It has been 3 days since Ragini gained conscience after her car accident. Nachiket her best friend from medical school had not left her side. Her rich parents had passed away when she was 5 and she grew up in hostels under the care of her uncle who never had time for her.
The doctor had just told her and Nachiket that she would never be able to walk again without crutches as her right leg was damaged far beyond repair. She knew she might have to quit medical school.
Nachiket was outside arguing with the doctor.
N - you are giving up too soon
Dr - consult any specialist he will say the same. Ragini will never be able to walk without help
Nachiket promised himself he would find a way to help his best friend. Nachiket belonged to an affluent family himself. He was about to go to the states to complete his Masters. But he refused to leave Ragini alone. He knew she had noone to care for her. Her parents money gave her a comfortable life but she was always sad and quiet. She had no friends. It took him a year to make friends with her. He was in awe of her simplicity and kindness.
R - nachiket you must go to Boston as planned. I will be fine. Chachu is going to get me a nurse. Plus with physiotherapy and the crutches i will be able to move around in a few months
N - i will go after those few months
Ragini held his hand
R - don't ruin your career. Your family has so many hopes for your future. They are so excited about your future. Plus you worked so hard for the scholarship. You deserve to move ahead.
N - and you
Ragini smiled and a lone tear almost escaped her eye. She quickly wiped it but Nachiket saw her. It broke his heart.
R - i will be fine. I just need some physio. Send me some good crutches and a brace for my knee from Boston as soon as you reach. Maybe by the time you graduate i will be able to come to the ceremony
N - you still have a year left at medical school
R - we both know that i can't be a doctor anymore. My disability wont do justice to my patients.
N - you are not disabled. You are not letting go of medical school.
R - Nachiket
N - no. We will work as per the old plan. There will be a delay but you will also do your masters on a scholarship in Boston
R - and my dead leg
Ragini could not control her tears now
N - we will find a cure. You are so intelligent. You must become a doctor.
Ragini looked away and began sobbing. Nachiket pulled her into a tight hug.
N - i have 3 months till i leave for Boston. I will help with the physiotherapy.
R - but Nachiket...
Nachiket put his finger on her lips. She could feel his breathe on her.
N - no excuses. Its my responsibility to get you all better. You leave that to me and follow my instructions.
They sat there for a bit as Nachiket took her in his embrace again
N - Ragini you don't have a family to care for you. But i have a family who only wants to be part of my success. You have been there for me in all my failures and heart breakes
R - heartbreaks..
Ragini began giggling.
N - its not funny
They continued their friendly banter till Ragini fell asleep. Nachiket placed a kiss on her forehead and left. He felt very content. At night he couldn't sleep. All he could think about is Ragini. He got up with a jerk
N - i love her
He stood up on the bed
N - i so love her. I am such an idiot. All this while. Now I have to leave. But i can't stay without her. This sucks. What do i do?