Aakash, aged 24, had joined his father’s huge business a couple of years back, right after the engineering degree. His mother was his mentor, his guide, his support system. He was new to the ruthless business ways, so mistakes were inadvertent. But his mother’s encouraging words were all the balm he needed to assuage his mistakes and make him determined to pursue things relentlessly. A year later they discovered the cancer growing inside her. His world had collapsed. He arranged the best possible medical treatment but none proved fruitful.
She was gone and he turned a wayward. She had taught him every other thing but not how to survive without her. He wished he could share the pain with his father or maybe his sister. But they, in all efforts to appear strong, had shut each other out and he had also shut them off.
But when no other way seemed to relieve the pain and suffering, a new door opened, throwing him into another abyss. What started as a medicine slowly overpowered his other senses and then became an addiction. A series of weak moments and now he was a duly stamped drug addict. Money was easy and so was the procurement.
His car was meandering its way through the traffic. He took out the addicted solace from his pocket, poured its contents on his palm and was just about to sniff it, when
It took him a while to come to senses and another moment to realise what has happened.
In the process of alleviating his grief, he had hit someone.
“Oh shit!” He cursed. And immediately came out from his car. The fear of killing someone seemed to overpower his sadness for a while and he found a way through the crowd, to help the victim.
“I’m sorry.” He fumbled.
“It’s Ok. I should have also taken care.” The soft voice held him back.
The usual scenario in such cases is to run away from the scene, but his mother had taught him to never run away if such a thing happened with him, when a few years back an acquaintance was involved in a hit and run case. Now, remembering the words of his mother, he silently approached the girl who had been injured due to his carelessness.