
After drinking water Shanaya took everyone to her room. Everyone was stunned. The room was completely messy. The floor was drowning in blood. Curtains torn, Lamps broken. Sourabh was alarmed. He continued observing the minute details of the room. Infact every members of The Mumbai Teens were busy looking for some clue. Though by not moving. They stood at a place and observed the room.
Suddenly Mr Verma said, " Where is Mallika?"
Mallika wasn't there. She was missing.
"Kahi yeh khoon, Mallika ke to nahi?" Someone said.
Everybody looked alarmed and terrified. What was happening? Paarth clicked the photos of the room with his DSLR, which he carried with him everywhere on the trip.
"Dont be scared students. She will be alright. We will find her soon. I am calling the local police now." Mr Verma said.

"Quick, meeting now." Sourabh instructed to his team.
"Bhai ruk jao, Police aane ko. Let them investigate first. Woh log sabse baatein karenge. They want everyone near the crime spot. Abhi mat karo." Sumedh suggested.
"Hmm. Baat sahi hai." Pooja supported. " Let's wait till the police arrives.

The police came after half an hour. Mr Rahul Chopra, came himself. He was the head officer of his branch. He examined the room carefully, clicked some pictures and instucted his fellow officers to collect the objects of the room. After all this, he started questioning the students and the staffs. He looked stout, strict and hardy.
He questioned Shanaya first.
"Ap ne yeh sab kab, aur kaise dekha. Speak the truth and don't be scared. I dont want any hesitations." Mr Chopra asked.
"Sir, I am the room mate of Mallika Singh and her best friend. As instructed by Mr Verma, we don't step out of the Resort after 6pm. Me and Mallika were in our room. Usne mujhe Resort ki Restro main bheji to order and bring some Pakodas. I went to the restro. Pakodas banane main aur dene main time lagta hai. So i waited there. When i returned to my room, Maine yeh sab dekha and found Mallika missing." Shanaya explained.
Sourabh and his team listened to her verdict.
"Ek min," Sumedh said " Mallika ne Shanaya ko niche restro main bheja to bring pakodas? Room Service bhi to karwa sakti thi! Was she so dumb?"
"No Sumedh, it isn't that simple. Mallika bohot shatir hai. We shouldn't get mistaken by calling her dumb." Pooja replied.
"Yes di.." Paarth supported.

"Hmmm" Mr Chopra turned to Mr Verma. "Aur ap kya kar rahe the tab?"
"I was in my room." Mr Verma replied.
"Room main kya kar rahe the?"
Mr Verma hesitated initially, but finally spoke up "I was smoking."
"Hmm"

Rahul Chopra went towards Sourabh.
"Name."
"Sourabh Raaj Jain."
"What were you doing?"
"I was in my room, preparing notes. I heard her shriek and went running along with the other students"
"Preparing notes? Trip main aake? Itna zyada bookworm hai tu.." Rahul's reply was harsh.
"Sir, I really do care about my studies and sems. I don't like to waste my time." Sourabh replied controlling his anger.
"Notes hume handover karega tu, dekhe to nawabzaade kaise notes banate hai!"
Sourabh was irritated with him. His eyes revealed rage and anger.
"Arre cool down. I am joking. Tumko dekhkei bookworm lagta hai. No need to give your notes to me. Itna bhi bura nahi hun"
Sourabh calmed down. Rahul had a cute attitude.

He turned towards Pooja and asked her the same question. After Pooja, he asked Sumedh, Sanskruti who replied him truthfully, and then he questioned Paarth and Erica, who co-operated with Rahul.
Rahul and the other officers took the verdict of the students.
"Kal phir ayenge." Rahul replied.
He was about to leave when Sourabh called him. He went towards Rahul. He was followed by Mr Verma.
"Kya hai?" Rahul Chopra asked.
"If you dont mind sir, we will also look into this matter. "
"Beta, yeh baccho ka khel nahi hai. Investigation hai yeh." Rahul replied.
"I know Sir. But we are an investigative team. We are Mumbai Teens."
"Mumbai Teens?"
Mr Verma who had been listening Sourabh and Rahul's conversation, spoke up. "What? You are The Mumbai Teens?"
"Yes sir." Sourabh replied.
Mr Verma elaborated "Mr Rahul, Mumbai Teens are the superheroes of the college. They have solved more than 50 problems of the college. No body knew their identity. I assure you, you can leave the responsibility on them. They are trustworthy."
Rahul Chopra thought for a while and said: "Okay, but they will not interfere in our work. Yeh log apne tarah investigate karenge. But the police will do the main work. Okay you can take help from us too. But we are not supposed to leak any goverment documents to you. Is it clear? And see, tum log aisa kuch bhi mat karna jiske vajah se mujhe tum logo ko boycott karna pade."
"I assure you sir, we will not disappoint you. These are my teammates." Sourabh pointed towards Pooja, Sumedh, Erica, Paarth and Sanskruti.
Rahul gave a quick glance at them and left.

"Quick, meeting in my room." Sourabh instucted to his team.
Thus the story begins...

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THE MEETING WAS HELD AT SOURABH'S ROOM. EVERYOBODY SAT SCATTERED. EVERYONE WAS SERIOUS. NO ROMANCE, NO JOKES. jOKES AND ROMANCE ON ONE SIDE AND PROFESSIONALISM AND WORK ARE ON THE OTHER SIDE. THEY RIGHT NOW FOCUSED ON THE OTHER SIDE. THEY WERE INVESTIGATING THE MATTER. MR RAHUL CHOPRA HAS GIVEN THEM THE PERMISSION TO LOOK INTO THE MATTER. THEY WERE DISCUSSING THE MATTER. EVERYONE WAS SILENT. IT WAS POOJA WHO BROKE THE ICE.
"PAARTH," SHE SPOKE
"YES DI,' PAARTH REPLIED.
"SHOW ME THE PICTURES OF THE EVIDENCES YOU CLICKED. MUJHE WOH ACCHE SE DEKHNA HAI." POOJA REPLIED.
PAARTH LOADED THE PICTURES ON HIS LAPTOP FROM HIS CAMERA AND SHOWED IT TO EVERYONE. EVERYONE LOOKED AT IT CAREFULLY EXCEPT SANSKRUTI. SUMEDH NOTICED THE CHANGE WITHIN HER., BUT KEPT QUIET. 

"AISA NAHI HOGA, PAARTH PRINT THE PICTURES AND LET EVERYONE HAVE A COPY OF THE PICTURES INDIVIDUALLY." SUMEDH SAID.

'HMM, YOU ARE RIGHT" SOURABH SUPPORTED AS HE LOOKED AT ERICA. ERICA IS A FORENSIC EXPERT AND A SCIENCE STUDENT. 

"ERICA, HAVE YOU BROUGHT YOUR FORENSIC KIT?" SOURABH ASKED.

ERICA QUICKLY SHOWED HER KIT TO EVERYONE. 

"GOOD, YOU WILL ANALYSE THE BLOOD SAMPLE. OKAY?" POOJA ORDERED.

"BUT I DONT HAVE THE SAMPLE. I NEED YOU GUYS TO BRING ME SOME SAMPLE."

"WOH HUMPE CHOR DE, WE BOYS ARE GOING TO PEEK INTO THE ROOM TONIGHT. POLICE ZYADA KUCH NAHI LE GAYE AJ. JAISA THA WAISE HI REH GAYA. HUME KUCH EVIDENCE MILA TO WOH COLLECT KARENGE." 

EVERYONE NODDED EXCEPT SANSKRUTI. SUMEDH NOTICED HER BUT KEPT MUUMED. IT WAS POOJA WHO QUESTIONED HER. "KYA HUA TUJHE? CHUP KYUN HAI?"

"NOTHING DI, I WAS LISTENING TO YOU ALL." SANSKRUTI REPLIED. BUT SUMEDH KNEW SHE WASN'T LISTENING AT ALL. SANSKRUTI WAS DISGUSTED FOR A REASON. GOD KNOWS WHAT REASON.

 

2:00 AM,MIDNIGHT. THE SURROUNDING WAS UNUSUALLY QUIET. THE CORRIDOR LIGHTS WERE DIMLY LIT. SOURABH AND PAARTH WAITED FOR SUMEDH WHO WENT TO STEAL THE ROOM KEYS. THE ORIGINAL KEY WAS UNDER POLICE CUSTODY. BUT THE RESORT HAD IT'S DUPLICATE KEY. THE KEY WAS WITH THE NIGHT GUARD.  AND SUMEDH HAD TO STEAL IT. HE CREEPED  INTO THE SECURITY ROOM TO FIND THE GUARD ASLEEP IN FRONT OF THE CCTV MONITOR.

"WAAH! KYA BADIYA SECURITY HAI! NIGHT GUARD NIGHT DUTY MAIN GHORE BECHKE SO RAHA HAI. CHALO CHLOROFORM TO BACH GAYA." SUMEDH THOUGHT TO HIMSELF AS HE CRAWLED INTO THE ROOM. HE WENT TO THE KEY BOARD WHERE ALL THE DUPLICATE KEYS WERE HANGED. HE NOISELESSLY PICKED UP THE KEY OF ROOM 303, MALLIKA'S ROOM. SHANAYA HAS BEEN SHIFTED TO ADITI'S ROOM WITH ALL HER BELONGINGS. { WHO IS ADITI, IS NOT A SIGNIFICANT QUESTION, SO DONT THINK ABOUT IT.}. AFTER STEALING THE KEY SUMEDH WENT TO ROOM 303, IN FRONT OF WHICH SOURABH AND PAARTH WAS WAITING FOR HIM.

"KOI PARESHAANI NAHI HUI NA?" SOURABH CLARIFIED.

SUMEDH CLICKED HIS TONGUE TO EXPRESS THE EASE WITH WHICH HE STOLE THE KEY. "NIGHT GUARD GHORE BECHKE SO RAHA THA, AUR KHARATE BHI MAAR RAHA THA."

PAARTH GIGGLED, "OKAY, TO AB WOH KOI CHOR  KO KUMPHU KHARATE MARKE BHAGAYEGA.." SUMEDH LAUGHED TOO.

"SHUT UP GUYS..FOCUS" SOURABH ORDERED.

 

THE THREE BOYS PEEPED INTO THE ROOM SECRETLY. THERE WAS LEAST CHANGE IN THE ROOM FROM THE PREVIOUS TIME. BLOOD SPILLED OVER, LAMPS BROKEN, CURTAINS TORN. THE POLICE HAS COLLECTED ONLY THE OBJECTS THROUGH WHICH THEY CAN DETECT FINGERPRINTS. WHILE SUMEDH COLLECTED A LITTLE BIT OF BLOOD AS SAMPLE, PAARTH AND SOURABH SEARCHED THE ROOM FOR EVIDENCES. SOURABH WAS SEARCHING THE BATHROOM. IT WAS THEN HE FOUND TWO SCREWS FALLEN BESIDE THE COMMODE. SOURABH OBSERVED THE BATHROOM WINDOW JUST ABOVE THE COMMODE. HE NOTICED THAT TWO SCREWS WERE MISSING WHICH MADE THE WINDOW GLASS UNSTABLE, THUS LETTING ANYONE TO ENTER THE BATHROOM FROM OUTSIDE. MALLIKA'S ROOM WAS ON 2ND FLOOR, SO IT WAS NOT A BIG DEAL FOR ANYONE TO CLIMP IT. BUT AT THE SAME TIME HE UNDERSTOOD THAT IT WAS SOMEONE WHO OPENED THE WINDOW FROM INSIDE. 

"BHAIYA" SUMEDH CALLED OUT SOURABH AND PAARTH. HE POINTED OUT A LIPSTICK STAIN ON THE WALL JUST BESIDE THE BED. THE POLICE HAS PROBABLY OVERLOOKED IT AS IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT TO DISTINGUISH RED LIPSTICK MARK ON THE RED PAINTED WALL.

"BHAI, APKO LAGTA HAI SOMEONE HAS RUBBED THE VICTIM'S FACE ON THE WALL WHILE DOING ANY FORCEFUL DEED?" PAARTH ASKED SOURABH.

"JISKA BHI YEH LIPSTICK STAIN HO, MALLIKA KE NAHI HAI. SHE DOESN'T WEAR LIPSTICK, ALLERGY HAI USE LIPSTICK SE." SUMEDH SAID.

"AUR YE TUJHE KAISE PATA, MR GOOGLE?" PAARTH TAUNTED SUMEDH.

'PURE COLLEGE KO PATA HAI, KYUN KI JO CHUDAIL APNI PURI MUH PE MAKEUP THOP KE ATA HAI, WOH LIPSTICK NA LAGAYE, THAT'S UNUSUAL." SUMEDH REPLIED

"TO HUME YEH PATA LAGANA HOGA KI AISA LIPSTICK SHANAYA USE TO NAHI KARTI" SOURABH SUGGESTED

"HMM, YOU ARE RIGHT." PAARTH REPLIED.

"AUR TO AUR, KISINE JAAN MUCHKE ANADAR SE BATHROOM WINDOW KHOLA HAI TO LET THAT KIDNAPPER IN. IT'S NOT POSSIBLE FOR HIM/HER TO OPEN THE WINDOW FROM OUTSIDE. ISKA MATLAB HAI KOI MILA HUA HAI AUR HUMARE COLLEGE SE HI HAI."

"HOTEL STAFFS BHI HO SAKTE HAI." SUMEDH SAID.

"HMM, PAARTH YOU COLLECTED THE BLOOD SAMPLE?" SOURABH ASKED

"YES,SUMEDH DID."

"GUYS," SUMEDH SEEKED THEIR ATTENTION AND POINNTED TOWARDS A BURNT CIGAR SLIGHTLY UNDER THE BED..

"KYA CHAN BIN KIYA POLICE NE, KUCH BHI NAHI LEKE GAYA SAALO NE.." SOURABH EXPRESSED HIS DISGUST TOWARDS THE POLOICE'S WORK.

"UNHE NAHI MILA, ISILIYE HUME MILA. SUMEDH, ISSE BHI PLASTIC CASE MAIN DAAL DO." PAARTH ORDERED.

"YES CAPTAIN." SUMEDH DID ACCORDINGLY. HE ALSO CLICKED THE PICTURES OF THE LIPSTICK STAIN. THEY SEARCHED THE ROOM FOR A FINAL TIME AND THEN LEFT. PAARTH WENT TO ERICA TO HAND HER THE BLOOD SAMPLE.

"ANALYSE KARWA DO..MAIN SONE CHALA, GOOD NIGHT." PAARTH SAID TO ERICA.

"IT'S GOOD MORNING, 4 BAJ GAYE." ERICA SMILED. PAARTH LEFT. SUMEDH KEPT THE KEYS BACK TO ITS ORIGNAL PLACE WITHOUT ANY DIFFICULTY AS THE NIGHT GUARD WAS STILL SLEEPING HARD. SOURABH ALSO WENT TO SLEEP. THE NEXT MEET WAS AT 11 AM IN THE AFTERNOON.

THE MEMBERS GATHERED AT SUMEDH'S ROOM EXCEPT SANSKRUTI. HER ABSENCE WORRIED HIM BUT HE DIDN'T UTTTER A WORD. HE WAS FIRST A SPY THEN SANSKRUTI'S BOYFRIEND. THE MEMBERS DICUSSED THE ISSUE WHILE ERICA MADE HER PRESENCE A LITTLE LATE.

SHE WAS KIND OF SHOCKED. SHE SEEKED EVERYONE'S ATTENTION. "GUYS, I ANALYSED THE BLOOD, AND.."

"AND?" POOJA ASKED

"AND THE BLOOD IS NOT BLOOD."

"KYA?" POOJA REPLIED. EVERYONE ELSE LOOKED PUZZLED.

"MATLAB, THE BLOOD IS FAKE. KHOON NAKLI HAI. AND THIS WAS DONE FOR A SHOW." ERICA REPLIED.

" YOU MEAN TO SAY, THAT THE SPILLING OF BLOOD IS JUST A SHOW.." PAARTH SPOKE.

SOURABH WENT IN DEEP THOUGHTS. POOJA SHAKED HIM UP AND ASKED " KAHI, YEH SAB MALLIKA KHUD TO NAHI KAR RAHI??"

"MOTIVE?" SOURABH QUESTIONED BACK. "AGAR AISA HOTA, TO BHI WE HAVE LEFT WITH A FEW QUESTIONS: 1] WHERE IS SHE NOW? 2] WHY 3] HOW?"

"POOJA, ERICA" SUMEDH SPOKE, "YOU ARE GIRLS, ONLY YOU CAN TAKE THE INFORMATION FROM SHANAYA, KI WOH RED LIPSTICK USE KARTI BHI HAI YA NAHI." 

"YEH KAAM MUJHPE CHOR DE. MAIN KAR LUNGI." POOJA REPLIED CONFIDENTLY. SOURABH LOOKED AT HER TIGRESS, HER POOJA. HE WAS PROUD FOR HER. POOJA STARED HIM BACK AND GAVE A WINK. 

"WHERE IS SANSKRUTI?" ERICA ASKED SUMEDH.

"UMM, I DON'T KNOW." SUMEDH SPOKE SOFTLY AND SADLY.

"SUMEDH, WE HAVE TAKEN HER UNDER YOUR RECOMMENDATION AND NOW SHE IS A MEMBER OF THE MUMBAI TEENS AND SHE CAN'T REMAIN SO UNBOTHERED NOW. TELL HER TO APPEAR IN THE NEXT MEET." SOURABH SAID TO SUMEDH. 

SUMEDH COULD NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT SANSKRUTI WAS UP TO. HER ABSENCE BOTHERED HIM. HE WENT TO FIND SANSKRUTI AFTER THE MEETING WAS OVER. SANSKRUTI WAS SITTING ON THE SWING WHERE BOTH OF THEM SPENT SOME QUALITY TIME THE PREVIOUS NIGHT. SUMEDH WENT TO HER AND SCOLEDED HER FOR HER ABSENCE IN THE MEETING. BUT SANSKRUTI ACTED WIERD. SHE WAS UNABLE TO LOOK AT SUMEDH. HUMANS NORMALLY DO THIS WHEN THEY FEEL GUILTY. 

"WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU SAN?" SUMEDH SHOOK HER UP. 

"SUMEDH, CAN YOU PLEASE LEAVE ME ALONE?" SHE REPLID.

"NO, I WON'T. I AM WORRIED. TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED!" 

"NOTHING."

" YOU ARE LYING. THERE IS SOMETHING FISHY. TELL ME. MEREKO BATAO SAN" 

"I SAID NOTHING!"

"TELL ME THE TRUTH. TELL ME. DONT YOU WANT TO BE A MEMBER OF MUMBAI TEENS? DONT YOU?" SUMEDH URGED

SANSKRUTI PUSHED SUMEDH BACK THUS INJURING HIM A BIT AND RAN AWAY. SUMEDH WAS STUNNED. HIS HAND WAS BLEEDING. HIS HANDS PROBABLY RUBBED AGAINST THE METAL NAIL OF THE SWING WHEN SANSKRUTI PUSHED HIM. HE WAS PUUZZLED. HE WAS UNABLE TO UNDERSTAND SANSKRUTI. 

"DID I DO SOMETHING WRONG BY LETTING HER KNOW MY FEELINGS?" SUMEDH THOUGHT TO HIMSELF AS HE STARED AT HIS BLLEDING HAND..

SOURABH WAS THE WITNESS OF ALL THE SCENE FROM THE BALCONY OF HIS ROOM. HE LET OUT A DEEP SIGH. HE FELT SORRY FOR SUMEDH AND AT THE SAME TIME HE WAS UPSET WITH SANSKRUTI. HE THOUGHT OF HANDING ANOTHER TASK TO POOJA. THE TASK OF FOLLOWING SANSKRUTI AND KNOWING WHAT SANSKRUTI WAS UP TO..

SANSKRUTI CRIED IN THE CORNER.

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"Hi Sourabh! Kya dekh rahe ho? " Pooja was there. It was a strange coincidence that whenever Sourabh thought of Pooja, she was there in front of him. And now he thought of handing over his task.. The task of spying Sanskruti. But before Sourabh could utter a word, Pooja started speaking.
"Listen, Mallika ke baare main pata laga rahi hun. Wo kaisi thi, family conditions kaise hai, kisse milti thi, bf kaun hai, last kisko call kari, all these.. " Pooja said.
" But itni info nikalegi kaise? " Sourabh asked.
"Harman Singh"
"What! What the hell are you trying to do!! " Sourabh sounded angry. Of course he was. He hated Harman. Harman was another chipku of the college. He has crushes on every girl of St Louis. And he leaves no stones unturned to flirt with the girls! And Harman knows Mallika very well. Though Harman would be the correct person to tell the info but Sourabh fears a thing. Harman liked Pooja. So Sourabh was basically insecured and a bit jealous too.
"I will just try to act as if I like Harman, and befriend him. Bas uske baad usse Mallika ke baare main info nikalungi. Aise puchungi to woh kabhi nahi bataiga! " Pooja replied.
"You will not do this Pooja! "
"Of course I will sakha! And you know what I am doing is not wrong! "
"No it isn't, but.. "
"No buts.. Tum kya keh rahe the mereko? "
"Haa, Sanskruti is acting wierd. Usse chipki raho and give every little information about her to me.. Ok?"
"Okay, but isn't this invasion of privacy? " Pooja doubted his actions.
"I am doing all this for Mumbai Teens and Sumedh. He loves her very much"

Sumedh was sitting on the swing sadly, looking at his bleeding hand. Tears rolled down his cheek. He felt as if his choice, his love was wrong.
"Sumedh"
He turned around to see Erica standing behind him. She came and sat beside him.
"I know what Sanskruti did was wrong. I saw she pushed you. But koi bhi larki yeh bevajah nahi karegi. Uske dil main zaroor kuch chal raha hai. Jo woh kisi ke saath share nahi kar pa rahi hai. She is herself hurt. " Erica said.
"I know. Bohot acche se janta hu usse main. I know something is going on in her head. But what? Main puchne gaya to she pushed me. "
"Bataigi, trust me, wo tujhe zaroor bataigi. If she loves you, she will share with you. Just give her some time. She needs some time.. " Erica replied.
Sumedh lowered his head.

It was time for the next meeting. Everyone was there. As usual Sanskruti was missing. Sumedh cleared his throat. "Sorry guys, Sanskruti.. "
"It's okay Sumu. Focus" Sourabh interrupted.
"Any news? "
"Umm, yes. Police will be coming today again and Shanaya uses only pink shades of lipstick. I even searched her makeup kit and she didn't lie. " Pooja replied
"So that means, there was a third person in the room. Female. And maybe Mallika was indulged into some kind of fights with her and her face rubbed against the wall which resulted in that lipstick stain" Paarth elaborated.
"Ho sakta hai. But we have to be more specific. And yes, hume yeh baatein Rahul Chopra ko batana hoga. " Sumedh suggested
Everyone agreed with him.
"But woh khoon and cigar! Andar se khirki kholna, sab bohot complicated ho raha hai! " Sourabh said.
"And yeh complications door ho jayenge if we know Mallika's whereabouts very well. Aur uske liye hume Harman ko pakarna hoga. " Pooja replied
Sourabh was trying to calm his anger. He was not ready to see HIS Pooja with that bastard Harman.
"Arre, Harman ki lya zaroorat hai! Mai hu na.. Us zandu balm ko acche se janta hun" Sumedh said.. Sourabh looked towards Sumedh with bright eyes. He has got a reason to check her. "Haa sumedh sahi bol raha hai. Harman ki koi zaroorat nahi. " He said.
"Shut up sakha. " Pooja retaliated.

There was a knock on the door. Sourabh opened it. Mr Rahul Chopra was standing.
"Kuch mila The Mumbai Teens ko? " He smirked.
"Haa sir, bohot kuch" Sourabh answered
Rahul's eyes widened. He was interested.
Sourabh showed him all the evidences, the blood analysis and the lipstick stain picture too.
"Sir, kisine kidnapper ko help kiya hai andar ghusne ke liye. And that must be from our college. " Paarth informed.
"Well done guys. I am impressed. But yaad rahe tum bhi mere suspect list main ho. Carry on with your work but be careful. " Rahul left the room.
"Hmm, ab kya? " Erica asked
"Ab next step.. " Paarth answered and looked at Sourabh and Sumedh.. The three boys probably understood what Paarth said. They had a plan.
Pooja and Erica looked at each other confusingly.
"Tum bhi naa! Hume batao ge yah aise hi eye lock karoge ek dusre ke saath! " Pooja shouted
"Ap tukur tukur mat dekhiye. Time aane par hum bata denge" Sumedh answered.
"Ufff" Erica slapped her head.

Sourabh was strolling in the resort garden trying to think about the missing link when he saw a scene. His anger crossed his limits! Pooja and Harman were sitting together on the swing. They both were discussing something. Sourabh quietly went closer to them. He wanted to hear what Pooja was saying to Harman. He hid behind a tree and listened carefully.
"Aww Harman you are really sweet. I like you so much" Pooja said to Harman.
"Sweet! Aww! Like! Ab baat like tak pahoch gayi! Haye mere fuuti kismat" Sourabh thought to himself. He heard more. Pooja was being a chocolate in front of Harman. She was talking very sweetly which gave Sourabh a headache! Finally not being able to bear the sight, poor Sourabh left for his room. He was sitting desertedly on his room couch remembering the incident that just happened. He heard a knock at the door.. He opened it.
"Sumedh? Tu kya kar raha hai? " Sourabh asked.
"Wo sab choro. Yeh dekho. " He said hurriedly and showed him a picture. The picture was clicked by Paarth last evening (I hope you remember). Sumedh suggested to print the pictures..
Sourabh looked at the picture carefully and then he was shocked. It was the picture of the room balcony. The balcony was covered by a curtain, behind which he could clearly see a shadow standing. A shadow of a girl.
"Oh my god! Parde ke peeche yeh larki kon hai.? " Sourabh surprisingly asked.
"Exactly. Aur next picture main dekhiye, parchayi gayab! " Sumedh showed him another picture of the same view and pointed out that the shadow had disappeared.
"Iska matlab hum jab waha the, tab woh kidnapper tab bhi waha mojud tha, aur phir bhag gayi! We should have checked the balcony first yaar! " Sourabh lamented.
" Hmm, but uss waqt everyone was so shocked. Thank god ki Paarth clicked these pictures. I was observing them and then saw this. "
Sourabh hugged him and said " I am proud of you my boy! Ab to confirmed hai ki kidnapper girl hi hai! "
"Thanks. Accha, agar woh tab waha thi then she knows that police is investigating the case. And she will be alert right? " Sumedh asked.
"Yes. Aur isi alertness ke wajah se she will keep all the records of what is going on here" Sourabh said sharply.
"And kabhi na kabhi to woh idhar ayegi na? " Sumedh said..
"Haa, hume bohot saavdhaan rehna hoga. But abhi ke liye we will follow our next step. "
"Okayy.. Vaise i saw Pooja and Harman together down.. They were behaving like couples. Majra kya hai? " Sumedh asked
"Kya? Couples! Main kuch der ke liye room main Kya aa gaya, yeh log apne ap ko couple samajh bethe! Ruk aj main yeh Harman ko nahi chodunga! Kaha hai wo log" Sourabh bursted out in anger. He stormed out of the room.
Sumedh laughed out loudly "ab Harman, tumhe to mahadev hi bachaye ab! "
But still Sumedh was worried with Sanskruti, who was not ready to meet any member of the Mumbai Teen.. What has happened to her? How will Sumedh know about her whereabouts?

