Narrow Escape2 mins 161 2 mins 161
Teenage love felt like it was forever for fifteen-year-old Sanya. The rose colored lens of tender youth painted a picture so beautiful; that there wasn't a blemish she could see in her sweetheart Sanju. She met him furtively in parks, cafes and sometimes at his bachelor pad. He had tried making physical advances a few times, but she had averted them. Each day, she thought she was falling for him harder and knew she wouldn't be able to resist his physical charm for too long. He had gifted her a heart shaped lock with the word ‘Love’ inscribed at the front and names at the back. ‘We are locked in love for this life and every life thereafter’, he had whispered in his husky voice. She had spent many sleepless nights, tossing and turning, recalling, relishing every word he said.
When her mother found the lock while sorting through her wardrobe, all hell broke loose. Her father, who was more even tempered, counseled her, explaining with utmost patience that this wasn't the time or the age for love. But infatuation blinded her to such an extent that her own parents had started looking like enemies.She was grounded after she tried meeting him again. Using a rope she found in the storeroom, she jumped off the balcony. The world wasn't fair to lovers. They would elope and live happily, far away from these cruel people, he had promised her that. As she ran towards his house, she stopped abruptly in her tracks as if she saw a ghost. His photograph stared at her from all the newspapers in a shop. ‘32 year old arrested for trafficking teenage girls and peddling drugs,’ the words blurred and faded as her eyes stung with tears. With heavy steps, she walked home and poured her heart out to her parents, her apologies coming in muffled sobs. They hugged her and said a silent prayer to the heavens above for the narrow escape she had from slipping into the abyss of self-destruction.