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Chapter 2 The Protagonist

  • Christian left the house in the morning after the heated argument with his grandfather and did not return. But Christian’s Grandfather Leo, was still as calm as the sea, it was already late evening, and sitting on his bed, Leo was talking to the picture of his dead wife Rosella, he was telling her about the Indian girl, and why he chose her for their grandson when Dr Agnes entered the room with wine and two glasses.
  • “Hey, oldie! Talking to Rosella?” Dr Agnes asked, giving a broad smile.
  • “Yeah, I was telling her about the girl I met in India,” Leo replied.
  • “Oh, that same girl you chose for Chris?” Agnes asked.
  • “Yes,” Leo replied with a wide grin.
  • “Well, I sincerely want to know, what is so special about this Indian girl that you like her so much?” Agnes enquired, sitting on the couch and poured wine into the glasses.
  • Leo placed Rosella’s photo frame on the side table and sat next to Agnes on the couch to answer him. “Well, she is a beautiful girl. She knows how to handle relationships and keep the family together with love, and that is exactly something my family is in dire need of learning.” Leo said and paused for a few seconds. “She is a perfect girl for our Chris. She can give him a successful career and a loving family for which he craved in his childhood.” Leo further added, and Agnes nodded in response.
  • “You know, Agnes, I am afraid. I am really afraid for my family. The family which I and Rosella moulded with so much love and care is on the verge of breakdown today and I am incapable of doing anything about it.” Leo said and looked at Rosella’s picture sadly.
  • “My last hope is this girl and I am sure she will reunite this family. She will do everything that I have failed to do. I want to see this family together before I die. Agnes, it’s my last wish.” Leo said and took a sip of wine, removing tears from the corner of his eyes.
  • “I understand you, Leo. I know you are anxious about your family, but you know Chris. He is so smart. He must be looking out for a way to escape this trap.” Agnes said and took a sip from his wine.
  • Leo chuckled. “Oh, I am sure that he must be looking for a way out, but believe me, he can never get out of this trap,” Leo said with a broad smile on his face. “And I completely trust Lia on this, that bloody silicone-filled barbie doll will definitely break up with him.” Leo made a disgusted face, and they both chuckled.
  • “Well, I would enjoy watching Chris getting trapped. By the way, where did you meet this girl in India?” Agnes asked.
  • “Do you remember I went to India two months back for some business purpose?” Leo asked, and Agnes nodded.
  • “Well, I came to know that there is a place called Varanasi where people get peace and souls attain salvation after death. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and is also considered the spiritual capital of India. So, I decided to visit Varanasi from Mumbai, and I can’t explain the serenity of that place. I realised that there was something magical, some kind of unseen, pure, and powerful energy. I really enjoyed my stay there, and I met.....” Before Leo could complete his conversation, someone knocked on the half-open door and their attention shifted to the door.
  • “Dad, Can I come in?” Luke, Christian’s father, peeked inside.
  • “Leo, I think I should leave for now. You two need to talk to each other.” Agnes said and stood up to go, but then he turned. “I am really looking forward to meeting this girl.” He smiled and Leo nodded his head with a broad smile and then shifted his gaze to Luke.
  • “Sure, you can come in. I knew you would come to see me.” Leo chuckled, and Luke closed the door while walking inside. “So how can I help you, son?” Leo asked, maintaining a poker face.
  • “Why are you forcing Chris to marry that girl?” Luke screeched, glaring at Leo, with his arms across his chest.
  • “Simple, I want her as my granddaughter-in-law and this dream can only be fulfilled through your son,” Leo stated clearly, and the corner of his mouth curved up.
  • “But Indian girl? Indians are so different from us. Why don’t you choose Lia or some other girl who belongs to our civilization? Why an Indian girl?” Luke questioned.
  • “Because..... never mind. Even if I try to make you understand, you will not understand. Second, what kind of father are you? Can’t you see Lia is not good for your son? She is a gold digger like your girlfriend, and she will ruin Christian’s life like your girlfriend ruined your marriage.” Leo almost howled, stating the facts.
  • “Anyway, let’s leave this topic. I want that girl as my daughter-in-law and that’s final. Tell your son to prepare himself for this marriage. Now you can go, I would like to talk to your mother, and please don’t forget to close the door while going out.” Leo said, and Luke walked out, shutting the door with a loud thud.
  • Leo again picked up Rosella’s photo frame and started talking to her. He was telling her about the other qualities of the girl that he liked, and why she was just perfect for this family, when the door of his room burst open suddenly, and there stood Christian.
  • Leo looked up at him and covered his mouth in shock. “Oh my god, are you really in front of my eyes or am I hallucinating? I thought you would come back at least a month later when all your credit cards will stop working, but you are back in just ten hours. What happened to my son? Lea broke up with you when she found that you have decided to leave the CEO’s position?” Leo asked sarcastically.
  • “Yes, you were right about her. As soon as she came to know that I have decided to leave the battle of the CEO position, she left me.” Christian responded in a tired tone.
  • He took a deep breath and continued, “So, here I am, ready to marry the girl you have chosen for me. But I really want to know why you have selected her for me, and why not any other girl from our country?” Christian asked, glaring at Leo.
  • “Son, first of all, stop glaring at me like your father. Second, both you and I know that till date, all the girls you have dated were gold diggers, and this girl, whom I have chosen for you, is a gem and I want this gem in my family.” Leo said proudly, and Christian rolled his eyes at him.
  • “Okay, grandpa, I have already heard a lot of praises for her from your mouth. Now please don’t start again. I said I am ready to marry her.” Christian said.
  • “Trust me, you will not regret this decision,” Leo said with a broad smile.
  • “But she will definitely regret marrying me.” Chris thought.
  • “What’s her name?” Chris asked, scratching his neck.
  • “Her name is Mishka,” Leo replied with a proud smile.
  • “Mi... Mi what?” Christian stutters.
  • “I know it’s a bit hard to pronounce. I, too, took some time to speak this name properly.” Leo smiled, “But you need to practise taking her name correctly because she hates when someone misspells her name.” Leo said and Christian nodded his head, but from inside, he was boiling in anger.
  • “Now that you are ready for this marriage. So let me tell you, Mishka is coming here tomorrow.” Leo broke the news, and Christian’s eyeball bulged out of its socket.
  • “What?” He shrieked.
  • “Yeah, so now go practice overnight to take her name properly.” Leo clapped his hand. “And let me tell you once again, it’s MI-SH-KA.” Leo clearly pronounced each word.
  • “Now please close the door while going. I am exhausted and want to sleep.” Leo said while yawning, and Chris nodded his head.
  • “Bye Grandpa, goodnight,” Chris said.
  • “Good night, son. Now, Chop!! Chop!! Tomorrow is a big day for me.” Leo replied and Chris left his room, turning off the lights.