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It had been two days since the death of Zahra, Zain with his sister was living in the cottage home near Forest. Zain didn’t go to work for two days to stay near his sister, and only the food for dinner was remaining, and also the job of Zain was at stake as he was absent for two straight days. So he finally decided that tomorrow morning he would go to work and come as early as possible to his sister.
[At dinner time]
Zain didn’t eat anything said that he was not hungry and saved his portion for Ebtehal to eat in the morning.
Ebtehal: (In disappointing voice)
Zain is looking at the table and thinking about what he is going to do now, while Ebtehal is eating her food.Suddenly he remembers the rules of living in this house. But he didn’t pay attention to them and thought nothing wrong happened till now so everything is going to be alright. But there was something in his heart telling him to revise those rules and that special knocking at the door to identify who is opening.
[It was time for bed]
Zain sets Ebtehal on her bed and starts singing her favorite song, but his heart was still stuck at those rules. So he stopped singing.
Ebtehal did the special knocking on the wood of her bed.
Zain sang the special song for Ebtehal, and both of them went to sleep. Tomorrow morning Zain went to work, but the restaurant opened a bit late than its usual time But the boss was angry at Zain as he couldn’t come on Monday and there was no replacement for him and that he is so close to his promotion and this act has a bad impact on his job and promotion Zain was already sad about the death of his mother, but he stayed quiet and didn’t want to tell anyone about what he was going through.
Zain went to work in disappointment, but he had a hope that he would leave as early as possible.
There was one thing which didn’t cross Zain’s mind that even though he could get free from the job just as the sun starts setting but still he had to buy the grocery and food before heading towards home, and it might take him some while to reach home.
When something is written for you, you will be guided towards it automatically.
Zain kept working until it was just a few minutes away from the sunset , and then he begged his boss to let him leave so he can buy grocery and run to his sister. This time the boss agreed to let him leave a few minutes earlier, and Zain started sweating as he was worried about Ebtehal.
Zain just wanted the time to stop for a while, so that he could return to his sister in time. But time had something else planned for this day.
Just as he left the restaurant, sun was already set. So he ran to the grocery store (which was ten mins walk away) to buy the food.
On the other end , As night was approaching, and Ebtehal was sitting in the room alone waiting for her brother to come and getting scared as slowly and slowly the light from outside the window started to disappear and she was watching the clock, but it was already way past the time at which Zain used to arrive home.
Suddenly, she heard knocking on the door, and not just any knocking. The special knocking at the door.
She got up as quickly as she could and ran to the door to open and to finally meet her brother
But to her misery, there was no one outside. She was more confused than scared. And forget about the rules of the house, in confusion.
and then as a child would do, she did another major mistake of getting outside the cottage while it was pitch dark.
She stepped outside the house and kept on saying the same words “Brother, where are you?” as she heard the special knocking and she knew that only she, her mother and brother knew about this knocking.
Repeating this action for 4 times , she was now at the middle of the passage between her house and forest and now she got scared and there was only darkness in front of her while the only form of light she could see what was coming from her room as she forgot to dim the candles in the room and ran towards the door.
She became to cry and was scared as well, and now she decided to turn back and run towards home but as soon as she decided to turn her face towards home…
She heard her brother’s voice from the forest calling her out,
She got excited and rubbed her eyes to clean the tears and on the top of her lungs
But she again hears the same voice calling her out from the middle of forest right in the direction where she was looking at
“Ebtehal I am here … My sister, I am here.”
Ebtehal was scared of standing in the darkness. So she closed her eyes and ran towards the voice coming from the darkness…. her own brother’s voice.
[On the other side]
Zain had just got free from shopping for food and grocery items and also as it was night time he bought two flashlights to help him find the way in the forest.
When Zain approached the forest, it was pitch black. At first, Zain got scared but then the thought of Ebtehal alone in the home made him strong, and he took a long breath and started running as fast he can towards home.
When running towards home, he felt that something or someone was chasing him as he could hear voices of footsteps running alongwith his own footsteps. But he didn’t pay any attention to it as he was worried about his little sister.
When Zain was so close to his home that he could see the lights of the room of Ebtehal but not that.
Then out of the blue, he hit something on his foot so he fell on the ground and his flashlight got rolling away. And even when he was on the ground, he could still hear the footsteps of someone running towards him. He had the other flashlight in his pocket, so he took it and saw what did he hit with to make him fall.
And he saw that it was some bushes near a big brown rock, after that he started running again towards the home and what he saw next made him worried like hell.
He saw the door of the house open, so he rushed inside shouting his sister’s name and threw his backpack near the door and went straight to the room of Ebtehal.
But to his misery, there was no one in the room nor the whole house.
He went outside the house and shouted his sister’s name, but he couldn’t hear any voice.
But then, as soon as he started to check the backside of the house. Zain finally hears his sister voice coming from the same darkness saying the same sentences
“Brother ….. Zain I am here.”
Zain rushed towards his backpack and took the flashlight and pointed towards the direction where the voice was coming from and shouted her name again but couldn’t see anything.
So he hears the same sentences again but now in a sobbing voice
“Brother… Please come here … Brother help me.”
The only thing in his mind was his sisters face, so he went towards the voice of his sister coming from the darkness.
As Zain was moving going deeper into the forest, voice of his sister was getting clearer and sharper as if he was approaching her and he kept saying
“Ebtehal I am coming …. stay there.”
The voice stopped when Zain approached the same big brown rock near which he fell when he was running towards his home, but this time the place where he fell there was a human body laying there.
Zain cleared his eyes and put the flashlight on the body and found that the clothes of the body belong to Ebtehal.
He got so scared that he started shivering with fear and shouted his sister’s name.
He picked his sister up, but she was unconscious. So he checked her heartbeat and pulse and fortunately, they were working.
So he put the flashlight in his mouth and lifted Ebtehal in his arms and started heading towards the home as it was near to that location than the town and also there was first aid kit in the home as well as some medicine.
Zain could still hear voices of footsteps approaching him from behind, but this time he was too shocked, and she had her little sister in his arms and just rushed home as fast as he could without falling not because of those voices but because of the state of Ebtehal.
Zain reaches the door of the house carrying unconscious body of her little sister, but he finds something strange that the door is closed. He put the body of his sister on the porch and then tried to open the door, but it was somehow locked from inside.
But he was only watching his sister and couldn’t think of anything else , so he just knocked the door with the special knocking which he used to do when returning home but he knew that it was a foolish act so just as he approached the body of his sister laying on the porch to check her condition.
Suddenly door opens , and Ebtehal is standing at the door to receiver her brother.
Just as Zain saw his sister at the door he got so scared that immediately he fell down unconscious.