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Short Story: The Ancient Song: Part IV


The Ancient Song

Part IV:

Of course! La Manera park, on the outskirts of the city. It’s 6 p.m. already. I think I should head there, she thought, the park was located at an hour’s distance.

Finally having a lead, Tia was feeling a little hopeful, given that how messed up this case was. The destination wasn’t close but she couldn’t risk taking a cab, every second was precious, she decided she’d drive. 

Not sure what she was supposed to return to this person, she decided to take an empty package along, hoping to bluff her way, through.

She quickly changed into a little professional clothing from her comfy overalls. Combed her dishevelled hair and got ready to set out. 

On her way to the park, she got a call. 

‘I hope you’re heading where you’re supposed to be.’
‘I reckon I am. Just keep the person safe, I’ll be there. On time.’
‘You better be. You have what I want?’
‘I do.’
‘Good. I’m waiting.’ and the line went dead.
Thank god, I’m on the right path! sighed Tia.

The park was a good half hour away, and she was finding it hard to keep calm. 

Once close enough, she parked her car, 10 blocks away. She took the package and stepped out. 
Walking stealthily, she made her way to the entrance and was shocked to see what she saw. 

The beauty of nature was so enchanting that for a moment, she forgot she was on a dangerous mission. Walking in, she noticed that the most popular park of the city was deserted on this beautiful evening. Clearly, she was dealing with someone influential enough to make that happen.
She also noticed that no one was there, except her which meant that either she was early or at the wrong place, the odds of which were rather low.

The phone rang and she jumped. 

‘I see you got here. Open the package.’
‘First you. Assure me of the safety of the life in danger, the package is yours.’
‘Ah, you’re not as clever as I thought you were, are you?’
‘Do you want the package or not?’
‘I don’t. You didn’t quite figure it out, did you?’
‘Look, I’ll give you what you want. I’m here. I want that person’s safety first.’
‘Well, you had your chance.’ 

‘Wait!!’ she spoke, her heart beat racing with time, as her chances of saving whoever was in danger blew away as the line went dead.

She kept standing, waiting for something to happen, trying hard to be in control of her emotions. 
Now, the beauty of nature didn’t enchant her much, rather she had a cold feeling about her. 
After a few minutes, she decided to look around and that’s when she saw the shadow approaching. It was a man, but she couldn’t see his face in the dark. He was coming closer and closer. She ran towards him as soon as she saw the face.

‘What the hell are you doing here, Michael? You need to get out of here, right now. This is no joke, you’re in grave danger right now. Leave, please leave.’ she spoke, drowned in panic.

‘the birds sang the ancient song,
the final wave is coming along,
the one responsible for undoing the wrong, 
should return the rose where it belongs.’ recited Michael while the colour on her face drained.

‘What the hell is going on Michael? How do you know this verse? Why are you here?’ she wasn’t sure what to believe.

‘Do you have what I want?’

‘It was you? Look, I’m in no mood for jokes. What do you think you’re doing?’

‘Do I look like I’m joking?’

She kept staring at him, words failing her. 

‘Come here, sit with me.’ said Michael, as he sat on the park bench.

‘What do you want? Why am I here? Who’s life is in danger, Michael? Are you being forced to this? Tell me, I can help you. Please, Michael, if this is a joke, I’m not getting it. Please tell me what’s going on.’ She spoke in one breath.

‘The only one in need of help, is you, Tia. Now come, sit with me. Or should I say, it’d be safer if you do.’ She was barely holding herself together but she knew she couldn’t let that show. She did exactly what he said.

‘What do you have in the package?’

‘The thing you want me to return.’

‘Do you even know what I want?’

‘What has happened to you, Michael? Why are you doing this?’

‘Are you even listening to me, Tia? You only answer what I ask, nothing else. Now where was I?’

‘I don’t know what you want, but whatever it is, I’m ready to give it to you. Just tell me no one’s hurt.’

‘So you don’t know what I want. Okay, let me decode the verse for you. Then you decide, whether you can give me what I want, or not. Fair?’

