One day Tarika walked through the lab, with every step she took her head pounded. She knew she was sick but she wasn't going to admit it to anyone especially not to Abhijit. She was way too stubborn to go home and no one was going to tell her otherwise.
"Hey Tarika, what have we got?" Abhijit asked walking into lab.
"We found fingerprints on the light switch at the scene but they don't match anyone in our data or any of our suspects." She said not looking up from the microscope. Abhijit was looking at the corpse.
"Hey Tarika, you feeling alright, you don't look so good?" Daya asked.
This made Abhijit look up from the corpse and look over at her.
"I'm fine Daya, but thanks for asking." She responded looking over at Abhijit as she said this. Things haven't going well between them due to a silly fight they had and all Abhijit had been doing was pushing her away she didn't know how much longer she could take it.
"Okay but if you are sick stay at least 10 meters away from me." Daya said stepping back a couple of steps as he said this.
"Hey guys, what's going on?" Sonali asked as she was walking into the lab.
"Tarika's sick!" Daya said, pointing his finger at Tarika like a 4 year old telling on his younger sister.
"I am not." Tarika whined, folding her arms across her chest repeating Daya's actions as a 5 year old.
I swear these two could be related the way they fight! Sonali thought to herself.
"I don't know Tarika, you look as pale as your lab coat, here let me feel your forehead."
Tarika let her.
Abhijit came over the where they were standing
"I don't know Tarika you don't look so good maybe you should take a sick day?" Abhijit suggested.
"I'm fine." She said giving a reassuring smile at Abhijit.
"NO you are not!" Sonali replied. "You are burning up Tarika, I am taking you home." She said.
"NO I promise I will be fine, I'll just go have a nap in the break room and I will be-" she was cut off by her head pounding and her knees giving way she collapsed.
Abhijit saw this and jumped to catch her.
She expected to fall flat on her face but surprisingly she felt at light as a feather when she looked up she tried to make out the blurred vision he was calling out her name.
"Tarika?" "Tarika? Okay that's it I am taking you home." He said.
"You can't carry her out of here Abhijit people will stare!" Sonali said.
"So who cares let them stare I am getting her out of here." He said.
"Ya and then if ACP and Salunkhe sir comes along and you get in trouble." Daya stated with mischievous grin.
They continued to argue and it made Tarika's head pound harder.
"EVERYONE JUST STOP!" she yelled.
Everyone froze; Abhijit was still holding her in his arms like a baby.
"Abhijit its okay you can let me down now." She said looking into Abhijit's eyes.
"Tarika …"he started.
"Abhijit please." She said again.
He did as he as was told.
"Okay guys thanks for the concern but I will be fine!" She said walking out of the lab and over to back room.
The 3 looked to one another.
"Time to bring in the big guns…" Sonali said with an evil glint in her eye.
Tarika was looking at a piece of evidence that could put the killer behind bars for good. She had just left DNA an hour ago and she wasn't feeling any better her head was pounding ever harder and her stomach was doing flips. She knew that Daya, Sonali, and Abhijit where going to try something but she had no idea what. She was jolted out of her thoughts when there was a knock on the lab door she turned around to see Salunkhe and ACP standing in the doorway.
"Hello sir, I was just about to call you, the blood on the jacket matches the vic's so that puts him at the scene even though he told us that he was nowhere near the club." Tarika said talking about one of the suspects.
"Tarika..." ACP said with a serious tone. "A little bird told me you where sick." He said taking a couple of steps into the room.
Tarika closed her eyes and sighed she should have seen this coming they weren't just going to let her work.
"Damn they are good!" Tarika muttered under her breath opening her eyes again.
"What was that?" asked, even though he knew what she said.
"Nothing." She said indecently.
"Tarika I think they are right, you don't look so good." ACP said.
" Thanks for the concern sir but I am not sick." She insisted turning back to her work.
"Tarika go home take a day off." Salunkhe insisted.
"Sir I am not sick!" She said again.
"Tarika don't make me have to force you to go home I don't want to have to suspend you." Salunkhe threatened; he wasn't really going to do that but if it got her to cave he would at least say it.
Knowing she had lost Tarika she took off her lab coat and hung it on the rack.
"See you Monday!"Salunkhe said as she walked past him.
Salunkhe went over Tarika's report on the evidence she found.
"I am good." He said to ACP
Tarika sighed as she walked into the locker room to grab her things. She opened her locker and grabbed her keys and jacket. Though she wouldn't tell anyone all she wanted to do was go home take a long nap. She turned around and walked towards the door just as she was about to leave the door opened and Abhi walked in.
He had his hands in his pockets.
"Salunkhe sir sent you home?" he asked.
"Ya thanks by the way." She said coldly with her hands across her chest.
"Hey it wasn't my idea Daya's, I would have carried you out of there if it was up to me." He said his hands up in the air silently stating that he wasn't here to fight.
"I'm sure you would have." She muttered to herself.
"What was that?" he asked.
Damn she had to get better at muttering under her breath thing!
"Nothing, night Abhi." She said quickly trying to cover it up she started to walk out, but Abhi stepped in front of her blocking her way out.
