Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I am in Love with a Criminal


It was the mid of February. She was sitting in her office on the 5th floor. Again it was raining and for the umpteenth time, she wanted to go out, inhale the petrichor and dance in the rain but as soon as she opened the windows, the omnipresent piercing stares of the staff from the opposite building welcomed her. She shut the windows back. Plunging into her swivel chair, she looked around her office. On the left side was rack full of books. On her left was a water dispenser. A calendar was hanging on the wall with a few red circles marked. On the front wall, there was a wall clock which always reminded her of her being getting old. The door was on the left side opposite her and 3 chairs arranged neatly opposite her table. The table was an expensive looking piece of furniture which she bought in a bargain store. On the table, she had put her prized possessions. In a tray, her files on which she was working. Then a telephone set, and the latest novel by John Grisham. In fact, there was a complete collection of John Grisham novels on her table. And then there was the book that changed her life, her favourite, Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon.




Her father was a junior officer in the civil bureaucracy of the country. He wanted her to follow suit and prepare for the exams. She had just cleared her 12th grade exams and she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do. And then she read this novel and from that moment onwards, she always wanted to be a lawyer. Reading, eating, sleeping, walking, everything she was doing she imagined herself as Jennifer Parker. Her father gave up and allowed her to pursue her career in law. She wanted to be successful in law while her mother wanted her to be successful in her in-laws. And then she was betrayed in love during her university years and she decided not to love anyone ever. She did bar-at-law and in 3 months time, she realized it was very difficult than what she had ever read.

Some three years ago, a doctor was accused of creating this epidemic which killed more than 200 in the city. If convicted, he could be hanged till death, for 200 times! And by the look of things, his fate was sealed. No one was willing to take his case. She read the news and suddenly, the Parker trait got back into her mind. She decided to take the case. Until now, her days were consumed by the routine women rights and divorce cases. She wanted something more challenging and with all the media focus, she could become famous overnight. Or fall spectacularly. The indictment date was a few weeks away and she met with her client many times. Even though she took pride when it came to her self control in being attracted to men, the doctor was irresistible. He was in his early 30s, neatly dressed, dark hair with a few greys just above the ears. He was every bit of what a doctor is not. And then his sense of humour which she would enjoy for hours without being aware of the time.

One day, they were sitting in the restaurant. He was starving. She ordered orange juice. He could not contain and told her to order something more for him. "I am feeling like Joey. A turkey will do". Astonished, she asked, "Last week you said you hated F.R.I.E.N.D.S.?". "But you said you loved it so I watched all 10 seasons this week", he replied. She blushed. Sipping her orange juice, he was staring at her. “What is it, doctor?” she asked. “I was just admiring the combination of your 25000 genes”. “Shut up”. Both of them laughed.

“So what do you think of my case?” he asked expectantly. “I have been studying it for the past few weeks and I am very hopeful. You should trust me. After all, I am the proud member of the largest bar council in Asia”.  After a long pause, he said: “I have trust in you but I am not a big fan of this judicial system. It reminds me of the story of the old man and the king”. “What story?” she began to listen with interest. “Once there was an old man who was planting a date palm plant.  A king was passing by, seeing the old man, he asked the old man that he was old then what was the point in planting a tree which would bear fruit long after he would be dead. The old man smiled and replied that his grandfather planted such trees and he ate fruit from those. Now he was planting and his grandsons would enjoy the fruits.” She understood what he meant. All she could say was this. “Don’t lose hope. Everything is going to be all right”.


After three years, she was sitting on her chair, she opened the file No. 84 and shuffling through pages, she reached page 10. There was a little thank you note from a doctor.  And at the end of the note, something on her own handwriting:

Case closed.

She closed the file. Peeked through the windows and it was already dark outside. It was time to go home.



(P.S. Although the story is based on fiction, the character is inspired by my friend who is a lawyer. 
P.S to her: If you like it then thank me, but if you don't then it is just fiction and not related to you :P)


P.S.S. The idea was again put into my mind by Fatima who is always an inspirational and creative being. 

68 comments:

  1. "the omnipresent piercing stares of the staff from the opposite building welcomed her." Hahahahahahahahaha loved it, Just loved it!!!

    OMG!!!! Rage of Angels!!!! I loveeeeee this novel!!!! IT is my all time fav novel!!

    AAaaaaannn :/ What happened to the doc????

