Team: Alphabet Soup
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Shekhar and Tara were distraught after what Jennifer had told
them. Their little one was now in the hands of a monster whom they had trusted
all this while. They were both wondering how could they be so careless about
their daughter! How could they even trust a stranger with their precious
daughter after knowing all that had happened in the past.
As they were sitting there and thinking what
could be done, Jennifer walked towards them. She walked towards Tara and tried
consoling her and telling her that everything would be fine. Tara began crying
all the more.
Shekhar's gaze fell on Jennifer and pointing towards her, he asked Tara,
"Wasn't she the one who told you to hand over Roohi to Cyrus? Now look at
her trying to console you!".
He yelled at Jennifer, "What are you doing here now? You got what you
wanted right? I know I shouldn't have trusted you and left you close to our daughter.
Now see what has happened. I know you must be an accomplice! And that is why
you asked us to handover Roohi to Cyrus. You were the one who was with Cyrus.
We didn't know him much. Now tell me, where is my daughter! I won't leave you
until I find my daughter. Where is the police? Arrest her! She is the
Tara couldn't control herself. She slapped
Jennifer and told her, "I trusted you though I never knew you. I made you
a part of my team. And is this the way you treat me? What did my daughter do?
Was it her fault that she loved playing and being with you?"
Jennifer couldn't take it anymore. The false accusations hurt her all the more.
She couldn't control her tears and walked away from there.
Shekhar lost his cool.
"Didn't I tell you that there was some
danger waiting for us here? How could you put our daughter's life in
"Shekhar, please calm down! I didn't do anything wrong. I just wanted
Roohi to be a part of trip here to Kerala", she said.
"But see what this trip of yours has done! I will never forgive you Tara
if something goes wrong with my daughter. You brought her here because you were
selfish! I told you about the book and about what had happened here before.
Yet, you chose not to listen. If Roohi and I were back in Mumbai, she would at
least be there with me happily! Now see what you have done!"
"For heaven's sake Shekhar, will you stop
blaming me? Roohi is my daughter as well!" Tara again burst into tears.
Shekhar felt guilty of accusing her like this. He hugged her and began to
“Tara, I dont know how I controlled myself the first time Roohi went missing. I
couldnt take it when I heard the news again.”
His daughter was now in trouble and he had to help her. There was no use of
fighting with Tara. Instead they now had to work as a team. He began thinking
how he could find his daughter.
Jennifer walked into her room and slammed the
door shut. She had never hurt anyone all her life and always, she ended up
getting hurt. Always! She had trusted Cyrus so easily and didn't even bother to
keep an eye on him. She was never suspicious about him. She now felt foolish
for giving him constant updates about all the happenings in the case.
He was pretending to be a bad liar. He
was a lawyer damn it! And I thought I read his mind. I had read what he had
She had never been deceived so badly by anyone. Believing Cyrus was a big
mistake. But entrusting him with Roohi was a bigger mistake. She didn't have
anybody else to blame for it except herself. She felt like she had betrayed
Tara and Shekhar. They were right in accusing her as she had told that Roohi
would be safe with Cyrus. Jennifer cried. After a long time.
She had to act now. The only way of
getting Shekhar and Tara to trust her again was to find out where Cyrus had
taken Roohi and get her back safely. She walked around her room thinking what
could be done and made a few calls.
Shekhar was now thinking what the next course of
action would be. He called a few of the locals and inquired whether they had
any information regarding Roohi but he reached a dead end. He decided to use
Aryan Ahuja's help. He could do anything for his daughter and Aryan could
definitely help him in some way or the other. Shekhar didn't care about the
temple’s rules and regulations. His daughter's safety was his only priority
Shekhar walked to the temple office and
Sudheeran Varma was standing there with Inspector Ravi. "Ah, here he
comes. He didn't want us to take the child's help in catching the thief and now
he had willing handed her over to the thief. I told you that she would be safe
here but then you wouldn't believe me."
Shekhar was furious. Sensing the hostility
between both of them, Ravi jumped in and tried to calm the situation. He told
them that this wasn't the time to be reactive but to be proactive and that they
couldn't waste time trying to fight over whose fault it was. Cyrus was a sly
person and had easily tricked all of them into believing him. Ravi assured them
both of the child's safety.
