Hello Lovely People... I am back with a new story. Will finish it in 3-4 parts. Hope you will like it. Do share your comments and feedback as always. Part 1 “Tring Tring… Tring Tring…” Namrata’s phone was ringing continuously. She came running to the living room where her phone was kept on charging. She looked at the screen. Her elder sister Sudha’s name was appearing on the screen. She answered the call after wiping her hands with a napkin. “Hello, Didi… How are you?” Namrata asked. “I am okay Nammo. Where is Shruti? I am waiting for her call like every day but she didn’t call me and when I tried to call her, it is showing out of coverage area. Has she returned from her school?” Sudha asked all in one breathe. “Ohho Didi… take a breath at least. Shruti hasn’t returned from school yet. She told me in the morning that she has some extra class today and will be late for an hour.” Namrata relaxed her sister. “Ohh okay.” Sudha got a little relaxed. “What didi… you take so much tension even on the tiniest thing. Your daughter is staying with her Masi (Mom’s Sister) and I am taking good care of her.” Namrata said candidly. “I know Nammo… that’s why I have sent her to your place. When she completed high school, we wanted to send her to a school where she gets prepared for the future. Here in Mirzapur, we have schools but not like Lucknow. There, she will get more exposure and also get prepared for the competitive exams. Shruti calls me every day while coming back from school, but today when it is more than an hour of the usual time, I got a little worried.” Sudha explained. “I can understand didi. Sending your kids away is not at all easy. But then sometimes it becomes necessary for their future. Anyways now don’t you worry. As soon as she comes back from school, I will ask her to call you.” Nammo assured her elder sister. “Okay Nammo. How are Rohit and Shaan?” Sudha asked. “Both are good. Rohit is busy with his office and Shaan is getting naughtier day by day, keeping me on my toes.” Namrata said with a smile. “Haha… That’s good. Send his photos and videos.” Sudha also smiled. “Sure di.” Nammo and Sudha talked for a while and then hung up. Namrata went back to the kitchen and continued with her dinner preparation. After half an hour, she heard Shaan’s voice as he got up from his afternoon nap. She picked him up and fed some snacks. They both got ready to go to the park. She was waiting for Shruti to come back. Around an hour and a half passed when Sudha called her. Till this time, Shruti should have come back. Namrata called Shruti but her phone was showing out of coverage. She tried again but no luck. She went out and looked down from her 5th-floor apartment’s balcony. Some kids are playing in society’s park. She came inside and looked at the clock. Time is now 5.30 P.M. Usually she comes back by 3.30. As it was an extra class, so Shruti informed her Masi that she will come by auto with her friend. That reminds Namrata to call her friend who lives in the neighboring society. She looked in the Contacts and dialed her number. “Hello” Neha answered the call. “Hello Neha, this is Namrata. Shruti’s Masi.” Nammo said hurriedly. “Hello Masi… How are you?” Neha asked. Neha knows Namrata very well as Neha and Shruti used to study together and frequently visit each other’s house. “I am okay Neha. Where are you and Shruti? How long will your extra class go?” Namrata asked. Neha got a bit confused. She took a moment and then replied, “Masi I am at home only and Shruti is not with me. And you are talking about which extra class?” “Today there was an extra class for Maths in school right? Shruti told me that it will be late so you both will take an auto instead of the school bus for coming back.” Now Namrata’s voice started getting tensed. “But Masi, there was no extra class today and Shruti has not even come to school today. She was not on the bus also in the morning. I thought she might be not feeling well.” Neha was still confused about what is happening. “What?? What are you saying? Shruti didn’t come to school. But she left home in the morning at the regular time. Where did she go then?” Namrata’s hands started shivering as thousands of negative thoughts crossed her mind in a second. “Did she tell you anything? Has she any other plans with any other friends?” Namrata asked Neha. “No Masi… She didn’t tell me anything. I can call my other friends to check with them.” Neha suggested. “Yes, Neha… please call your friends and ask them. Maybe she is with someone or anyone knows anything.” Namrata requested Neha. “Sure Masi… I will call you after checking with them.” Neha hung up and started calling her friends without wasting a minute. Namrata called Rohit and told him everything instantly. He tried to compose his wife and told her he will reach home as soon as possible. He said he will go to school once and check there before coming home. Namrata was praying only two things, one that Shruti comes back home at the earliest and the second that Sudha didi should not call her before that.