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    1. thank you for reading and liking... electra aapka hua for being the first one to comment :P

      yes that one is real..i mean the stares :P

      yes rage of angels is a good novel and i like it :)

      my friend didnt tell what happend to the doctor...but i think he was saved as he said thank you to the lawyer so :)

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  2. I'm kind of lost, but then again, the only literature I read is poetry :P I did laugh at the "Friends" paragraph! {|:-)

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    1. hahahaha...the only literature you read? the only literature you WRITE is poetry :P

      i am glad something made you laugh :)

      thank you princess :)

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    1. thank you for reading and liking :)
      WELCOME :)

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  4. I enjoy reading this story. Mind blowing, I should say.
    Your sense of humor is always included in your writings. :)

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    1. thank you for reading and liking :) i am glad you enjoyed it poetess :) as you always include haikus so sense of humour comes naturally in to my posts :P

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  5. uhh num numm is it jus me or is d end really very abrupt? :o

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    1. welcome back after a looooooooooooooooooooooooooong time...

      yes yes yes you are absolutely right as always...the ending is abrupt :P

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  6. Excellent tale! Especially love the line "She wanted to be successful in law while her mother wanted her to be successful in her in-laws."

    Just home from a second night shift so too dull of brain to figure out the date palm plant story - will ponder on it and hopefully get back to you. (It might take days!)

    Anna :o]

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    1. thank you so much for reading and liking :) most moms want their daughter to be successful in their inlaws :)

      take your time...hope you will get back and ponder over the story with fresh mind :)
      have a nice weekend :)

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  7. Yes, I liked the law and in-laws phrase, too - it's very clever! There are some great ideas here though I don't really understand what happened in the end. It's an intriguing idea, what happens if you fall in love with the defendant. It depends though on whether he was guilty or innocent. it's a better story if he is guilty and then there is conflict.

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    1. thank you for reading and liking... yes the end is little intriguing..but since the lawyer friend is reading and alive so couldnt tweak it too much or else she would kill me :P

      well that happens in a few movies..i think one is "beyond a reasonable doubt" but as they say everything is fair in love so then the lawyer would try everything to set her client free...and i think he got free as he said thank you to her :)

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    1. welcome to our blog...
      thanks for reading and liking it :)

      hope you will visit us again :) have a nice weekend...

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  9. I like the subtle sense of humor in your posts. Good story.

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    1. thank you sahana... i am glad you like my posts :)
      have a nice weekend...

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  10. An enjoyable post, it was. Loved reading it. :)

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    1. welcome to our blog...

      thanks for reading and liking it... hope you would come back for more...have a nice weekend :)

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  11. This post of yours is a sufficient proof that you are good at creating fiction.
    How about covering real stories such as contempt proceedings in which Aitzaz is trying to obstruct justice by employing delay-tactics.
    "LOVE IN THE TRIAL OF A DOCTOR" is interesting indeed.
    Thank you ISRAR!

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    1. thank you tariq bhai for such a compliment..i am flattered :)
      well truth is stranger than fiction and i leave it to the professionals (like you) to write and comment on the state of affairs involving messrs aitzaz gilani and zardari :)
      thank you once again for liking it so much...
      welcome and have a great weekend :)

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  12. Thoroughly enjoyed this piece of fiction..
    Great narration.. :)

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    1. thank you dear...i am glad you enjoyed it :)
      have a great weekend :)

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  13. Great narration.. I have read many of ur fictional stories and u really give a gr8 justice to them.. Well written:)

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    1. thank you so much for liking the fictional stories at this blog... this is a real compliment from you... i am glad you like it :)
      have a great weekend :)

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  14. This held me from the start. Excellently written. I couldn't wait to get to the end.

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    1. thank you sir for reading and liking it... i am glad it held you till the end... have a great weekend :)

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  15. Nice story! Hmmm a lawyer, interesting.

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    1. thank you for liking... yes a lawyer :P i guess you want to be a lawyer? :P

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  16. Nice story...interesting read throughout.

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    1. thank you for reading and liking..i am glad you found it interesting :)
      have a nice weekend :)

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  17. Wow that was a sUperB write by you Israr !
    i like the way you start the lines and end it so beautifully like a story in a THOUGHT........ AWsoMe !
    and credit goes to Fatima for a wonderful idea .

    but i like my in laws too:D hahaha

    that was really a great write up i really enjoyed this new style and new color of misterio's blog scenery :)

    keep writing and sharing with us :)

    best wishes :)

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    1. thank you Almas... but 1 point deducted from you for being late :P
      yes credit should go to fatima :P
      yes most of the stories are in thoughts :)
      hahaha... i wish your inlaws would read this and give you some points :P

      i am glad you enjoyed and liked it so much :)
      i will try my best
      thank you once again
      have a nice weekend :)

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  18. I like it! THANK YOU! :) More stories please? :)

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    1. thank you for liking it :)
      WELCOME
      more stories coming soon :)

      have a nice weekend

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  19. Enjoyed the story very much. If it were an American movie, the doctor and lawyer would have ended up as a couple! :-)

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    1. thank you for reading and liking..i am glad you enjoyed it...hahaha...who knows...maybe they can be couple in here as well :P we have to wait and see :)
      have a nice weekend :)

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  20. am i the only one here who feels the end is a bit incomplete of sorts ?? loved the dialogue exchanges et al .... beautiful .. but i feel i have missed out on a lot :(

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    1. welcome to our blog...
      thank you for reading and liking it...

      no you are not the only one... a few others have the same objection but the end is never complete :P
      thank you for liking the dialogues :)
      i hope you would catch up soon..and me too catch you up soon on your blog :)

      have a nice weekend...