‘I’m telling you, I’m ready to give you whatever you want.’

‘Ah, don’t hasten your decision. It might not be that simple.’

‘Fine, go ahead.’

‘You did decode the first line but you couldn’t get to terms with it, could you? Now this will take a moment to sink in. You have to be calm and listen carefully and not jump to conclusions.’ His voice changed, the sternness was gone and a rather calming, soothing voice, the one she fell for, was now talking to her. She took a deep breath and got ready to finally see what the mystery was all about.

‘The birds, your parents, your grandparents sang the ancient song, the wedding vows. 

The final wave, the time to decide what you want with life, the time to make a commitment, is coming along. ‘

The one responsible, you, for undoing the wrong, distancing yourself from everybody, from me, whatever you may decide to make do.

Return the rose, return your heart, where it belongs, with me.’ 

With every rhythmic word he spoke, she realised how careless and ignorant she’s been about all her relationships, about him, about her grandma and about her friends that she lost because she never could make time for them, she always had something on her plate that needed more attention than the people she loved. She took them for granted for way too long and one day, they all left, and she could do nothing to stop them. She always knew Michael was in love with her but she wasn’t ready to make that commitment because she knew that she was too focused on her career. The realisation just made her heart fill with guilt and regret for taking everybody in her life for granted, her eyes welling up, ready to burst.

‘Now do you know what I want?’ asked Michael, after a few moments, after letting the reality sink in.

‘I’m sorry Michael, I’m really sorry. I never thought how ignorant have I been about you, about grammy, about everybody. I don’t know what to say…’

‘It’s alright, you know now and that’s what matters. You know I love you, right?’ he said, putting his arm around her.

‘Well, I’d be an idiot if I don’t. she said as tears started rolling out. 

‘Now now, come here. I’m really sorry to have put you through all this drama for days. But I couldn’t have found a better way to bring you face to face with reality, don’t you agree?’

‘Dear god, you almost gave me a heart attack with those riddles of yours. But you’re right, you couldn’t have found a better way to get my attention to what has been breaking my life apart for so long.’ she punched him playfully as she rested her head on his shoulder. 

‘You’ve drained yourself emotionally for far too long, it’s better you come back to us or even I wouldn’t be able to save your life.’ 

‘I know, I’m glad you’re the one who did it, Michael. You teamed up with Grammy on this, didn’t you?’ 

‘I did, and with Cassey too. I hope you still remember how beautiful a poetess your best friend is, don’t you?’

‘Cassey’s is on this too? I thought she’d never talk to me! How did you get her to do this?’

‘You know, you’re the only one who thinks people don’t want you in their life. Cassey was more than willing to bring you back.’

‘Looks like I have a lot of catching up to do.’ she smiled, tears still flowing out of her eyes.

‘So are you ready to make the commitment?’

‘I’ll need time to think about it, Michael, about the commitment you want from me. But you should know that I love you, no matter how ignorant I have been. I always knew you were the one for me. Now, it’s time for me to make up for my mistakes.’

‘Let bygones by bygones.’ said Michael, in the deep voice that was playing her all this while. 

‘Oh no, you didn’t!’

‘You’re right, I didn’t. It was Adam. He just couldn’t stay out of it. He said it was way too much fun.’

‘God, you all plotted against me!’

‘I’m sorry, we did!’ and the both laughed, heartily.



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Until next time,
Be kind to one another.
Bye Bye! 🙂


Radhika Mundra

Radhika Mundra is an aspiring writer, a lifestyle blogger and an intense storyteller.


