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Riddhima was again in entrance of the identical creepy home. Once more.
She puzzled if it even was the sane factor to do. Was she about to make an enormous mistake? Was she endangering not solely hers, however even her greatest pal’s life in her want to uncover the reality?
The solar was up, throwing it’s mighty rays everywhere in the forest. But, a sure feeling of dread loomed over the whole place.
“I can’t consider I’m really doing this,” complained a trembling Seher. “The reminiscences from final night’s séance are nonetheless recent in my thoughts. Solely I understand how troublesome it was for me to even get a wink or two within the night time.”
Riddhima ignored her rants and set her foot inside the home. The sturdy incense of burnt candles from the earlier night time nonetheless lingered within the air.
She bought startled when Seher let loose a brief squeal.
“This desk…bear in mind Mrs. Sanders had requested her assistant to put it within the center? After the séance bought over, we left this home as it’s with out transferring something. Then how did the desk transfer on it’s personal to the identical nook the place it was initially positioned at?”
A chill ran down Riddhima’s backbone as she additionally observed it.
“I’m telling you, Riddhima. This isn’t secure anymore. Let’s go away earlier than any untoward factor occurs with us,” requested Seher and her frightened eyes moved backward and forward the place.
Riddhima took a pointy breath as a substitute.
“Chances are you’ll go away in order for you. However I’m not going wherever. Not till I resolve this matter.”
Seher shook her head. She wasn’t a lot shocked by her reply as a result of Riddhima’s stubborness was well-known all through the world.
“Mrs. Sanders had stated that the reality lay on this home itself. There’s nothing a lot in the lounge. I believe no matter it’s that we’re searching for, should be contained in the bed room…”
However Seher didn’t pay heed to her in any respect. She was maintaining on blabbering one thing or the opposite.
“Why can’t I recall the Hanuman chalisa, ughh! If solely I had listened to Maa, and would have learnt it correctly at the moment, then there would have been no cause to really feel afraid as we speak.”
Greedy one another’s fingers, the ladies entered the bed room. Riddhima remembered how she had been right here at this very place few days again, and now her entire world, her total existence was doubtful.
Seher opened the cabinet, the identical one from the place Riddhima had picked out Vansh’s garments to vary for the night time throughout her keep right here. Whereas Seher was busy rummaging via the small drawers and different compartments, Riddhima took out a black shirt, presumably Vansh’s, and introduced it nearer to her face.
The candy musk of sandalwood pervaded via every olfactory receptor of hers. Tears started dripping from her eyes on the thought that he was lengthy lifeless already and there was no strategy to ever meet or have the ability to see him once more.
A sudden voice from exterior broke her from her trance. She noticed Seher who oblivious to it, continued her job of discovering something that could possibly be of their significance.
Leaving her proper there within the room itself, Riddhima walked again into the lounge after which in direction of the door. With shaking fingers, she pushed it open solely to search out the frontyard fully empty. There was no person there.
Her eyes fell on a damaged potted plant mendacity on the bottom. It had been standing there upright only a whereas in the past when she and Seher had handed it. Then how did it break rapidly? There wasn’t any wind blowing, too. Was it Vansh’s spirit behind this act? However why was he doing this and attempting to scare her off, when he ought to have been serving to her much more find out concerning the fact?
Simply then, a loud shriek rang all through the home.
“Seher!” She gasped and bumped into the room the place the screaming voice got here from.
When she reached again there, she noticed Seher all cowered up on the cot.
“What occurred?” requested Riddhima as all kinds of bizarre ideas ran via her thoughts.
Quivering, Seher pointed a finger in direction of her proper.
“There’s…there’s a rat underneath that cabinet.”
Riddhima couldn’t consider this lady in any respect. “Are you for actual?”
“Look, it’s important to admit that rats are scarier than ghosts and spirits anytime,” Seher tried to defend herself. “And except you shoo that disgusting creature away from right here, I received’t even put a step down.”
Riddhima sighed. Why was this lady like this?
She crouched on all her fours and peeped underneath the cabinet, anticipating a pair of gleaming eyes to fulfill her. However fortunately, she didn’t.
“I suppose that rat will need to have escaped from right here after listening to your screams,” joked Riddhima. She stopped speaking abruptly when she discovered a paper mendacity underneath the cabinet.
“What’s this?” She picked it up and examined it. It was half torn and had stains of rust throughout it. When she flipped it over, she discovered one thing written on it.
It was a prescription in Vansh’s title for some psychiatric medicines. Fully shocked, she acknowledged that the prescription had her handwriting on it.