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"Couple ban gaye! itni jurrat uss Harman ka! Main dekhta hun kaise bachta hai aj!" Sourabh stormed out of the room leaving Sumedh behind. He was clearly in a tandav mood! He could not see His Pooja with any Harman. Sumedh was laughing initially, but then his laugh wiped away as soon as he remembered his Sanskruti. He has to talk to her at any cost. Sumedh too left the room. Paarth was sitting beside Erica on the swing. Erica was missing spending time with her love. They both were spending some quality time.

"Pooja, Poojaaaaa" Sourabh howled at the reception. As per his knowledge they should be at the reception. He saw Pooja dropping Harman in front of the elevator. Sourabh rushed towards Pooja, held her hands and pulled her to a side. Harman saw the scene and doubtfully left the sight.
"Kya hua sakha?! What the hell are you thinking to do!" Pooja questioned Sourabh angrily.
"Main, main kya kar raha! tu kya kar rahi hain! pagal hai kya tu! Couple banne ja rahi thi! Aur woh bhi uss Harman ke saath!"
"Couple! Aur main?Tu pagal ho gaya hai kya? I am trying to befriend him. Aur tujhe pata hai na! Leave me! varna tera haath tod dungi main" Pooja threatened Sourabh. He immediately left her hand and returned back to his room. Sourabh had insecurities growing within him. He was jealous of Harman. He tried to pacify himself. "Pooja sirf dhong kar rahi hai. Natak hai woh. Aur yeh sab mere liye hi to kar rahi hai! I shouldn't react like this." He thought to himself.

"Sanskruti, open the door!" Sumedh knocked on Sanskruti's door.
Sanskruti opened the door. She hid her tears. Sumedh raised his eyebrows to express his suprise. "Today you have to tell me! Kya, hua kya hai tujhe! Kyun itni wierd behave kar rahi hai! Agar Mumbai Teens main nahi interest teri, to kyun join ki tu! See Sanskruti, Sourabh bhai has taken you under my recommendations, I thought you were appropriate for this responsibility. But no! Agar hume help nahi kar sakti to atleast humare kaam main baadha mat daalo! Tumhare tension main focus nahi kar paa raha hun. Aur tum.."

"Kya zaroorat hai focus karne ki?" Sanskruti interrupted 

"Matlab?"

"Matlab yeh, ki hum Mussorie aye hai to enjoy. Hum yaha aye hai to spend quality time with you. Aur yaha bhi ek bakwaas sa case mil gaya tumlogoko! Police apna kaam kar raha hai na? To tum logo ko yeh matter dekhne ki kya zaroorat hai! Why cant we enjoy the trip! "

"Bakwaas band karo Sanskruti! Tumhe pata bhi hai tum kya keh rahi ho? Tumhe to excited hone chahiye! yeh tumhara pehla case hai, You should be interested the most. Tum ek accha kaam karne jaa rahi ho and you should be grateful for that!" Sumedh was frustrated with Sanskruti's attitude. 

"Tel lene gaya gratefulness! Mujhe nahi karni investigation, nahi banna Mumbai Teens ka member. Sumedh, try to understand. Tum bhi chor do yeh group." Sanskruti tried to hold Sumedh's face and bring him closer but he pushed her back. Sumedh's eyes revealed disbelief, heartbreak, rage, confusion and what not. The world felt vague to him. HIS Sanskruti, who once called him a superhero for being a member of the group, was convincing him to leave it. He could not believe his ears. He was angry on Sanskruti but more on himself for trusting her. 

"You are sick Sanskruti! I cant believe this is You! Jis group ko main apne jaan se zyada chahta hun, tum aj mujhe uss Mumbai Teens ko chorne ki liye keh rahe ho! Tum nahi rehna chahti to FINE. YOU ARE FIRED!  Chale jao group se. But main yeh group ko kabhi nahi chorunga. Dusro ke feelings ki kadar hai mujhe, I am not a playboy like you. Kya socha tha aur tum kaise nikli!" He vent his frustration out.

"Sumedh.." Sanskruti tried to say something but was stopped by Sumedh.

"Shut up. Go hell with your problems and go hell with you. I am first a member of THE MUMBAI TEENS and then your friend...Actually was your friend. It's over Sanskruti. IT IS OVER!" Sumedh stormed out of her room leaving her in tears. Sanskruti broke down completely. Many thoughts were going on within her mind. She was petrified. She had so many things to say yet nothing to say. Tears rolled down her cheeks. She kept looking at the wall blankly. Her Sumedh has misunderstood her. She had no one else to explain her behaviour..

Sumedh rushed to his room. He fell down helplessly. He was unconsolable. He couldn't control his tears. The heart which was broken could never be healed. The person whom he believed more than himself, injured him the most. "WHY SANSKRUTI WHY! WHY!" he shouted to himself. He kept reminiscing the past, all the memories with Sanskruti flashed into his eyes. He cried helplessly. His room door was open. He forgot to close it in his grief. Pooja was crossing his room when he saw Sumedh howling and crying uncontrollably. She rushed to his help.

"Kya, kya hua Sumedh!? Ro kyun rahe ho. Mujhe batao Sumu, What happened?" She wiped his tears and hugged him as to console him. Sumedh held her tight and cried.

"Di, sab khatam ho gaya!" He replied.

"ARre bol mujhe, hua kya hai!" 

"Sanskruti left the group.." Sumedh explained everything to Pooja, who was shocked with the news. She could not believe that Sanskruti would do all these. Sumedh explained Pooja every word said by Sansruti and at the same time he also mentioned about their first kiss and their break up. "Jisko itna bharosa kiya, wahi peeth pe chura chala diya, Pooja di. Ab main Sourabh bhaiya se kaise ankhein milaunga! Maine ek irresponsible, whimsical, aaur ek selfish larki ko group main le liya! How can i even do this!" 

"Sumedh, dont worry, Suvi kuch nahi kahega tujhe and we all understand you. Hum sab ne us par bharosa kiya tha. Sanskruti aisi niklegi we didn't even think! Rona band kar tu ab." Pooja consoled him.

"hmm." 

"Mujhe nahi pata tha, ki tu larki o  ki tarah rota hai, tere image ka to band baj gaya ab to." Pooja taunted.

"Shut up di." Sumedh patted on Pooja's back and then they  both shared a laugh.

"Ab dekhna, hum kaise Sanskruti ko boycott karte hai. You don't worry." Pooja looked fierce.

"Sahi kehte log.AP sacchi main MAHAKAALI hai." Sumedh said.

"DRAUPADI bhi. Badla lena acchi baat nahi hai, but har baar maaf kar dena bhi thik nahi. Usne jo kiya, we need to teach her a lesson." Pooja said and left the room to inform this to Sourabh.

 

"Oh NO!" Sourabh reacted. "Jiska darr tha, wahi hua."

"Matlab sakha, tumhe pata tha, ki Sanskruti aisa karegi?" Pooja wondered.

"Hmm. Mujhe uspe doubt tha and so i asked you to spy her, which you didn't. Ha HA, Tum har waqt us Harman se chipki rahogi to kaise spy karogi!" Sourabh expressed his disgust.

"Harman! ab yeh Harman kaha se tapak para sakha! Hum dono ke beech Harman ko na lao!" Pooja replied.

"Main nahi laya Pooja, leke tu ayi hai." Sourabh made a face and turned around. 

"Harman ki maa ki aankh! Let's just stop talking about that idiot and mujhe Sanskruti ke baare main batao."

" Oh yes, Sanskruti yeh sab kar zaroor rahi hai, but apne will se nahi." Sourabh sounded serious.

"You mean, her actions are controlled by someone else?"

"Yes and this surely has a connection with Mallika's case. I am 200% sure." Sourabh emphasised.

"But yeh tumhe kaise pata ki she is doing these not by her will.?"

"Her actions. Wo keh kuch rahi hai, kar kuch aur rahi hai. She is quite interested with the case, Maine uske aankhon main dekha hai, but keh rahi hai that she doesn't care. She pushed Sumedh, but uske baad woh to ganga jamuna baha rahi thi. She had guilt in her eyes. She is not selfish, she is selfless and I know this. I am sure, she is being controlled by someone else." Sourabh spoke.

"To ab kya.?" Pooja asked

"Ab next step." Sourabh replied. "Listen keep an eye on Sanskruti. Jaha jaha ja rahi hai, follow her, nazar rakh uspe, kya kar rahi hai sab kuch note kar, har expressions  ko observe kar. Ye le." Sourabh gave a pen camera to Pooja and asked her to keep that in Sanskruti's room so that she can watch Sanskruti's every action.

"Tu yeh bhi laya mumbai se?" Pooja asked.

" Do laya. One for Sanskruti and the other for Mr Verma." 

"Wait..Are you doubting HOD?" 

"No one is out of my suspect list,baby.." This "BABY" made Pooja blushed a bit but soon she regained her cautiousness and left the place.

 

Sourabh had strictly instructed Sumedh, Paarth and Erica to boycott Sanskruti. Only Pooja and Sourabh knew that Sanskruti was helpless and so they decided to carry on their play. Sourabh was concerned with Sumedh, who was not him anymore. He laughed, Taunted, Smiled in front of everyone but his eys, his green hazled eyes which could flatten anyone spoke the truth. The truth that he was not happy. The truth that he was broken from inside. The truth that he was fighting with his past, his memories. The next meeting was to be held the next day 7 am.

6:30 pm, Everyone was in the hotel, in their respective rooms. Sumedh was standing alone in the room balcony regretting his actions. Sourabh knocked at the door. Sumedh opened it. They both stood in the balcony. The mild breeze tickled their cheek and thus making them relaxed.

"Apne ap par itna jurm mat kar bhai." Sourabh sympathised with Sumedh

"Main? Main kidhar jurm kar raha hun? Nahi maine apne aap ko maara aur nahi maine suicide karne ki koshish ki. And I am happy enjoying the case, the trip and the mild breeze." Sumedh replied, trying to hide his feelings.

"Chal ab, guilty feeling se kuch na hove. Agar tujhe mujhe sorry bolna hi hai to abhi soja. Yaad hai na? Raat main jagna hai? We have to follow someone? We have to execute our next plan?" Sourabh tried to lift his mood. There was another knock on the door. Paarth it was. "laa, ab teeno musketeers are here. Plan discuss karle?" Sourabh spoke.

"Hmm Ok." Paarth replied.

"Raat 2:30 am, Mr Verma kahi pe jayenge. Hume unhe follow karna hoga." Sourabh said.

"Woh to thik hai, but 2:30 baje koi chor hi jayega bahar. Kisse milna hai god knows! Thank god Paarth heard him calling and saying this to someone today morning before our meeting." Sumedh said.

"Haa, aj subah garden main kisiko call kar rahe the and I heard his convo. Mujhe to iss HOD pe pehle se hi doubt tha! Saale ne teen teen bar shaadi kiya hai!" Paarth said.

"Yaha to ek ko hi samhaal ne main jaan jaa rahi hai. Aur to aur gaaon basa nahi ke lootere aa gaya wali case hai idhar. Pooja ko na propose kar paya aur abhi yeh Harman ka chakkar" Sourabh spoke.

" CHuchuchu" Sumedh taunted Sourabh and the three of them laughed. It was then that Sourabh's phone rang three times and then it got cut. Sourabh understood, it was Pooja. Because it was her secret trick to call Sourabh. " Guys mujhe jaana hai. baad main milta hu." Sourabh excused himeself and left Sumedh's room. 

"Bhabi ji se milna gaya hai." Paarth said to Sumedh.

"Aur nahi to kya..yeh larkiyan na, insaan ko bandar bana ke chorte hai. Gf banne se pehle hi Suvi bhai  ko bandar bana diya." Sumedh laughed. 

"Kuch der ke liye hi sahi, but iske dimag se Sanskruti ka bhoot utra hai. Mere bhai tujhe aise hi dekhna chahta hun hamesha. Naki tujhe rota hua." Paarth THOUGHT to himself.

 

Sourabh went to Pooja's room.

"Sakha! Sanskruti kisise milne wali hai." I heard her speaking to someone on phone about this while i was spying on her. 

"Kab?" 

"Aj raat ko. Time nahi pata." 

"You and Erica follow Sanskruti. We boys have some work. Jage rehna and woh pen camera se use notice karte jaana. ok?" Sourabh ordered.

"Ok."

 

1:00 am. Everyone is awake- Sourabh, Sumedh and Paarth for following Mr Verma and Pooja and Erica for Sanskruti. Erica doesn't know Pooja's plans. She is just following her orders. Pooja was constantly keeping an eye on Sanskruti. About 30 minutes later Sanskruti left her room. The girls got alarmed. Pooja texted the above thing to Sourabh. Pooja and Erica followed Sanskruti. She was going to a lonely, deserted place where no one has ever gone. Pooja and Erica were about 30 feet away from her and they wore Monkey Caps to cover their face. Sanskruti stopped in front of a cemetery and so did Pooja and Erica. Sanskruti was waiting for someone. Her gestures showed that she was tensed, scared, hyper and guilty. She waited there for an hour. Pooja and Erica also waited. After an hour, a man with suit and cap appeared from the other side of the cemetery. His face was not clear due to the heavy fog. Pooja and Erica struggled to see his face, but in vain.  But soon after they could see three more figures following the man. The man was unaware of this. Pooja realised who the three figures were. They were Sourabh, Paarth and Sumedh. And it didn't take Pooja to realise that the suited man was none other than Mr Verma. Sourabh, Sumedh and Paarth also realised that Mr Verma met Sanskruti. Sourabh could see Pooja and Erica standing far away and hiding themselves. The sight of Sanskruti and Mr Verma gave another shock to Sumedh. He was rooted. 

"But why would Sanskruti meet HOD?" Paarth whispered.

"To execute his plan maybe. Mr Verma is lying constantly. He wasn't smoking during the kidnapping. Woh room main hi nahi the! The room was locked and I am the witness." Sourabh whispered back.

"AP to room main the na? Making notes?" Paarth questioned.

"naah, I was strolling outside." Sourabh clicked his tongue. But out of all these Sumedh was speechless.

WHY WOULD SANSKRUTI MEET VERMA? WAS SHE ASSOCIATED WITH MALLIKA'S KIDNAPPING CASE? WAS SHE THE KIDNAPPER? BUT HOW? SHE WAS WITH SUMEDH THAT TIME! THEN? WHAT WAS SHE UP TO? IS SHE UNDER SOME KIND OF PRESSURE? BUT WHAT?....

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Sankruti met Mr Verma in front of the cemetery. Sourabh,Sumedh and Paarth followed Mr Verma while Pooja and Erica followed Sanskruti. They heard the conversation between Sanskruti and Verma.
"Kaam ho gaya?" Mr Verma asked Sanskruti.
"hmm."
"Bohot accha kaam kiya tune. Iss Mumbai Teens ko jitna tod sakti hai, tod daal. Especially tere 'so called Aashiq' Sumedh ko. Bada chamcha bane firta hai tera aur Sourabh ka. You know what to do right next?"
"Yes, very well." Sanskruti's tone changed from that innocent, sweet, confident girl to evilish. "Next I have to apologise everyone and blame that Shanaya had brainwashed me and win their trust. Uske baad, unka pura doubt and attention Shanaya pe rahega and we will get some time."
"Very good. Win their trust back and extract every little information from them and inform it to me. You have taken admission for this only."
"But..I think this is wrong." Sanskruti said.
"Tujhe right ya wrong main discriminate karne ko nahi bola gaya.Jo keh raha hun woh kar.Sumedh par vaar kar tu samjhi? Break him from inside and use him to the fullest. Pyar mohabbat ka natak chalu rakh. Isme agar tujhe apna character bhi bhulna pare na, bhul ja.." Mr Verma threatened.

Sumedh was stunned. Never in his dreams, he imagined this asoect of Sanskruti. He couldn't believe that all the emotions, all the lovely moments they spent, all the promises they made, the friendship they made , the confession, the care, the love, all, all was fake. He was stoned. He recieved the biggest betrayal in his life, from his dearest person. Sumedh has already undergone several pain in his life but this was the biggest and the deepest. Someone was using him for her interest. His love was being laughed at. His care was being taunted. He had no emotions left within him. His tears dried up. He was not him anymore. The SUMEDH MUDGALKAR who was known for his jollyness, for his naughtiness was not him anymore. Sourabh saw the pain etched face of Sumedh and indicated Paarth to take him away. Paarth struggled to bring Sumedh to his senses and take him qaway from the sight. But Sumedh lost his mind. He walked away lifelessly with Paarth. It was not right to leave Sumedh alone in this stage. While Sourabh though pained to see his sumu like that, remained and heard Sanskruti's conversation with Verma.
"Yes Sir. I will do all the things that will bring him closer to me." Sanskruti said. "I will do accordingly."
"Ok, I have to leave now. Kisine agar dekhliya to musibad ho jayegi." Mr Verma left followed by Sanskruti. After their departure Sourabh, Pooja and Erica returned hotel together.

"What a player! Every action was nothing but a drama. Aur hum uspe believe bhi karte rahe." Erica vent her anger.
"Yes, Erica. Sanskruti aisa kar sakti hai hum sapne main bhi believe nahi kar sakte." Pooja replied.
"Ab tak to main sochta tha ki, Sanskruti yeh sab kisi aur ke pressure main kar rahi hai." Sourabh spoke. "But yeh to us Verma ke sath is chudail ka mili bhagat hai. I feel seriously bad for Sumedh. His first love is his first betrayal! He is fighting a difficult war right now."
"Mere ankhon se aansu nikal gaye, sumedh ke baare main sochke. Agar main uski jagah hoti to ab tak i would have lost my senses and commit suicide." Erica said. And as soon as she spoke Pooja, Sourabh and Erica, the three of them got horrified. They rushed to the hotel, only to find Paarth standing out of Sumedh's room. Sumedh has locked the door from inside. The four of them were really tensed. Sumedh was surely not in his senses.
"Paarth! how could you leave Sumu alone like this! tumhe uske saath rehna tha!" Sourabh shouted.
"i know Suvi bhai! I cam with him and as soon as we reached the room he pushed me back and hurriedly banged the door on my face! When i knocked he shouted from inside to leave him alone." Paarth exclaimed.
"Shitt!" Sourabh exclainmed. The four of them banged the door hard.
"Sumu, open the door!" Pooja shouted.
"Darwaza khol sumu!" Sourabh shouted. Tension running through their veins. They feared only one thing. But to their relief, Sumedh opened the door after 5 minutes of banging and shouting. Sumedh was completely normal which suprised the other members. Not a single mark of agony on his face!
"GUYS! Raat ke 3 baje why the hell are you banging on my door! Bande ko sone bhi do zara!" Sumedh remarked.
"Tu darwaza khol kyun nahi raha tha!" Sourabh exclaimed worriedly.
"Bhai, i was in washroom. Ab sone bhi doge. I am very sleepy."
"Hmm, Chal Good night." Pooja replied and everyone left.
Sumedh closed the door and broke down in tears. He howled and cried and weeped! His every memories with Sanskruti pained him like hell. He felt that he was dying every moment. The person whom he loved the most, whom he trusted the most, not only was selfish but also a deceiver! He recalled every moment and thought twice. The moment when Sanskruti proposed him to be best friend, when Sanskruti convinced him to join Mumbai Teens, the kiss, the promises, everything was just drama. Nothing was real. She was playing with his heart. Sumedh found everything around him hazy. his eyes were filled with pain, betrayal, grief, and broken heart's tears. The love that made him Sumedh, died down. He felt like a heartless, emotionless puppet.
"Isiliye, shuru hote hi best friend keh daali mujhe! Had se zyada fast nikli tum..Vaise maine bhi had par hi kar liya tha. Had se zyada pyar jo kiya tha tumhe. Aur tumne..tumne had se zyada dhoka de daala mujhe." He thought to himself. He weeped. He weeped hard. And without realising anything he slept.

Morning 9 am. When all the college tudents gathered for the breakfast down, The Mumbai Teens did their meetings. Everyone met at Sourabh's room, Sumedh too. But he appeared strong. But still his face was shadowed, not a single tinch of smile on his face. Sourabh seeked everyone's attention.
"Guys, We know the truth right? We know Sanskruti's reality!" Saying this he once looked at Sumedh. Sumedh was calm and didn't react. He proceeded with his saying. "We know her plans partly. Her next step is to bang on our door and apologize us and claim to be a Mumbai teen again. Hume bhi uske saamne naqatak karna hoga. The play of owning her again. And Sumedh you too will join this play. and this time we will extract information from her. Uski chaal ushi pe ulti."
"And tumhe lagta hai, ki woh hume kuch bhi bolegi?" Pooja said sarcastically.
"Bolegi..Sumedh ke liye bolegi." Sourabh spoke.
"NO! THIS TIME I WON"T ALLOW ANYONE TO USE ME!" Sumedh shouted angrily and sadly. "Kyun? Why me? Main kyun!"
"Sumedh, calm down..Please, Suvi ka woh matlab nahi tha.." Erica's reply was interrupted by a bang on the door. It was Sanskruti. As said by Sourabh earlier, she came there to apologize.
"guys, I am sorry. Main sirf apne baare main hi sochte rahi. I love Sumedh, and i thought of spending some time with him in this trip. But when you guys took up this case, mujhe laga ki the trip got wasted. So i was angry. Main group ko leave nahi karti. Par, Par woh Shanaya brainwashed me. She convinced me to leave the group." Sanskruti spoke.
The group was aware of her drama. They very well knew what she would speak next.
Sourabh thought of putting her in trouble. He asked, "Sanskruti, why would Shanaya brainwash you? Use pata hai kya humare baare main? But no one from the college is supposed to know our identity!Is it you who informed her?"
Sanskruti got confused. She didn't know what to answer. She was in trouble. She stumbled and hesitated.
" Nahi matlab, woh...I only said her."
"Why?" Pooja asked unbotheredly.
"Because, she is my close friend and i share everything with her.."Sanskruti defended herself.
'AACCCHHA!" This time Sumedh spoke. "She is your close friend. And i am your best friend. Weren't you suppose to tell this to me before her?"
"No i mean, you are a mumbai teen so..." Sanskruti tried speaking up. But Sourabh interrupted.
"Koi baat nahi. Tu khota boltos nahi, Mala maiti aahe..We trust you Sanskruti. Welcome to the team once again." Sourabh said. Sanskruti appeared relieved. She was about to enter the room, when Pooja stopped her. "wait, Not now. We are not in a meeting now. Our meeting is at 11, normal timings. Abhi hum kuch flashback secret discuss kar rahe the. You are new na, so you won't get what we are speaking."
"Okay, then i will come at 11 only. Bye. Bye Sumedh." Sanskruti replied. Sumedh without uttering a word, waved her back and close the door hard on her face.

"Kaisi Larki hai yeh! Insaaniyat hi bhula diya is kamini ne!" Sumedh expressed his anger and irritation.
"okay, kaam ki baat." Sourabh interrupted. "Pooja, continue."
"Yes sakha." Pooja carried on."aj se yeh duplicate meetings honge. Ek meeting sanskruti ke liye, jaha hum use woh sunayenge, jo woh sunna chahti hai, and the real ones without Sanskruti jaha hum woh discuss karenge jo hum actually kar rahe hai."
"Clear everyone?" Sourabh clarified.
Everyone nodded. "Leave." He said.
The meeting was over. On the other hand, Sanskruti who was in this prejudice that her plan was working informed about her successful plan to Mr Verma. The latter congratulated her and warned her to be more careful.
"Bohot bhola hai yeh log! Sourabh, ab tune galti kar diya..nerdy bookwom." She thought to himself. Sanskruti was planning something devious. What was that? Is she really involved in killing/kidnapping Mallika? What is her motive!

