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Rangini Makha

Action

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Rangini Makha

Action

The Dead End

The Dead End

3 mins
115


Aira, Aditya and Shibhu froze as they looked at the approaching bike. While Shibhu knew who it was, Aira and Aditya had rightly gussed the one approaching. Before they could gather themselves from the shock and react, Rasheek had made his move. Rasheek jumped off his accelerating bike. The bike rammed straight onto Aditya. The three of them fell apart like sticks. Shibhu had his feet run over and Aira fell down with a bleeding left arm. Aditya laid motionless under the weight of the bike. Rasheek bruised himself all over, as he rolled over after his jump. The roaring sound of the bike diffused their screams of shock and pain. 

Rasheek launched himself up and ran towards Aditya. Aira pressed her right hand against the ground and tried to lift herself up, but she collapsed back onto the ground. She rolled herself and reached just in time to obstruct Rasheek’s left leg. He toppled as he stepped on her hand. She then grabbed his leg and pulled it as hard as she could and Rasheek fell flat down, with his face touching the ground.  

Aditya tried to inch himself out by dragging himself. A broken edge of the bike slit his clothing and dug into his flesh. He screamed and stopped dragging himself. Rasheek looked at him and withered his leg, but Aira clung to it, tightening her grip. Rasheek opened his right fist and let out a jet of light towards her. “No!” Shibhu screamed and obstructed the jet of light with his own. Rasheek’s hand got thrown up. He looked angrily at Shibhu and directed the light at him. Shibhu fired a beam again and they deadlocked at a point where the jets met. As they struggled to beat each other’s power, Aira saw the opportunity and fired a jet at Rasheek. He raised his left arm and obstructed it, which nearly threw her off. “His left hand too!” Aira muttered, as she and Shibhu exchanged surprised looks at each other. They realized the inadequacy of their powers put together. Aditya noticed that too. “Ruka...Ruka can drive me away...” he muttered to himself. He then roughly squeezed his palm out, even as it bruised to bleed. He pulled his jacket up with his free hand and reached out to the remote.   

While Rasheek, Shibhu and Aira continue to push harder to overcome each other, they saw a bike speeding towards them, which Shibhu recognized it was Nevin. He moved his hand and directed the flash of beam onto Nevin’s face and ducked down to escape Rasheek’s. The bright flash momentarily blinded Nevin and he fell off his bike.  

Nevin quickly rose up and ran towards Rasheek. “Get him. He is there behind. Drive him away.” Rasheek shouted. Nevin slowed down, looking around and on spotting Aditya, ran towards him. Aira and Aditya looked helplessly at each other. “Leave him. He knows nothing.” Aira shouted, looking at Rasheek with teary eyes.  

“Oh come on Ruka, take me away.” Aditya said to himself, anxiously switching his gaze back and forth between Nevin and the direction in which he had parked Ruka. In a moment, he saw Ruka’s headlight from a distance and sighed hope. Aditya’s faint smile turned into a frown when he saw Ruka crossing him. “I am here” he shouted. Before anybody could notice, Ruka had rammed into Nevin, tossing him up in the air. Aditya, Rasheek, Shibhu, Aira, looked aghast, trying to make sense of this accident, when Ruka did a turn around and headed surely towards Rasheek. All of them but one were horrified and looked open mouthed at Ruka. Sense dawned on Shibhu and his expression changed to a half smile, as he recalled “Danger mode...ah yes, Ruka had taken their pictures.. I had confirmed... them as enemies.. Wooah! This... is fantastically impressive.” 


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