She was sitting in a secluded bus stop writing something in the middle of the noon under a scorching sun. Apart from the sound of the container trucks there was not much movement in the road leading to the hills.
She was startled by a shadow which suddenly appeared in front of her.
“Do I look like a ghost? ”
She adjusted her cooling glass and said, “Hey, you are film actor Sanjay, isn’t it? How come you are here?”
“I thought of getting an interview and happy to see you here.” He said.
“I don’t interview failed actors like you.” she replied.
He laughed. “I had my share of success when I made the same type of romantic movies. My movies started flopping when I started directing myself and experimented. You know that Seema.”
“I’m not into journalism anymore, you know that.” she replied.
“I know that, Seema. You did not have a great time as a journalist and hence doing reality shows on ghosts for TRPs” He chuckled.
“Don’t make fun of my episodes. I am doing research on dead and am on a project trying to interview the dead and bring out their secrets.”
“You may need my help.” said Sanjay.
“Are you dead?” She mocked.
“You can touch me and see.” He laughed.
“Keep your dirty intentions in check Mister.” she replied angrily.
“Hey, don’t get me wrong. I could be of help to you. One thing you must realize is that no one is going to believe in the dead. I am an actor too. Acting has its privileges. I could kiss different actresses, romance with them, marry them and enjoy watching the public who cried over my death in movies. ”
“So you are trying to act like a dead and want me to interview you?” she asked.
“I want you to interview me and let the world know how my failed movies were experiments which will be recognized ten years from now. My latest movie faced an interesting turn when I went to check the location myself on the top of the cliff, over there.” He said.
“I don’t want to spend time interviewing stupid men like you.” She said, trying to move towards her car parked nearby.
“Ok, as you wish. But what if the dead men you want to interview turn out to be stupid.”
She did not want to listen anything more from him.
As she was to start her car, she asked him whether she could drop him.
He smiled, “So nice of you to drop me. As you are doing research on dead, I would like to share my experiences too.”
She turned back. “I do not want to listen to your movie scripts.”
He laughed and continued, “Once a person is dead, he has just a few hours to be visible before others. Though he slips out of the body, he hangs on to his form. But many ignore him and think it’s a result of their hallucinations. Some get scared. Some do interact but others refuse to believe him. And then he passes away sadly as no one wants to listen to him. “
She got furious now and told him to get out of the car.
He pleaded with her to at least take a selfie with her.
She was not in a mood to listen.
He moved out and she drove straight away.
Sanjay was a waning actor, in desperate need of a prime time interview, to establish his failures as “experiments.”
Seema was a fierce journalist, infamous for trying to get the “dead” confess their truth.
Both were eccentric personalities in their own right.
A few days passed by.
Seema was sitting on the sofa, trying to relax on a dull Sunday evening. She was pretty tired and switched on the TV news. She was shocked to see the news of suicide of actor, Sanjay.
Police claimed that the body was recovered from the bushes below the cliff, after some villager happened to spot it.
They identified it as of actor Sanjay.
Post mortem reports revealed that Sanjay jumped from over the cliff a week ago.
Seema checked the date and was horrified to find that it was the same day she had met her.
She felt sad to have snubbed him.
She was yet to discover though, whether she met him before he committed suicide or whether he was already dead when he met her.