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Sourabh kept thinking about the last night's conversation of Sanskruti with Mr Verma, not because he sympathized with Sumedh or whatsoever, but he was trying to predict what their plan is. This case was not random, but a planned one. Abducting Mallika is not the sole motive of this case. Something bigger and far more dangerous is being planned. But what? They haven't even solved at least 20% of the case. They still didn't whether Mallika is alive. And the police had not appeared since day before yesterday. Sourabh tried concentrating on all the aspects of the case, carefully observing the shadow in the picture, as pointed out by Sumedh and recalling all the other evidences. Someone knocked at the door. Paarth it was.
"Paarth, tu?" Sourabh said.
"Haanji..Andar aa jau?" Paarth replied.
"of course.."
"Bhai, main ek baat soch raha tha." Paarth said as he sat on the bed.
"Bol na." Sourabh sat beside him.
"Main soch raha tha ki, yeh shayad mera last case hai, because I wont be able to give my 3rd year semsters. Mere parents kabhi allow nahi karenge. Iss saal to mujhe scholarship mil gayi but next year, nahi milegi." Paarth became upset as he said this." Maine socha tha ki mera last case, hum mauj se, khushi se investigate karenge, jaha Sumedh ke taunts main adha case solve ho jayega, aur apke advises hume victim tak pohochayega, aur mera evidence collecting skills hum prove dega. But..iss case main hi saare siyappa hona tha! Sumedh is not him anymore. Woh aur kabhi kisipe bharosa kar payega?"
"Nahi Paarth. Kabhi nahi. And that what i am fearing the most. Jab pehla pyar hi dhoka de aur woh bhi itna bara, then humans can never trust anyone." Sourabh lamented. "Anyways, woh humara Sumu hai, thik ho jayega, just give him some time. Mujhe iss case ke baare main discuss karna hai."
"Hmm. Bataiyo kya mila apko?"
"Mujhe lagta hai, sirf Mallika ka abduction is case ka motive nahi hai. Mallika ko abduct karna, kisika motive nahi ho sakta! There must be a bigger link to it!" Sourabh emphasized.
"Yes, I was thinking the same! But abhi koi clue nahi hai!"
Again a knock on the door. Paarth opened the door. Pooja and Erica was standing.
"Are you guys, discussing the case?" Erica asked. Paarth nodded.
"Okay, i have a clue!." Pooja exclaimed. They both entered the room. Paarth and Sourabh listened carefully. "Remeber, when we first entered the hotel, we saw a CCTV camera in the front gate. WOh camera, aise laga hua tha jisse, garden facing , har ek room ko dekha ja sake. Mallika's room is garden facing, even the bathroom window. Agar kisne woh window se room enter kiya bhi hai, we can check that through CCTV footage, in the security room."
"Exactly Pooja! Yeh baat mere dimaag main kyun nahi aya! But how do we extract the footage? Security issues hai, Hotels wale kabhi nahi denge!" Sourabh exclaimed.
"Hack?" Erica suggested
"Oh shut up baby! Hacking is a cyber crime and we cannot afford to do that. Abhi yaha Sumedh hota na to koi idea de detqa fatafat." Paarth said.
"Baby, problem solver tumhe kehte hai college, tu hi idea nikal." Erica replied. Everyone thought. Silence remained in the room. And then suddenly Pooja exclaimed "Chloroform!"
Everyone looked at her. "Mujhe kya dekh rahe?! Yaad hai Sumedh ka chloroform bach gaya tha kyunki woh guard so raha tha.? We can use the chloroform now. Security room main sirf ek guard rehta hai."
"Hmm usse bhi aasan ek kaam hai." Paarth replied
"Kya?" Erica asked.
"Hum yaha chori nahi kar rahe hai! Investigate kar rahe hai. Police has given us permission. Suvi bhai, Call Mr Rahul Chopra."
"Oh Yes! Rahul..But agar nahi mana to?" Sourabh asked.
"TO fir, Chloroform." Paarth replied.

Sourabh called Rahul.
"Hello sir?"
"Hello"
"Sir, I am Sourabh. "
"Hmm. Kaam kya hai?"
"Sir, actually we wanted to check the CCTV footage of the hotel, but we think that the hotel will not give.."
"Sab denge..We have instructed them, that Mumbai Teens naam ka koi group investigate kare to give them the details. Just unko bol dena ki tum log Mumbai Teens ho." the call was hanged up..
"kamaal hai! Police itna zyada co-operate kar raha hai! Mumbai police hota,to haath bhi nahi lagane dete!" Sourabh said.
"YEh Mumbai nahi , Mussorie hai aur yaha police zyada kaam nahi karte. Aur agar cooperate karte hai to karne dete hai." Pooja replied.

The team approached the security guard, who allowed them to view the CCTV footage. But to their surprise, no one entered Mallika's room fromthe window. The team was wrong regarding this. They returned to Sourabh's room.
"Iska matlab, abductor is fromour college or any hotel staff. Bahar ka koi nahi." Pooja pointed out.
"hmm"

12;00 am, midnight: All the students of St louis who were asleep in their respective rooms got a knock on their room. When they opened the door, they recieved a parcel - An image of Malllika. The image revealed that she has died, being killed brutally, blood spilled all over her. The students were horrified. Some even broke down crying. THe hotel became noisy with the confusion, anger and fear that grew among the student circle. Even Mr Verma, recieved the image and was horrified. Sourabh observed his expression carefully when others were busy discussing about Mallika. He noticed the fear and confusion on his face. Sourabh became sure that it wasn't Verma who killed Mallika. Sourabh was a pro reading faces and minds of people. He could judge people very appropriately. He went to each of the members of the group except Sanskruti and whispered in their ears.."Meeting, fast"
Surprisingly Sanskruti was missing among the students. The teens gathered at Sourabh's room.
Every face was dark and sad. They lost a friend.
"So Mallika dead." Pooja said sadly.
"hmm..I can't even imagine the sight. How brutually she was murdered.!" Sumedh exclaimed.
"Yes..but the abductor wanted to show us that it is not a joke..Bohot dangerous case hai yeh. Aur abhi Mumbai police ayegi..Mallika's parents will come and the case will be much more complicated.." Sourabh said.."And we would not be able to investigate properly because of police."
" But interestingly, Sanskruti gayab hai ab.." Paarth pointed out.
"Haan yaar!" Erica supported. "I am sure woh involved hoga iss murder main."
"Shut up Erica! Let's not discuss about her." Pooja stopped her as she indicated Sumedh, who felt ashamed of his love.

Mr Verma called all the students of St. Louis in the garden and announced "Boys and Girls, the misery has no end. We lost a very dear student, a very dear friend and a dearest daughter today. We lost Mallika today. Tomorrow the case will be taken over by Mumbai Police and Mallika's parents will come. Media is also there. Everyone please inform your parents that you would not be able to leave Mussorie till police allows you to. And dont worry..Mallika will get justice. But first her body should be recovered,"
All the students were very upset. Never did they imagine that an excursion would become so dark.

The Mumai Teens were in tension now. Mumbai police will not allow them to investigate further.
Pooja asked Sourabh "Now what?"
"Spies in disguise." He replied. Now they knew what to do.
Another mission begins where they will again work in disguise...

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Sourabh, Pooja, Paarth and Erica sat on the swing under the moonlight. Sumedh was in his room. He didn't want to join them. He was better alone. He was going through mild depression, But he wanted to overcome it in his own way. So he enjoyed the bliss of solitude.
"Guys, kal se hum chor hi hai. We are not established dectective agents. So we cannot expect any help from police. And yes, bohot saavdhani se kaam karna hai, otherwise hum moosibat main padh sakte hai." Sourabh said.
"Yes Sakha, you are right. And apart from that, Mumbai police hume shak bhi kar sakta hai that we are the abductors or something like that. But i am really feeling bad for Mallika's parents. They have lost their universe." Pooja said. There was an awkward silence for sometimes. After which Paarth and Erica left for their rooms leaving Sourabh and Pooja alone.

"Us, Harman ka kya hua?" Sourabh hesitated.
Pooja thought for while. She was irritated with Sourabh's question. She thought of troubling him a bit. "Hum hai deewane, uske deewane." She said.
Sourabh's eyes widened. He felt like killing that bastard Harman. He lowered his head and tried to console himself, but Pooja was testing his patience. She was hurt with his doubts and insecurities. Her best friend, whom she trusted like hell, cannot trust her! "Yes, hum hai deewane, uske deewane. Uski adaa pe main fidaa ho gayi. And you know what he is atleast better than you man, look at you! You are not even my boyfriend, haq kya jata raha hai tu? Main kya karu, kya nahi tujhe kya pharak padta hai?"
"Shut up Pooja! Of Course pharak padta! Boyfriend nahi hu, best friend to hun na! Aur haq! Tu aj haq ki bhi baat karne lagi! Main tera kuch nahi lagta kya?" Sourabh shouted angrily.
"Sourabh.."
"No, Pooja" He interrupted "Aj nahi, Aj haq ki baat kardi tune..Cool. Main kuch nahi kahunga tujhe, jo karna hai kar. Aj se main tera kuch nahi, but professional partners. That's it!"
"Ok..agaqr woh Harman mujhe rape karde to bhi nahi kahega?" Pooja asked sweetly..She knew how to pacify Sourabh.
"Nahi. Aur woh rape karega bhi kyun tujhe?Woh to TERA harmanJi hai na! TERA!" Sourabh screamed
"Agar mar jau, to bhi nahi?" Pooja replied. Sourabh got tensed. He never liked death talks. He held Pooja's hands tightly. He was distressed. His care, concern were visible in his eyes.
"Shut up..tu hamesha aisi baatein kyun karti hai? You always hurt me like this.! You know what! Tu yahi reh. Main tujhse baat nahi karta, Ja! Main chala apne room main!" Sourabh walked off to his room leaving Pooja alone on the swing.
"Abhi tak baccha hi hai.." Pooja thought as she smiled to herself. "Par kya karu, tedha hai par mera hai..Tere iss baccho jaisi harkato se hi toh pyar hai.." She gazed at the stars.

Sumedh was alone in his room, talking to himself. That was his favourite hobby. He was moving on slowly and steadily. He didn't want to think about Sanskruti. But fate doesn't want that to happen. He was disturbed by the banging on the door. He thought, it must be Sourabh or Paarth. He opened the door, just to get stunned. Sanskruti it was. She was injured, bleeding heavily. Someone must have beaten her ruthlessly. Her head was severely injured and it bleeded like hell. Her left eye was protruded and it was black. Her nose also bleeded. She got a leg injury as well, but it was internal. Sumedh forgot all the betrayal that Sanskruti gave him. His only concern was to make Sanskruti better and treat to her wounds. He was so scared. Sumedh picked up Sanskruti in his lap, as she was about to faint due to weakness and pain, and brought her to his room. He called Sourabh and other teen members fast. Doctor was called immediately. After Sanskruti's check up everyone left Sumedh and Sanskruti alone. Sanskruti was not senses. She was still faint. Sumedh sat beside her and tended to her wounds. She remained unconscious all night. Sumedh also stayed awake for the rest of the night. Tending her wounds, checking the saline bottle which was given to her, and sitting beside her and praying for her dear life, Sumedh did it all. He completely forgot the previous incidents. He cried, because his Sanskruti was unconscious.His love was unconditional.

Morning 9:00 am, Sanskruti gained her consciousness. Still, she was too weak to speak. The members of Mumbai teens gathered around her. Sumedh let out a sigh of relief as she was now conscious. Sanskruti looked at Sumedh drowsily.
"Kisne kiya tumhara yeh haal?" Sourabh asked.
After struggling a lot to speak, Sanskruti whispered very softly, " Accident." Only Sumedh who was sitting very close to her could hear her. He repeated loudly.."Keh rahi hai accident."
Sourabh thought for a while and looked at Pooja, who gave him a doubtful look. "Okay, Rest now. We will come again after some time. And Sumedh tu so ja zara, Kal puri raat jaga hai tu." Sourabh said and the others left the room. Sanskruti gave a grateful glimpse to Sumedh. Sumedh was upset with Sanskruti with all the past incidences. But he decided not to leave her alone in this condition. But he wanted a break at the same time. A break from seeing her face. Sumedh was about to get up from the bed but Sanskruti held his hand, asking him in silence not to leave her. Sumedh kept to her request and remained seated there, beside her. But he didn't look towards Sanskruti even for once. Sanskruti felt guilty about her deeds. Though she didn't know that Sumedh knows everything about her, she felt like confessing her shameful deeds to him. But she was too weak and lacked energy even to speak. 

Sourabh and Pooja were alone in his room. While Paarth and Erica went for a walk together. Sourabh was leaning on the wall, deeply indulged in some thought. Pooja observed him for a minute or two, and then unable to tolerate his silence, shook him hard. Sourabh was irritated a bit, but that didn't last long. Whenever he looks at pooja, his anger, irritation, his tension, his stress, everything melts and the only thing that gets expressed is love and friendship.

"Kya soch raha hai?" Pooja asked

"Sanskruti, jhoot bol rahi hai.." Sourabh answered

"Woh aqccident wali baat? Haa, woh mujhe bhi jhoot laga. Usse dekh ke aisa nahi lag raha tha ki she met with an accident, Usse dekh ke aisa laga that she was beaten up by somebody and she escaped from his clutches and wrath."

"Exactly...Kahi use marne wala Verma to nahi? Yaa fir yeh sab sirf natak hai? One more bluff?" Sourabh doubted

"Natak? but how can someone beat herself and fake it!" Pooja replied

"Jab koi pyar ke iss had tak jake natak kar sakta hai, then why not this? I don't believe her now, Agar woh mar bhi jaye na, Mujhe woh bhi yakeen nahi hoga." Sourabh spoke.

"Me too." 

They both remained silent. 

 

Next morning, Sanskruti seemed better. She could atleast sit on her bed now. Saline and medications still going on. But she was recovering faster. Sumedh brought her breakfast in the room and was about to feed her. But she began to cry.

"Dekho, ab tum weak ho, rogi to aur weak ho jaogi, Eat it." Sumedh spoke without any sympathy. He just did his duties. He had no emotional attachment with her now. Sanskruti contolled herself and ate the breakfast. The last night Sumedh slept on the couch, but still he had a disturbed sleep because of Sanskruti's moaning throughout the night. Sumedh fed her and left the room for sometime..Sanskruti was alone.

"Maine yeh kya kar diya! Sumedh itna kuch kar raha hai mere liye! Aur mai isse hi dhoka dene ja rahi thi! 'I can't do this!" Sanskruti spoke to herself. She regretted her deeds and wanted to confess them to Sumedh. " I really love him, and I can't cheat on him. Main mar jaungi but usse dhoka nahi dungi. Aj maine jin logo ko dhoka dena chaha, wahi aj mere saath khade hai! aur jinka saath diya, wahi log meri yeh haal kari! And I deserve this..Mujhe to mar hi jana chahiye tha! Itni ghatiya harkat ki saza yahi to hona tha." Sanskruti was thinking all this when Sumedh entered the room. It was time for Sanskruti's medicines.

She tried speaking up but Sumedh stopped her. "Yeh dawaiyan khalo, phir baat karte hai." He said in a serious tone. He didn't want to have additional talk with a traitor. 

"I love you." Sanskruti said to Sumedh.

'Hmm" Sumedh remained unbothered and continued doing some work on the side table. Sanskruti understood that Sumedh didn't trust her.

"Yeh accident nahi tha.." Sanskruti revealed. Sumedh looked at her.  

"To?" Sumedh asked casually. It didn't affect him anymore. 

"I was kidnapped. Us din jab Mallika ko maara gaya tha. And I was kidnapped by Mr Verma. Trust me Sumedh, he is not a good man at all." Sanskruti tried warnning her. But Sumedh only smirked. He knew the truth. "Aur maine, maine uska saath diya. We planned to destroy Mumbai teens. We planned to destroy you." Sanskruti confessed.

Sumedh was surprised. Sanskruti was confessing her deeds! Why would she? Sumedh thought.

Sanskruti spoke,"Mr Verma ko pehle sehi pata tha, Mumbai teens ke members kon kon hai..Tumhe yaad hai, tumlogo ne Us larki ko bachaya tha from being accused as a drug addict?" Sumedh recalled their previous case. "Usme Verma ka pura business chopat ho gaya tha. Yes Sumedh, He is bloody corrupted drug dealer! Tum logo ne bhale hi use expose nahi kiya but you affected him indirectly. So he was taking his revenge. And usne mujhe paqise diye the, Ki mai tumhare team join karu and leak every single information about the team to him and then he would boycott you and destroy you. He has all the grudges on you because it was you who solved that case majorly. Isilye maine college main admission liye and tumse friendship ka dhong kiya." Sanskruti paused to breath. Sumedh had two minds now. He got to know why Sanskruti betrayed him and another, he felt that this was again a fake thing. He didn't know how to react. He kept listening. "Sumedh, i am very poor. I have my family who depends on me for living. My mom is an Alzheimer patient. i have to do her treatment. I had no other choice.." Sanskruti choked. She cried a bit..

"And, tumhare conscience ne tumhe nahi bola ki yeh karna nahi chahiye?" Sumedh replied calmly. 

"Bola tha, bohot baar, everytime i look at your goodness, everytime i look at our friendship, EVERY DAMN TIME! But i was forced to do this. I had to live! " 

"Kidnap kisne kiya?"

"Verma ne" 

"KYun?"

"Because I came to know that Verma is the one who kidnapped Mallika!" Sanskruti spoke. Sumedh was surprised. So Verma killed Mallika! He is the culprit! but why?

"Iska matlab, Verma ne maara Mallika ko?" Sumedh screamed.

"NO, nahi! Verma ne sirf kidnap kiya tha, but uske dusre din hi Mallika waha se bhaag nikli!" Sanskruti said.

"Aur tum yeh sab janti thi! Phir bhi chup rahi? How Sanskruti? How?!!" Sumedh was angry now.

"Mujhe nahi pata tha! I seriously didn't know! Trust me. I came to know that very day when Mallika died..I heard Verma's conversation with someone, where he revealed all thi. Mujhe pata chala to main yeh sab police ko bata dena chahti thi, and so he kidnapped me and iske baad tumhe pata hai." Sanskruti said.

"Iska matlab, Mallika ko kisi aur ne maara hai?" Sumedh said.

"haa."

Sumedh thought for a while. Who would kill Mallika? And why?

"Sumedh, I, I didn't know this would happen..I am sorry! Mujhe maaf kardo Sumedh, Please!" Sanskruti begged.

"Mere maaf karne se kuch nahi hoga! Can you realise tumhare wajah se Mallika lost her life! Tumhare aur iss Verma ke wajah se She died! You are responsible for this!" 

"Meri wajaha se? No Sumedh! Its not my fault! I was not aware of this! And mein bas tumhare team ko barbaad karne ke paise le rahi thi! Mallika ke baare main mujhe pata bhi nahi tha!" sansruti expalined.

"Whatever..I dont trust you anymore.." Sumedh left the room angrily leaving her all alone.

"I wil win your trust again Sumedh..And i will win your love too. This time love will win." Sanskruti thought as she cried her heart out.

Sumedh was dizzy with confusion, whether to trust Sanskruti or not. His heart wanted to trust her but his brain spoke something different.  He wanted to consult Sourabh and Paarth, but again this would disrespect Sanskruti. He was confused. He didn't know what to do..After all he loved her.. 

Chapter Text

Sumedh's head was dizzy with confusion. He felt like he had mixed up the real and imagined. He didn't know what to do! He decided to keep the things within him.
"No, it's not the right time." He thought. They both needed some time. Sumedh needed time to trust Sanskruti and Sanskruti needed time for winning his trust.

Next day, there was a turmoil in the hotel. Mumbai Police had arrived, along with Mallika's parents and the press. The press were making the students mad with their tricky and controversial questions. Sourabh and other members of Mumbai Teens were not spared too. They had to face the wrath of press and Mumbai police. Mr Rahul Chopra accompanied the Mumbai department and he was the one who informed them about Mumbai Teens. Hence the police suspected the teens the most. They were taken to an interrogative room and were questioned individually. They started with Paarth.

"Naav Kay ahe?" One of the inspector asked.
"Paarth Samthaan."
"hmm, Bara shauk hai detectivity karne ka? License hai? id hai? "
"Ji nahi" He replied, only to get insulted.
"Accha! janaab detective banne chale the! Chal hum tereko sab duty se chuttti dete hai! Koi zaroorat nahi hai investigate karne ka!"
"Sir, we are very near, we got to know manny things..." Paarth was interrupted.
"Shaana ban raha hai? Hain? Humko sikhayega?" The inspector shouted. "HUMKO SIKHAYEGA!" This time even louder whick made Paarth a bit nervous but soon he gained his confidence.
"Sikha nahi rahe hai sir, Bata rahe hai..Apke liye useful hoga." Paarth, who was now angry replied arrogantly. He saw a hand held up just above his face. The inspector was going to slap him for his odacity but was stopped by someone. He looked stout and hardy. Paarth observed very carefully his attire, behaviour. He had three stars in his shoulders. Paarth understood that he was the director general of police and thus occupied the highest rank. He wore shades which made him look sharper and cleaner. The stubble beard made him look more attractive. In one word he can be acclaimed as the hero officer.
"Pata nahi hai kya? Aise kisipe bhi haath nahi utha sakte tum?" He warned.
"Sorry sir." The inspector begged. He was very scared.
"No you are not! Leave. Iss case ke liye aur bhi officers hai, Apko chutti chahiye shayad..You can leave your resignation letter tomorrow on my desk." The man said in his deep voice.
"Sir, i am.."
"Leave, ap se baad main baat karenge."
The inspector left the room, leaving Paarth and the man alone.
This was the time when he opened his shades and his blue eyes with long lashes got exposed. This added to his handsomeness. His perfect jaw line was the most attractive thing. He was a man with magnetic personality. "Don't worry. I am not going to eat you up." He replied calmly yet seriously.
"Thank you sir. I am Paarth Samthaan."
"I am.."
"Vivian Desena, Director general of police." Paarth completed his sentence. "Nice to meet you sir."
"Sharp boy. Mera kandhe pe stars dekh ke mera rank jaan ne wale, You know quite about our ranks." Vivian replied. He was impressed. "You may leave now, baad me bulaunga, Call your head."
Paarth left,while Sourabh entered the room.

Vivian looked at Sourabh and observed his way of walking. He understood that Sourabh was not at all nervous and confident enough to talk to him.
"Naam." Vivian asked seriously.
"Sourabh Raaj Jain."
"Kaam.."
"3rd year student, head of Mumbai Teens and a bookworm, nerdy topper." Sourabh replied quite confidently.
"Darr nahi lag raha humse? Tum aise odacity and confidence le kar Mumbai Police se baat kar rahe ho." Vivian leaned towards Sourabh and matched his eye with Sourabh's giving him an intensely furious look. But to his surprise, instead of getting scared Sourabh offered a sweet smile.
"Ap police ho, woh bhi Mumbai Police. You have gained a position of my respect, not my fear sir. Aur hum agar galat nahi hai, then why to fear? Mujhe Mumbai Police par poora vishwaas hai, They won't arrest innocents." Sourabh replied. Vivian smiled back.
"Mumbai teens banane ka wajah." He asked.
Sourabh replied confidently " Sir I am interested in crime investigation and solving cases. and I was in search of some extraordinarily wise students jinke saath hum college ke minor problems solve kar sakte hai. So this group."
"College minor problems and murder plus kidnap are not the same thing, I hope you know that. So please stay of this." Vivian's tone was harsh.
"I know sir, But ek baar aap humare conclusions sun lijiye. You are intelligent and you will truly understand sir. And uske baad agar apko lage ki hum apna investigation band kar de then we will abide by your descision." Sourabh proposed.
"No need. Hum khud conclusions nikal lenge. All you have to do is, COOPERATE. Leave and call the other boy." Vivian ordered.

Sumedh entered the room, again with confidence.
"Name." Vivian, who was approximately 6 ft tall looked down at Sumedh who was not that tall.
"Sumedh Mudgalkar, 1st year."
"Extra bolte ho." Vivian replied.
"Ap to vaise bhi baad main puchne hi wale the." Sumedh spoke softly.
"Not in your case, tumhara height dekh kar pata chal raha hai." Vivian controlled his comic timings and proceeded with his interrogations. " Why Mumbai Teens?"
" Because of my abillities. The proper answer."
"Tumlog hatke jawab dete ho!" Vivian replied,he was busy chewing some mint and roaming around the room.
"Kaam bhi hatke karte hai sir. Bas ap sun lete to." Sumedh urged.
"Leave and call one of the girls." Vivian interrupted Sumedh.

Pooja entered the room. She looked at Vivian and thought to herself "Banda hansome hai yaar...Uggh! What am I thinking! Focus dude!" She sat.
"Name madam!" Vivian asked Pooja without looking at her.
"Pooja Sharma."
"Kaam"
"3rd year, collegemate of Suvi, umm sorry, Sourabh and member of Mumbai teens as you know sir."
"Confident girl, but Sourabh ko Suvi? Why Mumbai teens?"
" Sourabh thought I was elligible for the responsibillity." pooja replied.
"Ek fuddu sa team, aur uski responsibilities." Vivian taunted and smiled to himself. This comment angered Pooja.
"Excuse me sir, Ap ke liye yeh team Fuddu ho sakta hai, but this is our aspirations and our dream. Ap ke liye na sahi, but hum college ke liye superheroes kehlate hai and yes sir naam chota ho sakta hai but kaam humne bare bare kiye hai. College ke minor problems bhi solve kiye hai, as well as major drugs and rape related problems bhi, Varna iss sab ko leke bhi ap hi logo ko extra investigate karna padta. Do you have any more questions?"
Vivian didn't expect this answer from a girl. He was surprised with teen's confidence and level of dedication towards the group. He was impressed. " No. Leave and call the other two girls."
"Sorry sir, There is only one member left. The other girl is not a member anymore, and she is critically injured."
"injured? Kaise?" Vivian asked
"Accident boli woh." Pooja replied.
" Room main hai?"
"Yes sir."
"Hmm, ok leave and call the last girl."

"Name?"
"Erica Fernandez."
" Why Mumbai teens?"
"For forensic support. I am good at lab work."
"Leave." Vivian ordered.
Vivian Desena, director general of police. He has successfully investigated more than 500 cases till now, won 8 gallantry awards and 13 medals for meritorious services. His killer looks and intelligence are the talking points of the police department. This 31 year old guy is really talented. Everyone fears him, but he likes them who don't fear him. Hence Vivian is impressed by The Mumbai Teens.

Vivian was alone in the room, thinking about the group. He was impressed with Everyone's answer. Especially Sourabh and Pooja's. Paarth's observation also impressed him. Sumedh's self confidence made him awe. "They have high potential." He thought to himself. "Unke conclusions are important for the case and I have to hear it up. But not now. Officially I am not allowed to take help from them, but off duty to kar hi sakta hun." He thought. "But yes, i will not allow them to investigate any further."

