Aurelia – Part 13


Amber saw Aurelia’s tears that night and wiped them and silently held her best friend in her arms as she has been through the years. Amber knew that Aurelia re-lives the experience every year but sadly there was never more than a few tears as the whole experience was re-lived.

Amber admired Aurelia’s strength and independence. She always said ,”Aurelia, I do not know how you managed those days or through the years after. But remember, I am there …”

Aurelia smiled through her tears, nodded and said, “Amby, do you have a doubt? You are the only one who has been with me.”

Aurelia silently remembered the several words between Aaron and herself and for the first time in twenty years thought, “How I wish Aaron was with me!”.

She didn’t realise that she had thought aloud, until Amber choked and replied,”He does want to be with you…but thinks you do not want him. Aurelia, believe me if you can, he has not loved any girl the way he loved…or loves you.”

After a few moments of silence, “Shall I call him? He had messaged me to pass his birthday wishes to you.”

Aurelia replied with a bit of hesitation, “Yes …Amby call him…I want to see him…”

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Aurelia – Part 12


Aaron, Aurelia and Amber then went to the cafe opposite the road.

The cafe was filled with relatives of patients who needed to get away from the hospital. It was a warm, cosy but spacious place. It had beautiful pastel blue coloured walls with small square tables that were covered with same coloured sheets with white polka dots. The owners had always ensured that the place always smelled the best and not of medicines and antiseptics.

They sat at a corner of the restaurant. Aaron hoped to shake Aurelia, make her tell her feelings and hopefully get some tears. He was very sure that if she doesn’t it is not going to be good . They waited in silence till the coffee arrived. Amber was getting restless and kept shifting in the chair and looking between Aurelia and Aaron.

As the amazing aroma of coffee filled the table, Aaron broke the silence, “Aur, are you alright?” Aur, is the nick name that only he had permission to use. He hoped that call would at least shift her balance and let her feelings out but all in vain. She just nodded and stared blankly.

There was another fifteen minutes of silence. Aaron’s head had started pounding with thoughts of how to shake his dear Aur out of the state that she was in. Amber just sat uncomfortably restless and Aurelia…

They finished their coffees and Aaron was paying the bill when his phone rang. The news that Aurelia was expecting and Amber was dreading came.

Aurelia’s dad had given up and passed away.

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I hope you all understand my difficulty in writing these parts and hence forgive me for the delay…Sorry …I hope none of my readers lose interest and keep coming to read my story and encourage me as always.. 🙂

Aurelia – Part 11


Aurelia woke up in a start of the next day after about 10 hours of unconscious sleep. Amber who had just entered the room to check on her, rushed to her side.

Aurelia looked confused at where and what happened….Amber gave a reassuring look and said, “It is ok…We just met the doctors, your father seems to be improving. They said when you are up to it, you can even meet him.”

Aurelia then sighed and said, “But why am I in the hospital bed, ….how did I reach here?”

Amber hugged her and said,”You fainted last night…the doctor said it is the exhaustion and the shock of the accident combined”. She said it so matter-of-factly…that even she was amazed.

Aurelia slowly removed her blankets and got up. Amber enquired, “Are you sure that you are ready?”

“Yes…I am sorry I have lost all memory of what happened last night…”

“That’s ok…”

They then slowly walked to Aurelia’s father, knocked on the door of the Intensive Care. The attending nurse led Aurelia into the adjacent room where she was told to use a sanitizer. The nurse also helped her cover her mouth and gave a clean scrub coat so that she doesn’t pass any infections to her father.

She then saw her father. Her father was awake and the minute he saw her, his eyes were filled with tears. He even attempted to say something but was stopped short by the doctor.

After about five minutes of communication with their eyes, the doctor led Aurelia out. As they reached outside, the doctor said, “Aurelia, I have some bad news for you…”

Amber held Aurelia’s hands and signalled to Aaron to come to them as soon as possible.

Aurelia took a deep breath and said softly, “Go ahead…I think I have the energy to hear it.”

“Well….I am not too sure that your father will make it through this day..”

Amber reacted,”I thought you just said that his condition was improving …”

“Yes, that is what I had thought too…but it seems that the improvement was very temporary and he is declining again…”

Aaron noticed Aurelia was still expressionless. He thought can I hold her, slap her…make her cry …She needs to cry…What the hell is going on in her mind…Why is she not giving in to the thoughts or the emotions?

As all these thoughts passed his head, the doctor had continued about being strong and keeping up hopes and so on…

Aurelia – Part 10


Sorry I am still in the past …

A few minutes later, she walked to the inspector and asked, “How is my father? Will I be able to see him?”

“Aurelia, he is very serious and I am afraid you will be able to see him only from outside.”, Inspector Richard replied truthfully.

“That’s ok sir, I understand that. I would still like to see him.”

So, they all walked to the neuro-intensive care. Aurelia saw her father and very soon his lips moving….She read his lips and realised that he was still calling her name and saying sorry…at that point, she pushed the door to the room but fainted. Aaron just managed to hold her in time.