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  21. my mother also always wated me to be successful in laws bt i coouldnt till now.....p

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    1. i wish your mother never read this or she will kill you :P

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  22. my mother also always wanted me to be successful in my in laws bt i couldnt till now..........p

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    1. i wish you to be successful in your inlaws as well :)

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  23. Interesting story Israr....and I enjoyed the current of humour that was running in between....but I strongly feel that if you could modify the ending a little bit it would have been more "finished":)Buhahahaha....your devil is becoming more and more fictitious now a days huh!!! Enjoyed it dear...keep up the good work...regards:)

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    1. thank you for reading and liking it... i am so much glad you enjoyed it so much... yes your feeling is right... the ending is not "finished" but it never is when the character is real... it is a tribute kind of thing to one of my friends and i didnt know whether to stretch the ending or not...
      hahaha... in the company of devils (you) i was bound to get something and so i started writing fictions :) thank you once again...have a nice weekend :0

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  24. Oh boy. 10 seasons of Friends in a week? I like this boy! :-) It's just a sad story. Not really sad, but not completely happy. Or maybe I see the dark side of everything. Sigh.

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    1. hahaha... 10 seasons i guess total 240 episodes? see love is blind and one can do anything for it :) real stories are always not very happy i guess... welcome back after a long long time here...or maybe i feel like you came back after a long time? :P

      have a nice weekend :)

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  25. ohh hw much I missed these mysterious posts of yours :P
    agree wid zeba 10 seasons in a week- talented boy :)

    no one can predict the ending of your stories... thtz wat make them more enjoyable !!

    hope u doing fine Israr !!

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    1. hay jyoti..after a long time :)

      thank you for such a compliment...
      and zeba...what can one say about the mysterious lady :)
      yes 10 seasons in a week... well everything is fair in love :)
      i am glad you liked it... me doing fine...hope you have a great weekend :)

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  26. you re only the send person in my whole life to use the word petrichor. i am bonded to you now for that reason alone :^)

    i love all the details you include in your writing. you set a great scene.

    i'll be back. thanks for visiting my blog and leaving corn kernels to get me here

    xoxo
    kj

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    1. hahahaha...and who is the 1st person? :P

      i am glad that now you are bonded.... i would have used the word long ago had i known it :P

      i am happy you like my stories and little scenes :)
      hahaha..corn kernels... i thought of corn on cob :P

      have a nice weekend :)

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  27. wow you never stop surprising us, do you?
    very well written Israr esp the conversation bits, was a pleasure to read this one

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    1. you want me to stop surprising you? :P
      thank you for reading and liking this story :)
      i am glad you liked it ...

      have a nice weekend :)

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    2. ouch! didn't expect that comeback "want me to stop surprising you?""
      NO NO NO

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    3. yes i knew you answer that is why i asked you :P i will try to surprise you :)

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  28. Very interesting read with great details. And I was happy to see Rage of Angels in the story too. I can see your friend can inspire very nicely. :)

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    1. i am glad you liked it :)
      so you too like the novel? i dont think you are a lawyer, are you?
      have a nice weekend :)

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  29. @ Vatinam+
    Wish you a good day and full of joy...

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  30. Which John Grisham, I ask? xP and that's a lot of Friends for a week. Damn. I envy him.
    the in law pun was amazing. And this sounds like my story, just that ammi jaan is not so senile xP
    And you are an amazing writer, you know :)

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    1. hahaha..I am not a layer so i dont know which John Grisham :P

      yes yes lot of FRIENDS but as they say karna parta hai pyar kelye :P
      hahaha...inlaws :P
      ahan... i completely agree with your ammi :P
      if you tell me so then i should start believing in myself as a writer otherwise I think myself as a student of yours :)

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  31. interesting,amazing and lovely

    sorry for being so late
    this time i haven't any excuse.....lol

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    1. thank you bro for reading and liking :)
      i am glad you did not miss it although late :)
      have a nice week :)

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  32. An intriguing story Would have loved to read more about the case.Anyway I loved reading it

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    1. ahan..i thought of elaborating on the case but i am not very knowledgeable in the law so i skipped it :)

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