  1. Sara imes

    Wonderful ending it makes me happy to see the love he has for her and the rest of the people in her life.
    Keep writing you are very good at it you kept so very interested for the ending.
    Have a great weekend

    28 . May . 2016
  2. Radhika Mundra

    Thanks so much for the appreciation Sara, I am really glad you liked the ending. 🙂 Have a great weekend yourself! 😀

    28 . May . 2016
  3. christine goodfield

    Very gripping story. Thank's for sharing. :))

    28 . May . 2016
  4. Radhika Mundra

    Thanks so much, Christine! 🙂 xx

    28 . May . 2016
  5. Ankita Shukla

    Nice suspense! You are not too far from your destination of publishing a book <3

    28 . May . 2016
  6. Elizabeth Gallo

    Love it. Sci fi mystery love story family drama. Excellently crafted, satisfying. ending.

    28 . May . 2016
  7. Alana

    An ending I didn't see coming, and a realistic one. She didn't fall into his arms – that would have been unrealistic I don't know if she, even now, has fully accepted this lesson. Only time will tell, I suppose.

    28 . May . 2016
  8. V ickie

    Great! Loved it

    28 . May . 2016
  9. Karishma Maheshwari

    Totally fascinating! <3

    29 . May . 2016
  10. Rishav Dokania

    it got me going ..
    very well written.

    29 . May . 2016
  11. Parul

    Oh that was good one. Fantastically plotted. I thought may be he will propose or something but good to leave her with that food for thought.

    30 . May . 2016
  12. Radhika Mundra

    Thanks so much Anita! You made my day! 🙂

    30 . May . 2016
  13. Radhika Mundra

    Thank you so much, Elizabeth! ☺️

    30 . May . 2016
  14. Radhika Mundra

    Thanks so much, Rishav! 🙂

    30 . May . 2016
  15. Radhika Mundra

    Thank you so much, Parul! Hope you enjoyed reading the story. 😀

    30 . May . 2016
  16. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder

    I didn't expect that. Wonderful plot and your narrating style was fascinating, as always… 🙂 Loved the way it ended…

    30 . May . 2016
  17. vishal bheeroo

    What a terrific happy ending with a twist. Heart pounding and fast paced narration where thriller marries romance. At some point, I thought Michael wore streak of grey. Superb:)

    02 . Jun . 2016
  18. Hugh Bembridge

    Hey Radhika. I read part IV of the Ancient Song, then I read Part I, Part II, and Part III. Even though pressed for time, I had to finish the story. I really enjoy your writing style. Without doubt, you are one of my favorite writers. Keep going!

    02 . Jun . 2016
  19. Hugh Bembridge

    Hey Radhika. I read part IV of the Ancient Song, then I read Part I, Part II, and Part III. Even though pressed for time, I had to finish the story. I really enjoy your writing style. Without doubt, you are one of my favorite writers. Keep going!

    02 . Jun . 2016
  20. Radhika Mundra

    Now, if you had predicted it, wouldn't be much of a mystery, will it? Glad to know you liked it. 😀

    05 . Jun . 2016
  21. Radhika Mundra

    Wouldn't no shades of grey make him a lousy villain? 😛 Thanks, glad that you enjoyed reading it. 🙂

    05 . Jun . 2016
  22. Radhika Mundra

    Thanks so much for the appreciation, Hugh. You made my day! Eh, good to know even though you started from the end, you finished the story. 😀

    05 . Jun . 2016
  23. reeti chandak

    Nice mix of thrill and romance.

    06 . Jun . 2016
  24. T R Gowthama

    Unbelievable turnaround. I loved it. From a nail-biting thriller to a lovely romance. Beautiful Radhika.

    07 . Jun . 2016
  25. Radhika Mundra

    Thanks so much, Reeti! 😀

    08 . Jun . 2016
  26. Radhika Mundra

    Thanks so much, Gowthama! 😀

    08 . Jun . 2016
  27. Aashish Barnwal

    Very nice compilation. I got blown off and am totally mesmerized. 🙂 I would love to see you as an author. Thanks for sharing.

    20 . Jun . 2016
  28. Radhika Mundra

    Thanks so much, Aashish! With readers like you, I wouldn't mind writing a book or two! 🙂

    28 . Aug . 2016
  29. Duane

    Great story and point made. Bravo!

    28 . Jul . 2017

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