Aaron’s father went to call a doctor while Aaron carried her to the room nearby that he was directed to by the nurse who saw her fainting. While Aaron put her down, he said, “She is having fever…”

The doctor came in to look at her and said, “She looks very pale…Does anybody know if she has had any food or water after she heard the news?”

Amber immediately took a step forward and said, “She hasn’t had anything since,”..looking at her watch “five in the evening.”

Doctor immediately realised that she was dehydrated and needed some glucose. He looked at the nurse who was taking her temperature and blood pressure. The nurse said, “Doctor, her temperature is very high and her blood pressure is very low.”

“Arrange for a drip immediately!”

It was past midnight, Amber felt herself tiring out and sat down in a chair nearby. She was tired from the past evening’s events…all she wanted now was to believe that she is sleeping and having a nightmare…

Aurelia – Part 9


It was raining heavily as Aaron drove into the hospital ground. When the car was parked, Amber had to scream and pull Aurelia out of the car…but as the rain fell on Aurelia’s face, she slowly gained her senses and looked around.

The three were soaking wet as they reached the hospital reception and were given quite a few disapproving glares from the people around and the hospital workers. Aurelia noticed the glares and realised that she was dressed for a party and not for the hospital.

She frantically looked at Amber and whispered, “Amber, I can’t meet anyone in the hospital in this dress…please tell me you were conscious enough to get me a spare set of clothes.”

Amber was amazed at Aurelia and wondered whether her best friend had completely lost her senses. “Why is she thinking of what she is wearing more than about her parents? “, with these thoughts in her mind, squeezed Aurelia’s hands.

The nurses at the reception led them first to a room and gave them some clothes to change into. One of them said, “Do your enquiries later. If you stay wet in the clothes any longer you will catch the nastiest of infections in the hospital.”

They did as they were told. By the time, they had all changed into dry clothes, Inspector Richard came looking for them.

Inspector Richard, a tall handsome well-built guy, sadly looked at Aurelia who he recognised from the photo in her father’s wallet. Aurelia looks amazingly composed, he thought. “Aurelia, I hope you know what happened.”, he added to confirm that she did.

She just nodded and said, “May I please see my mother?”

Amber and Aaron were astonished at her question and how well she was handling the situation.

“Yes, I shall take you to her. I am very sorry for you.”, said Inspector Richard leading her.

Just as they left the room, Aaron’s mobile rang. Aaron’s & Amber’s parents reached and were enquiring where they were. Aaron went to find them at the reception while, Amber & Aurelia followed the inspector.

Aurelia showed no sign of sorrow or breakdown but walked on as if she was going to meet her mother at her friend’s place. Amber on the other hand was sad, worried and at the edge of a breakdown.

Inspector Richard showed Aurelia, her mother. Aurelia gave her mother a light kiss on her cold forehead. She stared on at her mother for a minute more.

She then turned slowly to see that Amber was sobbing on her mother’s shoulder.

Amber’s mother held her hands out for Aurelia. Aurelia walked and took her hand. However, she still remained as composed as before…there was not a hint of sadness on her face. She looked serious and thoughtful.

Aaron’s father  and Aaron were speaking to the inspector about the formalities and her father’s state outside the room.

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Aurelia – Part 8


About two hours after her parents had left, the doorbell rang. She woke up in a start. She had fallen asleep crying with her head on the sofa.

The doorbell rang again, this time twice and irritatingly longer. She ran to the door and found her best friend at the door.

“Hi Amber”, in a throaty voice.

“Aurelia – were you crying on your birthday? Why is this place so dark? Where are uncle and aunt?”, asked Amber in one breath and one of her hands stretched to switch on the lights.

“My parents decided that some wedding reception was more important than me. I fought with my boyfriend saying that I want to be with them and they …”, her voice trailed off. She needed water, she was parched.

They both walked to the kitchen in silence. Both got themselves a glass of water. Aurelia saw herself and was shocked to see her reflection with all the eye-liner spread the way her tears had gone an hour ago… She ran into the bathroom, washed her face, combed her hair and returned to the kitchen looking fresher. Amber re-enquired what happened.

Aurelia then mentioned all that happened with Aaron and her parents.

Amber then with her cheerfulness, smiled and said, “Come on, get ready, let’s go party girl!”

Aurelia was hesitant but gave in and decided to go and dress up. While she was getting ready, Amber called Aaron, her brother and told him to pick them up from Aurelia’s house. Aaron happily agreed without any questions.

About half hour later, they were waiting for Aaron in the living room. The phone rang, “Tring! Tring -tring!”, and both jumped with a start. Aurelia answered the phone.

“Hello, good evening.”

“Good evening. Am I speaking to Aurelia?”, came a firm male voice.

“Yes, may I know who I am speaking to?”

“I am Inspector Richard. Aurelia, are there any other elders staying with you?”, queried while fidgeting with telephone wires.

