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The Girl I met on the Train
sitalakshmi
Feb 12, 2018
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I will never forget her – her soft smile, earnest voice and sweet nature of friendliness. It was during a train journey that I met her. Train journey was not new to me. I travelled to my home from my college campus and vice versa by train. But this journey was unlike any before. I was called telling my father was really ill. I had rushed to get a ticket in the very next train I could catch. I thought of nothing else but my father. I wanted nothing more than to reach him at the earliest. It was not until I found myself in an almost deserted railway station that the full impact of my situation hit me. For the first time I was aware that I was alone. The few people around me seemed to know each other. They were talking and laughing. A sudden prickling in the back of my neck told me I was being watched. I turned to see a man watching me with cruel bloodshot eyes. A smile was playing on his lips. I quickly walked over to a family and stood next to them. I wanted to get away from him as fast as I could but I got rather unpleasant news. The train was late.copyright protection54PENANAx6PPIBX8F1

His glance pierced me uneasily till the train finally arrived. Keen to get away from him, I scrambled into the ladies compartment the first chance I got. It was empty save for a girl.copyright protection54PENANAn8J3L8Cmd9

“Hi…” I smiled sitting down next to her.copyright protection54PENANA6D43eR3K2m

“Hi. I’m Lekha.” She said, returning my smile.copyright protection54PENANAWAtLpcmnk2

I liked her at once. Her friendly eyes and bright voice were very inviting.copyright protection54PENANAoIb8LWhniu

“I’m Shalin.” I said, happy I was no longer alone. We talked for some time. She was open and friendly. Travelling with her was a pleasure except…copyright protection54PENANAxo8Csmtw6v

Every time the train stopped I could see those bloodshot eyes gaze through the windows straight at me. I felt uneasy and wished to be surrounded by people.copyright protection54PENANAT36mPvybTT

“Lekha, let’s get into the general compartment.” I told her.copyright protection54PENANAehBppnmGLE

She smiled. “Don’t worry, my friend. You are safe here.”copyright protection54PENANAbi3jVwFo2M

I wondered how she could be so calm. I was certainly as ‘uncalm’ as one could possibly be. Nothing except the thought of what would happen if she was alone while that man was there stopped me from going off on my own that night.copyright protection54PENANAUVQ0hFwQQp

As if I didn’t have enough to worry about, my mobile phone chose that moment to ring. But before I could take the call, it switched off. I cursed myself for not charging it before I set out.copyright protection54PENANAK5Glu6IRNt

“What happened?” Lekha asked. I blurted out all my worries about my father. Good thing I did too. If I had kept my thoughts to myself for a second longer, I would have exploded.copyright protection54PENANAvYMzhH5X68

“I’m sorry but I don’t have a mobile.” She said, genuinely looking unhappy.copyright protection54PENANAK13A1lfxc6

I nearly burst into tears. The only thing I could feel was fear. Fear of what I would find when I reached home.copyright protection54PENANAXWcEiHK1yy

The next station was almost deserted. I got out and found a public phone. My fingers shook as I dialed my home number.copyright protection54PENANAv4xiDOZJM6

“It’s Shalin.” I said quickly as someone picked up.copyright protection54PENANARx7V79gnHt

“Shalin! Where are you?” It was my uncle who answered. “Please be quick!”copyright protection54PENANAuEpGjIn4JV

“The train was late uncle…I’ll be there by 12:00.”copyright protection54PENANACfZ9xDYxmL

Before I could restrain myself, I blurted out. “How is he?”copyright protection54PENANADeiL9qUqOB

“He wants to see you.” My uncle said.copyright protection54PENANATigjYz1mDL

Tears streamed uncontrollably from my eyes. If my Uncle said anything else, I didn’t hear. What brought me back to reality was someone saying “The train’s leaving.”copyright protection54PENANAig0hpxVo4h

I ran and somehow got into a general compartment. I was so preoccupied during the rest of the journey that I never thought of Lekha. When the journey was over, my uncle was waiting for me at the station. His face was deathly pale. The news he had for me was devastating. My father had taken a turn for the worse.copyright protection54PENANA9IvstFTo5H

As I was standing in front of the ICU the next day, my glance fell on a newspaper somebody left on a chair. A dead body was found next to the railway track. Those bloodshot eyes were eerily familiar.copyright protection54PENANAZYZghYQjlt

The report that followed sent chills down my spine. This man had been accused of murdering no less than 5 women. Every time he had walked away because of lack of evidence.copyright protection54PENANA5DK6VaDQyI

It was then than I saw her photo. Lekha…His last victim... Murdered over a year ago.copyright protection54PENANA8IrDbUi4io

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