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Duplicity: Chapter 17.

 TEAM: Writers' Express.




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                  "So, bhabhi, when are you planning on changing your career?", Cyrus asked with a mischievous glint in his eyes.

                  "Change in career? Tara, what is Cyrus talking about?" a perplexed look crossed Shekhar's face.



                 "CYRUS, will you stop that now?! Yes, I admit it, I goofed up. But, under the circumstances what would you have done? Snooped around, isn't it?" Tara chided Cyrus mockingly. "You do embarrass me so much, Cyrus. I am sorry, really sorry. What can I do to make up for my blunder?" she begged him, trying to hide her awkwardness.  And they all understood that Cyrus was once again pulling Tara's leg for the past episode.

                After their talk with Jennifer, Tara and Shekhar, especially Tara, had warmed up to Cyrus all over again. It felt like the good old days when after Roohi's illness Cyrus had become a part of the Duttas family. Once again they all had come together, letting bygones be bygones, getting doubts cleared and opening their doors and hearts for the young man who seemed to have changed their lives. Roohi had been the happiest. She had her Cyrus uncle back into her life. She now looked up to him as the  elder brother she had always wanted. The rapport they shared warmed the hearts of Tara and Shekhar.

              Getting together for lunches or a game of table tennis had become a new routine for them all. They were also joined by Aryan Ahuja. On Saturdays, the men would meet up for a game of table tennis or some 'boys-only' time leaving Tara out of the circle; not that it mattered to her. After Roohi went off to school and the men went off for their bonding sessions, Tara had the day all to herself. It sure was a major break she enjoyed. It was her 'me-time' and she made good use of this time by indulging herself with her whims and fancies. But, most of all, she began spending this time catching up on her reading.

            Ever since Jennifer told Tara about Cyrus' excellent writing skills, and his blog on crimes, Tara was  eager to read the blogs  and find out more about this young man's hidden talents. So, one Saturday, after having a hearty breakfast along with Cyrus and Aryan and seeing them off on their rendezvous, Tara brought out her laptop, curled up on her favourite bean bag with her legs tucked underneath and set off on a  reading spree.

           The blogs that Cyrus had written  left Tara spellbound. His writing style, his language and his minute observations of the workings of the human mind left her feeling amazed. She was surprised as to how a law student could be such a wonderful writer! Cyrus had discussed some cases he came across in the crime shows he loved watching. He had described in detail how the crimes must have been committed, how the criminal minds must have worked out the details before executing the crimes. There were some posts where he had mentioned tricks for  getting rid of evidence and evade the long arms of the law.  There also were some posts where Cyrus had written about how the criminals could have gotten  away with murder!

         Tara was stupefied by what she read. The grim facts of the crime world that Cyrus had so deftly painted in his blogs made her look at Cyrus in a new light. She was engrossed in reading the blogs and lost track of time. Every post had an interesting story about some real-life crime case that Cyrus either solved for the police or for the perpetrators. In some of the posts written from February to April, she was stunned to read how he had given details about the manner in which the crimes should have been committed and how the criminals could have gotten away with it!





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  1. Totally enjoyed reading this chapter! I hope I can maintain this momentum in the next chapter.

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