“What the hell!” she exclaimed. “How is that this even doable? Take a look at this Seher! That is my handwriting proper right here.”
Seher grabbed the stated paper from her fingers and scrutinized it.
“Sure, it even has your signature on the finish with the date on it. It’s precisely from one-and-a-half yr in the past. Apparently, Vansh died one yr again. So does that imply that the previous few months earlier than his loss of life, he was consulting you for a psychiatric sickness?”
Riddhima came across the bottom. Over the previous few days each time she encountered Vansh, she discovered him uncannily acquainted, as if she knew him from earlier than. And now it made sense as to why she felt that manner. As a result of Vansh was her affected person and he or she had been treating him!
So far as she knew, she had an excellent reminiscence. She used to diligently bear in mind all her sufferers, even from a few years again. Then why couldn’t she bear in mind treating Vansh? Hell, she couldn’t even bear in mind scripting this prescription down. What was even happening?
Riddhima began panicking and pulled her hair in exasperation.
“Why can’t I bear in mind something about Vansh despite the fact that I occurred to fulfill him simply one-and-half yr again? What’s improper with me?”
Seher tried to calm her down. “You realize this isn’t one thing unusual. It occurred with me so many instances that I met somebody however forgot all about him. Additionally, one-and-half yr is such a protracted length. Maybe, Vansh had consulted you solely as soon as and didn’t flip up for the subsequent go to as acknowledged within the prescription, thus making himself much more forgettable.”
“I don’t know, I actually don’t,” mumbled Riddhima miserably. “I’m starting to doubt my very own psychological situation now. Is that this even regular? Am I regular?”
“Cease second guessing your self. It’s not the time for a self-blaming session. It’s the time to additional dig into the reality,” Seher berated her. “Do you suppose we would discover one thing in your hospital’s information? One thing extra intimately about Vansh and what downside he was affected by?”
“Yeah perhaps,” stated Riddhima slowly with out paying any consideration. Her thoughts was nonetheless working over how this could possibly be remotely doable. Why was it that the extra she tried to advance in direction of the reality, the extra entangled she bought on this internet of secrets and techniques?
The ladies exited the home and walked via the jungle to succeed in their automotive. All through the drive, there was an uncomfortable silence lingering between them, with every one in all them confusingly drowned in his personal ideas. However essentially the most affected out of the 2 was undoubtedly Riddhima.
As quickly as they arrived on the hospital the place Riddhima labored at, they made a splash for the information division and demanded the supervisor to assist them.
“We want the case sheet of Vansh Raisinghania, most likely dated one-and-half yr again.”
The supervisor agreed and requested them to attend for ten to fifteen minutes. They complied with him, however every passing minute appeared like an hour or so. Riddhima was feeling so stressed, that she was both consistently fidgeting along with her fingers or tapping her foot. This lengthy ready interval was killing her.
The supervisor returned after some time with a grim face.
“There isn’t any file with that title.”
“Did you test correctly? You might need missed it…” Riddhima tried to say.
“No Madam. There actually isn’t.”
Riddhima was getting extremely irritated, however nonetheless, she tried to maintain her anger in test.
“However a affected person named Vansh Raisinghania did go to me one-and-half yr again, then how are his recordsdata and different particulars not current?”
“Look, Madam. I’m a mere supervisor. My solely job is to retailer all of the sufferers’ case recordsdata right here for future reference. And let me let you know that I’ve been doing my job very properly,” acknowledged the supervisor.
Don’t know what occurred to Riddhima in that second. Maybe it was all of the stress doing it’s work on her or one thing else, however she felt a sudden urge to slap this man proper in entrance of her. She even started charging proper at him.
“Riddhima! What do you suppose you’re doing?”
Fortunately, Seher pulled her pal again on the right time. However she was extraordinarily shocked at this sudden change in Riddhima’s behaviour.
Once they had been out of the information division and away from the sight of the supervisor, Seher ordered her to manage herself.
Riddhima jerked her fingers off and took the steps to her cabin on the primary flooring. Seher tagged behind.
As soon as inside her cabin, Riddhima opened the shelf within the nook. She frantically started searching via it’s center row, which was stacked with a row of videotapes.
“What are you doing?” enquired Seher who couldn’t make head or tail out of her actions.
“No one within the hospital is aware of this however each time I see any sufferers, I be sure to video-record the session in order that it will possibly turn out to be useful for a retrograde and detailed case examine afterward. If Vansh had actually visited me, then I will need to have finished the identical with him too.”
Riddhima was a girl who most well-liked that all the pieces be stored in a prim and correct vogue. This was evident in the way in which she had organized the videotapes date-wise.
