The dusk was ready to shed its glory all over the city, overpowering the golden rays from the sky. The evening passed beautifully for Alia while she was immersed in talks through phone with her fiance.
Alia was engaged two days ago and the wedding cannot wait to roll over by next week, only to be slowed down by the calendar.
After the engagement with Alia, Siddharth, the bridegroom to be, had to visit their hometown along with his younger brother, by car, for a critical business dealing that popped up suddenly. Nevertheless, the families tried persuading them but got persuaded instead.
When the greyness of the early night took over the entire city, the families were already busy shopping for the wedding. Since, Alia was experiencing cramps and pain all over her body, she decided to stay back at her home that was built away from the city. Earlier, the families gave up persuading Alia and they set out to shop leaving her at home.
The hugely built pet dog, Spike, was the only force accompanying her that time. The families were sure to turn up late as expected. The doors were perfectly locked from inside. Alia, every now and then, would flip her right hand down on the side of the bed. Spike would give a lick to her hand. Alia, would then continue doing her activity, earlier phone talk with Siddharth and later immersing herself in her favourite TV show .
All through these times after evening, she heard water dripping at certain intervals of time. She double checked the taps and tightened them thrice but, couldn’t locate the source of the dripping drops. After her favourite TV show got over, she realized that the drop sound has increased in its frequency. She didn’t bother much as long as Spike was confirming its presence by wetting her hand. This wouldn’t bother her as this was an understanding between her and her buddy Spike that they both are there for each other.
After observing increase in the frequency of water dripping sound, Alia became frustrated enough that she took the mobile phone with her, calling out her dog Spike to follow her, and set out to switch on all the lights of the house. She remembered later about the small store room in the corner.
Just about to walk in, she received a call from the National Center for Rehabilitation for Psycho-maniacs and Serial killers. The center head, in presence of the Superintendent of police, confirmed the escape of Raju and asked her to be safe till the police reached her home. Shocked enough, she switched on the lights of the store room and was now frozen to react.
She couldn’t believe what she saw. The observation did not sink in her initially. Spike’s head was lying separated from its body on the table of the store room. She realized that the source of that dripping sound was the blood spilling on the ground from the table end continuously.
Chill ran through her body while her heart pumped heat and blood to equalize the effects. Emotions run berserk that put her whole self in a state of temporary coma. She never took time to understand the answer to the question “So, who licked my hand all these times?”
“He is already here”.. Past thoughts of the troubling memories of early days revisited again. So did Raju..
Superintendent of Police was on the way,
Siddharth and whole families were away,
As the chill that her spine can’t miss ran through.