Before taking up her new assignment, Shalini was spending time with Shivani.
“Yaar, party improves visibility; I must go,” Shivani was getting ready for her Boss’s party, “come with me.”
“Me! You go, I shall stay at home.”
“ there will be many single men” Shivani dangled a carrot.
“Don’t try so hard, I shall come. Home or party, I shall be myself.”
Ajay saw the girl standing alone with a glass of wine. Ajay felt she was throwing a challenge, “if you want to know me, come and talk to me.” Ajay thought, ‘Hell with promotion; I must know this girl.”
“Hi I am Ajay,”
“Havent seen you before, Shalini!”
“I am with my friend, who is somewhere there,” she pointed in the vague direction of huddles around important people.
“She left you alone?”
“I don’t mind. Met interesting people alone. Sheep move in a herd; lion hunts alone.”
This self assured girl, Ajay found interesting.
“Have you zeroed on a prey, Shalini?”
“Prey is closing in,” Shalini said casually, “only a matter of time.”
“Be careful, Shalini; sometime hunter becomes hunted.”
“I can handle myself; I have killed a man, once.”
“Shalini, don’t mess with Ajay’s mind,” Ajay did not know when Shivani had joined them, “Only way Shalini can kill is by her looks; she cannot hurt a fly.”
Today, Ajay thought, “I think I almost killed a man”, driving at top speed. He had to meet his wife, Shalini, for their anniversary.
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