Her breath bought caught in her throat when she managed to put her fingers on a set of 4 videotapes with the initials ‘VR’ marked on it.
“What’s VR?” quizzed Seher.
“Should stand for Vansh Raisinghania,” she replied.
There have been 4 video-tapes in complete. Every was named ‘VR -Session 1’, ‘VR -Session 2’, and so forth.
Seher was totally puzzled. “In response to the variety of these video-tapes, you had carried out no less than 4 completely different classes with Vansh at 4 completely different instances. Then how come you don’t bear in mind something about him?”
Riddhima stayed silent for some time. “After a lot introspection, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m affected by…Dissociative Amnesia.”
“What?!” Seher blurted out in shock.
“I’m a psychiatrist who’s used to diagnosing completely different psychiatric issues based mostly upon the sufferers’ signs. However the irony being, I couldn’t acknowledge my very own signs!” cried out Riddhima. “Dissociative amnesia is a illness the place a tense or a traumatic issue could make the particular person overlook all the pieces associated to that occasion. It’s like a coping mechanism the place when the thoughts feels it can not deal with all of the stress anymore, it flushes off all of the reminiscences associated to it…”
Seher simply stood fully nonetheless, attempting to course of all that what had been instructed her. She appeared on sympathetically as Riddhima knelt down on the ground, shedding tears after tears.
After getting a grip over herself, Seher sat beside her and rubbed her shoulder.
“I can perceive how you are feeling…”
“No you can’t!” she stated reasonably harshly. “You’ve no freaking concept as to the way it feels once you really feel you recognize one thing, but you appear to know nothing about. I’ve not solely misplaced part of my reminiscence, however I’ve misplaced part of myself too.” She wrapped her arms round her physique attempting to hug herself. “That’s the reason why I used to really feel so disconnected with my very own self!”
Now Seher realized as to why Riddhima’s behaviour appeared a tad too odd when she returned to India few months again. Earlier she had dismissed it off as mere temper swings, however now issues had been beginning to get clearer.
However there have been nonetheless many unanswered questions left.
“What incident associated to Vansh precipitated your thoughts a lot stress that you simply misplaced all of your reminiscences about him? Secondly, I wasn’t right here when all this had occurred. However Ajay Uncle, Yash and Neeti had been throughout you. Then how didn’t they determine about your amnesia?
And lastly, why are Vansh’s medical recordsdata lacking from the hospital?”
“I don’t know. However the reply to one in all your questions should lie in these video-recorded classes.” Riddhima wiped the tears off with the again of her hand. She inserted the video-tape titled ‘VR – Session 1’ in her camcorder and related it to the TV in her cabin.
She then then proceeded to press the ‘PLAY’ button on the distant and waited with bated breath for the video to start out.
Riddhima’s coronary heart skipped a beat when she noticed Vansh’s face flash on the display. She felt a lump in her throat as feelings bought the higher of her.
She ran her fingers over the display in a futile try to succeed in out to him.
Her Vansh. This was the true Vansh who neither was a spirit, nor a figment of her creativeness. If solely he was alive and never merely trapped behind a display…
Video Session – 1 (June 2020)
Vansh was sitting in Riddhima’s cabin, stiffling uncomfortably within the chair. His eyes had been casted down and he refused to see her within the eye.
Riddhima who was sitting proper throughout him, was keenly observing every motion of his.
“Don’t be afraid, Vansh. I’m right here that can assist you. Additionally, all our classes from hereon will probably be video-recorded…”
At this, Vansh raised his fearful eyes at her.
She blinked at him in reassurance. “Don’t fear. That is going to be strictly confidential. No matter occurs right here, stays between us. I promise you that.”
She flipped via the pages of her pocket book with one hand, whereas with the opposite hand she stored nibbling on the finish of the pencil.
“Okay so Vansh, as we speak’s session goes to be a mildly introductional one. Inform me one thing about your self.”
Vansh nervously performed round together with his fingers, not realizing what to say.
“Say no matter is available in your coronary heart,” stated Riddhima understandingly.
“My title is Vansh Raisinghania. I used to be born in Manali. I’m 32 years previous…I did my MBA and at the moment am jobless….” He now began to fidget with the buttons of his black shirt.
“What are your hobbies?”
“Hmmm, taking part in the piano. And spending time round nature.”
“So you’re a music lover in addition to a nature lover? That’s tremendous spectacular!” beamed Riddhima.
Nevertheless, Vansh appeared least affected by these praises. He continued to have an expressionless look on.
