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Zarir Keki Irani
Tony “ I’ve got a fantastic idea. Richard will be scared to death.”
Tony cuts him short saying “shut up, I am not over confident but very sure that I have not missed out on anything.”
Jacob “are you sure?”
Tony “Actually it’s a very very minor thing but why take chances, let me think.”
Before Joe could put forth his notion Tony laughs and comments sarcastically “it’s a good idea but sorry, we can’t implement the same and giggles again.”
Jacob “ stop joking, let us here to what he has to say, Joe go ahead .”
Joe looking only at Jacob speaks - “Listen Jacob, fortunately it’s not a glass window or else he would have broken the glass and let go the cat out, but since it’s a wooden one, we can simply nail two wooden planks from outside. The wooden framework covering the window will make our work more easy, ask me why.”
No one replies
Joe “come on Jacob--- ask me why.”
Jacob “ While we both will engage Richard in the hall, Joe you complete the task of nailing the planks and then join us on the pretext of being late .The distance between the hall and the exterior of Richard’s bungalow will work as a silencer .”
Richard feared cats immensely, to such an extent that he couldn’t even bear the mere mention of the same. Richard was a toy for his schoolmates Joe, Tony and Jacob-simply wind the key and enjoy its move. Mentioning cat on purpose in their conversation with Richard, pasting posters of cats on Richard’s books, throwing a cat on him and many such petty pranks had become stale. Thus, they came up with this innovative idea to scare Richard.
Everything went well as planned. Now Richard was locked up in his room alongwith the cat. The cat’s presence crippled him. He was sitting on the ground without moving a muscle and continuously looking into the cat’s eyes. The same posture was also from the cat’s end. Tony, Joe and Jacob were dying to hear Richard’s scream but were faced with disappointment and confusion, as even after the lapse of ten minutes, there was no sound of any kind, except for the cat’s very soft meowing at short intervals. This led them to take the decision of ending their desparate wait and unlock the door of Richard’s room. They were about to do so when they heard a fierce cry of the cat (anger mingled with agony) followed by a thumping sound-sound of a stick being hit on the ground. This forced them to retreat their steps. Then Richard’s scream fell into their ears which lasted for a few seconds. Once again there was complete silence. Now fear crippled the three of them but gradually they gathered courage and unlocked the door of Richard’s room.
The sun finished its duty and evening started its shift. Richard’s parents were back home. The doorbell was answered by Richard after a long time. No sooner he opened the door, the wave of angry words from his father splashed on him. Richard’s father was demanding explanation as to the delay in opening the door but he did not pay any heed to it. Richard straightaway headed for the sofa and sat on the same. He then started murmuring, talking to himself. His parent’s were confused as regards Richard’s odd behaviour. They too sat beside him and before they could ask him the reason of this odd behaviour, Richard started laughing (eccentric manner) and said
“ I have killed them, what did they think that they will get away with this.”
Richard’s mother intervened “Richie, what the hell----- “
Richard’s mom intervened “ but you--- .”
Richard’s mom started heading towards her room, and had not taken a few steps, when Richard said, “Mom, I love you, I love Dad, I’m going Mom ---- .”
She turned behind immediately but was shocked not to find Richard on the sofa but could hear his voice echoing, “Mom, I love you, I love Dad, I’m going Mom ---- .” After a few seconds Richard’s voice faded away. She immediately ran towards her son’s room and barged in. She screamed and fell down unconscious. Richard’s father immediately rushed towards the direction of the scream. He was shocked to find four dead bodies in Richard’s room. The dead bodies were of his son Richard and his friends Tony, Joe and Jacob.
© Zarir Keki Irani, 2006