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The Sore Beach - Part 5

In the bustling halls of Varsova Government Hospital, the day unfolded with its usual blend of hope and despair. Nurse Superintendent Ms. Shalini Mhatre was caught up in the daily ritual of taking charge of her shift, her eyes scanning the patient roster as she prepared to delegate responsibilities to her team.

Amidst the controlled chaos, her mobile phone buzzed urgently, disrupting her concentration. Shalini's brow furrowed as she picked up her phone, her fingers swiping to reveal a message that sent a chill down her spine—it read, "It's no longer secure."

She glanced around the bustling hospital, her thoughts racing. The message seemed out of place, a whisper of something ominous in the midst of her routine. She read the message again, her heart pounding, and then made a decision. There was someone she needed to talk to, someone who might have answers.

With a sense of urgency, she dialled a number and waited, her nerves taut. A voice on the other end finally responded, "Yes?"

Shalini spoke quickly, her words laced with anxiety. The person n other side uttered in a very cold voice, "Meet me this evening at Starbucks, near Juhu Beach. It's important for you and listen if you don’t come you may have to pay for it. So don’t try to ignore this meeting."

Shalini hummed and disconnected the call with lot of anxiety and curiosity in mind and made her mind to meet on set time.

As the evening sun dipped below the horizon, casting long shadows over the city, Shalini found herself at the Starbucks coffee house. She scanned the faces in the crowded establishment, her eyes searching for the person she was meeting.

And then, she spotted him—a man sitting at a side table, his form obscured by an overhead jacket. Shalini approached cautiously, her heart pounding in her chest. She took a seat in front of the mysterious figure, her eyes meeting his.

"You got my message," the man said, his voice low and tinged with urgency.

Shalini nodded, her anxiety mounting. "What is this about? Why did you ask me to meet you?"

The man leaned in closer, his eyes fixed on hers. "I know you've been hiding something, Ms. Mhatre. Something important."

Shalini's heart skipped a beat. What could he know? How she is related to any unknown fact that she is not able to anticipate? Is it related to any of her personal relationship?

The man continued, "I have a proposition for you. Share the information you've been concealing, and I'll make it worth your while."

Shalini's mind raced. She couldn't reveal the information he sought; it was too dangerous, too personal. She shook her head. "I don’t know what you are talking about? It's not that simple."

The man's gaze hardened. "Think carefully, Ms. Mhatre. You have a chance to walk away with a hefty sum. Don't make a decision you'll regret."

Shalini felt the weight of the situation pressing down on her. Her mind was a whirlwind of confusion and fear. She had to make a choice, and it had to be the right one.

With resolve, she pushed her chair back and stood up. "I'm sorry, but I can't help you. Goodbye."

She left the coffee shop, the sense of unease clinging to her like a shadow.

While Shalini was walking through the pathways to return to her home, her mind a whirlwind of emotions. She couldn't shake the feeling that she was being watched, that danger lurked just beneath the surface.

The cool evening breeze from seashore providing little solace. Her thoughts drifted to a month ago when she had met Rajesh, her boyfriend. He is a brilliant computer software engineer, and his recent success in his career had been a cause for celebration. He had invited her to his flat to share the joy, but she had declined, unwilling to be alone with him.

Since that day, Rajesh had disappeared from her life. His mobile was switched off, and she had no knowledge of his address. She was left with unanswered questions and a sense of guilt that gnawed at her.

The events of the evening had only deepened her unease. Why had this man asked her for some important information? What did he know? Is that about Rajesh? How Rajesh is connected to all these? And, most importantly where is Rajesh which even Shalini is not aware.

Unbeknownst to her, a beggar had been observing the entire exchange from a distance. As Shalini exited the coffee shop, the beggar discreetly followed the man she had met, blending into the crowded streets.

The man eventually reached a car parked at a distance. He leaned down to speak to the passenger sitting on back seat through the car window, their conversation hushed and intense.

In the dimly lit corner of the street, the beggar pulled out a worn mobile phone and dialled the number he had memorized—the direct line to Mr. Saxena, the Police In charge. He knew he had stumbled upon something significant, something that needed immediate attention.

As the call connected, the beggar spoke hurriedly, relaying the details of what he had witnessed—the cryptic meeting at the coffee shop, the mysterious man in the overhead jacket, and the car that had been closely observed. He didn't leave out a single detail, his voice a hushed urgency in the night.

Mr. Saxena listened carefully, his instincts on high alert. This was no ordinary report. He instructed the beggar to do something that could prove crucial—follow the car discreetly and find out where it led.

The beggar nodded, his resolve unwavering. He had a purpose now, a mission to uncover the truth that lay hidden in the shadows.

As the car wound its way through the city's labyrinthine streets, the beggar kept a safe distance, his eyes fixed on its every move. He watched with the patience of a seasoned observer, determined to reveal the car's ultimate destination.

Finally, the car came to a halt in front of a modest, middle-class night bar. The beggar noted the location, memorizing it with precision. This could be the break they were waiting for. He immediately send the location details to Mr Saxena.

Mr. Saxena wasted no time. He picked up his phone, dialling a number he knew well—Dipankar's. As the call connected, he couldn't contain his excitement.

"Dipankar," he said eagerly, "I've got something you need to know. I've been keeping an eye on that coffee shop near Juhu Beach, just like you asked. And tonight, something unusual happened there. It might be important."

Dipankar's interest was piqued. "What happened, Saxena? Tell me everything."

Mr. Saxena quickly updated Dipankar on the beggar's observations, from the cryptic meeting with the nurse of Varsova Government hospital at the coffee shop to the car's unexpected stop at the middle-class night bar. Every detail was recounted, leaving Dipankar on the other end of the line in anticipation.

Dipankar couldn't contain his excitement. "Thank you, Saxena. You've done a great job. This could be the lead we've been waiting for. Keep an eye on that hotel, and I'll be there soon."

As they hung up, Dipankar felt a renewed sense of purpose. The pieces of the puzzle were falling into place, and the mysteries body found on the beach, the cryptic message, and the appearance of Shalini meeting a suspicious man were beginning to unravel. The night held its secrets close, but they were determined to uncover them, one revelation at a time.

On the other side as the night enveloped the city, Shalini couldn't escape the feeling that her life was hurtling toward a reckoning, a confrontation with truths she was not prepared to face. The mystery surrounding Rajesh, the cryptic meeting with the man, and the shadowy figures in her life all converged in a storm of uncertainty, leaving her to grapple with the unknown.