“Do you’ve any buddies?”
Vansh flinched somewhat. “No.”
“And what about your household?” she requested fastidiously making a be aware concerning the discomfort on his face that stored growing because the questions bought extra private.
Vansh remained silent.
“Do you need to inform me about your loved ones?” she prodded him once more.
The cruel method by which Vansh replied gave Riddhima a jolt. However she calmed herself down.
“Okay, I respect that. However might I do know why?”
“None of what you are promoting, Physician,” he snapped at her.
Riddhima realized that she had a success a improper nerve and started diverting the subject. However the harm was already finished. Vansh refused to cooperate for the remainder of the session.
Sighing, Riddhima referred to as the session off, permitting him to depart.
Vansh was about to step out of the cabin, however stopped when Riddhima referred to as him from behind.
“Hope to see you subsequent week for the 2nd session. Goodbye!” she stated with a broad smile.
Vansh didn’t acknowledge that and shut the door of the cabin behind him.
Finish of Video Session – 1
Because the video got here to an finish, Riddhima may actually really feel her coronary heart wrench. She may see that Vansh had been in immense ache, which was so discernible from his beautiful gray eyes. However regardless of all that ache inside him, he nonetheless appeared strikingly good-looking, virtually akin to a Greek mythologica persona.
“I believe it was one thing associated to his household that was troubling him,” muttered Riddhima. “That’s the rationale why he misplaced his cool as quickly as I discussed about it within the video.”
“Sure, that’s what even I really feel so,” agreed Seher. “However what may it’s?”
“I suppose we have to watch the second tape to get all our solutions.”
Riddhima inserted the ‘VR – Periods 2′ tape inside. The video was nearly to play out, when the door was thrown broad open, and in entered Ajay, wanting extraordinarily indignant.
Fortunately earlier than he may solid a look on the TV display, Riddhima switched it off utilizing the distant.
“Papa! What are you doing right here?” she requested with a touch of displeasure.
He scolded her, “Cease appearing good, will you? I’m the one who ought to be posing all kinds of inquiries to you. Inform me, why aren’t you resting in your own home as a substitute of turning up on the hospital?”
Riddhima eyed him suspiciously. “However how did you come to know that I used to be right here on the hospital?”
She observed a flicker of panic cross her father’s face. However that lasted just for a second or two, after which Ajay was again to berating her.
“That’s not essential. Why are you behaving so carelessly? Why aren’t you able to hearken to me? You received’t go to America, you received’t take medicines on time. You’re identical to your late mom, insolent and cussed as hell.”
Riddhima rolled her eyes at him. How dare he carry her dearest mom into all this?
“Don’t you dare give me that look, younger woman. Have you ever seen your self within the mirror?” He mocked at her. “What had been you earlier and what have you ever grow to be over these previous few days! You don’t notice this, however step by step you’re turning right into a loopy lady. Whenever you can not stop your self from changing into loopy, how will you even deal with your loopy sufferers, huh?”
Riddhima had had sufficient of all this. It was true that he was her father, however she wasn’t going to take any crap from him.
“Depart,” she pointed in direction of the door. “This very instantaneous.”
Ajay stood there, astonished. “You’re ordering your father to depart? The place are your manners?”
“I nonetheless have my manners with me and that’s the one cause why I’m speaking to you respectfully regardless of all this,” remarked Riddhima. “Or else…you recognize me effectively.”
Ajay proceeded to storm away, however not earlier than warning her clearly.
“You don’t know, however you’ll quickly be the reason for your personal destruction!”
After he had gone, Seher tried to come back to Riddhima’s rescue.
“It’s okay, I’m high-quality.” Regardless that Riddhima tried to brush it off, however Seher knew that she was enormously damage by her father’s senseless talks.
“How did Ajay Uncle come to find out about you being within the hospital? Until…” Seher thought for some time earlier than coming to a conclusion. “Until, the supervisor knowledgeable him.”
Riddhima added, “Sure, you’re proper. Furthermore, I additionally suppose that it should be Papa on whose directions the supervisor stashed away Vansh’s medical recordsdata.”
“It signifies that Uncle knew all about Vansh?” Seher stuttered in disbelief.
“Sure. Not solely him, however even Yash and Neeti should know all the pieces – about Vansh, about my amnesia. But, they select to conveniently cover it from me.” Riddhima gritted her tooth. “However not anymore. I’ll quickly uncover all of the secrets and techniques which were mendacity round me.”
Hiya everybody! That’s it for as we speak guys. Solely few extra chapters are left, and nonetheless there’s so much to be revealed. So keep tuned.