After yet another tiresome day at college I dragged my dreary legs to my puny room in our old hostel. Exhausted I fell flat on the bed. Before I could even grab a wink’s sleep I suddenly recalled that I had to check my mail for some assignment. Reluctantly I turned on the laptop and opened my email. There it was- the 1st mail from our Professor! Oh! How I wanted him to disappear! Then I wouldn't have to struggle to complete the work on time!!
Not bothering to look at the next mails I opened Facebook and turned on the chat. As expected none of my buddies were online. I smirked thinking they must be as dead tired as I was. I was about to log out when I got a message from my elder brother-
I knew he was trying to annoy me as usual. Who starts the chat with a “goodbye” after all? I was too tired to continue with his prank and replied in hurry-
“Go to hell”
I logged out and went back to check my mails. I opened the second mail and froze. It was from my father. It read-
“Swati, why have you turned off your cell?? I am unable to reach you!! Something very awful has happened to your brother. He had a serious accident today and is admitted in the emergency ward. As soon as you read this call me dear. Don’t get scared he will be alright! “
It was dated today.
I panicked. With shivering hands I picked up my mobile and switched it on. I called Papa and I broke down when I heard my mother’s loud wails in the background. I could hear his faint whisper saying Bhaiya was no more. I didn't hear the loud crash of my mobile as it slipped out of my hands and crashed on the floor. I was choking and my eyes became so blurry that I could hardly see anything. But I had to open that chat again. I knew he was there. He couldn't have gone. He clearly sent me a message just now. How can he be no more?? No! It’s all a mistake. That was not a final goodbye. No, it mustn't be!! He couldn't have died just because I told him to go to hell!! It’s silly!! Hah!! It was all wrong!! Uncontrollable tears poured down my face. Everything went black as I slowly lost consciousness wondering if it all was a dream……..