 

"Ab kya?" Sumedh asked Sourabh.
"Ab pura Vivian sir ke upar depend karta hai. Agar woh chahe to hume boycott kar sakte hai, aur agar woh chahe to hum unhe support bhi kar sakte hai." Sourabh replied,
"But chances hai boycott karne ka." Paarth warned.
"Hmm." Pooja nodded. Sumedh has made up his mind.
"Suvi bhai, apse urgent baat karni hai." Sumedh urged. "Aur tumse bhi Paarth. Please mere kamre main chaliye." The three boys went to Sumedh's room.

Though Sourabh and his friends won Vivian Desena's heart, will they be able to win his trust and support too? Stay tuned to know what happens next.

Chapter Text

Paarth and Sourabh went along with Sumedh to his room, while Pooja and erica waited outside the hotel Restaurant, which was used as the interrogative room by the Mumbai police . They stood and watched the students of St. Louis going in and out of the room, Nervousness visible on their faces. Sometimes Vivian Desena also came out of the room to attend calls. Vivian was a very hard guy to get impressed. He will not allow them to investigate for sure.

"Kya hai bol." Sourabh asked Sumedh.
"Bhai, Sanskruti revealed everything about her." Sumedh answered and explained every single details that she had said to Sumedh carefully, not missing any one of the details. This left Paarth and Sourabh stunned and thoughtful.
"Ab yeh question arises, that what Sanskruti is telling, woh sab kya sach hai ya fir.." Paarth spoke.
"Wahi to, Sumedh? Are you gonna trust her this soon?" Sourabh asked.
"No bhai. Never ever again I will make this mistake again." Sumedh spoke adamantly and furiously.
"But yeh sab sach bhi to ho sakta hai? I knew Verma was a bastard. But maybe he is innocent in this case?" Paarth said. But Sumedh and Sourabh were doubtful. Sourabh thought for a while. He didn't utter a word.
"But yeh bhi ho sakta hai, ki Verma ne yeh sab Sanskruti se bulwaya hai, so that he is proved innocent?" Sumedh pointed out. "We know how powerful he is. Agar woh chahe to woh kuch bhi kar sakta hai. Aur sanskruti..She is cheap. Paiso ke liye woh larki kuch bhi karegi.."
"Sumedh, please, aise conditions tumhare hote na, then you would have known." Paarth defended Sanskruti which infuriated Sumedh.
"Aise conditions mere bhi the Paarth! I didn't lose my conscience! Mehnat kar ke mene bhi paise jode hai! Kaise khata hun, Koi nahi puchta. Anaath hu, but am not weak! Alright? And mind you Paarth! Don't ever dare to compare me with Sanskruti, neither defend her in front of me.Agar itna pyar aa raha hai na, jao uske god main jakar so jao!" Sumedh shouted at Paarth.
"SUMEDH!" An angry Paarth was going to slap Sumedh but was stopped by Sourabh.
"Kya kar rahe ho tum dono! Pagal ho gaye ho kya! Sanskruti ke liye lar rahe ho! That is what she wants..She wants to break Mumbai Teens and that is what she is paid for! Aur tum use successful karwana chahte ho kya? Are you guys mad! And Sumedh, Never think yourself to be an orphan! We are your family. OK?"
"Hmm." Sumedh replied eerily.
"Paarth and Sumedh, ek dusre se maafi mango! ABHI! ISI WAQT!" Sourabh ordered.
They both apologized each other and hugged at the next moment. Sorted.

"Uggh! These boys! never include us in their so called "SECRET" discussions!" Pooja complained.
"Yes, but ab kya kar sakte hai, they are best of friends, hum unka bond nahi tod sakte hai na di." Erica replied.
"todni bhi nahi hai! But i want to hear what they are discussing. DAMN! Pooja said, but she stopped midway as both the girls saw Vivian approaching them. They became conscious and the only thought that was going in their mind was what he would say..
"Listen," Vivian spoke in his intense and unbotheredly serious tone. " Tell your group that you are not allowed to investigate the case anyomore. Acche se do baatein karli, iska matlab yeh nahi that I will allow you to according to your will. Aur agar mere orders ko unsuna kar diya na, Then mind it I am good at giving 3rd degree treatment too, and encounter will come as bonus." as Vivian said this he took his Glock 22 revolver in his hand, indicating how dangerous he can be. After Vivian left, Erica slapped her head and looked at Pooja!
"How arrogent! Humare conclusions to sunenge nahi aur encounter ki baat kar rahe hai!" Pooja made a face. But at the next moment, she got tensed. Sourabh would never listen to her neither he would drop the case..And Vivian comes to know about this odacity, he would surely kill the entire group.!

 

"Now what?" Paarth asked.
"Fake it, Sumedh fake it as if you have believed Sanskruti." Sourabh suggested.
"She is a good mind reader and she can read my face and my brain very well! She will know that i am faking it!" Sumedh replied,.
"And you are a tremendous actor! You can do it." Sourabh motivated.
"No bhai, I am not Sanskruti. I am Sumedh. I cannot act fake. Neither i can use anyone. Sorry. Mujh se nahi hoga." Sumedh lamented.
"You know what Sumedh? I am proud of you." Sourabh smiled and gave him a hug. " You are truly a boy with golden heart."
" Just give me some time, Sumedh. Main tereko bol dunga kya karneka?" Paarth spoke.
"As you wish, advicer." Sumedh gave a mild salute while they heard a bang on the door.
"Uhh, Itni zor se keval Pooja hi knock kar sakti hai.." Sourabh informed. And he was right. It was Pooja and Erica. But they were seriously tensed.
"Agar tumhare secret talks ho gaye ho to i want to inform you, that we strictly forbidden to investigate the matter anymore." Pooja spoke.
"Kisne bola?' Sumedh interrupted.
"Vivian. Erica spoke. "Humlog ko dhamkee deke gaya hai, ki if we dont listen to his orders, hum 3rd degree ya phir encounter kar denge."
"Gibberish." Sourabh spoke.
"Shut up Suvi, you know he can do this! Especially to you." Pooja was furious. She didn't want Sourabh to get a 3rd degree neither she wanted the Mumbai Teens to get banned. "We are not investigating the case and that is final.."
"But.."
"No but Sumedh! Your lives and respect are far more important than this investigation. And i am not asking you all to stop investigation for the rest of the life. Let us just leave it upto Mumbai Polica na..they will solve it. We can solve the next case." Pooja insisted.
"There will be no nexts Pooja.." Sourabh tried to convince her." We will be finished man! Try to understand, this is an oppurtunity, to fulfill our dreams!"
" No Sourabh, I wont let you do this. If I am your friend, you have to listen to me. Do this for me Sourabh..Or else I will break all the relations with you. Do you want that to happen?" pooja blackmailed,
"I don't believe this! This is you Pooja!" Sourabh vented his anger out. "POOJA SHARMA, the so called Mahakaali, the so called Draupadi! With this courage! I didn't expect this from you! You are sick!
"Yes I am..Agar baat mujhpe hoti to main kuch nahi kehti..Baat tumpe hai, Sumedh, Paarth aur Erica ke future ki hai! I cant let them fall in any danger. And yes Draupadi hu na, Tremendous self respect hai mujhmain. Insulted hone ke baad main kuch nahi karungi..Aur tumhe meri kasam.Tum bhi yeh case chordoge. Is that crystal clear." Pooja gave Sourabh a fierce look.
"I will never forgive you for this. STAY OUT OF MY LIFE POOJA SHARMA.." Sourabh stormed out of the room, followed by Paarth and Erica. They needed to pacify Sourabh. Sumedh and Pooja were left alone. But this time Sumedh didn't utter a word, neither he matched his eye with that of Pooja's. He knew what she did was correct in a way and her intentions were not wrong. Pooja did all these for their good. But Sumedh thought about Sourabh too. Sourabh was hurt. Pooja left the room.

Sumedh went to Sanskruti's room. Sanskruti was lying on the bed and reading a book. He knew that she would forget to take her medicines on time. Sumedh sat beside her and gave her the medicines. Sanskruti was about to tell Sumedh something but he turned back. Sanskruti lowered her eyes. She was dying of shame and guilt.
"Kamiyabi mubarakho.." Sumedh said.
"Sorry?" Sanskruti looked puzzled.
"What sorry? I said kamiyabi mubarakho. You are successful now..Hai na" Sumedh spoke these words very harshly and ruthlessly. "Tumhare wajah se aj mera aur Paarth ka jhagda hua, Sourabh bhai aur Pooja di ka jhagda hua and guess what?! Thecase is over. We are not investigating it anymore! Only because of you!
"What! How!? tumlog itne acche dost ho. NO Sumedh, this can't happen. You all are team and you cant step back like this. Tumhe investigate karna hoga. Aur zaroorat pade to main jaungi Sourabh and Pooja di ko convince karne.."
"SHUT UP!" Sumedh interrupted. "Jhooti humdardi ki koi zaroorat nahi hai..OKAY? Tum mere saamne zinda baithi ho na? Yahi tumhari khush kismati hai.Varna tumhare karm, tum he le doobti."
"par tumhar karmo ne bacha liya Sumedh." Sanskruti spoke emotionally and softly.
"Uss bat ka afsos hai mujhe." Sumedh left the room leaving her alone, Sanskruti cried.

Paarth and Erica were alone in a room. Paarth was disturbed. Erica sat beside him and rested her head on his shoulders. Paarth held her tightly.
"Kyun Erica, KYun acche kaam karte waqt hi itni saare badhayein ati hai!" Paarth asked hopelessly.
"Kyun hum AACCHE kaam kar rahe hai Paarth. And acchai is itself very difficult. Isiliye to Burai itni badh gayi hai." Erica consoled. She dragged her hands over Paarth's face and then he held his hands tightly. "Everything will be alright. Pooja di knows how to pacify Sourabh bhai and he will undestand soon. Don't worry. And yes Mallika will get justice too."
"I so damn need a stressbuster man!" Paarth lamented. Erica left a peck on his juice pinky lips.
"Hua stress bust?" Erica smiled.
"Umm, thodi der aur karte to.." Paarth replied, Erica kept on leaving 2-3 pecks untill these peckes turned out to be a hardcore steamy smooch between the couples.

Sourabh was sitting alone on his bed. Pooja knocked on the door. Sourabh took no time to understand that it was Pooja who was knocking at the door. "Chali jao POOJA SHARMA. I don't want to talk to you."
"Darwaza to khol de, khadi hu kabse iddhar." Pooja shouted from outside.
"Nahi kholunga, agar tu nahi chahti ki main tujhe chad se neeche phek du, to chali ja iddhar se." Sourabh shouted back.
"haa to phek na! Woh mere liye bohot kam saza hai, but its more painful when you are not talking to me yaa! Open the doo!"
"Sab kuch ter marzi se nahi chalta Pooja, I will not open the door. Leave. Aur haa, i am giving you a hard punishment. I am not talking to you. LEAVE! Sourabh remained adamant.
Pooja with no other option left, had to leave. But she wanted to pacify her love! BUt How? She thought. "Yes! I Know! Harman! Harman singh ! You are good weapon dude! I am coming!" Pooja set out to meet Harman.
Will this be the end of investigation? OR something else will happen in their lives. How will POoja pacify Sourabh?

Chapter Text

Pooja rushed to Harman's room and banged at his door. Pooja entered his room immediately after he opened the door. Harman was puzzled initially. He never saw Pooja so restless. But before he could say anything Pooja made him quiet and said something to him, which made everything clear to Harman.
"Bas yahi, karna hai? " Harman asked.
"Yes baby.. Yahi karne ka hai" Pooja replied.
"Samjho kaam ho gaya. "
Pooja let out a sigh of relief. She hugged Harman once and then left the room.

Paarth has planned a surprise for Erica.. But he needed someone's help.. He knew, Sourabh was not in the state of mind of helping him. So Sumedh was the only option left. Sumedh was sitting on the reception sofe reading a magazine, when Paarth bumped into him.. It took 5 sec for Sumedh to realize that it was the 73 kg PAARTH who fell on him.
"Bhai, sunna" Paarth tried to butter Sumedh.
"Sunai nahi de raha! Dikhai nahi de rahi, hosh ur gaye mere.. Uth! Uth mere upar se! Hurr! Haat! Sumedh shrieked. Paarth sat beside him.
" Bhai, Erica ko surprise deni hai. " Paarth said.
"Kya surprise? " Sumedh asked.
"Use propose karunga, shaadi ke liye. "
"Haaain!!!? PROPOSE! WOH BHI SHAADI! PAGAL WAGAL TO NAHI HO GAYA? " A stunned Sumedh replied.
"Paglaa hi to gaya hu, pyaar main"" Paarth blushed. And then he showed a ring to Sumedh, which Parth bought to propose Erica.
"Waah! Sabbas! Chal, kya madad karneka? "
"Tu use bas, sunset point tak leke chal, kal shaam ko. Kal suraj 5 baje tak rahega, i want to propose her that time. Please karega na tu yeh mere liye? Dekh case band hogaya hai, ab kuch nahi hai karne ko.. Please help kar diyo. " Paarth convinced Sumedh.
"Chal, Tu bhi kya yaad rakhega. Thik hai. Main leke jaunga use.. Khush? " Sumedh stopped midway. Parth and Sumedh both were puzzled, shaken and awestrucken when they saw Pooja with Harman. They were going out of the hotel for a walk. And the way they were stuck to each other, showed that they were deeply in love. Pooja looked at both of the boys once and then she ignored them. Sumedh and Paarth both looked at each other. They were truly confused.
"Bhabi, haath se gayi. " Sumedh gave a tensedly funny look to Paarth and said this.
"Hey bhagwaan! Kya ho raha hai yeh sab! Ghor kaliyug hai kaliyug! "
"Kaliyug chor! Suvi bhai ka kya hoga!? " Sumedh said
"Shit! " Paarth slapped his head.

 

Sanskruti was sitting on her bed, reminiscing her past sweet memories with Sumedh when he entered the room. Sanskruti ignored Sumedh, which made him feel awkward. He didn't expect her to behave like this with him. "Kya hua? Aj chudail chup kyun hai? " Sumedh asked. But Sanskruti kept quiet. Sumedh went closer to her and sat in front of her.
"What happened? "
"Kuch nahi! "
"Ok" Sumedh was going to leave when Sanskruti held him. He sat back.
"Rok hi jab liya hai, bolo kya hua? " Sumedh asked.
"Kya tum kabhi mujhpe bharosa kar paoge.? Kya kabhi mujhe apne iss galti ko sudharne ka mauka de paoge? Will i have to live the rest of my life with this burden of guilt? Sumedh, main janti hu, Maine jo kiya hai, that was wrong. But trust me, my feelings for you, my love, yeh ishq, yeh junoon, kabhi jhootha nahi tha. Mujhe samajhne main der hui, main manti hu, but mujhe tumse pyaar pehle se hi tha, hai aur humesha rahega. Sumedh, I know as a human, I have failed, but as a lover main tumhe disappoint nahi karungi. Trust me"
"Yeh exam nahi hai Sanskruti. Aur yaha pass ya fail nahi dekha jata. Yeh zindagi hai. Aur mera dil ek kora kagaz tha, jispe tumne kali fer diya.. Ab whitener laga ne ayi ho? " Sumedh 's voice cracked. He hid his pain.
"Kali se hi zindagi ke panno pe kavita likha jata hai Sumedh. Dhoke se hi zindagi shurwat hoti hai. " Sanskruti replied.
"Aur agar woh zindagi tum jaise dhokebaaz ne shuru ki ho to mujhe woh mazoor nahi. " Sumedh replied.
Sanskruti smirked.. "Naadaan ho tum. Kher jao. Tum nahi samjhoge ab. Samay samjha dega. Leave" Sanskruti turned her face. Sumedh left the room.

Night 12: 34 am. Mussorie became quiet as usual. Sourabh was fast asleep in his room, so did everyone else. But nobody imagined that this would happen.. Sourabh was having a disturbed sleep. His subconscious mind was really disturbed. He felt a rush in his vein when somebody covered his face with a pillow.. He struggled to breath and push that somebody far away. Sourabh sweating heavily, was choked completely. The person tried all means to kill Sourabh. But this devious plan failed when Sourabh kicked the person far with his leg.. Sourabh took a few minutes to gain his sense, while the person took out a knife and attacked Sourabh. He somehow saved himself with the reflex and attacked the person back with the same knife. He couldn't see his face as it was vieled. But as soon as the vieled person got injured he escaped Sourabh's room through the balcony. Sourabh fell down on his bed due to the weakness in his breath. He became stable after a few moments.. Sumedh and Paarth were called immediately to his room.
"Kya! Jaan leva hamla! " Sumedh exclaimed. Sourabh was sitting on the bed. "Par kisne? "
"Pata nahi Sumedh, par aurat thi. " Sourabh replied
"Aurat? " Paarth replied.
"Hmm, structure to aurat ki thi. Mujhe maarne ki koshis kar rahi thi.. " Sourabh said.
"Par kyun? " Paarth asked
"Shayad investigation kar raha THA isiliye.. But use janlena chahiye ki tumhare Bhabi ne na yeh investigation band karwa diya! " Sourabh shrieked.
Paarth and Sumedh gave each other a tensed look as they saw Pooja with Harman the previous evening.
"Suvi, tum Pooja di ko Pooja hi kaho. Bhabi abhi tak bani nahi. Ap pehle propose karlo, woh haa keh degi to.. " Paarth suggested.
"Abhi main use bilkul propose nahi karunga! She never understands me.. Aur tadpne do use.. I will make her feel how hurt I am.. " Sourabh said. Sumedh and Paarth both decided to leave the room. But before leaving Sourabh told them, "suno, uss so called Vivian Desena ko batana hoga.. Aur Pooja ko yeh baat koi nahi batayega? Aur na hi Erica ya Sanskruti ko! Clear?
They both nodded.

 

Paarth and Sumedh both slapped their head.
" Yeh siyappe kab band honge!? Aur suvi bhai pe hamla! Aur woh bhi ek aurat ka?! Kaun ho sakta hai? " Paarth said.
"Kahi Sanskruti? " Sumedh replied.
"Bhak! Pagal wagal hai kya tu!? Use chot lagi hai, injured hai, bedrest main hai! Use some logic!? "
"Kahi woh bhi natak to... "
"Doctor bhi jhoot bolenge? Itna disbelief Aur zehar mat paal Sumu! She is changing for you.. "
"Khak badal rahi hai.. She is just a thug. Aur kuch nahi ok? "
"Shut up.. Good night,".

 

Morning 8: 00am, the three boys headed towards the Mussorie police station to meet Vivian Desena. They met the same constable at the front door, who was going to slap Paarth that day.
" Kyun kaka! Istafa nahi diya kya?? " Paarth taunted him
"Chup raho! Kisse milna hai? " The angry constable shouted

"Vivian sir se" Paarth said.
"Woh nahi milenge.. "
"Kyun nahi milenge" Sourabh asked
"Hum milne hi nahi denge"
"Waah mast! Changla! Police ab yeh karne lage! " Sumedh said.
"Jo baat karni hai humse karo.. Hum bhi police hai.. Woh bhi Mumbai police. " The constable replied.
"Sourabh bhai pe hamla hua hai kal raat.. " Paarth replied.
The constable let out a yawn and casually replied "FIR likha do, baad main dekhenge. " Saying this he handed over a diary to Sourabh and asked him to write.
"Ek lafra marunga na, ki tum khud khai se gir jaoge! FIR bhi humse likhayega! Kaamchor saale" Sourabh shouted..
"Ehh! Encounter kar dunga tera! " Saying this the constable pointed an Ak47 rifle in front of Sourabh.

"KYA HO RAHA HAI YAHA! " A stout voice came from behind which made the constable unsteady and he immediately put down the rifle.
"Woh sir.. " He tried to speak.
"Sir, apke yaha aise nikamme, kaamchor, kamibey officers kaam karte hai? " Sourabh turned around and asked Vivian rudely.
"Kyun? "
"Ek to apse milne dete nahi, dusra case sunte nahi, FIR bhi humse likhwaate hai, aur kuch kaho to encounter kisi dhamki! Waah! Isse to hum Mumbai Teens better hai.. " Sumedh shouted.
"Ok.. Tumlog andar ayo. And you! Tumse to main baad main baat karta hu. " Vivian said.
The three boys entered Vivian's chamber. He sat on a chair while the three of them remained standing.
"Sir, kal Sourabh ke upar hamla hua hai. " Paarth said.
"Hamla? Kaisa hamla? " Vivian asked
"Main soya tha, achanak kisine mere muh pe pillow dekar mujhe maarne wala tha, gala bhi chota zor se. " Sourabh showed the marks of fingers on bis throat to Vivian, who observed it very carefully. "sirf yahi nahi, chaku se bhi vaar kiya.. But i managed to save myself. I tried catching her but she escaped through the balcony. "
"She? Chehra dekha tumne? " Vivian asked
"No, she was veiled but structure larki ka tha. " Sourabh replied.
"I will come today evening, tumhare room ko bhi chan marna hai, kahi koi nishani mil gayi to case easy ho jayega, mallika kisi body bhi dhund nikalne hai,.. Isiliye maine tum logo se case band kardene ke liye kaha tha. " Vivian replied.
"Case, band kar ne se kuch nahi hoga sir, hum bohot karib the, isiliye hamla hua hai " Sumedh spoke.
Vivian thought for a while and then asked them to leave. The three boys returned hotel.

Vivian thought for a while. "Baat to inke sahi hai, aaj sab ke room kisi talashi leni hogi.. "

But there was another shock waiting for Sourabh. While he along with Paarth and Sumedh entered the reception he saw Pooja sitting on Harman's lap on the sofa.. Sourabh was burning and fumind in rage.. He stepped forward to kill Harman but was stopped by Paarth and Sumedh.
"Bhai, bhai samhaalo, chalo yaha se.. Abhi yah rukna thik nahi hai" Sumedh spoke.
But Sourabh was too angry to speak anything. Pooja saw Sourabh once after which, she became cozier to Harman. Sourabh pushed Paarth and Sumedh and headed towards his room.. Paarth and Sumedh was lying on the floor looking at Sourabh's tandav roop.. It seemed that he has become MAHAKAAL, and his tandav would destroy the whole world including Harman Singh.
"Bhaag jaao Harman, varna zinda nahi bachoge aj. " Sumedh thought to himself while he looked at Harman, who was busy flirting with Pooja..

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Sumedh and Paarth rushed behind Sourabh to pacify him.. But till then Sourabh has locked himself inside the room. Sumedh and Paarth tried to convince him to open the door but in vain. They left the place.
Sourabh was still in a tandav mood. He was willing to break all the hotel accessories including Harman's head. He messed up his room to vent his anger.
"Main tujhe bilkul nahi chodunga! Teri himmat kaise hui Pooja ko haat lagane ki! " He thought to himself. "Aur Pooja! How can you?! Mujhe mana nahi sake to Harman ke saath chali gayi? How! Aj main isse nahi chodunga! " Sourabh 's folded his finger and made his wrist strong. He was in a position to fight.. He rushed to the swing where Pooja and Harman were sitting and without a word Sourabh slapped Harman, so hard that he fell down from the swing. Harman got confused for while, not realising what just happened. By the time he understood the scene, he was already held by Sourabh at his collars.
"How dare you?! Teri himmat kaise hui! Huuh! Pooja ko haath lagane ki himmat kaise hui tujhe! Main tujhe nahi chodunga! " Sourabh screamed..
Pooja never saw this side of Suvi. She tried to pacify her and she succeeded too. She stopped Sourabh from hitting Harman and pushed him back. Harman was suffering from nose bleeding due to the tight slap which Sourabh gave him. Pooja looked at Sourabh angrily and held him at his shirt.. "Tum samajhte kya ho apne ap ko? Huh! Kyun maara Harman ko! Kis haq se maara use! Answer me damn it! " She shouted
"He touched you! You were sitting on his lap! " Sourabh replied in his angry tone.
"Haa, to thik kiya! Tu mera best friend hai Suvi, boyfriend nahi! Yeh haq nahi diya hai tujhe! Harman ko main pasand karti hu! Got it? I like Harman! And you are no one to question my choice! "
Harman was witnessing the fight between Pooja and Suvi from far. He was scared with Sourabh 's attitude.
"Oh! So baat yaha tak pohoch gayi! You like Harman! " Sourabh stepped back in shock. He couldn't accept the fact. He once looked at Harman angrily. "Sorry" He apologized. Harman nodded in forgiveness. Sourabh turned back and walked towards the reception and then he heard Pooja saying to Harman, "kal shine valley restro main date hai! Okay baby? " Hearing this Sourabh ran towards his room and closed the door.
He was taken a back by Pooja's decision.. But he was not that weak that he would cry.
He decided to follow them to the restro the next day.
"Dekhte hai kya baatein karti hai. I am sure Pooja at the end of the day realise kar hi legi ki I am the best for him. Aur agar nahi maani na, to, to main uss bloody Shanaya ko pata lunga! Urrggggghhhh! "

"Oye, Aj tu Erica ko propose nahi kar payega! " Sumedh said to Paarth
"Kyun?! " Paarth looked tensed.
"Arre, bhul gaya? Vivian ji ane wale hai talaashi lene! Sabko yaha maujood rehna hai. "
"Aarrre yaar! Plan failed! 👎☹👎" Paarth exclaimed
"Kal kar lena? "
"Hmm"
"Yaar, yeh Pooja aur Harman ka chakkar kya hai? " Sumedh asked
"Pata nahi, kuch samajh nahi aaraha.. " Paarth replied.
"Yahi ki main aur Harman ab couples hai. " Came a voice from back.. The two boys turned around to find Pooja standing behind..
"Kya!? " Sumedh exclaimed.
"Ji haa" Pooja replied. Saying this Pooja made her way leaving a stunned Sumedh and Paarth behind..
"Couples! " Paarth exclaimed
"Tune bhi wahi suna haina?! " Sumedh asked.
"Haa, couples hi suna.. "
"Shit" Sumedh slapped his head. "Ab yaha kurukshetra part 2 start ho jayega! Mallika ke baad shayad Harman ki maut ho jaye! "
"Babare! "

 

Vivian was going through all the details of the case. He was observing all the evidences but it took no time to understand that the kidnapping, the blood everything was a show and was fake.
"Motive kuch aur hai, aur bada motive... Par kya! Hmm. Pehle Mallika ki body ko recover karna hoga. But agar use vaadiyo main ya khai pe gira diya gaya to uski body recover nahi ho payegi! Where is she? Kaha hai uski body.." He thought for a while and called his assistant officer Mangesh.
"Mangeesshh! " Vivian called.
"Yes Sir! "Mangesh appeared
" Mussorie main kitne godowns hai? "
"23" Mangesh replied.
"Sab chaan maro.. Every godown, every factory. Sirf wahi nahi Mussorie main jitni bhi isolated buildings hai, woh sab chaan maaro. Seperate two police teams for that. And locals se puchtacch karo. Mallika Singh ki photo dikhao, pucho unse, kahi unhone dekha yaa nahi.. Do it fast. And Mangesh, mere pass 7 officers bhej do to search Hotel Moonflower. Ok? "
"Yes sir"
"Leave "
Mangesh saluted and left the room.

