|Creative Writing Competition 2012 India|
|SETTING||College Canteen OR Restaurant|
A College Canteen is full of students. It’s lunch time now during the interval. Everybody is busy having their food. Some friends of same class have just entered into the canteen. They are looking for a place to sit but don’t find anywhere. They give their order & sit outside the canteen on it’s stairs chatting about their previous class & assignments they need to complete showing concern for their upcoming exams.
Their discussions are interrupted by a stranger not known to belong to their college. He asks them the way to the principal & offers them some chocolates. Some take it & some refuse him politely. They ask him for what reason he wants to meet the principal. He replies to them that he is a retrenched employee & looking for work & so he will request principal to keep him on job. They tell him the way to college & he goes while their order has arrived. They start having their lunch. After lunch they start looking for the man to know whether he got job or not. They search for him everywhere but cannot find him. Where has he vanished?
After searching the whole area they think of looking for him outside the college gate. They see him crossing the road mindlessly without seeing that cars & buses are coming towards him at full speed. He can meet an accident so one of the college inmates goes ahead & reaches to him just at the time one car was going to hit him. He pushes him & both fell outside the road. The man falls down unconscious. They lift him up & take him back again to the college canteen & spill water on his face so that he gets up. After some time he gets up & they ask him about his health.
He starts crying & says to them not to eat the chocolates which he had given to them. They cannot understand why he was saying so they ask him what’s the matter. He tells them an enemy of their group who hated them had planted him to kill them all. He offered him huge amount of money for doing so. He also was in need of money for he has taken huge amount of loan for his daughter’s marriage & doesn’t have money to repay it back. So he agreed to do the job. That person gave him chocolates mixed with poison & asked him to give it to them. He did as he said but cannot carry the burden of guilt that he will be the reason of death of them. He was so affected that he was not able to decide whether to tell them the whole truth or not. And that’s why he was walking contained in his own thoughts unaware of rest of the world.
They all were too shocked after listening to that man’s story. They don’t know how to react. Some were angry upon him & some felt pity for him. However they forgive him & ask him to go from their college & never come here again. He gets up & was just about to go when one of them asks him to show that person who asked him to do all this. In return he can help him in paying back his loan which he had taken for his daughter’s marriage. His father was a rich & powerful person & will surely help him if he does so. He agrees & takes him to that place where that man was waiting for him to know whether his work was completed or not.
He shows him to them & not all of them can recognize him except one who’s father is a powerful & rich person because he was his step brother studying in another college showering great love on him from outside but hating him from inside. He cannot believe his eyes & asks that man to come with him & tell the whole truth to his father. They both go to meet his father while all friends were thinking what a narrow escape they had & were rescued from being killed unnecessary. Luckily anyone of them haven’t eaten the chocolates till the man revealed that it contained poison otherwise anything would have happened. At the end they were rescued from falling prey to death.