Deception – 3

Deception – 1 -> Deception – 2 ->

The police began its investigations into what they thought was a straight-forward case of suicide. There was a suicide note in the back pocket of the body, no one was to be blamed for his death. No one had seen the fellow go to the top of the building, not even the security guards. The worst part of the problem was, it was very difficult to identify the body. With the skull broken , the only way to identify the person was through body marks. When that didn’t help either, they looked into missing person’s reports. Given the huge number of teenagers who run away from home, it was near impossible to find the right people to give away the body to.

Uday received a message from Jasmine that same day, and she sounded genuinely worried about Raj’s whereabouts. Uday told her that Raj committed suicide last night and was to be cremated in a couple of days. They talked till late in the night about Raj. Uday had the toughest time consoling her as she went on and on about how close she felt to Raj. Uday knew that he would have to wait for a few days before he would make his move. The first step in his plan had gone wonderfully well, but this second step required more tact then the easier to do throwing-a-teenager-off-a-building.

Jasmine continued her conversations with Uday, though she was not the same anymore. Earlier she sounded chirpier, but now she was rather quiet. Days went by, and it seemed as though Jasmine was coming closer and closer to breaking off the last strands of her relationship with Raj. Now with Raj dead, there was obviously not much she could talk about. Uday was getting impatient in his heart. He missed the days when he could talk all night about sex with her. He missed being Raj. Some days, he wished , he could be Raj again .. just for that one night may be.
Uday was getting a feeling as though Jasmine was getting irritated with him very frequently off late. She hardly initiated a conversation anymore .. did not bother to reply for long durations while chatting and more importantly she even stopped coming online every night. His plan to get her to talk about sex was not going too well either. Every time, he came close to the topic, she would start talking about Raj again and then eventually switch off. It was getting on his nerves too .. wasn’t he the same man who was talking to her all this while .. did she not have fun while talking about all this to him earlier .. did she not talk all night to him earlier .. now just because he is a 45 year old man, does that mean she would stop talking to him altogether ? He thought that she was being unreasonable and shallow. He decided that he would have to tell her that he loves her, may be then she would start listening to him and paying more attention to him.
He came clean one day, at least as clean as he could afford to be without scaring her. He told her that he was in love with her and that even though Raj was her first love , she should at least give him a chance to prove himself. She gave him the sort of reaction that was to be expected off any teenager. She gave him the angry smiley a zillion times and told him that he was a freak and she did not want anything to do with him. He kept on trying, but nothing seemed to be getting better. She eventually told him that she looked up at him as sort of a father figure and she would not even dream of getting into a relationship with him.
Uday was really pissed off that day. He had not thought it would go this way. The only thing that seemed to be going against him was his age. But then, why was she being so unreasonable .. was she in love with youth or the real person she talked to. He knew that the ghosts of Raj would not leave him so soon .. even though he had finished him off, she was still in love with him.

The police search for the parents of the dead body lying in the hospital had hit a dead end. There was no progress at all and eventually they decided to put up a notice in local newspapers stating the particulars of the dead person and may be then someone will show up. They put up a picture of the dead body, asking people to come forward , if the person seems familiar. It was gruesome, no doubt .. ugly even .. but they could not let the dead body rot in the hospital for ever.
After about a week, they got a call from a woman .. telling them that the she knows the person in the picture and could identify him on the basis of his clothes. She refused to tell them how she knew the person. She said that she just knows him as an distant acquaintance .. and could not claim the body. But it was what she told them after that, that made the policemen feel the ground trembling below them. She said, that she thinks that he was murdered and it was set up to make it look like a suicide. She said she had valid proof to back what she was saying. She also said that she thought that her life was in danger, and if everything was not resolved soon enough, the killer might escape the clutches of law.

Uday and Jasmine’s relationship had hit rock-bottom. She talked to him only enough to keep him interested and while he craved for more conversations, all he got was an acknowledgement once in a while. Uday grew increasingly frustrated and he thought he would have to look for other avenues to fulfill his sexual desires. He even started chatting again randomly with other girls online, but not even one of them felt the same way as Jasmine did. Uday knew that it was because he loved her. His family had become more and more distant from him in all these days. His children kept away from him, because most of the time he went into uninitiated rage. His wife, never a very friendly person, also maintained her distance. Uday was left all alone .. and he knew that it was all because of Jasmine … all because she refused to return his love .. all because she was a shallow person who enjoyed conversations with a 19 year old but not with a 45 year old .. all because she failed to see that Raj and Uday are the same person.