"Kya couples! " Erica was stunned as usual when Paarth told her about Pooja's whereabouts. She couldn't believe her ears.
"Sahi sune ho Erica"
"But how is this even possible! Sourabh and Pooja are made for each other! They can't drift apart like this! "
"Exactly! Bicchaare. sourabh bhai, kitne hurt hue honge! I feel sorry for him. "
"Me too. " There was an awkward silence between Paarth and Erica for sometime, after which Paarth broke the silence. "Umm,, tum kal free ho? "
"Mumbai thodi na hai, of course free hu. " Erica replied.
"Ok" Saying this Paarth hurried from her room.
"Aare, ajeeb banda hai yaar! " Erica thought to herself and smiled.

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It is evening.. Time for Vivian Desena to inspect the hotel.. All the students of St Louis including Mr Verma and Mallika's parents were present at the spot. Vivian arrived there with his team at the right time.. He instructed the officials to search the rooms one by one. Whereas Vivian decided to search some rooms himself. But before that he interrogated with Mallika's parents.
"Mujhe gham hai apke loss ka.. But apko kya lagta hai apki beti ko kisne maara hoga? " Vivian questioned
The grief stricken mother answered " My daughter was very innocent. She didn't have any enemies. "
"Hmm. Pichle kuch dino main koi change dekha apne usmain? "
"Nahi Sir. She was excited as always. It was her first excursion trip. Who would know.. " Mrs Singh was choked. Tears rolled down her cheeks uncontrollably.. A mother could not forget her loss. She tried to control herself but helplessly she broke down crying.. Vivian decided not to deepen her grief. He left her alone.
While Vivian was searching some of the rooms, three officials ran towards him.. They were breathless. Horrified for some reasons. Without saying anything Vivian followed the officials to a room.. Vivian was himself panicstricken to see the sight.. Packets of Heroines were scattered around the whole room.. Not one, not two, there must be more than 10,000 packets of that drug that were scattered in the room.
"Yeh sab kya hai! " Vivian shouted.. "Whose room is this!? Call that person right now. " The officials called two students who were to share the room. Even they were unaware of the drug. They begged Vivian to prove their innocence and when the latter tried to arrest the boys, two more officials dragged Vivian to another room where he saw the same thing- packets of drugs all around. Vivian and his officials were confused. All the rooms of the Hotel Moonflower had packets of drugs hidden inside, including The Mumbai Teens' room and Mr Verma's room. All the students and the teaching faculty were puzzled and they started panicking. The hotel was in turmoil.. Sourabh, Sumedh, Paarth, Erica and,Pooja were so tensed. They couldn't imagine that the case would take such a drastic turn. Sanskriti also faced a lot of confusion. No body in their wildest dream could ever imagine that the bed on which they slept had the thousands of drug packets hidden within it. And no one even realised it. It was just like the other comfortable beds of the world..

"Boycott the hotel. And take away all the liscence of the staffs, and the owner. Call the owner right now. And let him answer. Prepare arrest warrants. " Vivian ordered. The officials did accordingly. The forensic experts were summoned with a few more inspectors, including Mr Rahul Chopra.

"Yeh sab kya hai! " Sumedh asked Sourabh.
"Heroines ke packets. " He replied.
"Naah, sirf heroines nahi, adrenochrome, aur bhi kafi saare drugs mile hai suvi bhai! " Paarth interrupted..
The Mumbai Teens were confused totally. And it was obvious.

Vivian was busy assimilating the drugs and collecting other evidences. The police team were 200% more cautious now. And they didn't leave any stones unturned in doing their duty. Mr Verma had to face the dreadful attack of questions by the police. And the students we're ordered to spent the rest of the night in police station.. The turmoil was hyped when media and press intervened.

The Mumbai Teens were beckoned specially by Vivian. And they were made to sit in a special isolated room. Sanskruti was there too. She was on her wheel chair cause she was too weak to walk..
"Waah! Phirse humne shack karne lage yeh log! Kitni baar samjhaye, ki we are supporting the police! Yeh log samajhte hi nahi" Pooja expressed her anger.

"Hum police walo ko paise diya jata hai shack karne je liye, to hum kyun na kare shack?! " Vivian entered the room. The two inspectors who were made to guard them left the room as soon as Vivian entered the room. The teens looked puzzled. They stared at him blankly.
"Aise kya dekh rahe ho?! Tum log ne drug export kiya kya?! " Vivian asked seriously.
"Nahi." Sourabh replied stubbornly.
"To phir mujrimoo ki tarah darr kya rahe ho? " Vivian questioned back. The teens lowered their eyes in relief.
"Main yaha aya hu, to listen to your so called conclusions. " Vivian answered.. The teens got a new hope.
Sourabh started " Sir, Mallika Singh was kidnapped by her own will. And this was done by some of the hotel staffs and a college student... " He kept on saying about all the things, about the fake blood, the screws, the lipstick stain, as well as the Cctv footage.. Their conclusions impressed Vivian. And then Sourabh stopped. He turned towards Sumedh and told him to explain rest of the things.. Sumedh glanced at Sanskruti once who looked alarmed. But he didn't hesitate. He spoke the truth. The truth that Sanskruti told him. Vivian 's eyes widened! He listened carefully. And then he looked at Sanskruti and said "You knew it! Yet you remained mummed! " Vivian banged at the table which made Sanskruti tremble in the fear.
"You know this is a clue to the case!" Vivian shouted.
"Sorry sir, but I thought you would not believe it." Sanskruti replied.
"And I still don't. Do you have any prove? " Vivian asked calmly. Sanskruti gave a quick reply. "I had sir. In my phone. When I heard Mr Verma talking to someone about Mallika's kidnap I recorded the conversation all. "
"Where is your phone? " Vivian asked.
"Sir it is broken. When I was beaten they broke my phone too, in order to remove all the evidences.. " Sanskruti regreted.
"Damn! " Vivan shouted but he thought for a while and walked out of the room..
Pooja and Erica who were unaware of this truth of Sanskruti looked at her shockingly. And then Pooja asked "Tujhe pata tha Suvi? "
Sourabh who was still mad at Pooja for her betrayal kept silent. Pooja lamented as she knew his answer..
Erica angrily beckoned Paarth. "Paarth! Tumhe bhi pata tha! And you never felt the requirement of telling this to me! "
"Baby, I wanted to but.. " Paarth tried convincing Erica but in vain.
"But! Yes that is the thing! There is a but always in our relationship! I am not talking to you. " Erica replied angrily.
"Guys stop! " Sumedh intervened. "I told Suvi bhai and Paarth to keep mummed. "
"Aur aisa kyun Sumedh? " Pooja replied. Sumedh lowered his eyes. He struggled to speak but somehow he hesitated to say the truth.
"Say it! ".Pooja ordered.
" Because, yeh Sanskriti ki izzat ka sawal tha. " Sumedh let out a sigh. He chose not to look at Sanskruti.
Sanskruti was touched with Sumedh's reply. She wanted to cry. She wanted to hug him. Her emotional moment was disturbed when Vivian entered the room again.
"Broken phone tumhare paas hai Sanskruti? " Vivian asked.
"Hai."
"Good.. Give it to me. "
"Hotel main hai sir. " Sanskruti replied.
"Sumedh." Vivian called Sumedh. "Aj raat mujhe Sanskruti ka phone chahiye. Ok? " Sumedh nodded. He knew what to do. "Uska data retrieve karni hai. "
Vivian thought something for a while and then seeked everyone's attention. "I have some work for you. Tumlogo ke CONCLUSIONS ke mutabik, someone from college is doing all this.. As a police.,. Main students par 24*7 dhyaan nahi de payunga. So you will do that for me. Your investigation is on.. Jo chahe karo but inform every byte of your investigation to me. Yeh case bohot zyaada complicated hai. And for the next 7 days, you will work under me. Tumlog mere junior spies ho. Koi bhi ajeeb cheezein ho,. Koi bhi hotel se bahar nikle inform karna. Raat ke 3 baje hi kyun na ho, bejhijhak call karna and give the information to me. Is that clear? Aur haa, koi bhi oversmartness nahi dikhayega.. Jitna bolunga, utna karoge. "
"Thank you sir. But last wali condition hata dijiye. " Sourabh replied. "Jitna bolenge, utna karenge, yeh nahi hoga. Sir we are experienced and we promise to inform you every bits of investigation.. "
"Chalak ho.. I am impressed. Okay. But promise rakhna. And yes include Sanskruti too. It's my order. "
Initially the teens we're hesitant with Sanskruti. But later they agreed. As vivian left the room. The team rejoiced.
"So the investigation is ON! " Sumedh replied.
"Totally.. " Sourabh looked confidently..
They got the permission.. Atlast.

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After the drug incident the students were banned from going outside the hotel area. Strict warnings were given to the faculty to keep an eye on the students.. Every movement of thee St Louis staffs were noted and spied either by Mumbai police or by Mumbai Teens. Though nothing suspicious has been reported yet. But this warning were not for the Mumbai Teens always. Of course they also had to abide by the rules and regulations like the other students but if necessary they we're allowed to break the rules.. IF NECESSARY, mind that.. But the hotel was also very large. It had gardens, swings, 2 restaurants and a gym. So if anyone wanted he can make a mini honeymoon tour in the hotel without much problem. Also the view from the hill top resort was mesmerizing.
Paarth and Erica's propose plan crashed miserably. But at the same time it became a Troll factor for Sumedh. I mean, Sumedh was constantly poking Paarth regarding his proposal plan. Erica was unaware of the surprise and so she remained unaffected. She was focusing on the case, like the other members. She had taken a small sample of Heroine under special request from Vivian for its analysis. She found out that the drugs we're manufactured only a few days back. It was fresh. And so Mumbai teens also got a clue that there was a motive for Mr Verma to go there. As I said earlier, he never accompanies students to excursion trips but this time he carried himself all way to Mussorie. This actually surprised the students too. But for them it was a pleasant one. Who would think that this excursion would become the scariest nightmare ever?! And the students would develop a phobia for travelling. But this was not in the case for Mumbai Teens. Cause they are enjoying every bit of their investigation inspite of all the relationship problems they were having. Probably because they kew how to draw a line between their personal and professional works. While Sourabh, and Sumedh were hesitant in accepting Sanskruti in their team again, Paarth, Erica and Pooja accepted her nicely. But it was a tough job for Sanskruti to earn the trust that was breached, especially of Sumedh's. Because he matters for her the most. More than anything in the whole galaxy.
Sourabh and Pooja were not yet in talking terms. Pooja tried deliberately to make Sourabh talk to her but she failed. This was not like the cat-fights they used to have previously before a HARMAN came into their lives. This was a fight between the silent lovers. Pooja was finding it difficult to continue the silent game with her Sakha, her best friend. A wierd feeling was haunting her.. A feeling that was making her restless, uncomfortable, and insecured at the same time. Well is this the feeling of insecurity? The fear of losing a best friend? A fear of losing your soulmate? Or was she in love? Was she in love with Sourabh? In love with his friendship, in love with his tantrums, in love with his jealousy, in love with his insecurity and in love with him?
But Pooja stuck to her new boyfriend Harman. She planned a date with him at a cafe outside the hotel but this was surely not going to happen.. But who would stop her? She planned a mini date inside the hotel itself.. The students were scared even to step out of their room. So it was plus for Pooja to arrange a beautiful and a calm date with Harman in the gardens under the starry sky. Everything was ready.

Sourabh was shaving his beard in his room when he got a weird feeling. Maybe a telepathy? But this feeling forced him to step out of his room, in his half shaved manner. He had the towel wrapped in his neck just like the Vasuki of Mahakaal. He saw Pooja heading towards the lift. She was dressed in red.. The red sleeveless gown, the pearl necklace, the untied flowing tresses, and the dark eyes made Sourabh fall in love with her all over again, in a new way.. She was looking as beautiful as a goddess. She was looking so divine. Was she really Pooja? Was Sourabh really looking,.. Umm sorry Staring at that Tomboy, messy, bully Pooja who wore nothing but jeans and top. Was she really POOJA SHARMA!? Today she was not looking like Mahakaali, today she was looking like a divine girl, an innocent girl just like Parvati. Soft spoken, yet elegant and bold. Humble yet confident, divinely beautiful she was looking.. Sourabh was rooted for sometime and thoughts of romance were going on in his mind. But soon this dreamy world came to an end when Sourabh realised that Pooja didn't even notice him and she was going somewhere else. What! All these for somebody else! And immediately the "date" Matter came to his mind.
"Shit!! Hey bhagwaan! Pooja ko follow karna hoga!... Ek min.. Bahar jaana to forbidden hai? To fir... Arreee suvi yeh sab sochne ka time nahi hai, jaldi peecha kar.. " And when he was about to run behind Pooja he also realised that he has half shaven, with a towel wrapped around his neck, wearing a vest and boxers.
"Uuurrrrrrggggghhhhhhh! I hate this! " Sourabh quickly returned to his room, dressed up even faster than a Nasa rocket, And rushed towards the lift only to find that Pooja had left. Sourabh slapped his head. But he also recalled the name of the cafe that Pooja said to Harman and intended to go their and gatecrash their date. But as a jealous Sourabh was going to leave the hotel he noticed that the garden was lighted with lights, candles and bulbs. Sourabh was blank initially but as he went near the lights he saw a table for two in the middle of the garden.. The table was decorated beautifully with candles and plates and a bottle of champagne made it look even more classy. All the arrangements for date..
"Accha, to Pooja ka date idhar ho raha hai.. Itna sab kuch arrange kiya Harman ne! F***! Seriously! Gatecrash karne ka tamanna hi bhartiya ho gya! But yeh dono lovers hai kaha? Hmmm, shayad Maine kuch over react kar diya hai. Truly how can I expect Pooja to love me, jaha Maine abhi tak use confess bhi nahi kiya! Jo maine nahi kiya woh mai dusro ko kaise karne ko bolu. " Sourabh was thinking sadly and at the same time admiring the decor of the date. " Pooja Loves Harman and as a friend I should respect that. I should support her in the decision. Mujhe use sorry bolna hoga. " Sourabh was leaving the spot when he heard a voice in the microphone.

"Hum duniya main sirf ek baar jeete hai.. " Came the voice. Sourabh looked behind but there was no one. Only the sweet voice came. "Ek baar marte hai.. " It was the sweetest and the most beautiful voice ever. The voice which gave Sourabh goosebumps.. "Aur pyaar.. Pyaar bhi ek bar hi karte hai. " The lights went off. And the surrounding became dark. Slowly slowly a few lamps lit up as a girl walked towards Sourabh very slowly. The darkness didn't reveal her face but Sourabh knew who she was. She was the divinely beautiful friend of him. Pooja...
Pooja came closer to Sourabh and then all the lights lit up and there was brightness all around..
Pooja looked at Sourabh intensely but after a few seconds her expressions changed. She slapped her forehead and said. "Oho sakha! Tum! Harman kidhar hai! I said all those for Harman. "
The infinite happiness that Sourabh was experiencing a few milliseconds ago drooped down in one go.. His whole being drowned in the ocean of grief. He slowly gathered the courage and spoke "Sorry, yaha anek irada nahi tha, disturb karne ke liye sorry. " Sourabh turned around hiding his tears and walked off slowly.

"Ruk jayo mere draamebaaz aashiq. " Pooja screamed. Sourabh stopped. He was still not in the state to absorb what Pooja said. After a while he turned around and looked at Pooja. Pooja was looking at him and smiling. After a while she burst out laughing. Sourabh was clueless of what was happening in front of him.
Pooja ran towards him and hugged him so hard that Sourabh had to step a step back.
"Tumhe kya laga, yeh sab Harman keiye hai? Ki main Harman ko date kar rahi hun!? " Pooja chuckled.
"To? "
"Arre buddhu! Tum yeh dimag se Mumbai teens chalaoge?! "
"Kya? Samjha nahi! "
Pooja let out a sigh and said "ajkal ke launde bhi na! Sab kuch samjhana parta hai ise!... Sourabh, I don't love Harman, I am not dating Harman. ... I LOVE YOU! hamesha se.. "
Tears rolled down Sourabh's cheek which Pooja wiped off and controlled him. He was speechless. And much to his awe, Pooja kneeled down in front of him, held hostage hand and gave a small peck on his hand.. A shiver of happiness came down Sourabh's spine.
"Sourabh, I love you. Will you be my life partner? Forever.. Uhhh.. Sorry eternally forever? " Pooja asked.
"Iddhar case ulta ho gaya na? " Sourabh replied
"Oho, don't spoil the mood now. Haa ya na?"
"Ha...Haaaa.....HAAAAAAAA" Sourabh screamed like hell.
Pooja stood up and kissed Sourabh lightly on his lips. A descent kiss. Sourabh was jumping within.. His legs were kinda shaking. Pooja blushed heavily and turned around when Sourabh pulled her towards him and held her waist tightly.
"Despo uhu? " Pooja giggled a gave small and sweet slap on Sourabh's soft cheeks.
"Ye karne ke liye taras raha hun 3 saal se. Ashq hun to despo to hunga hi".
" Shut up.. " Pooja made her face towards her lover and stared at him hard.
"I love you Pooja. "
"Love you too Sourabh"
They both hugged each other passionately like never before. Like two lovers.. Like two life partners.
Sorted with love...

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Sumedh, Paarth and Erica were sitting together on the sofa, at the reception.. They were discussing about the drug issue. Of course, it has already caused a stir in the college and is the talking point everywhere.
"Erica listen, according to your analysis, the drug packets were not older than 2-3 weeks, right? Iska matlab jinhone ne bhi yeh sab kiya hai, woh sab Mr Verma ke kehne pe kiya hai. He had something to do with the trade and the excursion" Sumedh said.
"Yes, and apart from that, we should not forget that he was the one who kidnapped Mallika. " Erica replied.
"Kahi, Mallika ko kuch pata to nahi chal gaya tha drugs ke baare main? " Paartg questioned.
"Ho sakta hai" Sumedh answered "lekin agar aisa hota, to Mallika ko murder kisne kiya? "
"Verma hi hoga, I think he is lying. " Erica said.
"No, it can't be. Because of two things: Sanskruti's verdict and Mr Verma's facial expression. "
"Huh, how can you be so sure Paarth, that Sanskruti isn't lying and Verma isn't acting? " Sumedh replied.
"Sumedh, I think you are being too diplomatic. You should see, rather observe the smaller details of the case too. This is confirmed that Verma had to do with drug case but this is not sure that he killed Mallika. Maybe there is another side of the case, that we are not looking into or maybe we don't even want to look. " Erica replied.
"Guuuuyyyyyssss" An excited voice approached them. Pooja was shaking with excitement. Sourabh followed her blushing heavily. Sumedh, Paarth, Erica stood up and they were totally confused..
"Kya? " Erica asked indifferently.
"Kya matlab!? Pucho KAISE. Guys we have a very important anouncement to make. " Pooja replied.
"You and Harman are married? " Sumedh trolled.
"Shut up Sumedh. " Sourabh scolded. Sumedh lowered his eyes and swallowed his laugh.
"Me and Pooja are couples. " Sourabh announced.
"Hain? " Paarth was still blank.
"Ullaaaaallaaalleelleeooo, ulleeeeoo, ullaaalaa laa leeo.. Jingaallaaaal huh uhu.. " Sumedh shouted and jumped like a tail less monkey..
"Sumu, tera yeh jungleee dance kab tak chalega? " Pooja narrowed her eyes. And Sumedh immediately stopped. No one can deny that both Sourabh and Pooja had a magnetic personality. A personality that can convert even an ape to a human being. 😅..
"Congooooo Pooja di.. Yeh sab kaise hua? And what about that idiot? " Erica asked.
"Idiot who? " Pooja replied.
"Aarrre, Harman ki baat kar rahi hai. " Paarth said.
"Oh woh, he knew everything. He has a girlfriend too.. And guess who his girlfriend is.. "
"Kon? " Everybody including Sourabh asked.
"Shanaya." Pooja replied.
"Then this drama and all.. " Sourabh spoke.
"He did it because he is my friend. " Pooja replied.
"And me? " Sourabh asked hyperly.
"You,? You are my best friend, my boy friend, my ghontu babu.. " Pooja replied and smiled while she carassed his nose.
"Yehhhhh, yeh, yeh PDA, aplog upar jake dikhana. Teachers hai.. And apart from that raat bhi bohot ho chuki hai. Suvi bhai kal meeting kab hai? " Sumedh spoke.
"8 am. And yes Sumedh, Sanskriti ko le ana.. " Pooja said.
Sumedh rolled his eyes and very irritatingly nodded yes to Pooja's proposal. Sanskruti was recovering fast. She could walk now. Of course with a crutch and with someone's support. That someone, is actually Sumedh. Sumedh was acting bit of an oxymoron. He expressed his anger and hatred towards Sanskruti. But at the same time, cared for her and pampered her like her husband. Even Sumedh was confused with his own behaviour and attitude. With a heavy head he agreed to bring his "traitor" Love to the meeting. The group dispersed. Pooja went to her room with Erica. While the three boys headed to their respective rooms together.

 

10: 45 PM: The student had already dined and now everyone was at their alloted rooms planning to sleep. Sumedh lying on his bed and reading a book. He was a bookworm, which he never shows to the outer world. While he read "Aleph" By Paulo Coelho, his phone rang.
Private number..
"Hello." Sumedh answered
"Investigation aur Vivian desena ke per chatna chor do.. Varna pachtaoge. Abhi to sirf Mallika kisi jaan gayi hai, kya pata kal tumhari jaan jaye.. " And the call ended.
"Hello, who is this? Hello? Hello?! Shit! " Sumedh responded. The voice was a girl's voice. He could not even record the call because it was private number..

Sourabh was eating some nuts before bedtime when he received the same call. He tried to record the call but in vain. He also tried several ways to decode the number and location but he wasn't expert. He then recieved a phone call. Second time. It was Paarth's.
"Hello."
"Suvu bhai, blackmail.. "
"Mujhe bhi. "
"Apko bhi? "
"Hmm, room aja. " The call ended.

He was waiting for Paarth, when there was knock on the door. Sourabh quickly opened the door to find Pooja, Erica, Sumedh, Paarth and Samskruti standing. Sumedh was holding Sanskruti for support. She was on her crutch. The group together said "blackmail"..
The 6 members sat scattered in the room.. They were all thinking something.
" Larki ne call kiya? "Sourabh asked.
Everybody nodded.
" Yaar tum log dekh rahe ho? Jitni bhi kaand hue na? Sab larki kar rahi hai. Ab yeh larki kon hai? " Sumedh said.
"Yeh bhi to ho sakta hai na, kj someone is using a voice changer app? " Samskruti suggested.
"Mata ji, apki tarah itne complicated nahi hai hum.. Ap kripya apka muh band karke, shanti se dhyaan main leen ho jaiye. " Sumedh replied. Sanskruti felt bad for this comment. She decided to keep mummed next time.
"No but Sumu, she has a point. " Pooja supported. sanskruti.
"Agar aisa hota na, to jisne Suvi bhai pe attack kiya woh larki nahi hoti. " Paarth spoke up. But then he clicked his tongue as he realised what he has done. He nervously looked at Sourabh who gave him a fiercy look. He was not supposed to tell that to the girls.
"Kya? Attack? Suvi pe? Koi mujhe pura baat batayega. " Pooja replied. All the girls looked up. "Sourabh! Yeh sab kya keh rahe hai?! Tell me? " Pooja screamed.
Sourabh bowed his head. "Woh mujhpe kuch din pehle hamla hua tha. And jisne hamla kiya woh ek larki thi".
" And tum yeh baat abhi bata rahe ho! "
"Bata deta, agar tum us Harman ke god main baithi nahi hoti! " Sourabh defended himself.
"Ohhhooo! Shut up! Blackmail kids baat kare? " Sumedh became the peace maker.
"We should inform this to Vivian Sir. " Erica suggested.
"For sure. " Sourabh replied. "Pooja, ring him up.,"

Vivian was sitting on his chair at the Mussorie Police Station. His team searched every godown of Mussorie but Mallika's body couldn't be recovered.. "Agar body mil jati na, then the case would have been much more easier. Pictures dekh ke aisa lag raha hai, that she was raped too before murder. " Vivian thought to himself when his phone beeped. He picked it up.
"Hello."
"Hello sir, Pooja Sharma this side. "
"Speak up "
*Sir all the zix members of The Mumbai Teens have received a blackmail call from a private number. "
"What?! Blackmail call? But your identity was a secret. Isn't it? And in fact no one knows that you are still investigating! "
"There lies the problem sir. Koi nahi janta, ki hum investigate kar rahe hai. But stillwe got the call. "
"Boy or a girl? "
"Girl, it was "
"Hmmm, sourabh par hamla bhi larki nehi kiya tha. "
Pooja kept silent.
"Okay, any three of you meet me right now. I am still in the police station. Right now. " Vivian hanged the phone.

"Any three of us will have to meet Vivian now. " Pooja said. Sourabh, Pooja and Paarth will go and meet Vivian. It was decided. Sumedh, Erica and Sanskruti would be in the hotel.
Who was blackmailing them? Was Erica right? Is there any other side of the case which the teens are not looking into!? Find out as the story rolls.. Stay tuned.

