It was a bright morning with lovely sunshine, a blessing in winter ,especially in North India. The bright weather further added cheer to her beaming face that had a different glow today. After 10 long years she finally conceived and was going to hear the” LUB ” “DUB “, the rhythmic sound of her little one’s heart for the first time.
“Avantika, hurry up, we are getting late ” a voice from kitchen jolted her back to the mortal land from her world of fantasies.
She quickly grabbed a comfortable attire from her wardrobe and hurried down to kitchen from her bedroom which was upstairs of her bungalow. A Lovely smile greeted her with a hot breakfast served at the table.
Thought flashed in her mind ” How lucky I am to have a mother -in-law , who is like a mother”.She went and hugged her mother -in-law with teary eyes. Her Mother-in-law patted and teased her promptly by saying “No need to be emotional , I am doing all this for my grandchildren” which was followed by a heartiest laugh by duo.
The day was further brightened with the warmth of the bond that they both shared. She chuckled remembering the old punch line of an TV ad “Neighbour’s envy. Owner’s pride”.The pride was not for a materialistic thing but the beautiful bond that she shared with her mother -in-law , thanking her stars.
It took an hour to reach to the clinic with her best buddy whom she called Amma after her marriage. Both were super excited, she had taken an appointment when the crowd is very thin at the clinic. The moment she reached there ,only one patient was there ,so the wait was not long .All of a sudden she was distracted by the hustle bustle among the staff members they were trying to make arrangements for another expecting lady whose delivery was due in couple of weeks. Doctor’s secretary rushed up to her and said there ‘s an emergency and the lady who has just arrived has to be examined urgently.Seeking Avantika’s approval to allow her to be examined first.
The peaceful ambiance had turned into hustle bustle, in a moment everybody was anxious and tensed.
She could smell the danger…..
Her fear was further concreted when she heard the howls from the ultrasound room and it was no surprise that something unexpected has happened.
The clinic staff hurried a stretcher and she was rushed to the hospital. The entire clinic was pushed into a silence ,all of them were teary eyed as the lady 5th IVF attempt failed that too when she was about to deliver in two weeks time.
When Avantika inquired about the lady from doctor ‘s secretary who had turned a pal last few months.The moment she was aware of the fact ,thousands of thoughts flashed up for her chances and she had turned into a frozen peace of flesh, when Everyone else was grieving.