Thank you, one and all who is following my post for the encouraging words you have been posting in the comment session, especially since yesterday after this new series.
Your encouragement has added to my enthusiasm to go on with this series. Eventhough this is my first attempt in this genre, I have been an ardent fan of thrillers and detective series. My introduction to the crime thrillers started with the all time favourite of all ‘ The Sherlock Holmes’ followed by Agatha Christie, Perry Mason and so on. Without testing much patience of yours, let me continue with the second chapter.
The Heart Wrenching Scene
The whole atmosphere was quite depressive in the apartment. Every body was trying to come to terms with Shalini’s death. To think the sweet girl who hopped and ran about the whole place will not be seen anymore. The butterfly who flew around the place just disappeared into the fragile little body who was taken away from them. They couldn’t think about the situation of Shalu’s parents.
The Police went to Shalini’s Ruby block’s terrace to look at the possibility of Shalu falling down from there. Suicide was ruled out, as a small child wouldn’t even know the meaning of that term at her age. And there was no reason for her to do that as she was one of the happiest child according to all the residents and her granny. They waited for the parents to arrive at the crime scene to get more personal details about Shalini. They thoroughly searched the scene down where the child had fallen and came to a conclusion that fall was a hard fall as her tiny head had cracked, so the fall has to be from a particular height like a balcony or terrace. There was no balcony in the side of the block where Shalini’s body was lying. So the assumption that it had to be from the terrace led their team to the terrace of Ruby block. They scanned searched the whole place for a clue. Being a common terrace, there were too many things scattered around. Empty liquor bottles, some wooden craters, large cardboard boxes an old Tv set all littered up the place.
There was a terrace garden too. And a tool shed to keep the garden accessories safe from the sun and rain. The Police had a tough job in their hand. To search for a clue there, was equalant to search for a needle in haystack.They knew they had to hurry up before the evidence was lost because of a rain. They searched the whole place and found a small piece of Shalu’s dress caught in the nail near the wall.They packed it carefully and send it to the forensic lab. They couldn’t find anything much for now. So they asked the terrace to be locked and sealed after them as it as a place of evidence.
By then a constable came to inform them of Shalini’s parents arrival. As they were climbing down, they could hear a loud wailing and shrieking. The loud, sorrowful cry pierced through the still shocked atmosphere. Her piercing shrieks drowned out the sound of mourning of the neighbours and the loved ones. The mother of Shalini was shouting out “Oh Shalu, my darling baby, Oh my poor,poor baby, I shouldn’t have left you behind. Oh dear Lord, what wrong did I do to receive such a harsh punishment in my life, how much my baby would have suffered, she might have called out for me and I was not there for her help. ” ! So saying she fainted. Nobody could think of more heart-wrenching words.
To be contd…