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Sourabh, Pooja and Paarth was sitting in the front office pf the police station and was waiting for Vivian to call them. God knows what he was doing inside his room alone. Sourabh seemed tensed but Pooja consoled him. After a few minutes they were called.
Vivian was going through some old newspapers. Sourabh looked at them. And within a glance he could understand that these newspapers were about each and every drug case of Mussorie. Till date there have been 6 such cases. Where drugs were being traded in this place. Vivian offered them seats and he too sat down on his chair..
Sourabh explained the whole incident. That how each and every member of Mumbai Teens got a call from a female and how they were blackmailed.
Vivian thought for a while. " Pure college main tum logo ki identity koi nahi janta tha. Am I right? "
"Hmm" Paarth nodded.
"Aur ab bhi koi nahi janta hai? "
"Nahi" Pooja replied.
"Sivaay Mr Verma ke jo ab police observation main hai. Okay then. Do as I say. Reveal to everyone that you are the Mumbai Teens. Par yeh kaam main karunga. Kal subah. "
"What?! Tab to threats aur bhi badh jayenge!? And how can we break our policy.!? " Pooja retaliated.
"Wait Pooja.. " Sourabh stopped her. "I think Vivian sir is right. Hume yeh risk lena hi hoga. "
Vivian smirked at Sourabh. "Smart boy. " They both seemed to have made a silent conversation and a silent planning. "I want Sourabh alone in the room. " Pooja and Paarth looked at each other and then disheartenedly moved out of the room, leaving Sourabh and Vivian alone.

"Pata nahi, waha kya ho raha hoga.. " Erica said. Sumedh, Sanskruti and Erica were in the same room. Sanskruti was fast asleep due to the medicine she took.
"Waise Sanskruti, tumhare kandho pe sir rak ke sote hue acchi lag rahi hai. " Erica taunted.
"Erica.. Mera kandha yaha pe uske sir ki bojh tale tut raha hai.. And I don't want to disturb her. Kya pata, haat idhar se udhar kiya to uth jaye? "
"Believe me Or not, you love her. Tum usse beintehaan mohabbat karte ho. "
Sumedh looked at Erica with a pain and relief at the same time. Maybe he loves to hear about his love for Sanskruti but the betrayal is hard to forget.
"Karta tha " Sumedh spoke softly, very cautious so that Sanskruti doesn't wake up.
"Uuhun, " Erica nodded a no. " Karta hai. Saaf dikhta hai. Tu usse bohot pyaar karta hai. Aur woh bhi tujh se bohot pyar karti hai. I can feel it. I can see that love in both of your eyes. Sanskruti cares for you a lot.. She is hurt mentally even more than you are. Ek baar apne ap ko uske situation main rakh ke dekh. Be a bit more understanding. She did for a reason. Agar chahti to aur bhi zyada natak kar sakti, lekin usne aisa nahi kiya. She revealed the truth. Mar bhi khayi woh tere liye. Uski zaroorat kya thi ki woh tujhe sach bole. Maar khaye. Woh to paise leke bhaag ja sakti thi? Hai na? Par kyun usne sach bola? Kyun itni chot khane ke baad bhi wo tere liye tarpti hai. Kyun ki woh tujhse pyar karti hai..
Tears rolled down Sumedh's cheeks. He was speechless. Maybe he was touched too. He was developing a forgiving feeling towards Sanskruti. He wanted to start afresh..

 

"Uff! Yeh Suvi kya kar raha hai us vivian ke saath! Kamaal ka team hai! Sab log team members hai lekin priority sirf Sourabh Raaj Jain ko!? Kyun! " Pooja complained. She was walking rapidly around the room. Paarth ran behind her like a personal assistant and tried to pacify her, but ended up in getting beaten by Pooja due to his over pacification. Soon Vivian and Sourabh came out of the room. Vivian patted on Sourabh's back and told them to return.
Sourabh brought Pooja and Paarth back. On their way to hotel he had to face an attack of relentless questions from Pooja and Paarth but avoided all of them.

Once Sourabh, Pooja and Paarth entered Sumedh's room where the three of them waited, he cleared all their queries. The team was happy with Vivian's decision and they also saluted Sourabh for his intellect.
"Waah suvi bhai! Kya dimaag paya hai! " Sumedh commented.
"Akhir boyfriend kiska hai? " Pooja interrupted and then gave out a hearty laugh while Sourabh gave a tight hug to her dream girl.
"Haa ha" Sourabh patted his back. " But tumlog samajh gaye naa? Ki kya karna hai? "
"Ekdum.. Ek baar bata dala, to life jingalala. " Sumedh said. And everyone laughed except the sleeping beauty Sanskruti.

The next morning, again the whole college was panicky when Vivian and his team looked up at the hotel. Vivian ordered his men to arrange a student and faculty meeting. Everyone gathered at the garden including Sourabh, Sumedh, Paarth, Pooja, Erica and Sanskruti.
"So, I want to announce to everyone. " Vivian shouted in his stout and strong mascular voice. "Ap boht jald ghar jaa payenge. Kyun main case ke solution ke bohot kareeb hun. And all thanks to the Mumbai teens. Unke help aur saboot ke bagair the police department kabhi drug trade ke depth tak nahi pohochti. Aur mallika ke baare mai bhi kuch bohot ajeeb baat pata chala hai. Jo Mumbai teens ke alawa kisiko nahi pata. Aur main unko sab ke saamne bulana chahta hun. "
The teens appeared from the crowd and stood beside vivian. The crowd had varying expressions on their faces. Some were confused, some were indifferent and some were happy to know about them.
Vivian hugged the members of the team and announced. "Inke paas saare duplicate proofs hai aur rahenge. Tab tak, jab tak case end nahi ho jata. " Vivian looked at Sourabh and winked care freely, who nodded his head.
"What a smart move" Sourabh thought to himself.

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"Vivian sir is very intelligent.. " Sumedh said while he sipped over his first morning tea. Everyone agreed to what he said.
"Par humara suvi bhi kuch kam nahi. " Pooja replied and gave a romantic look at Sourabh, who looked down and smirked sweetly. "Ab yeh to praise karegi hi" He thought to himself.
"Haan ab ap to kahenge hi... Girlfriend jo theri. " Erica taunted Pooja and everyone laughed. Pooja blushed but at the same time she gave Erica a tigress look which made her silent.. After all she was called Mahakaali for a reason. Sourabh pulled Pooja near her and pressed her shoulders and she became calm and girly. Paarth also looked at Erica and both of them too shared a romantic eye lock for a moment. Precisely, love was in the air. But Sumedh was in some other planet. Because he was supposedly the single guu in the group and the first one who had gone through a heartbreak. But unlike him, Sanskruti gazed at him for a long time. Sumedh was unaware of this fact as he was looking on his mobile screen. Sanskruti didn't care whether Sumedh loved her or not, but she was in love, deep love and most importantly true love. This was not a drama anymore. Sanskruti thought about Sumedh 24*7 and she had this firm belief that if her love is true, then one day Sumedh will also realize her love for him. And that would be the day of rejoice. And she waited for that day eagerly.
Sumedh was getting agitated with the lovey dovey atmosphere. It appeared to him as if a romantic and a dramatic megaserial was going on which had no end. He faked a cough which broke the monotony of the romance and everyone else in the group including Sanskruti got their logical sense back. They looked down to hide their blush and then the conversation was back to normal.
"Accha, isse accha mauka nahi milega, suvi bhai, discuss about our next action. " Paarth said.
"Ab hume kuch karneka nahi, jo karega, wahi log karenge. Un logo ko humare baare main saare information hai. To zaaher hai, ki yeh wala information bhi unke paas chala jayega. Aur agar yeh information unke paas gaya to they will surely plan something. " Sourabh said.
"All these are okay. But my question is, how are they getting the information! Agar bahar se to college ka koi unhe information de raha hai, aur agar college ka hai to baat khatam. Lekin banda hai kaun?! " Erica replied.
"Bandi bhi ho sakti hai" Sanskruti finally, FINALLY! FFFFIIIIINNNNAAAALLLLYYY, spoke up. Everyone looked at her suspiciously. "Kya! Mujhe kya dekh rahe ho tum log! Maine wahi kaha ji mujhe laga. Don't overthink what I said. " Everyone looked elsewhere.
"She has a point. Yeh zaroori nahi, ki Mr Verma ya hotel ka koi staff hi yeh kar raha hai. Koi aur bhi ho sakta hai, jispe hum shaqk nahi kar rahe hai. " Sumedh supported Sanskruti. For the first time Sumedh spoke for her and this gave her immense joy.
"Hmm, par jo bhi yeh kar raha hai, woh chup nahi baithega. " Pooja said. "And yaad hai na, humne kaha tha ki humare paas bohot bara saboot hai! Woh log woh saboot ko lene zaroor kuch karenge. "
"Hmm.. "
Their conversation came to a halt when Sourabh's phone rang up.. It was Vivian Desena. Sourabh picked up the call.
"Be alert tonight. And yes not only tonight but for the next every minute and second. Anything suspicious, inform me. " Phone hanged up.

 

Evening 6: 12 PM, Mr Verma surprisingly, called Sourabh and Sumedh in his room. Of course the requirement was predicted.
"What is the proof sourabh? Mr Verma asked him. 

" I knew it.. He is curious " Sumedh thought to himself. But his expressions wre calm. 

"I am not supposed to disclose that sir. " Sourabh replied calmly.  "But We will inform the mumbai Police very soon. Vivian sir knows a bit of it not the whole thing to catch the criminal. Only we have the proof. And if we have to disclose it,  we will do that only to Vivian Desena Or any other mumbai police. Requesting your leave sir. "  Sourabh and Sumedh left the room leaving a curious and an upset Verma behind 

"Mujhe pata tha,  saale ko saboot ki pari hai" Sumedh complained. "Kahi yeh criminal to nahi? "

"Nahi,  yeh side villain ho sakta hai,  but not the main. " Sourabh replied. "Pata lagana hoga ki kya ho raha hai. Mallika's murder,  drugs,  Verma's kidnapping,  The old rape case, and the old drug case,  everything is interrelated. " 

 

Midnight: Sourabh and Paarth slept in a room. Pooja and Erica slept in other room. And very obviously Sumedh could not have left Sanskruti alone in her condition till she completely recovers. But it was against his will though. Today the teens shared the rooms because they knew that they should be more careful.  

Sumedh was fast asleep and he is one of that people who sleeps like "kumbhkarn". Sanskruti on the other hand was having a disturbed sleep. But soon she was awaken hearing a noise. And to her dilemma ,  the moment she opened her eyes, she saw a figure standing in front of sleeping Sumedh. She was horrified, but she was still injured to be quick in her actions. And her biggest fear seemed to appear true when the figure took out a knife from the waist and was about to step Sumedh. Sanskruti, though in immense pain,  managed to stop the figure. The altceration awakened Sumedh and he saw An injured Sanskruti fighting for HIS life.  Sumedh was blank for a few seconds and then he went back to his mode and saved Sanskruti from the figure and at the same time caught hold of the figure. Whoever he or she was, he or she wore a black mask to keep his or her identity unrevealed. But it didn't take long for Sumedh to open her mask,  revealing the face..  And to their shock,  the figure was a girl. Sumedh and Sanskruti both knew the girl! 

Sumedh and Sanskruti both were stoned. Maybe their soul ran out of their body. And taking advantage of this blankness and trauma that Sumedh faced ,  the girl pushed him back and jumped from the balcony and was vanished in the night. Sanskruti and Sumedh both were stunned. But Sanskruti was smart. She clicked a few pictures of the girl and Sumedh when they were indulged into fighting. Sanskruti saw the pictures she clicked and showed it to Sumedh.. 

"How the bloody heck is this possible! " She exclaimed. 

"Mallika! " The only word that Sumedh spoke. 

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Sumedh and Sanskruti stood rooted to their respective places for a few moments.. They were blank with what all happened. And then Sumedh noticed the fresh wounds that Sanskruti had gone through to save him..
"Dikhao" Sumedh pulled Sanskruti's hand which was bleeding observed the wound a bit.
"Koi baat nahi Sumedh. Main thik hu. " Sanskruti replied awkwardly.
"Ssshhh.. Maine pucha tumse? Bohot bolti ho. Thoda kam bola karo.. " Sumedh stopped Sanskruti from saying anything further. He looked around for any kind of firstaid but found nothing. So decided to make Sanskruti feel better.
He pulled Sanskruti closer to him and made her sit on the couch. He then kneeled down in front of her. Sanskruti was feeling odd. But she chose to be silent. Sumedh touched her hand and brought it closer to his lips. Very lightly he kissed all her injuries. His kisses gave a chill down Sanskruti's spine and she shook a bit. Sumedh looked at her eyes, which brightened like a star at once. Sumedh's eyes appeared to by cloudy, hazy yet so deep, as if it has a fire ignited in it. Both lost into each other's eyes. Everything was silent, still, and romantic. The nature favoured them. They both leaned towards each other. They didn't even realise when they came so close to each other. They were loosing themselves into each other. Sanskruti caressed his hair very sweetly and then started bringing his head closer to hers.. Their eyes were closing slowly and steadily.. And very soon they found their lips busy.. They kissed. They were Sumedh and Sanskruti. They were just two passionate lovers meeting after a doze of heartbreak. One was fire who burnt everything near him, and the other was breeze who surrendered herself to be burnt by the fire but ended up in cooling him..
The two lovers were reunited...

 

The next day:
KYAAAAA!!! YEH TUM KYA KEH RAHE HO! PAGAL WAGAL TO NAAHI HO GAYE NA TUMLOG! " Paarth screamed.
"Aree nahi re paglet! Pagal kayko hunga! It was Mallika! She is alive. Usne mujhpe attack kiya. Aur mujhe bachche hue Sanskruti ko chot lag gayi! Aur wahi hai jisne Sourabh bhai pe bhi attack kiya! Saari fasaat ki jar woh zandu balm hi hai! " Sumedh explained.
"App logoko vishwas nahi ho raha hai na? " Sanskruti spoke.. "Maine pictures bhi click kari thi as proof. Here they are. " Sanskruti showed the pictures, the she clicked yesterday night when Sumedh was in a brawl with Mallika. Sourabh, Pooja, Paarth and Erica were stunned. It was hard to believe that the main reason for their case was not a reason.
"Toh yeh baat tumlogo ne kal kyun nahi bataya!? " Sourabh asked. Sumedh and Sanskruti kept mummed and they looked down.
Pooja became suspicious. But her doubt was cleared very soon, when she a lovebite mark on Sanskrut's neck.. "Uuhhhuu" Pooja falsed a cough. Sumedh and Sanskruti looked up towards Pooja. "Choro na Suvi, raat ko busy honge yeb dono.. Macchar vacchar kaat liye honge unko.. " Pooja smirked a bit and pressed Sourabh's hand to make him understand. Suvi understood. He became quiet.
Sumedh was puzzled, but Sanskruti understood. She looked down and hid her blush.
"Yeh baat Vivian Sir ko batana hoga " Erica suggested.
"Hmm"

Noon: Sourabh and his team rushed to the police station.
"What!? My god! " Vivian exclaimed. "Yeh baat kisi aur ko pata nahi hona chahiye. And now I am confirmed, that students are also involved. "
"Yes sir, agar aisa nahi hota to, Mallika ko bhi koi inform nahi kar pata. Because Mr Verma is in police custody and any other teaching faculty is under strict supervision. So yeh kaam koi student ka hi hoga " Erica said.
"Sirf ek ka kaam nahi.. Joshiiiii... Joshi" Vivian screamed.. A new face entered the room. Inspector Joshi he is. "Moonflower resort ke jitne bhi guards hai sab ko pakad ke jao! Abhi isi waqt! And one more thing, I want the cctv footage of every damn corner of the hotel! Aur humari police team kya raat ko macchar maarne ke liye yaa chand ko dekhke hasne ke liye rakh gaye hai! Kya kar rahe woh log! I want to meet them right now! Sab ko utha kar le ao.. Aur iss bar kuch garbar hua ya fir koi bhi mob outforce hua, lathi charge! Leave. " Vivian shouted.
"Ye.. Ye.. Yes.. Sssir" Joshi struggled to speak.. Vivian was furious with what was happening.
"Tumlog ja sakte ho. And Sanskruti send me the pictures. U know my watsapp no. Right? Aur backup rakhna in pictures ka. They are really important. And yes smart job. " He ordered
"Thank you sir. And yes main apko send kar dungi" Sanskruti was confident now

 

As the teens strolled down the lanes of Mussorie, they discussed about the case.
"So start hua tha kidnap se, chala murder tak Aur end hua drugs pe! " Pooja said.
"Aur woh bhi humare puraane wala case se related. " Paarth
"Ek min! " Sourabh stopped..
"Kya hua!? " Pooja asked
"Clue! Clue mila! " He replied.
"Clue? Kaisa clue? " Paarth asked.
"Chalo mere saath" Sourabh leaving his leisurely pace started running toward the hotel. The other trying to catch his pace.
Sourabh rushed to his room and began searching something. The others we're still confused and expected an answer from Sourabh.
"Kuch to batao na bhai! " Sumedh shouted
"Ruk ja 2 min. " Sourabh said. "Yaad hai, mallika ja murder wala photo? "
"Haa, ja woh marne ki acting kar rahi thi aur woh hume dhamki dene ke liye use kiya gaya tha" Pooja said
"Yes exactly! Woh photo ek godown mai khichi gayi thj poo! "
"Ha to Kya? "
"To sakhi! Woh godown koi lockout factory hogi! Yaad hai usme cartons the? Cartons main company ka logo obviously hoga! Agar woh godown ka pata mil jaye, then I am sure bohot saare problems solve ho jayega! Woh picture dhoondo! " Sourabh ordered
"Ek min bhaiya, uski ek copy mere paas hai. Abhi lati hu. " Sanskruti spoke. She brought the photo from her room and handed it to Sourabh.
Sourabh carefully observed the picture and then gave a hearty smile "maine kaha tha na! Yeh dekho company ka logo. " Sourabh showed the logo printed in one of the cartons in the picture to his team.
"Svm toy factory? " Paarth read the logo.
"Yeh Svm toy factory kaha hai? " Sumedh questioned.
"Yahi pata lagana hoga. Accha humara woh pakau guide ka naam kya tha jo bus main iss jagah ke baare main paka raha tha? " Pooja asked.
"Humare ane wale din? "
"Haa."
"Nahi pata. " Sumedh replied.
"Idiot, tujhe kaise pata hoga.. Tu to larki ghoor raha tha" Paarth taunted.
"Main ladkiya nahi ghoorta.. Ladkiya mujhe ghoorti hai. " Sumedh replied. Sanskruti crouched her eyebrows and looked at Sumedh once but didnt say anything.
"Chup karo! Serious discussions main larki leke aa jate ho tumlog!" Sourabh shouted. "Mujhe yaad hai. Somewhat Dhoondhon Paa, uska naame. "
Everyone laughed.. "Dhoondhon Paa!? "
"Buddhist.. And nepali.. Use pakaro. Miss Shallet ne unhe bulaya tha, to unhi ke paas unka no hoga. "
"Haa to uske baad.? " Erica asked
"Chaaan beeenn" Sourabh replied.

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Sourabh and Paarth went out of the room to meet Ms Shallet. Erica, Pooja,Sumedh and Sanskruti stayed in the room. There was silence in the room, until Erica's phone rang and she left the room to answer the call. So it was Pooja,Sumedh and Sanskruti.
"uhhuuhu" Pooja faked a cough. Sanskruti looked up and immediately bowed her head low, as soon as she understood the meaning of the cough.
"Kya?! Kya bolna chahte ho di? Auise khasi to mat lao." Sumedh said to Pooja in an awkward tone.
"yahi, ki finally, Aag ne patanga ko swikar kar hi liya.." Pooja looked at Sanskruti as she smiled sweetly.
"Kya ag? Kya Patanga? Mujhe..Mujhe to kuch samajh nahi aaraha." Sumedh replied.
"Samajh jaoge Bohot jald."
Their conversation had an abrupt end when Sourabh and Paarth entered the room.
"Number mil gaya." Paarth informed.
"To wait kya kar rahe ho? Phone lagao." Sanskruti spoke..
"Hmm...Bandi samajhdaar ban gayi hai teri Sumedh." Paaarth taunted.
"Chup kar ja Paarth..Accha nahi hoga." Sumedh was getting irritated now.
"Main karta hu." Sourabh interrupted. He dialed a number and called someone. While everyone else looked at Sourabh.
"Hello? Kya main Mr Dhoondhon Paa se baat kar raha hu.?" Sourabh Asked.
"Ji HAAN.Ap kaun?" answer came from the other side.
"Ji main Sourabh Raaj Jain bol raha hun, Main St. Louis ka ek student hun. Ap humara guide the.Yaad hai?....Ji Ji....Mujhe apse ek factory ka pata puchna tha....SVM Factory?...Woh kaha hai?...oh..ok. But please apko pata chale to hume jald se jald inform kar dijiye..haanji..urgent hai. Thik hai. Shukriya. Sourabh hanged up the call.
"Kya hua?"
"Svm Factory naam ka koi factory use pata nahi..lekin woh chanbeen karke hume inform karega aur waha le bhi jayega." Sourabh answered.
"Ab kya kare?" Sourabh asked.
"Google maps pe ekbaar check kare?" Sanskruti suggested.
"Hmm..Dekhte hai." Paarth replied. And he searched the factory in google.But surprisingly there was nothing like Svm factory in the result box.."Yaar kaise ho sakta hai!"
"Ho sakta hai.." Erica replied as she entered the room. Everyone looked at her.
"Kaise?" Sumedh asked, followed by others.
"Maa se baat hui abhi abhi. Maa apni bachpan Mussorie main hi bitayi. Maa ne bataya, yaha bohot saare aise jagah hai,jiski official naam bilkul famous nahi hai. Un jagaho ka locationwise logo ne koi aur naam de diya hai aur wahi naam famous ho gaya hai..Shayad Svm Factory ka koi aur naam hai jis naam se log use pehchante hai.." Erica said.
"Yeh ho sakta hai." Sourabh replied.
"Paarth, type 'factories in mussorie' aur dekh to.." Pooja suggested.
"hmm..ok" Paarth did as instructed. A list of Factories' appeared as a result, but there was no factory named Svm Factory.

"Nahi hai.  " Paarth replied. 

"Hmm" Sourabh responded. "Main thoda bahar ja raha hun"

"Par kaha? Pooja asked " Main chalu? "

"Koi, zaroorat nahi" Sourabh replied and he left the room.  The meeting was dismissed and so everybody returned to their respective rooms. 

Sanskruti was alone in her room when there was knock on the door. Sumedh. 

"Tum? Kuch kaam tha? " Sanskruti was still hesitant in her talk..  

"Umm, haa. Andar a sakta hun? " Sumedh said

"Sure."

"San, I know tum mujhse bohot pyaar karti ho. Mere liye tumne jo kuch bhi kiya hai woh sab koi apna bhi nahi karta.  Lekin past main jo kuch bhi hua hai.. Main tumpe puri tarike se bharosa kaise karu? 

" Pata hai Sumedh, Maine tumhe dhokha diya hai, lekin yeh bhi sach hai ki main tumse bohot pyar karti hu. Log had main pyar karte hai, par main.  Main tumse behad pyar karti hun.. Tum mujhe agar puri zindagi bhi maaf na karo na, to main tumse kuch nahi Puchungi.  Lekin main bhi tumse keh deti hun,  if I ever loved anyone, that is only you.  Aur shayad isiliye main tumhara liye khud ko mita bhi sakti hun.. Age Tum jo thik samjho "

"Tumne jo galti ki,  uski koi maafi nahi hai.  Aur maine iss bare socha bhi tha ki tumhe main kabhi maaf nahi karunga. Lekin jis tarah se tumne mere liye itna kuch kiya, tumhari yeh nayi roop dekh ke main tumhe izzat dena chahta hun.. Maine tumhe maaf kiya. "

Sanskruti looked up. Tears rolled down her cheeks. She was speechless. She stood rooted, until, until Sumedh wiped her tears and gave her tight hug, whispering softly in her ears.. "I love you. "

"I love you too Sumedh" Sanskruti 's tears didn't stop. She kept on weeping on Sumu's shoulders.  

 

Sourabh waited in front of the ward map of Mussorie.  He travelled from the outskirt hill top to the main city. He visited Mussorie before and so he knew a travel guide there. A well experienced one. Mr Kundra came in front of Sourabh. 

"Arre Sourabh ji,   Kaise hai ap? " Mr Kundra spoke. 

"Bas apka madad chahiye"

"Ha boliye na! "

Sourabh took out a photo from his phone.. It was the zoomed photo of the factory logo. 

"Ap iss logo ko pehchante hai? " Sourabh asked. 

The guide looked at the photo carefully and then thought something for a moment. 

"Yeh to lal dhigi factory ka logo hai. "

"Lal dhigi? " 

"Ji haan. Ek lake ke paas hai yeh factory. Usi lake ke paas Kamakhya mata ka mandir bhi hai. Kehte har mahine jab Masik ata hai devi kaam, to mandir se khoon us talap main behne lagta hai aur woh talap lal ho jata hai.  Isiliye use lal dhigi kehte hai. Lal dhigi yani Red lake.  Yeh factory wahi pe situated hai, isiliye uska naam bhi Lal Dhigi factory. "

"Oh,  I see.  "

"Dekhiye sir, yeh logo ko thik tareeke se.  Yeh jo lal gol hai, yeh talap ka naksha hai. "

"Ap bata sakte hai,  yeh factory kaha hoga? "

"Lal dhigi ke paas.  Bohot famous jagah hai yeh to. Lekin yeb factory to kaafi saal pehle locked out ho chuka hai. Lock out hone ke result main labourers jinke naukri chali gayi thi,  is factory ko ag laga dala gusse main. Tab se waha koi nahi jata.  Kehte hai waha bhooton ka vaas hai. "

Sourabh smirked.. "Ek taraf mata ka mandir,  aur dusri tarak bhooton?! Main waha jaunga. "

"Thik hai,  le chalta hu apko.  "

"Abhi nahi,  raat ko. "

"Raat ko kyun?  Kya hua hai saab? 