“No. My parents have gone out and only three of us stay here…but you can tell what the problem is Inspector.”, her voice showed concern. Amber sensed the concern and came closer to her.

“Is there anybody at home with you right now?”

“Inspector, please could you tell me what is going on? Or are you Aaron? Are you some kind of prankster?”, irritated.

Inspector Richard took a deep breath and just said “Aurelia,..” but the door bell rang. Aaron had arrived. Hearing the bell on the phone, he waited a few seconds more before he asked, “Don’t you have to answer the bell?”

“Inspector, if you are one, my best friend is with me and she has gone to answer the door. If you could tell me what you were about to say a little more quickly, I would be grateful as it is my birthday and I was hoping to have a party with my friends.” She completed the sentence and got extremely irritated with herself that she had revealed so much to a stranger who claimed was an inspector but didn’t seem to act like one.

Aaron and Amber had reached the living room . Both of them stood at her side…one on each side, neither liking the caller nor the expression on Aurelia’s face.

Inspector Richard sensing Aurelia’s irritation and with some relief that someone was with her , sighed yet again and said, “Aurelia,…I have some terrible news to tell you. ” He paused for a minute trying to find the right words to say…

Aurelia’s face started becoming pale and she slowly sat down. She knew well that she cannot take bad news standing. “Go on…”, is all she said.

“Your parents had an accident on the highway . ”

“What? Why? How? When? Where?…You are some prankster…I don’t believe you.”, tears were quickly welling up in her eyes. She could not hear anymore. She quickly held the phone towards Aaron.

Aaron got tensed but took the phone. Amber sat next to Aurelia.

Aaron said, “Sorry, but Aurelia just passed the phone to me. I am her friend, Aaron. May I know what happened?”

Inspector Richard now with a little more relief repeated that Aurelia’s parents had a terrible accident. He also mentioned that her mother died on-the-spot and her father was in an extremely critical condition in the hospital. Inspite of his critical condition, he keeps repeating “Aurelia, I am sorry!” .

Hearing the full story and after taking the address of the hospital from the Inspector, said “Inspector Richard, we shall reach there as soon as possible.”

“Aaron, please take my mobile number too,” replied the inspector and gave his phone number.

Aaron put the receiver down and looked at Aurelia.

Aurelia already knew the worst had happened and was in a shock. Aaron sat on her other side and told her the rest of the details and that they needed to get to the hospital. Aurelia stared straight on blank. Aaron, now looked at his sister and signed to her to nudge Aurelia.

Amber, shocked herself , got back into senses and literally shook Aurelia, but even that seem to have no effect on her. Then Aaron and Amber just got her up, took her to the car and drove to the hospital. Aaron ensured that he locked the door and Amber had taken a pair of clothes for Aurelia to change into when she comes into her senses.

On the way, Aaron asked Amber to call their parents and tell them to reach the hospital. “Tell them that we both are fine but we might need some help.”,he said. While Amber spoke on the phone, he added “Ask them to get some money”.

Every once in a while during the hour-long drive to the hospital, they nudged Aurelia and tried to get her back but in vain….

Aurelia – Part 7


This part is too difficult to write….and hence has been delayed for so long….How do I get myself to say what I want to say and make sure my dear readers do not hate me…dears…it is just a story….Don’t hate me please…

Extremely irritated with Aaron, she returned home earlier than usual. All she thought was “Why is Aaron being so stubborn & difficult …Why wouldn’t he understand that no one is bigger than my parents for me…After all, they are the reason that I am here today…

Aurelia’s mother opened the door as she was about to ring the bell. She hugged her and said,”Happy Birthday Aurelia…you are home early today..but we are glad that you returned early.” and led her to the living room where her father was waiting for her.

Her father, a loving but strict man, smiled, shook her hands and wished her. Both her parents then gave her a beautiful jewellery set and a watch. Her father also said, “Aurelia, I am sure you would want to have a party with your friends today. We give you full permission to do the same, as long as you are back before midnight.”

She was expressionless, she had just fought with her boyfriend saying that she wanted to be with her parents…and here her parents were ready to send her to have fun with her friends. The face agitated her parents…”why is she not happy?” After a long minute of silence she sighed and said, “But Dad, Mum …I want to be with you both today not with my friends..You both are the reason I am here, not my friends!”

It was now her parents who became expressionless. On one hand they wanted to smile, hug their daughter for the mature and sensitive statement but on the other hand they knew they had a social commitment. They stared blankly at her till Aurelia noticed that her parents were dressed and, sadly queried, “Are you both going somewhere for the night?”

Both her parents nodded and her father added, “Yes dear, we have a wedding reception to attend”.

Aurelia’s temper rose, and she screamt, “Today is my day and you both had promised to be with me!”

“Aurelia, watch your tone! Your tantrums are not going to stop us from going. We told you that you can be with your friends, if you don’t want to , stay home alone but we are going!” , was her father’s stern reply.

That reply didn’t stop Aurelia from fighting with her parents. But the fight ended soon as her parents just walked out leaving her to cry.