This is not the first time she is going through this road. It is a 3 miles’ road to her village. There were street lamps but only at the turnings. She goes by this road every day, after the tuition, but with her dad. Today, the class was cancelled as the tutor’s mother died. She called her dad but he didn’t respond. Soon, all the others left. She waited for some time in a dilemma whether to wait for her father or to go on her own. She tried her dad again but he didn’t answer. So, she reluctantly decided to go alone. She started her 3-mile-long walk. Filled with fear, she treaded the path. The first turn came. When she went over the turn, the power went off. She was startled by this. She slowly began her walk again. She couldn’t see a thing in the moon light. So, she took her phone and turned on the flashlight and was where she was. She has just then crossed another turning. To lessen the fear, she plugged in her earphones and started listening to some random songs. She closed her eyes and got immersed in the music. Suddenly, the song she was hearing stopped and the song “Kaabil hoon…” started playing. She didn’t have a single Hindi song on her playlist. “Main tere kaabil hoon ya Tere kaabil nahi…” the song continued. She saw that she had just then came over another turning. She plugged out her earphones and stuffed them in her pocket and continued her walk. When she was coming near another turning, she felt that someone was following her. She felt the urge to turn back but overwhelmed by the fear not to turn back, she kept walking. She went over another turning. She still felt that someone was following her as now she heard someone humming a song. Her fears increased and so she began to walk fast. The humming continued in a muffled voice. She crossed another turning. The humming became more clear. She seemed to know that song. But couldn’t recognise it well. She now estimated that she must have crossed half the way. Another turn came. She feared something bad will happen if she crossed another turn. So, she stopped. But the person whom she felt to be following her seemed to be getting closer. So, she continued her walking. When she crossed that turning the humming became crystal clear. But, still she couldn’t recognise the song. She decided to get home soon and began to walk as fast she could. The humming continued. She wracked her brain where she had heard that song. Suddenly she realised it was the song she heard in her earphone. She couldn’t digest it. She stopped to take a moment and saw that she has crossed another turning. Still she didn’t have the courage to see if someone was following her. Suddenly, the street lights turned on. She left a sigh of relief. She got some courage by the street lights and so she turned around. There was no one around. Relieved, she tilted her head up. Unconsciously, she screamed. A boy hanged there from the branch of a tree. She slowly walked back in fear. Her cell phone rang. Hoping that it was her father, she took it. There was a hello from the other side. But, it was not her father’s voice. So, she saw the number. It was an unknown number. “Who is this?” she asked. There was no answer from the other side for some time. “Are you there?” she asked. “Turn!” the voice said. She turned…



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