The clock struck 8 pm. Now, that’s officially 40 years of togetherness for the couple. A slow walk on the pavement without uttering any words marked the occasion. The gentle breeze adjusted its path and moved aside for the old couple to walk through. The breeze got blown away by the couple.
Just when the ‘Time’ took some time to relax, a nervous teen jumped from nowhere and pointed a gun to the couple. He demanded money. The old lady refused to oblige. A bullet was fired instantly.
The world didn’t notice to stop it. Only the time noticed this for the couple. The time decided to stop running to help the couple.
Inspite of its stoppage, the time could only witness the bullet moving slowly and waiting to pierce the lady.
Although, Time had witnessed the rise and fall of huge empires and civilizations many times, this stroke of the hour kindled something different in it. For the first time ever, time didn’t like to witness such an act. Time wanted to change something.
The time understood that it can’t stop a death, whatever may come. However, it found that it can run backwards. It did run backwards for the couple to give them a chance again. The time took them 3 months behind.
Thanking the time, the old man set out to find the troubled teen to set things right and to avert a disaster. After a week of searching, he found that the teen was from a wealthy family. The father of the teen was a superintendent of police. The old man followed the teen and observed him closely. The teen tried drugs for the first time. He admitted to his friend that he will find it difficult to arrange money for the drugs next time.
The old man entered the scene that time and grabbed the teen by hand. The friend ran away while the teen couldn’t run. The old man politely explained that a friend in need is the friend in-deed.
A good friendship blossomed between the two thereafter. The old man ensured that the teen walked the right path atleast for the next few months.
Now, the anniversary day began again and the clock struck 8 pm again. The day ended well without any trouble unlike the earlier one. The old man was very happy and thankful. However, the lady wasn’t.
The old man asked her what had happened. She uttered that she was scouting the whereabouts of the teen for a very long time and that she happened to meet the teen that day evening. The old man was happily surprised. He narrated his events about how he influenced the teen positively. However, he saw no change in her expressions.
She turned to him and revealed that she shot the teen to death that day evening. She bought a gun from the black market earlier and was ready for the gun battle at 8 pm. She met the teen earlier. So she finished off things in style and claimed peace for both.
The police were clueless about the murderer. Time honestly wished that it could had let the earlier bullet fired by the teen pierce the old lady that day. Time decided not to change things for anyone. Time decided to continue running again, caring less.
Time and Bullet stop for None.
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