Chapter 6 – Lullaby
Rudra grabbed the neck of the shadow standing in front of him and smashed it on the ground. The shadow screamed and suddenly disappeared, and right then, Rudra turned back, jumped, and immediately arrived in front of the other shadow and threw a punch at its chest piercing right through it, the shadow disappeared into thin air, as if it was never there in the first place.
Rudra looked back but didn’t see the old man and thought: “Where did he disappear to? Don’t tell me this is one of his pranks again.”
Rudra looked around, but couldn’t find him. He certainly couldn’t use his perception ability to search for a ghost. He tried to look for the old man in the surrounding areas at random for a while, but it was all in vain.
However, Rudra suddenly realized that there was no trace of any living beings in the forest and it seemed as if all the animals in the surrounding areas had suddenly vanished which totally startled him.
“What’s going on? It seems like everything has disappeared except me and these giant trees or is it the other way around.” Rudra muttered to himself with a serious expression on his face.
Suddenly, he heard a strange sound coming from a far distance. He could faintly hear the sound, but he still felt very strange in his heart as if something was calling him. He didn’t think much and rushed in the direction of the source of the strange sound, hoping to find clues to these strange disappearances. But, after some time, he did not realize that he was actually not using the black aura and was advancing unprotected, and from the look on his face, he seemed to be in an entranced state.
The strange sound gradually appeared to become clearer and when Rudra was very close to the source of the sound, he discovered that it was actually a lullaby in a female voice.
The complexion on Rudra’s face suddenly paled, his whole body started to shiver, he tripped and fell on the ground. At this time, he had already approached the place from where the lullaby was coming from.
At present, he was lying on the ground face down, but he could distinctly hear the strange and sweet lullaby gently entering his ears.
He started to breathe heavily and his heart began to beat very fast, the blood rushed to his head causing his vision to blur.
Rudra tried to calm himself then looked up and saw a blurred figure of a woman standing few steps away from him and singing the lullaby in a sweet and serene voice.
When Rudra continued to hear this lullaby, strange emotions completely filled his heart, making him want to scream, to cry, he didn’t want to hear it anymore, but his soul was craving for more. He realized that he had completely lost control over his body and soul. There only remained a small segment of his consciousness that was compelling him to crawl forward and unveil the curtain which seemed to be blocking his eyes from seeing the woman distinctly, who was still singing the lullaby in front of him.
Rudra tried his best and managed to concentrate his will power on a single point and slowly crawled forward dragging his body towards that woman’s figure. His eyes were blood shot while he was constantly staring at her without blinking even once with just a hope to see her clearly while the bead-like tears were rolling down his cheeks.
The woman seemed sad, but her lullaby was soothing. Suddenly, Rudra became anxious and picked up a sharp edged stone that happened to come under his palm while he was crawling, then he slammed it into his other palm, the sharp edge of the stone pierced his palm and blood started to ooze out from the wound. The intense pain shook his entire consciousness and he felt that he was gaining back the control over his own body and soul and his vision began to gradually become normal. He managed to slowly stand up and finally gazed at the woman, and suddenly, a baffled expression appeared on his face.
The whole scene was covered in blood, chopped up and unrecognizable dead bodies were scattered on the ground, and a woman dressed up in blood-drenched clothes was standing in the middle of this bloody scene with a white and shining blade in her hand and she was still singing the enchanting lullaby. Rudra couldn’t see her face because she was facing the other way while her long black hair was being gently blown by the cold breeze.
Rudra calmed himself and asked in a low voice: “Who are you?”
The woman did not reply and continued to sing the lullaby. Rudra was still getting affected by the lullaby, but this time, he was aware of it and was constantly fighting back to maintain his consciousness.
Rudra asked in a loud voice: “Are you deaf? Why have you killed these people?”
The woman abruptly stopped singing, and suddenly, a strange sense of craving appeared in the heart of Rudra, as if he did not want her to stop. Although she stopped singing but she was just standing there, not moving and facing the other way, she did not even reply.
Rudra felt that something was strange all along. Firstly, the old man disappeared without a trace and all of the wild animals and even the insects completely vanished from the forest. Then, he heard a strange lullaby which took control of his body and consciousness and he came here, only to witness such a horrifying scene. It was obvious that this woman could be the reason behind all this!
Rudra knew that things could take a bad turn anytime so he immediately closed his eyes and the black aura crawled out from his body and completely enveloped him. But, just when Rudra unleashed his power, the woman suddenly dropped the blade on the ground and slowly turned towards him, and he finally saw her beautiful face with some spots of blood on it, but there was actually an expression of longing on her face.
“Soumya!” Rudra was totally baffled and shouted out loud. He just could not believe his eyes, this woman actually looked like Soumya, but her appearance looked slightly different from her appearance when he saw her in the school.
Many questions suddenly appeared in his mind. What was she doing in the forest of shadows, why did she have a blade in her hand, why was she surrounded by corpses? Rudra’s mind was constantly trying to link all these things and figure out what was happening but he could not reach an answer.
While he was still struggling to accept this sudden turn of events, the woman started walking towards him and he noticed that there was a look of astonishment in her eyes as well. Rudra saw her coming towards him but instead of doing something, he just stood there and continued to look at her, as if he was trying to figure out what she was thinking.
She arrived right in front of him and was directly looking into his eyes. She continued to look at him while Rudra’s black aura had no effect on her rather it simply surrounded her as well, as if it was accepting her and even she did not seem to be bothered by it.
Rudra did not know what to do. She was standing right in front of him and was just staring at him but he was not bothered from it. Suddenly, she raised her hand which was covered in blood and gently caressed his face, and at this time, a smile appeared on her face.
Rudra could not control himself and asked: “You are Soumya right?”
Rudra knew that if this woman was Soumya then she could read his lips and understand his question, but she did not react at the question and suddenly embraced him.
Rudra was startled by this and did not even hug back, he just stood there with a blank look on his face.