"Aise hi.. Ap jaa sakte hai. Thank you so much. "

Mr Kundra left. Sourabh immediately called Pooja. 

"Hello Pooja, Bakio ko lekar main city pohocho.  Sun set hone se pehle main city pohoch jao. Baad main vaadiyon se aane main problem ho jayegi. Do as I say. And yes bring all the self defence kiti.  Ok? "

"Hmm.. " Pooja replied. 

The phone hanged. 

"Zyada door nahi hai hum.. Yeh drugs ki case bohot jald niptegi! " Sourabh thought to himself. 

Chapter Text

Erica was lying on her bed, and was reading "Immortals of Meluha".. She is a tremendous shiv bhakt and for her the perfect god of love was not Krishna bhagwaan but it was of course shiv and shakti.. And she had an amazing imaginative power, she she actually dreamt of Paarth instead of shiv as the main character and of course her as sati.. And then her longing became much more when Paarth abruptly entered the room. Paarth stopped in front of the bed, as he admired Erica deep eyes within the boundaries of her spectacle, her black tresses which came and covered half of her beautiful eyes. Her apple red cheeks, and the pink chubby soft lips gave Paarth a sudden butterfly in his stomach.. He approached Erica, who was still looking at him. Paarth sat on the bed and caressed her hair in a playful manner.. He twisted and turned it and finally locked it behind her ears.. And slowly he leaned closer to her.. Erica's book fell on the floor as she freed her hands and held Paarth's cheeks. Paarth very slowly pulled her specs out and kept it on the bed.. Erica pulled Paarth by his collar and pressed her mouth on His. It was initially a peck, but they didn't realise when that peck turned to be passionate lip lock. For dont know how much time they kept on Kissing. Paarth was playing with Erica hair as he untied her bun to get the full length hair as his toy.. While Erica ticked his cheeks and then his neck, eventually his chest.. She rested her hands on Paarth's chest and felt his heartbeat..
After the kiss was finally done, Erica very slowly moved her head back and looked at Paarth whose cheeks were already as red as the tomatoes..
" Tumhe kaise pata chal jata hai, ki main kya chahti hu... " Erica murmured "I needed this heavily. "
"Ahaan! To tum bhi yahi chahti thi.. Tumhe pata hai? One minute of kiss burns 40 calories which means 5 means jogging, 30 mins brisk walking, 30 mins swimming... " Paarth was interrupted when Erica placed her finger on his lips in order to stop him.
"Sssshhh.. To aj 40 cal, kal 80 cal, parsu 120 calories aur phir hum 0 figure ban jayenge. " Erica whispered and then she looked down and let out a blushy sweet smile..
"Erica, aj suraj nikla hai.. " Paarth said.
"Matlab? "
"Matlab, tumhari smile to mere liye suraj se kam nahi, aur dekho abhi to 2X roshni ho gaya hai kamre main. "
"Accha? To iss second suraj ko sehne ke liya zindagi bhar ke liye ready ho jayo.. " Erica joked.
"Oye hoye, koi to roklo... "
"Waise Mr Samthaan.. Ap yaha aye kyun the? "
"Mrs Samthaan, main yaha isiliye aya tha... Main bhool gaya! Shit! "
Erica slapped her head and then kissed Paarth on his cheeks. "My bhooltusona. "
"Yaad agaya! Pooja di ne ready ho jane ke liye kaha tha.. Hum main city jaa rahe hai. "
"Main city? Kyun? Erica asked.
" Sourabh bhai ne bulaya hai. Kyun bulaya hai pata nahi but unhone bulaya hai kuch reason zaroor hoga. "
"You are right. Okay phir main phataphat ready ho jati hun. "
"Ok" Paarth was still sitting on the bed and staring at Erica. Erica narrowed her eyes..
"Paarth? "
Hmm
"Mujhe ready hona hai! "
"Ho jao"
"Tumhare saamne? "
"Mujhe ko aitraaz nahi.. " Paarth shrudded
"Shut up" Erica beat on his shoulder and urged him to leave the room..
"Arre par suno, shaadi ke baad dekhne dogi na? " Paarth shouted
"Shaadi ke baad dekha jayega " Erica replied while she pushed him.
Paarth was about to leave and Erica summoned him from behind..
"Suno"
Paarth looked behind. Erica came closer to Paarth.
"Mujhe tumse kuch kehna hai. " Erica said.
"Kya? "
Erica leaned her head towards Paarth's ears and whispered.. "Nothing.. It's just a good whisper. " Erica winked at Paarth.. He left the room.

 

Pooja, Sumedh, Sanskruti, Paarth and Erica met at the reception..
Ready? Pooja asked.
Everyone nodded.
"Okay, so maine dekha ki, tumhare Suvi bhai ne gaari bheja hai main city se. We shall be reaching our destination before sunset." Pooja pointed towards a man in white livery in front of an innova "He is Sikki bhai, he will be driving us to the main city and will leave us in front of Sourabh. "
"Chale? "
"Hmm"

 

Sourabh was sitting on a bench in front of the coffee shop. The car stopped just in front of him. And the teens came out of the car.. Sourabh paid Sikki and he left.
"Kya hua hai sakha? " Pooja asked.
"Again Sakha? " Sourabh replied "kher, Svm factory, yaha Lal Dhigi factory ke naam pe famous hai. Aj raat ko hume waha jaana hai.. "
"Are wah! Phirse adventure" Sumedh jumped in excitement!
"Lekin self defence ke liye kya leke aye ho? "
"Knife, chloroform, trykaa 0.5 injection, shock pen aur bohot kuch hai"
"Hmmm"..

 

Midnight: The teens reached Lal Dhigi, and very carefully tried searching the factory. They traced the route by seeing some light which was coming from a bonfire near by.. They very quietly sneaked into and saw some completely intoxicated people sitting around around the fire.
" Yeh log ke hote hue, hum andar kaise jayenge? " Pooja whispered..
"Inke bagal main dekho" Sourabh whispered back.
The teens saw a clump of guns kept beside them.. The teens was a bit nervous now.
Sumedh suddenly stepped on a dry twig and of course the cracking sound was loud enough to alarm the men..

"Kaun hai re! Kaun hai udhar?! " One of the men screamed. The teens were alarmed and scared at the same time.
The man stood up and started approaching the wall behind which they were hiding..
"Yeh to idhar hi araha hai! Shit" Paarth whispered
"Haat main banduk bhi hai" Erica added. " Ekbar dekhenge to thok denge hum sabko"
"Sirf thokenge? Che kii che utaar denge humare seene mai. " Sumedh said.
"Aree, chup karo tum sab.. Soch ne do! " Sourabh whispered
Will the teens be caught? What will happen? How will they manage to save themselves? Stay tuned to know.

Chapter Text

The man came trudging towards the wall behind which the teens were hiding. His unrythmic footsteps we're loud and clear. It was indicative that now it is difficult for them to survive.
"Ab kya kare?! " Paarth whispered.. "Ek goli aur hum khatam! "
"Chup raho thoda! " Sourabh whispered back. "He is drunk. Problem nahi hoga "
"Right." Pooja supported "Erica, mere saath ao. Right side. " They both to the right of the wall in such a way that when the man comes there, they would be right at his back.
"Kaun hai! Bahar aa! " The man screamed. And he struggled to notice the teens in the dark with his intoxicated and weary eyes, he suddenly felt a sharp and intolerable pain in his head.. So much so that he lost his senses immediately and fell on the ground.
"Sixer! " Pooja boasted. She was standing with a tree branch in her hand.
"Chaliyo, mera cricketer. " Sourabh replied. They moved forward. But soon to their dismay, they found themselves surrounded by groups of drunk, aggressive and wild hooligans who a few minutes back, were accompanying the unconscious goon in drinking and guarding the factory.
"Ab to beta, inki kher nahi! Main inko sambhalta hu, ap unko sambhaliye.. " Sumedh shouted to Sourabh.
"Aur main middle walo ko sambhalta hun. Girls don't worry, we boys are there. " Paarth assured.. But the reply didn't come what he expected..
"Chup kar... Baju main baith Tu.. Hum sambhalte hai. " Pooja made Paarth speechless
A ruckus broke out and the teens were divided into beating the hooligans.
Three men surrounded Sourabh, but he very easily defeated them.. He kicked one in his most vital part completely shattering him.. And the other two, we're kids in front of suvi bhaiya, one of them got himself beaten so much so that his eyes swelled up and the nose bone broke with a bonus of two front teeth. They laid unconscious
Mahakaali was awakened.. Pooja handled four men together, and she was quite habituated with such scenes. Her one punch was equal to five punches of a strong man! She was killing it and enjoying to the fullest beating their ass out..
Erica was a good karate teacher and she knew all the techniques of self defence. She already mocked off 2. While she was grossed in fighting with another one.
Paarth and Sumedh though were kids in fighting with men, they also did a pretty good job. They were beating in a funny way, only slapping the goons so much that they spat blood out.
Sanskriti was was still a bit injured, didn't attack anyone but she was a good defender..
Pooja was engrosssed in her fight, when she noticed a drunkard trying to stab Sourabh from behind, and she couldn't let that happen..
Sourabh was unaware of his ensuing danger as he kept punching some other men.. He suddenly heard a massive loud noise...
"Aeeeeeeeeeeee!!! " Pooja shouted in anger. She was burning in rage. She caught the culprit who was about to stab suvi by his collar, twisted his both the hands completely and smashed his head on the rock aside, leading to his fainting. Sourabh was bewildered for a while, seeing his Pooja go so aggressive.
"Shant kaali shant.. Main thik hun. Kaali se gauri ban ja ab tu. "
"Hmm.. "
"Kya yaar!!! Tune mazaa hi kharab kar diya! "
"Matlab? "
"Arre, Maine socha tha, kisi accha mauka hai, ekdin main apni girlfriend ko gundo se bachaunga.. Par tu?! Ulta tu hi mujhe bacha diya! Kab band karegi teri yeh mardon wali harkate? Kabhi to ek typical heroine kids tarah hero ka intezar kar bachaane ke liye! Nahi! Yeh to superwoman hai! "
Pooja let out a laugh. Sourabh succeeded in lifting her mood and both of them went back to their beating business.
Erica was fighting like a tigress, until the next moment. One oversmart goon played unfair.. He charged Erica with a knife.. Erica struggled to defend herself but after a long defence, he succeeded in making a deep and long cut in Erica's left hand. But Erica managed to drive him before late. Blood oozed out continuously from her hand. The white sleeved dress, she was wearing turned red.. Paarth saw Erica hurt. He jumped 2 ft above the ground and reached Erica as soon as possible.
"Oh my god! Erica! Tumhe.. Tumhe to chot lagi hai.! Main kya karu ab... Yaha koi medical shop hai? Nahi hai.. Oh no! Main to usko jaan se mar dunga! Uski himmat kaise hui... Par tum thik ho? Main bhi kya hu! Tumhe chorke main udhar dekh raha tha! Nafrat hai mujhe apne ap se! "
"Relax.. Relax.. Ssssh! Chup.. Shant ho jao. I am fine. Don't panic. Superficial cut this is "
"Shut up! Superficial cut?! This is deep cut! Kitna khoon beh raha hai! I need to wash this out. " Paarth panicked.
As all the goons laid unconscious, the teens could relax a bit but soon they heard Paarth panicking and came to know about Erica's injury. They rushed to her.
"Are you ok? " Pooja asked.
"Haa di'" Erica consoled. "Yeh kuch zyada hi pareshan ho raha hai. "
"Pareshan hona jayaz hai. " Sourabh replied "pyaar karte hai yeh apse. "
"Hume ab andar chalna chahiye. Paarth and Erica you stay here.. Hum andar chalte hai. Varna der ho jayegi, subah ho jayega. " Sanskruti suggested.
"Hmmm." Pooja supported. While Erica stayed outside along with Paarth, the other teens sneaked into the factory, which was surprisingly unlocked.

Sourabh and Sumedh lighted their torch, Pooja and Sanskruti followed them behind. They looked around to find heaps of cartons..
"Yeh bakse kholke dekh. "
Sourabh instructed. The other did the same.
Opening the cartons they found a layer of dirty, broken toys stacked inside the cartons.
"Yaha to sirf khilone hai. " Sanskruti replied.. "Ab kya? "
"No this can't be! There should be more to it! " Sourabh replied. "Main itna galat nahi ho sakta! "
"Do one thing, search everywhere" Pooja suggested.
"But samhalke, chot na lag jaye kisiko" Sourabh assisted.
They spread out and started searching the place. Climbing the stored hills of dirt, tearing the spider webs apart they struggled to find some clue. Sanskruti was searching some machine when she came across a broken cupboard with dozens of paperworks in it. She went through them, until she found the property paper and the ownership paper.. She caught hold of it and kept them in her vanity. On the other hand the other three, failed to find anything concrete.
They met after half an hour.
"Kuch mila? " Sourabh asked.
"Yeh kagzaat.. " Sanskruti showed them the papers "property papers hai. "
"Good job. "
"Aur kisiko kuch mila? " Sumedh asked
"Nahi."
"Nope".
Sourabh looked down in disappointment. He expected something more from this factory. His instincts could not be so wrong..
" Chalo sab. Subah hone ko hai. Aaj vivian sir ko bhi yeh dikhana hai. "Sourabhbwas about to leave the place when Pooja stopped him.
" Ek minute suvi. Mujhe kyun lag raha hai ke iss khilone ko humne acche se nahi dekha.. "
"Dekh hai Pooja di" Sumedh interrupted "kuch nahi hai"
"I disagree.. " Pooja nodded.
She went to one of the cartons and opened it and started breaking the toys one by one.. And as she started breaking, dismantling and tearing the toys her jaws dropped! Loads and loads of white powdery cocaine and heroines start accumulating down.
Sourabh, Sumedh, Sanskruti remained speechless by the sight..
"Saare khilone tod do! " Sourabh instructed.." And sanskruti, shoot our actions as proof"
Hours passed. The sun bathed Mussorie in its first splendour. The lal dhigi glistened in the sunrise atmosphere. Erica and Paarth sat beside the lake. Paerth had tied up his handkerchief to clott Erica 's oozing blood. Her wound is better. Paarth held her hand and kissed her wound.. He had tears in his eyes.
"Pehle kabhi, kisiki chot ko dekh kar itna dard nahi pohocha jitna aaj tumhara dekh kar mila. You are an inseparable part of mine Erica. Never leave me alone.. I repeat never! " Paarth said.
"I promise you. Main kabhi tumhe chor ke nahi jaungi. "
"This newly risen sun, is no less than a fire, which is inducing a zeal in me. Not a very grand one, not with an official ring, not with so much grandeur, but with simplicity, with love and with a promise, a zeal, and a determination, I ask you." Paarth kneeled down, and held Erica's hand which was not wounded very caringly. "Tum meri zindagi ki woh zaroorat ho, jo meri zindagi se bhi barke hai. I need you in my life, officially and respectfully "
Erica face brightened. She had an automatic smile pinned on her face. She was waiting for this day to come in her life since no idea how much time! Finally the day has. Her eyes we're moist and she sighed heavily.
"So, Ms Erica Fernandez, wanna be Mrs Erica Samthaan? Shaadi karogi mujhe se? "
"You know Paarth, I have been dreaming this sight for days! Aur aj mere saamne mujhe meri zindagi apni zindagi hone ke liye keh raha hai, how can I deny? Of course! I will marry you! Bhale hi yeh baki proposal kids tarah na ho, lekin yeh mere liye best proposal hai! The most genuine and humble one without any materialistic craze. "
"I love you Erica. "
"I love you Paarth "
The proposal ended peacefully with their hug... Tight hug..

"My god! Itna zyada drugs!!! Vivian sir ko call kar.. Abhi bula inhe" Sourabh said..
Pooja called Vivian.

"What!!! Main abhi poochta hun! " Vivian hanged the phone. "Team! Fast! "

The mumbai teens came closer to their goal by one step!

Chapter Text

Paarth and Erica were sitting on a rock. They saw the beautiful sunrise together and cherished the moment of love they had just a few moments ago. It was then when they could hear the police sirens and the very next moment, 7 police vans stopped in front of them. Paarth and Erica stood up.. Vivian appeared in front of them. And very soon the whole team of 7 police officers occupied the place. They found the goons in a fainted positions, and the heap of illegal weapons they were carrying. Rahul Chopra was also there.
"Sir, lagta to hai ki itne saare weapons legal nahi hai" One of officers reported to Vivian who was examining the adjoining places of the factories.
"Hmm. 2 officers yaha ruke.. Aur baki andar jayenge.. Paarth, elaborate the incident"
"Yes sir. " Paarth narrated the whole story to Vivian.
"Very good! Come let's go in"
Vivian, Paarth and Erica entered the factory followed by the team..

They were awestruck when they found the whole factory covered with Cocaine and other drugs. Sourabh, Sumedh, Pooja and Sanskruti turn by turn elaborated the whole incident of discovering them. Sanskruti showed Vivian the video clips which she recorded while the others we're discovering the drugs. The first thing that Vivian did was to seal the place and call the forensic department to examine the place. The officers immediately got busy in collecting the samples, and taking photos. Sanskruti handed the property papers to Vivian..
"Sir, I think this might be of a great help to you. " She said.
"It certainly is.. You guys have done a splendid and a commendable job! Today I don't regret recruiting you all. Mumbai Police would not have been able to do these things without you all. " Vivian applauded..
"Thank you sir. But I don't think, yeh sab drugs ki karwayi sirf yaha hoti hai, I think they have a network" Sourabh informed.
"They surely have. Tumlog ab hotel jao. Freshen up. Baad main tumlogo ko police station bulaya jayega.. Statement ke liye. I will look into the rest of the matter"
The teens left the place. Vivian closely examined the property papers, while the forensic department examined the drugs and the other officers searched the place thoroughly.. The factory was owned by some "Balwinder Singh". Vivian dialed a number and called someone up.
" Hello, Jagjeet? "
"Yes" Voice came.
"I want the ward map of Mussorie and every resident's name here. Aur sun, iss Balwinder Singh nam ka ek insan hai, iske baare main pata kar. "
He hanged the phone
Vivian summoned one of the officers and instructed them to keep a close observation on the goons. "Hospital le ja, unke blood reports nikal and if anyone comes in his senses interrogate him, and after that arrest all of them. "

 

Sourabh, Sumedh, Pooja and Sanskruti entered Sourabh's room.
"Paarth kaha hai? " Sumedh asked.
"Erica ki injury ko dress karne gaya hai uske kamre mai. " Sanskruti replied.
"Oo." Pooja said.
"Chalo ab sab niklo, baad main baat karenge, let me sleep! The whole night! Tum log bhi so jao! " Sourabh said
"Aur Vivian ji bulaya to? " Sumedh asked.
"Tab dekha jayega, ab to sone de mere baap!! Nikal" Soruabh replied
"Ok guys, good morning and good night ek saath! I am going to sleep now. Bye" Pooja left the room followed by others in their respective rooms leaving Sourabh alone.
"Yeh Balwinder Singh naam bohot suna suna lag raha hai! " Sourabh thought.

 

Evening 5: 00 PM, Vivian sat on his chair in the police station. Jagjeet enter the room.
"Bol, kya pata chala? "
"Ye lijiye sirji, yeh ward map Aur yeh ward ke har resident ke logo ka nam" He replied.
"Good, aur ek kaam diya tha. " Vivan asked.
"Sir, Maine pata kiya, Balwinder Singh nam ka do log hai iss Mussorie main. Ek to itna gareeb hai ki puchiye mat, station ke saamne ka cafeteria ka waiter hai. Aur ek hai, lekin uska to 8 saal pehle death hogaya hai. Uske naam ka death certificate bhi issued hai. "
"Yeh nahi ho sakta, something is wrong somewhere. " Vivian replied confidently though non chalantly.
"Pehle wale ka address de. " Vivian took the address from Jagjeet, who was the Mussorie spy of Vivian Dsena. Vivian had a spy system almost everywhere he is posted.

Vivian knocked on the door. He was standing in front of a not so luxurious house, though a bit thatched. A dark, tall man opened the door.
"Ji? "
"Mumbai police" Vivian showed his identity card. The man swallowed his saliva first and then he panicked.
"Kya hua hai sirji, Maine kuch nahi kiya! "
"Maine bola, apne kuch kiya? Apka nam? "
"Ji, Balwinder Samsher Singh"
"Punjabi, hoke yaha kyun? "
"Family bohot pehle Punjab main rehte the, lekin baad woh log yaha aa gaye kaam ke liye, tab se hum yahi hai. " He replied
"Apke naam ka ek factory hai. Ap jante hai uske baare main? "
"Factory?! " The man looked puzzled! "Sirji, twodna dimag thik hai? Agar factory kharidne ka aukat hoti to menu idhar rehne naal ki zarurat pehnda! "
"Hmm" Vivian thought for a while "thank you for co-operating" He left
Vivian called Jagjeet.
"Hello, mara hua ka death certificate konse hospital ka hai?... Ok" He hanged the call.

Moonflower hotel: The teens assembled at Sumedh 's room. They discussed about the previous night, about the cocaine and about beating the goons.
"Arre, Pooja di ko kal dekhke pata chala kyun college Mahakaal bulate hai! " Sumedh said.
"Haa! Baba re main bhi dar gaya tha! " Paarth supported
"Chup karo sab" Pooja felt a bit awkward.
Sourabh was silent.
"Kya hua suvi bhai? " Erica asked.
"Nahi, bas yeh yaad karne ki koshish kar raha hu, ko Balwinder Singh nam kaha suna hai! " Sourabh replied.
"Maine to pehli baar suni" Pooja said, supported by Erica and Paarth and Sanskruti.. But Sumedh too felt that he heard the name before. "Mujhe bhi yeb naam suna hua lag raha hai! "
"Haina!?? " Sourabh confirmed.

"Ye lo, firse detective ban gaya yeh to!! " Pooja taunted. "Yaar kabhi to case ko choro! "
"Woh mere sub conscious mind main aa gaya hai Pooja, nahi chor sakta! "

 

Vivian reached MSJD Hospital pf Mussorie from where Balwinder Singh no 2, dead certificate was issued. He consulted the dead issue doctor to find the records
"Sir, hum jo jo dead certificate issue karte hai sabke records rakhte hai date time name everything. but yeh Balwinder Singh naam ka koi death certificate issue nahi hua. "
"Lekin information hai humare paas. Kya aisa ho sakta hai ki death certificate illegally issue kiya gaya hai? ""
"Ho sakta hai, agar patient mara hi nahi ho to, but in the case yeh to crime hai. "
"Yaani koi individual doctor yeh kar sakta hai. "
"Ji hai, lekin hua kya hai sir? "
"Not your concern. "
Vivian left the place. He was sure, that Balwinder was alive.

 

"Yaad agaya! " Sourabh exclaimed!
"Kya? "
"Balwinder Singh kaha suna hai! "
"Kaha? " Pooja asked.
"Woh... No.. Kya! Sach main! This can't happen! " Sourabh looked puzzled.
"Lekin hua kya? " Everyone else asked.
"I am going to meet Vivian Sir. " Sourabh replied. He stormed out of the room. Everyone else were puzzled.
"Kya kare hum iska! " Pooja lamented

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"Isko na,! Pata hi nahi chalta iske dimaag main chalta kya hai! " Pooja exclaimed..
"Zaroor kuch important yaad aya hoga. " Erica replied.
"Arre, Zaroori kya, Balwinder singh is the main turn of the case, agar use yaad aa gaya hai to yeh case bohot jald shut ho jayega! " Paarth exclaimed.
Sumedh but remained silent. He still was trying to remember the name...
"Tu kya soch raha hai sumu? " Pooja asked.
"Kuch nahi. Bas aise hi. " He replied.
"Tu tension na le, Tere Suvi bhai ko yaad aa gaya hai, ab woh samhal lege.. Dont you worry. " Pooja consoled.
"Arre, koi hai jo samosa aur pudine kisi chitney order karega? " Paarth exclaimed joyfully. And immediately Sanskriti called up the room service.

 

Vivian and Sourabh sat face to face. Vivian was engrossed in deep thoughts. But soon Sourabh connected the whole issue! Sourabh's one statement made the case clear..
"What!!? Are you sure Sourabh? " Vivian was wonderstruck..
"Yes Sir, I am damn sure! And main apke paas tabhi aya jab main yeh facts confirmed kar chuka hu. " Sourabh handed over soft copies of a birth certificate and an affidavit.
"How did you get this? " Vivian asked.
"Mrs Shallet, who is one of the organizers of the college looks after the details of every students. She is with us in the Mussorie but her attendant is in the college in Mumbai, one phone call and that's it. " Sourabh replied.
"And the affidavit? "
"I know stealing is not right, but when it reveals information then why not!? "
Vivian stood up, he was so proud with The Mumbai Teens, they have ultimately solved 99% of the case and the rest 1% would be solved by catching the culprit. He formally hugged Sourabh for his first massive success.
"My contribution in this case is just apparent, it is you all who solved the case. " Vivian remarked.
"More than me, it is my team. "
"I would like to meet only you and Pooja Sharma for sometime. The rest of the team can stay in the hotel. But I hope they have not left the place? "
"No sir, they are still here. "
"Good. Call Pooja up. Now. I want to meet up. "
"Ok sir. " Sourabh replied.

Pooja was enjoying her samosa in her bed with the company of her team. She only missed Suvi, without whom the whole world is not a world to her. The weather was chilly so they chose to lit the fireplace.. And the phone rang. Pooja initially expressed her disgust for getting off the bed and pick the phone up which lied on the dressing table but as soon as she saw Sourabh's name in the log list, her disgust vanished.
"Hello" Pooja replied.
"Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby baby(singing in the song tune) " Sourabh replied
"Baby ka hai birthday bash! " Pooja replied. "But aj mera birthday nahi hai, itna khush kyun ho tum? "
"Aarrrre, case solved! "
Pooja jumped on her toes, she was in a complete shock, she never expected this.. She still thought that the case will become complicated. "Oh my god how? When? Where? Why? What? I mean who is that asshole, I mean the culprit! Aahhhgggh why you do this!? "
The other members in the room, paused when they heard Pooja jumping in excitement! They were suspicious of Pooja's act..
Coming to pooja,
"Ruk ja ruk ja ruk ja meri maa.. Oops sorry to -be biwi, Tu bas jaldi se Police Station a jaiyo, abhi, akele ayio... Nahi akele mat aana itni raat ko, main lene aa raha hu tujhe, taiyaar rehna aur sun bakio ko batane ki koi zaroorat nhi. Wait for Vivian sir's information.. "
"But they are our team, suvi"
"We will tell them later  baby, now get ready bye! "

Phone hanged up.. 