Police eventually found the woman who had made the call, and when they knocked on the address given to them over the phone .. a middle aged woman (generously speaking) opened the door. She said that the call to the police was made by her daughter Jasmine, on her behest. She said that she found out about her daughter having a cyber relationship with a person named Raj when she was browsing through her computer. All the chats had been saved and she had a picture of him. The dress that the dead body had , was same as the one in the picture. She took the policemen inside and showed them the pictures. It was really incredible, that everything matched so perfectly. The dress was the same, from head to toe. On a close examination of both the pictures, the policemen could all concur unanimously that they were the same person.
Only one thing remained unanswered, why did she think her or her daughter’s life was in danger. She went back to her computers as though she was dying to show this particular piece of detail to the policemen all this while. She opened the chat records again , and it was a day after Raj’s death. It was Jasmine talking with Raj’s uncle, Uday, who said that Raj had committed suicide and would be cremated in a couple of days. If Raj had not even been identified all this while, how could Uday know that he would be cremated in a couple of days. The policemen could not believe for quite some time that they had stumbled blindly upon a piece of evidence that would nail the man who killed the boy.
The police said that they would need to speak to the girl before they frame their case, or go ahead with anything else, but the woman insisted that her daughter Jasmine be kept away from all this. She said that the little girl had already been through enough, with her boyfriend’s death and now with chances to a killer lurking out there waiting for a chance to stab her. The policemen’s effort in getting to talk to the girl only resulted in the woman telling them the girl had been sent off to her grand parent’s place so as to stay away from all this. She, being a divorcee , cannot handle her everyday life and job and the pressure of looking after the well being of her daughter all day. The policemen sympathized with the old woman. She was, after all, doing what anyone would have done .. she was looking after her kid.
They took print out of chats, of the picture to publish in the newspapers again .. so that someone could identify him so as to get to his legal guardians. All that remained was finding his uncle Uday now .. case solved !!
Pictures were published in the newspapers the following morning with the two pictures put side by side as though in a “then and now” VLCC advertisement. The police quickly reached Raj’s house through his neighbors where he lived alone. From his house, they could get hold of his parents’ phone numbers, living in a distant city, who were getting more and more worried about why had their son not returned calls for so many days. But the problem persisted, who was Uday ?. The parents could not point to anyone who could have gained anything from the teenager’s death. Obviously , there was no Uncle Uday either.
The neighbors’ pointed to the fact that there was a person named Uday who lived in the vicinity, but he was a god fearing .. family loving man. He would not have done anything like this. A little more prodding and the scared neighbors’ directed them towards this Uday’s house. This was a perfect house .. two little kids .. one loving wife. Of course, this could not be the Uday they were looking for. Still, for formality, they started to question the people in the house, while Uday was off for work. Very soon, skeletons began to stumble out of the closet. On the surface, what looked like a perfect home .. was actually a broken house. The happy pictures hanging on the wall seemed like a distant past, or may be a dream. Children revealed that they were scared of their father these days, because he seemed to be very frustrated these days. He hardly talked to anyone .. and mostly responded with curt nods and taunts directed at their mother. Eventually, it all boiled down to the conclusion that Uday had changed since the past couple of months.
Policemen arrested Uday in a few days. They got hold of his computer documents and the saved chats revealed the dirty secret he had been hiding all this while from everyone. Under intense interrogation, he confessed to be holding the double identity on the internet and killing the young teenager, because he wanted his story to be more authentic. He said he looked at the young man from across the street as the perfect guy whom girls would fall for .. He had thought that Raj would be cremated in a couple of days anyway and it would be forgotten soon. He said that it was only the ugly circumstances that made him do what he had done. He said that he did not want Jasmine to see Raj anywhere, once they got married. Sooner or later, he had to kill Raj.
The court sentenced him to death penalty in a couple of months. He requested to see not his family, but Jasmine, before he died .. the wish was granted with the consent of Jasmine’s mother who was present during the trials. She told the court that she is still hiding her daughter from the monster .. and it is probably best for her to not see him. The court sympathized with the old lady’s sentiments, but granted Uday’s wish to see Jasmine one last time from behind the bars.
On the day before the hanging, the last day that he was allowed to meet anyone , Jasmine came to him with her mother in the tow .. She was every bit as beautiful as the pictures suggested. She hardly said anything and kept looking at her mother every time Uday said “I love You” .. probably looking for an appropriate answer.
Uday soon got fed up with no replies coming from Jasmine ..and got up to leave. Jasmine understood her job here was done and left, leaving her mom with alone for one brief instant with Uday.
The old lady looked up at Uday with a sort of mixture of fear and mirth. Uday was already pissed off. He realized how much this woman reminded him of the ugly world he would be leaving behind tomorrow. He said in a mocking tone , “What the hell are you doing here .. What do you want to talk to me now ?” ,
She replied, “Anything you want to talk about is alright with me .. Its late in the night and I am really really lonely” and left.

The link to the real story -> here

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10 responses to “Deception – 3

  1. brilliant dude… loved it 🙂
    you made it better then the original..

  2. That i tell you was worth the wait! Now i’ll search and send you more such stories.. please do ‘indianize’ them and post for our reading pleasure 🙂

  3. Shirsha

    It was guess-able, but why’d you race through to the ending like this. I was almost enjoying it… 🙂

  4. two words … simply awesome .. !!

  5. Awesome man… The last line was too much.. 😛

  6. @KD ,
    thank you 🙂

    @Sreejith ,
    he he he .. this one just clicked .. 🙂 .. not sure others will

    @Shirsha ,
    almost enjoying ?? not sure if thats such a good thing 🙂

    @Ankit
    thank you 🙂

    @Himank ,
    Thank you .. I thought I could have made it more twisty 🙂 ..

  7. Naiiiiceeeeeee….

    After reading the Deception 1.. I was thinking of a very different yet another real incident (happened in Japan few years back.. ) Where a Dad falls in love with his daughter over the internet…

  8. @Rocky ,
    hmm .. I am not sure but I might have read that one too.

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  10. Ewww…that’s creepy and scary all in one. But I guess it was strangely poetic justice. Good story!

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