Chapter 1

Stuck and in Pain

As I sat in my cage, I thought of Kelsey. I missed her. I loved her, but I was probably never going to see her again.

I tried to fall asleep, but after being freshly beaten, there was no comfortable way.

I sighed, and closed my eyes to rest them for a while.

Suddenly, there was a bright light, and I opened my eyes to find the face a beautiful Indian woman.

Her hair was dark black, her skin a soft pale pink, and she reminded me of Kelsey.

"Dhiren, I have a proposal for you. It was a request from Kelsey."

That's when I realized it wasn't Kelsey, but the Indian goddess Durga.

"What?" I asked, anxious to get out of here.

"She has asked me to keep you safe. And I will. But, there is only one way to do that, and you have to agree to it," she stated calmly.

"And what is it?" I asked, uncertain if I was willing.

"I will have to completely erase all of your memories of Kelsey."

I was devastated, heartbroken, and unwilling. "Never."

"I will give you time to think, but if you refuse, I cannot guarantee your safety and well-being. Kelsey would be, devastated. She may even abandon the mission," Durga said, and she vanished with a blink of an enchantingly beautiful eye.

I was able to fall asleep pretty easily after that.

I had a dream. But, it felt too real to be a dream.

I felt the presence of someone else, so I asked, "Kells?"

I heard her whisper, "Yes, it's me."

"I- I can't see you," I whispered.

She moved into the light, and I could see her clearly. She was the most beautiful woman I'd ever seen. I was definitely in love with her. She had dark brown hair pulled into a pony tail running down her back. She had a beautiful tan, and I just melted.

"Is that better?" she whispered hesitantly.

"Yes," I slid closer to her, and I believe she could see me, because she gasped and her eyes filled with tears.

"Oh, Ren, what did he do to you?" she pleaded, looking very sad and vulnerable.

I felt a small trickle of blood slide down my face. She stretched her hand out and wiped away the blood, then she gingerly touched my temple.

She started to say something, but began to cry instead.

"Priyatama, don't cry." I pressed my hand on her cheek. She started kissing my palm.

I began to remember everything we'd been through. How she'd rejected her feelings for me at first, then she accepted me, then she rejected me again, and she flew back to her hometown in Oregon.

I was so lonely, so hurt, when she left I'd worn a trench in my carpet in my room. I'd been so depressed, my brother, Kishan, pushed me to follow her to Oregon.

She accepted me again, and I was so happy.

Then, I was captured trying to save her from Lokesh, when he came to capture her. That's also when we found out she had lightening powers. She can shoot lightening out of her hand!

"I can't bear to see you like this! We're coming for you! Just please, please hold on a little longer!"

I couldn't look at her for what I had to say. "I don't think I can."

She seemed outraged. "Don't say that! Never say that! I'm coming, and I know what to do!"

We talk longer, and finally I mentioned Durga.

"Don't give up!" she cried, "Not when we're so close!"

I looked up at her again, "There is an option I could consider."

She looked at me with a new fighting spark of hope in her eyes. "What? What is it?"

"Durga," I paused briefly, trying to decide how to word this, "has offered her protection,"

Kelsey's face seemed to light up, but I had to keep talking, "But, she asks a heavy price. It's not worth it."

"Anything is worth your life, Ren! Take it! It doesn't matter what it is as long as you survive!"

"But, Kelsey." I pleaded. I needed her to hear me, so that she'd know what I was losing.

She hushed me and whispered, "Do what you have to, to survive."

I realized that Lokesh could return any minute. "You must go."

She nodded sadly, and as she turned away I whispered, "Wait."

She turned back, the spark of hope growing into an open flame, "Before you go, will you… kiss me?"

I knelt in front of her, and as I accidently put some of the weight on my bad knee, I gasped, but I ignored the pain.

We had a tender moment.

She began to cry again, so I recited some poetry to calm her down.

I realized what I was going to lose, so I whispered, "I won't let him find you, Kelsey. No matter what."

"What do you mean?" she asked.

"Nothing, my sweet. Don't worry," I smoothed her hair a little bit.

I told her it was time to leave again, and as she turned to go, I called her back again, and I whispered, "No matter what happens, please remember that I love you, hridaya patni.

"I promise," she whisperd, and as she left, I woke up crying.

Lokesh opened the door at that very second, and opened the cage door.

He yanked me to my feet and brought me right up to his face as he whispered, "I've got a new way to play today, Tiger!"

And as he dragged me away, I whispered, "My iadala."

Hey, guys! I hope you enjoy'd my newest story, and I'm sorry, I would have put an intro at the top, but something wasn't working, so, yeah. Well, thanks for reading! Bye!