Ravi immediately called his entire team. Heated
discussions followed as to what was to be done next. As per what they had found
as of now, the idol was somewhere in the temple premises. If Cyrus wanted to
steal the idol he couldn't do it without Roohi's help and that it is why he
held Roohi captive. He would definitely be hiding some where close to the
temple to make things easier for him. They tried tracing his location using his
cellphone number but it was of no use. Suddenly Ravi remembered that Cyrus had
told that he knew about more chambers in the temple than anybody else. Chances
were that he was currently going towards a chamber which was not known to
others. Ravi immediately ordered a thorough search in and around the temple
The cops began searching the temple premises. The present priest and Sudheeran
directed them to all the chambers that were known to them. Every door, every
window was searched. Every nook and cranny was searched with the hope of
finding a clue regarding the unknown chambers that Cyrus had told them about.
The pond and its surroundings was also thoroughly searched but nothing was to
be found. The search team returned to the temple office unsuccessful.
They reached a dead end. Nothing could be found and they were not even an inch
closer to finding Roohi. Ravi went through all the possibilities. But nothing
made sense. They had to find those secret chambers, for he was now sure that
Cyrus was hiding there. He asked Sudheeran for the temple maps. They went
through all the maps possible and there was no mention of the secret chambers.
Was Cyrus bluffing them in order to divert their attention? That could be a
possibility but he couldn't be certain about it. Finally they decided to go
back to the old priest again to get any possible piece of information that he
could give them about the temple architecture.
When the team reached the priest's house, they
were in for a shock. The priest was missing. They searched his house thoroughly
but there was no clue about his whereabouts. All that greeted them was the
empty bed. They saw the boy wandering outside the priest’s house and he looked
scared. They questioned him about the priest and all that he was able to tell
was that the priest was in the house the previous night.
Ravi was flabbergasted! His only hope in this
case was also missing. He couldn't let this happen. All through his life he had
the reputation of being a great detective and this case seemed to question his
reputation. He couldn't let this case become public as a lot was at stake. He
ordered for a thorough search in and around Vajrakshipuram.
He returned to the temple premises and he saw
Tara and Shekhar standing there. Looking at him coming empty handed, they knew
that Roohi was still not found. Yet, Shekhar asked the Inspector whether they
had found anything about Roohi. Ravi shook his head.
"You people are useless. This is a small village and you still can't find
my daughter! Wait let me hire some private detective agency. They will do the
job better", screamed an angry Shekhar.
Ravi knew that any explanations at this moment would be of no use. So he only
replied, "We are trying".
Before Shekhar could respond, his attention was diverted by loud cry. It was
"My daughter! My daughter! Where is she?
Please get my daughter back", she kept crying. Shekhar ran to her and
consoled her. "Tara, everything will be fine. Please calm down", he
"Nothing is going to be fine Shekhar. My
little Roohi is in trouble. How can I be quiet? Please Shekhar do
something!" she pleaded.
Shekhar consoled Tara but even he was scared for Roohi. How he wished Tara
hadn't come to Kerala. How he wished Roohi and himself had stayed behind. If
only he could get back his Roohi safe and sound. The more he thought about it,
the more it saddened him. Was it already too late? He feared the worst. But he
kept his fears to himself as he didn't want to scare Tara.
Jennifer was still sitting in her room. She
didn't have the strength to face Tara and Shekhar until she could help them
find Roohi. She went through the pictures that she had clicked in the past few
days. Roohi's pictures made her feel sad. Roohi was a cute girl whose
naughtiness made everyone smile. Though it was only a few days since Jennifer
had met Roohi, that little girl had won her heart. She remembered all the
beautiful moments that they had spent together. Those innocent conversations
kept rolling in her mind.
"Will you teach me photography Jenny aunty?"
"Definitely my dear"
"Then Roohi loves you"
"I love you too Roohi"
She kept remembering random incidents that Roohi
had told her about. She had told her about the games that she had played in
school, about her teachers and her friends.
"Our teacher made us play a nice game in
school the other day. She hid an object and asked us to search for it. If we
were close to the object, she would draw a triangle and when we were far away
from it, she would draw a rectangle. If we were somewhere in between, she would
draw a circle. "
"That is a nice game Roohi"
"Jenny aunty, what if you were the object that I was searching for?"
"What about it Roohi?"
She drew a triangle and stood beside Jennifer and said, "I am close to
Jennifer had hugged her. She had rarely felt so happy. Roohi had made her
The more Jennifer thought about it, the sadder
she became. She missed Roohi. There was still no clue about Roohi. Would she
get to meet Roohi again? She shuddered at that thought. How did it all turn to
be such a mess? How did it get so late so soon? , she wondered.
Somewhere in the distance, a bird sang, a melancholy song.
Jennifer felt as though the nature was reflecting her sorrow.
One evening, you will miss the
nightingale’s music badly. Set her free and she’ll sing her song.
She remembered the madman’s words.
He has answers. He is the caged nightingale!
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