Winters were about to arrive, the month of November had almost come to an end and the first rain of the winter season had already arrived with few flakes of snow. Winters were about to arrive in Abbottabad and cold winds were spreading out all over the city.
“19th December 2012”. This was the date that Fahd wrote on his copy while attending the first class of the day in his school. While writing the date there was a beautiful smile on his face. Why was there a beautiful smile on the little Fahd’s face in the first period of the class…?
Fahd was a student of 4th class, a very pretty and an innocent little kid who always had a beautiful smile on his face. He was a little naughty but there was no element of disrespect for the elders in him. He used to respect the elders and his teachers as well, he was a mediocre student, neither too good nor too bad, his results always used to be around that 60% mark which gave him the label of a mediocre student. He was happy with that and his parents were quite satisfied with that too.
While sitting in school why was there a smile on his face? The reason behind this smile was Winter vacations. He was attending the last day at the school before the vacations. And naturally when a person is happy deep inside, there is always a smile on his/her face. So was the case with Fahd. He was the only child of his parents and so he was very beloved and was treated in a special manner by all the family members specially his grandfather whom he referred to as “Abba mian”. He loved his Abba mian(grandfather) more than any other person in the world. His grandfather used to help him do his homework and used to help him prepare for his exams as well. Fahd’s parents were so buy in their social circle that they had very less time for Fahd so from the very beginning Fahd was attached to his Abba mian(grandfather) a lot.
Fahd was having an excellent day at the school because it was the last day before the winter vacations. After Islamiat. English, social studies and science periods had gone by and Fahd was just waiting for the bell to ring so that he could go and eat his lunch in the break. He rushed to the canteen as soon as the bell rang and he bought himself sandwich and cold drink, he went towards the stairs because there were rays of sun there and he wanted to get the warmth of the rays. He sat on the stairs and started enjoying his break time meal.
“4 periods are left and after that 10 holidays… 10 holidays!!” Fahd was continuously saying this in his mind and smile was getting broader as the time was passing. “What will I do in these winter vacations? What game should I play the most? What new experiences will I do? Which cartoon movies will me and Abba mian watch?”
He was so excited that he was asking himself all these questions while sitting on the stairs. After the break ended he went back to his classroom and sat on his chair again. Two periods of Mathematics passed by so quickly because they were of Fahd’s interest and only the last period was left now before Fahd was to get free. He was anxiously waiting for the bell to ring.
“I will watch cartoons first of all. No I will play video game first. No first of all me and Abba mian will play ludo together.” He was talking to himself sitting in the class paying no attention to the lecture and he was anxiously waiting for the bell to ring. “why is time so slow today?” his anxiety and his excitement were getting better of his temperament and now he was getting itchy.
Finally that moment arrived, the bell rang. Fahd quickly put all his books in his bag and packed it and rushed towards the school gate where the driver was already there to pick him up. He sat in the car and the sea of excited thoughts did not stop playing with his mind even there. He was thinking what to do when he gets back home, he was thinking to go to Lahore with Abba mian to see his cousins in these winter vacations. He planned that he will tell abba mian about his plan as soon as he gets back home, he was so excited that he switched on the car deck and started listening to the music in a very loud volume. The driver switched the deck off and looked at Fahd.
Fahd was a little amazed at what the driver did but he was so excited that he did not pay any attention to what happened and started concentrating on his vacation plans once again. After a little while Fahd realized that the route on which car was going was not the one which goes to his home.
“This route does not go to my house, then where are we going?” Fahd said to himself in his mind. Fahd’s eyes were continuously looking out of the side window and he was trying to recognize the route. This route was totally new for him and he had never been on it before.
“Driver uncle where are we going? This route does not lead to my house” Fahd asked the driver anxiously and in an investigative manner. The driver at that time was talking to someone on his phone and he did not paid any attention to Fahd’s question. Fahd did not ask him the same question again instead he got a little afraid. Suddenly his car stopped in front of a hospital’s gate and Fahd was looking at the hospital with both his eyes opened and he was in a state of shock not able to figure out that what exactly happened. After parking the car the driver took Fahd inside the hospital.
Fahd’s little heart was sinking, “who is in the hospital? Is mom all right? Is dad all right? Is abba mian……” his tongue couldn’t say a word when he saw his abba mian lying down in a ward of his hospital and he saw his mom and dad crying standing next to the bed on which his abba mian was lying down.
“mom what happened to abba mian? Fahd asked his mother with tears in his eyes and with a shivering voice. His mom started crying and hugged Fahd. His abba mian was dead lying in front of Fahd’s eyes. The person whom Fahd loved the most had left him and he was thinking that these winter vacations are going to be the worst winter vacations of my life…