‘Mind your business,’ Vel repeated the words once again.
Dora’s eyes looked into his eyes. Her gaze searched something deep in his eyes. Vel dropped his eye lids and closed his eyes for a second.
‘What do you think about me?’ Vel looked at Dora.
‘You didn’t tell me about your suspension.’
‘I thought I will tell you later. Just leave me alone.’ Uttering the words loudly, Vel entered the bathroom. He splashed the cold water on his face to let his emotion down. Usually, Dora never contradicted with Vel when he is in a bad mood. Without uttering a word, she started to serve his food and called him to have his supper.
Around 11 p.m., someone started to bang the door. Without sleep Vel had been rolling on the bed. Awaken by the loud bang, he went and opened the door. Some of his colleagues were standing there and they looked agitated. Worried look on their faces told him that something was wrong.
‘Lock the door.’ Vel left the house along with the colleagues. Vel along with his colleagues reached the bus depot. A huge crowd gathered near the gate. Vel could hear heated arguments with filthy language that filled the night air.
‘What’s going on here?’ Vel pushed his way through and entered the centre of the crowd.
‘Vel, listen to this. This guy only picked up the quarrel. And now he’s blaming me.’
‘Tell me in detail what happened.’ Vel’s colleague started to narrate the whole incident once again. But before he finished narrating the story, someone grabbed Vel’s shirt collar and hit him badly on his face. This triggered Vel’s anger and as a natural instinct he started to hit back the person with all his strength. It turned out to be a let out for his disturbed mind and so he pushed ahead with unknown strength of vengeance and landed endless hits on the people before him.
When the ambulance reached the place, Vel was already unconscious and one of his colleagues lifted him by his shoulder and helped him to lie down on the trolley. When the person who came along with the ambulance pushed the trolley into the van, all the others who were in the crowd were taken away by the police.
The next day Vel woke up from his sleep in the emergency room. Except some nurses no one was there in the room. Vel looked around to see who all were there. He could find two of his colleagues near his bed with oxygen masks. Vel looked at his stretched left hand connected to the IV tube and he felt a swelling on his lips. Vel could not move his legs and he felt a shooting pain on the calve muscles of his left leg. Vel could see Dora peeping through the small glass window on the door of the emergency room. With a sigh he looked at her. But he could not call her as he once again became unconscious.