 

"Guus, kuch kaam hai to mujhe police station jaana hoga,  I will get ready now. " Pooja said. 

"Lekin kyun jana hai? " 

"Woh mai  ab nahi bataungi Paarth. Baad main. Bye"

"Jaise apki marzi.  "

 

Sourabh came to pick Pooja up. They together went to meet Vivian. 

"What! He is Balwinder Singh! Are you sure Suvi? " Pooja exclaimed. 

"Yes I am! I already gave the proof to Sir. " Sourabh replied. 

"Yes Pooja. But now I have called you both, because you both the the most matured in the group and only you both can do this. I cannot arrest him now because I don't have any proof whether he is behind all these. You have to find it out. By tomorrow he will be in the lock up. "

"Why don't we make Mr Verma do that? " Pooja suggested. 

"Good idea. He is timid and will reveal everything, he is already in our observation. I will take him to the custody. "

 

Very soon Mr Verma was brought into the Police station. Sourabh and Pooja we're there too. Before starting a conversation, the first thing that Vivian did was hit him flat on his face. Verma's nose started bleeding profusely and he carried on with  his crankiness. 

"Chup! Yeh mukka tujhe pehle diya taki tujhe yeh pata chale, drugs killed karavayi karna galat hai! You are already arrested, but if you don't want me to treat you like an animal start speaking! SPEAK UP" Vivian 's one loud order was enough to shake the place. 

Mr Verma like a timid cat spoke up all the things which he was not supposed to expose. Sourabh recorded every single details,  but only regreted if they could have done this the very first day, they suspected Verma. But they had a prejudice that Verma was alone but he is not the masterminer. Mallika's fake kidnap, attack on Sumedh,  Sourabh, heroines,  everything was planned by that mastermind.  

"We will waste no time. Joshi!  Prepare the arrest warrant, and come with me. Poorabh? "

"Huh? " Pooja replied. 

"Arre,  Sourabh and Pooja, is Poorabh. Saves time. You both come with me. And Joshi take this Verma too. Moonflower resort"

"Sourabh, call the other members too. " Pooja suggested. 

"Yes Gauri. " Sourabh did as instructed. 

The force reached the resort, but to thier dismay they found the guards and constable fainted and two figures escaping in the black.. 

Who were the two figures?  And who is  Balwinder Singh?  Has the case been completely solved?  Stay tuned to find out. 

Chapter Text

The force saw two black figures escaping in the night..
"Pakro unko!! " Vivian screamed.
2 officers immediately ran behind them. But Poorabh are smarter. They chose a shortcut and ran in such a way that ultimate they blocked the figures! P
Both of them were confused to see Sourabh and Pooja on front of them.. Sourabh tucked out his white Shirt and started pulling up his sleeves. Pooja cracked her wrist as well. They both started moving forward while the black veiled figures tried to escape from behind. But to their dismay, the two officers surrounded them.
"Pooja ji, " Sourabh addressed Pooja while glaring at one of them, "main auroto par haat nahi uthata, kripa karke unhe ap samhaliye, "
"Apki baat, mere liye aadesh! " Pooja smirked. She caught hold of one of the figures by the collar, and hit her flat on the face, she immediately fell on the floor. The white veil which covered her face, started turning red. Pooja held her up and smashed her again. The slap which Pooja gave was a historical one. And most probably the lady whom she slapped swelled her cheek.
On the other hand Sourabh slowly advanced towards the other culprit, held his hand and twisted it 360°, completely!  The victim shrieked in agony and the moment he did so, he felt a sharp, rugged pain in his back  which was due to Sourabh's kick!  Sourabh pushed the figure back, letting him fall on the ground just beside the lady. In the mean time Vivian and the other members of the mumbai teens reached the spot.  Vivian pointed his pistol straight to both of the injured culprits

"Hands up! bohot shauk hai na ,drugs export karne ki!  Chehra to dikha tum dono!  " Vivians pulled of the veils from both of their faces and flung it up to the sky! 

"Mr and Mrs Singh!! " Paarth screamed!  

"Lekin inka naam to,  Bhujang Singh hai? " Sanskriti remarked! 

"Yaaad aa gaya!  Mujhe ab yaad aya! " Sumedh finally broke his silence and deep thought and started jumping on his toes.. "Arre, main bol raha tha na ki yeh naam suna hua lag raha hai! Wo zandu balm hai na,  woh pagal aurat,  Mallika?  Usne kaafi baar,  apne pita ka naam,  Balwinder Singh bola hai Bhujang Singh ke badle main. Aur baad main sorry bolke topic change kar deti thi!  Loamry kahi ki! " 

"Yes Sumedh,  maine bhi Balwinder Singh ,Mallika ke muh se hi suna tha ek baar.. And you know what I a famous for? " Sourabh replied 

"Memory! " Everyone shouted it together aloud. Sourabh bowed a bit expressing his triumph.  

"Lekin tumhe yeh kaise pata chala ki yeh culprit hai. " Erica questioned.. 

"Main batata hun..." Vivian interrupted "investigate karte waqt mujhe pata chala  ki shs toy factory main Last 16 saal se drugs ki karovai chal rahi hai.  Inke aur bhi branches hai, aur har branch main ek chief baitha hai,  jaise tumlog ki mumbai main Mr Verma!  Takribaan 5 saal pehle , Balwinder  apne family doctor se death certificate likhai aur apne ap ko mara hua saabit kiya, kyun ki Mussorie police ko inke baare main thodi bhanak lag gayi.  "

"Aur fir inhone,  factory lock out karwa diya, aur affidavit karke Punjab shift kar gaye! " Sourabh continued.  "Waha unhone firse drugs ki business start , ek naya branch! And then after some days,  when the Mussorie case cooled down, the business restarted all over again! Lekin inko kaha pata tha ki hum pakar lenge inko! " Sourabh glared at them. 

"Age kya? " Sumedh asked

"Age to ab yeh log hi batayenge! " Pooja poked them "bol! " She shouted!  

"Hum Punjab shift karne ke baad,  Mallika ko Mumbai bhej diye, taki woh Mr Verma ke saath reh sake.  Mussorie main humara mission tha,  Smuggling ka. So we needed to come here. Moonflower resort ke maalik humare saath mile hue hai,  isiliye Mr Verma bhi yaha aa gaye. Lekin excursion ke beech main hume waqt chahiye hota ,taki hum apna kaam nipta sake,  isiliye humne Mallika ko kidnap karaane ki jhoothi baat phailayi,  taki students ghabra jaye, schedule delay ho aur humara kaam ho jaye.  Humne Verma ko bola use kidnap karne ke liye,  par Mallika waha se bhaag gayi.. Aur phir humne use pakar liya.  Uska murder dikhana, use missing karwana was a part of our plan. Mussorie police are really worthless, so we never feared of them.. But yaha in Mumbai teens ne ake sab barbaad karke rakh diya!! Chodunga nahi main inlog ko! " Mr Singh retaliated

"Uncle ji,  chodne ke liye na,  pakad na padta hai pehle, woh kijiye pehle! "

"Yes, iska matlab usdin mallika ke gayab ho jane ke baad,  Verma ap se baat kar rahe the?  Aur ap hi ne use order diye mujhe maarne ko? " Sanskruti spoke

"Baby,  zyada izzat mat diya karo inko.. Hazam nahi hoga. Tu hi thik hai inlogokeliye. " Sumedh replied

"Lekin proof? " ErIca asked

"Witness by Verma , affidavit, fake death certificate,  factory property paper, goons whom we have beaten up,  woh sala doctor jisne certificate banya hai, aur inki confession ka recording!  Aur kitna proof chahiye tereko? " Pooja replied.. 

"Mallika kaha hai? ! Use bhi arrest karna hoga? " Vivian shouted

"Isi hotel ke basement room main! " Mrs Singh replied. 

"Le jao saalo ko!  Arrest them! And you both take Mallika too" Vivian ordered the officers.. They took a grumpy and angry Mr Singh and a cranky Mrs Singh to the jeep.. 

"Well done guys!  The case is solved because of you all! Abhi ata hu ,baad main call karunga.  Bye,  congratulations. " Vivian left the place. 

"E le,  asli hero to Suvi bhai aur Pooja bhabi nikle, humne kya kiya? " Paarth spoke

"Saath diya!   tum logo ke bina hum kuch bhi nahi,  jo bhi hai,  team hai! " Suvi replied.. 

And the team gave a group hug, tight wala hug! 

"Three cheers for Mumbai Teens! " Erica shouted. 

"Hip hip hurrah"

"Hip hip hurrah"

"Hip hip hurrah!  "

They all triumphed over their victory,  and gazed at the twinkling bright sky, in a chilly atmosphere of Mussorie.  

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The platform was crowded with teenager students who were jostling here and there, finding their family members.. Finally the students of St. Louis reached Mumbai! Their beautiful 5 days' trip was extended to a 11 days of useless trip. And the family members of the students we're meeting them as if an eternity has passed! Cranky mothers, tensed fathers, irritating siblings and incessant phone calls.. Which the students faced! And the most irritating statement of the mothers: "hayee! Kitna patla ho gaya hai mera beta! "
Like why man! They have gone to Mussorie not Mars! Please do speak rationally! And the next arrow ready to be shot by fathers: "bola tha mat jao, baap ki baat nahi manoge to aisa hi hoga.. "
But this feeling is like heaven.. When you have someone in your life who cares for you, who scolds you when you are wrong, who emcourages you in your good, and takes you to the right path.. They are your parents! Some people do not experience this.. Sumedh and Sourabh are two of them. Sumedh as I mentioned was an orphan and Sourabh's family lived abroad.. Pooja 's elder sister came to pick her up and Sanskriti had to go to her house to see her bed ridden mother and unavailable father. But Paarth had both of his parents who came to receive him.. To his agony.
The teens were standing together, one last mini meeting for now..
"So! Finally Mumbai! " Erica exclaimed..
"I was actually irritated with the chilly weather there" Paarth said..
"But the fun part is, our wish came true! " Sourabh said.
"Which wish? " Pooja asked
"Aarree, gauri! Bhul gayi? It was our last trip and we wanted to be adventurous! Right? " He replied.
"Oh yes! Yeh to adventurous to the infinity that" Sumedh replied and everyone gave a hearty laugh.
"Main kal college nahi ayungi! " Sanskruti informed.
"Hum main se koi nahi ane wala!! " Everyone replied.
And soon after everyone dispersed bidding goodbye to each other..

Sourabh finally reached home. He took a cool shower and sat on his couch in his living room with a cup of coffee. He switched on the TV, and changed to a news channel!
BREAKING NEWS: GANG OF DRUG SMUGGLERS ARRESTED IN MUSSORIE, HEAD BEING BALWINDER SINGH AND ANANTH VERMA..
Sourabh carefully observed the news when his door bell rang. He opened the door to find a man In a courier uniform standing in front of him.
"Yes" Sourabh said
"Sir parcel.. "
The man handed over a medium sized box and an envelope and asked for a leave.
After dismissing him Sourabh opened the parcel to find an alpino box, and a beautiful leather bag.. He then opened the envelope. There was an invitation card by Mumbai police inviting him to attend a seminar which is to be held in Versova.. He smiled.. And his phone rang.
"Hello"
"Conference call" Pooja replied
"Bhai, invitation aya hai, Mumbai Police se. " Sumedh said
"Ha mujhe bhi" Sourabh said
"Jana hai ya nahi? "
"Kal hai na? " Sanskruti said
"Of course! " Sourabh informed
"Accha koi news dekha raha hai? " Paarth asked
"Awaz sunai nahi de raha piche? " Erica replied.. Everybody was watching the news and the reporters's voice from the TV echoed behind.
"Mumbai teens ko invitation mila by Mumbai Police! " Erica triumphed..
"Haa lekin.. Parth hesitated.. " Maa baba, jane nahi de rahe.. "
"Again tumhara family issue! " Sumedh sighed
Paarth too lamented
"Main milne aa rahi hun," Erica said
"Mujhse? "
"Haat pagle, tere ma baap se. "
And the phone cut..

Paarth sat on the chair, solving the rubix cube when Ercia blasted into the house!
"Uncle Aunty!! " She shouted.. Paarth's parents came out running and the nervous chap started having hiccups.
"Kaun ho tum? " Mr Samthaan asked.
"Apke bahu! " Saying this Erica glared at Paarth for not informing his parents about her. Paarth looked down in guilt.
"Kya bakwaas kar rahi ho! "
"Uncle, main erica fernandez. Apke bete ne mujhe shadi ke liye propose kiya hai. "
"Yeh sab karne hi to jata hai nawabzaade college "
"Bas uncle! Ap conservative hai iska matlab yeh nahi ki Apke soch se yeh duniya chalege! Apne news dekha hai? Mumbai teens ka naam sab jagah zubani hai! Mumbai police se invitation aya hai seminar attend karne ke liye! Yeh respect apko aur koi de pata! Pura college proud hal humpar! Jab ap ghar se niklenge sab kahenge woh dekho Paarth Samthaan ke pitaji ja rahe hai! Usse apko garv nahi hoga? Aur agar phirbhi apko uske theoretical marks ki pari hai, then you don't deserve to be his father.. " Erica said
Mr Samthaan 's face reddened in shame and guilt.
Erica continued.. "Scholarship mila hai isko Uncle! Padhai main he is fabulous! Itna intelligent larka aplo nahi milega! Ek baar Apke narrow mindedness se bahar aake, uski potential to dekhiye! "
"Bas, aur kitna sunaogi? Mr Samthaan replied " Mana ki galti hui hai humse. Hum isko college jaane ki permission dete hai aur uss teen mumbai operate karne le liye bhi permission deta hun" He rolled his eyes. "Khush? Khepchurious bahuraani. "
Erica smiled and touched his feet to gain his blessings.
"Khush raho" He blessed.
Paarth's problem solved..

So now everything is going to be well, let's see what happens in the seminar next day.. Stay tuned..

Chapter Text

There was a huge gathering in front of the Versova Hall.. A large number of people, all dressed in formals jostled in front of the hall..And media and pressed were busy taking their bytes and some we're even giving interviews. And then a white honda city stopped in front of the Hall.. The car had a crossed Indian flag memento attached in its front, revealing that it was a minister's car.. Mr Gautam Hegde, the chief minister of Mumbai deboarded the car, followed by Mr Shibsanker Shastri, who was the head police commissioner.. They both walked towards the entrance, cordially returning the greetings by the other police officers who looked different in their formals.. The female officers looked gala in their black sarees Or indian attires.. And the grand atmosphere, almost majestic failed Not to attract any soul passing by.
6: 30 in the evening.. A black mercedes halted in the gateway near valet. Sourabh who was driving, came out of the car and opened the door for his lady, Pooja. Sourabh was dressed in a black suit, with a white shirt and not to forget his red tie which made him look sinfully handsome. His clean shaven look made him look cute but the spikes made him sexy.. Pooja was dressed in a white Saree with gold border. Her hair was set up as a perfect bun with a garland of jasmine around. She looked gorgeous in the attire.. The black bindi, nude lipstick and winged eyes and that happy smile in her face added to her beauty..
"Come on my lady! " Sourabh held her hand softly.
"Thank you lad. " Pooja smiled back.

"Waah! Suvi bhai, hume bhul gaye! " Came a voice from the back seat of the car. Sourabh looked at Sumedh who came out of the car followed by Sanskriti. They both held each other's hands. Sumedh was dressed in white shirt and blue jeans while Sanskriti wore a white dress.
"Kyun bhulenge bhai tum logo ko? Itna acche dikh rahe ho tumlog! " Pooja complemented.
"Accha, Paarth aur Erica kaha atak gaye? " Asked Sumedh
"Atte hi honge na! " Sanskruti replied. "Sabar karo thoda. "
"Vaise yeh to confirmed hai ki Sumedh ne Sanskruti ko maaf kar diya hai, par tumlog shaadi kab karoge? " Pooja asked.
"Di! Baal vivah india main Prohibited hai! Thoda bada hp jane do, pass out hole, ap dono ki shaadi ho, tab dekhunga. " Sumedh gave a quick reply
"Eeh" Sankruti bashed Sumedh, "dekhunga matlab kya? Shaadi se bach nahi paoge tum, mujhse hi karna padega! Chodungi nahi main tumhe! "
Everyone gave a hearty love.
"Sab baatein yahi hogi? Function to start ho gaya hai. " Came a voice. Everyone looked back to find Vivian standing before them. Vivian was dressed in a blue velvet suit with black shirt and black pants.. His sharp looks and smile, added to his boldness.. He smiled sweetly at them revealing his dimples.
"Arre, Vivian sir! " Sourabh hugged him.
"Parth and Erica? Where are they? "
"They will come separately. " Answered Pooja.

Very rightly, a red city, stopped before the black mercedes. And Paarth and Erica appeared. Hand in hand. They both were colour co-ordinated. Where, Paarth wore a red shirt and a black suit, Erica wore a black shirt with black jeans and a red tie, which made her look smart and gorgeous..
"Ready" Paarth said as they approached Vivian and other teens.
"Let's go then, Recognitions are about to start.. "
Every body entered into the Hall which was nearly full with all the officers and ministers. Vivian led the Teens to the front row of the Hall where they sat in their reserved seat. Wow! The seats were reserved only for them! That is so special. Vivian sat beside Sourabh. The function began with a beautiful welcome dance and some patriotic songs.. Then came a long, really long and tiring speech by the Chief Ministers.. This was the time when the Teens rolled their eyes. And after a long and pretty session, came the recognition part. The police commissioner, announced the names of the officers and they came on the stage to receive the honour, prestige and of course the medals by Chief Minister himself.
"And now we would like to call on stage, not one person, but a whole team who were there with the Mumbai police even in Mussorie. They make us proud and I am really glad that the next generation is such active, intelligent and cooperative! It is because of them that we have solved the 8 years old drug case and we arrested the culprits.. We would like to call on stage THE MUMBAI TEENS, namely Sourabh Raaj Jain, Pooja Sharma, Sumedh Mudgalkar, Paarth Sambhaal, Sanskruti Balgude and Erica Fernandez. Put up your hands for them ladies and gentlemen. " The commissioner announced.
The teens stood up and very proudly they got up on the stage. Claps and applauds filled the air of the Hall.. Mr Gautam gave a formal hug to all the members and thanked them for the bravery that they have shown.. Each one received a medal made of Pure gold.. But the metal didn't matter but it was the prestige and honour that mattered the most.. Sourabh's eyes went teary. His dream came true.. Pooja put up a genuine smile for Sourabh..
"Mumbai Police is officially recognising Mumbai Teens as an established detective agent, according to the application given by The DCP general, Vivian Dsena on behalf of them. " Commissioner announced. Sourabh quickly glanced at Vivian who sat on his seat smiling, and thanked him silently for this gesture and help. "They will arm trained specially for a few days along with the police regiment. A sum of rupees 50,000 is being handed over to the association as a prize money. And now I would like to hand over this microphone to a team member. "
Everyone looked at Sourabh and they silently supported him, for being the leader. With teary eyes and in an emotional state Sourabh walked to the podium. "Good evening ladies and gentlemen, I am Sourabh Raaj Jain. I was a bookworm, a nerd and a no one until I got some special friends. Friends who are more than my family. My family stays abroad, their only contribution in my life in just to pay the college fees timely. But My friends, all those who are standing right beside me now, were there when I went through the worst of my time, when I fall, they were the ones who pulled me up, gave me confidence. And today, when we are a team, then I should say that they are the Best Best and only Best team mates in the whole world.. They supported me when I got the idea of building the group up, they supported me, when i had no case in my hand, they supported me when I was confused with a particular thing.. And where ever I am today, is only and only because of them! And woh kehte hai na, behind the success of man, there is a woman, it's so true in my case. And that woman who is always there with me, who is my Mahakaali, who is my Gauri as well, is standing right beside me, looking at me proudly. Yes I am no one without Paarth and Sumedh, and I am still a no one at all without this girl, Pooja. So without stretching this any further, I just would like to thank all of them for being with me in every stage of my life. Thank you. "
And the air burst with the claps.. Pooja held Sourabh's hand as went back to her and said "I am proud of you "
"Me too. " Sourabh smiled back. Sumedh and Paarth hugged them lightly(formally as they were on stage)..
"Thank you Sourabh for the heartfelt words of yours.. We would proceed with the cermony. ' Mr Shastri announced. The teens got down from the stage.

Night 10: 25, the function ended and there was again a crowd at the exit door of the Hall, where the people we're busy greeting each other and bidding farewell..
" Thank you so much sir, for all the help that you have showered on us. " Paarth expressed his gratitude to Vivian as the teens prepared to leave
"Thank me? Thank you Paarth! For all the Co-operation you have done. " Vivian replied.
"But genuinely thanks for the application sir. " Sourabh thanked him whole heartedly. Pooja nodded..
"Arre bhak, mala jau de! Thik ahe? " Vivian laughed. "Keep in touch.. " He bade goodbye and left the place with some of his officers.

Sourabh, Sumedh, Pooja, Paarth, Erica and Sanskruti had a smile pinned to their faces and suddenly Sumedh remembered.
"Arre, Paarth tere baap ka kya hua? "
"Erica ne sab kuch thik kar diya! " Paarth replied and he held Erica's hand and kissed it lightly.
"Aila! Sab thik ho gaya! " Sumedh said.
"Ha Sumedh, sab thik hai. " Erica assured.
"Toh ek baat pakka then" Pooja poked
"Kya? " Everyone asked. Pooja gave a look to Sourabh and he understood what she was about to say..
"WHEN END IS GOOD! " Pooja shouted.
"ALL IS GOOD! " Everyone shouted back.. And the teens gave a group hug and again the dazzling night with bright stars witnessed the unity of the team, the love of the couples and the friendship of the three friends..

 

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23rd December, 2023:
Sumedh ran from one end of the corridor to the other, instructing the decorators where to decorate what! This was a very very and a very special day.. Not because that it was a December day and still the sun was bright enough, but because that the grand Jw Mariott Mumbai, in bandra was reserved for two special occasions. It was because of these, that Sumedh was jumping and pumping around.. Well, 3 years have passed now and Sumedh is not the Mr fresher anymore. He is sexy lady with a decent stubble and the gold ring in his ring finger of the left hand showed that he has taken the responsibility of a house, a wife and their relationship.. Yes he was engaged. Engaged to whom? Come on yaar! Yeh bhi batana hoga kya?
"Sumedh! Stop jumping now, calm down baby.. Everything is fine. " Sanskruti entered the place.
"Kaise shant ho jayu San, pata hai na aj kya hai? "
"Haa babu, pata hai acche se. Par this Jw Mariott! These People are top class designers and they know how to do everything tickety-boo" Sanskruti pacified Him.
"Hope so.. Vaise un dono ko dekh ke ayi? Kaise lag rahe hai? "
"Nazar na lag jaye unki.. Mano jaise sach main agar koi paradise ho, to woh donohi hai. "
"And them? "
"Unko tum dekh ayo. Main yaha samhalti hun. "
"Ok"
Sumedh rushed to one of the rooms of the hotel. He opened the door. Two handsome men in sherwanis were sitting on the bed. They looked a bit nervous but happy as well
"Arre baapre, Suvi bhai! Paarth! Kya lag rahe ho done! Dulhe ko dekh ke dulhaniyas behosh na ho jaye.. " Sumedh complemented.
"Hmm, ab bohot jald tera number ayega, aur hum bhi tujhe yehi bolenge. " Paarth replied. Paarth wore a gorgeous red shetwani and a black Patiala, and the gala red turban with the all the stones made him look Royal. While Sourabh opted for a white sherwani with a button hole, and blue designs on it and a blue patiala which made him look heavenly. And the blue and black turban added more to his handsomeness..

"Chalo chalo, time ho gaya hai" Sumedh dragged both of the nervous grooms and went to the Hall where innumerable no. Of people waited to see them.
"Congrats Sourabh and Paarth! " Vivian greeted them "shadi karne ja rahe ho! Samhalke rehna ab to. "
The four of them laughed.
The grooms sat in front of the Holy fire and repeated the chants as instucted by the pandit and waiting for the brides.
Finally it was time!
Sanskruti took the brides to the mandap. They took baby steps as they approached the grooms. Sourabh and Paarth were awestruck by the beauty of their ladies. Pooja wore a lotus pink lehenga, and kundan jewellery to fit her look, the nude makeup look of hers was as heavenly as an angel. Sourabh's mouth opened wide as he saw his lady love in such a beautiful attire.
Erica wore a beautiful white and a blue lehenga patched beautifully in a Bengali style. The winged eyeliner, red lips and the stone jewellery made Paarth fall in love with Erica all over again in a new way.

"Sourabh, muh band kardo, varna macchar ghush jayega. " Pooja whispered softly to Sourabh.
"Band karna chahta to hu, par tu karne hi nahi de rahi. "
"Shaadi ho jane do, abhi bohot kuch khulega.. Pooja Sharma se Pooja Raaj Jain banne jaa rahi hun. " Pooja smiled and blushed..
Sourabh smiled too..

"Hot lag rahi hai. " Paarth complemented.
Erica was silent and she blushed and heaved heavily.

"Dulha aur dulhan phero ke liye khade ho jaye.. " The pandit instructed.
The two couples stood in front of the fire. Sanskruti tied the knots of Poorabh while Sumedh ties Parica's knots.. And the two couples started circling the fire taking the holy oaths of the marriage. Everyone witnessed the beautiful ceremony whole heartedly..

"Ab dulhan ko sindoo pehnaya jaye! " This was the moment everyone was waiting for.
Garland exchange- checked
7 circles- checked
Vermillion- checked
And mangalsutra- checked.
And most importantly, a journey of love, commitment, and friendship together- CHECKED!..