"You aren't driving." He insisted.
"Oh yea says who?" Tarika said daring him to contradict her.
"Me, if you forgot, you fainted not long ago and I don't think you are in any shape to drive." He said not paying any attention to the look she was giving him.
"I will just get a cab." She said trying to walk past him to the left but he mimicked her movements, still blocking the door.
"Good luck in this weather you know how hard it is to get a taxi in the winter, I will drive you home."
Truthfully Tarika would love that but she thought she might as well have fun.
"I don't know." Tarika said pretending to consider it.
"Don't make me get Salunkhe sir back out here." He playfully threatened.
Tarika punched him playfully in the arm.
"Ouch." He said pretending to be hurt.
"Oh come on you big baby." She teased. They laughed.
Abhi loved this he loved listening to her laugh he loved her! And he knew she loved him but he had hurt her pushing her away when all she wanted to do was help.
"Tarika "He began after they had stopped laughing. "I'm sorry." He said.
"For what?" She asked eyeing him curiously.
"Okay here it goes I am not good at the whole apology thing but okay." He said stammering he didn't know why he was so nervous.
"Abhijit are you sure you're not the one who is sick." She giggled.
"I'm trying to apologize here Tarika. " Abhi said pretending to be hurt.
"Oh, okay I'm sorry." She said pretending to zip her lips.
"Okay here it goes." He said repeating himself.
"I pushed you away when I was in depression due to heavy work and I am sorry I shouldn't have I should have let you help me instead of pushing away it was all huge mistake and I do know that you're sick now because of me. You got annoyed with me and because of that you have stopped looking after yourself. You have started doing overtime without breaks and food. And I feel really guilty. I just hope that you can forgive Me." he said finishing.
She was silent for a couple minutes with no expression on her face she seemed to consider it for a minute then a smile danced across her lips
"I'll have to think about that, in the mean time you can drive me home." She said handing him the keys and finally walking past him.
"Whatever you say Tarika ji." He said turning around and following her out of the locker room.
Abhi turned off the ignition he sat back in the car chair. They were sitting in front of Tarika 's home.
"Alright Tarika we are-" he was cut off when he turned to look and find her head against the window sound asleep.
Abhi leaned back and chuckled to himself he didn't know how that would be at all comfortable so he decided to do them both a favor he didn't want to wake her up and be super cranky so he opened up his side of the car door and got out.
He then carefully went around and opened hers, being careful so she wouldn't fall out.
Then he scooped her up into his arms one hand under her legs and another around her back he closed the car door with his foot.
Tarika's arms sleepy draped around his neck.
Abhi chuckled Oh he was going to bug her about this when she woke up!
When he finally got up to her door he realized that he didn't have a key.
"Okay, Tarika please tell me you have the key in your pocket or we will be out here for a while!" he whispered to himself careful not to wake her he dug into her pocket at pulled out a key.
"Yes!" he whispered.
Careful not to drop her Abhi turned the key in the lock and then pushed the door open with his foot again.
"Alright." He whispered to himself, he put the keys on the table right in front of the door and then walked into her bedroom. He carefully placed Tarika on the bed and took of her shoes.
She stirred in her sleep a bit.
Abhi realized that she would wake up with the worst headache if she didn't take some aspirin.
He walked into her kitchen and dug around the medicine cabinet, until he finally found what he was looking for.
"Yes" Abhi whispered to himself for the second time.
He grabbed a glass from another cupboard and filled it with water.
Then he walked back into the bedroom. He placed the water and the aspirin on the bedside table.
Should he wake her? Maybe if he just left the aspirin and water on the table for her she would be fine... Abhi thought No he should just wake her. Abhi finally agreed to himself.
He gently put a hand on her shoulder.
"Tarika" He called out quietly.
"Tarika." He called out again softly.
Her hand came up and hit him square in the mouth.
"Ouch." He said rubbing the sore spot on the side of his face where her hand had hit.
Tarika stirred as she finally opened her eyes.
"What?" she said.
"Wow you really do pack a punch Tarika." Abhi said still rubbing his face.
"Sorry." She said smiling as she sat up a bit.
She looked down at her bed. "How did I get..." she stopped looking at Abhi as he smiled.
Tarika head pounded she closed her eyes putting a hand on her head. When she opened her eyes Abhi was holding out water and some aspirin.
"Thanks." Tarika said taking them and swallowing it. She placed the glass down on the table as she sunk back down into the covers.
Wow that was easy I was half expecting her to fight me on that. Abhi thought.
Abhi shook himself out of his thoughts and stood up to leave
" Abhi?" Tarika said looking up at him.
"Thanks for everything." Tarika said giving him a smile.
"No problem Tarika." He said leaning over and placing a kiss on her head.
"I'm coming back after shift to check on you no arguments!" Abhi said as he walked towards the door.
When he heard no response he turned around by the door, to see she had fallen asleep.
Abhi smiled to himself.
"Take care."He whispered.
He turned and walked out of the room carefully closing the door.
Tarika herd the door gently close she smiled to herself
Maybe being sick isn't so bad.
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