It’s All In A Name {Part 2}

Bhavya and I love to write fiction. We attempted to write stories based on words on every day in April, and it was fun. For a few days of the Ultimate Blog Challenge in July, we are again trying to write fiction, but this time, we are keeping the name of the central character the same. This is Part 2 of a series, and the character name is Nina.

Previous Parts: Part 1



As she struggled to keep her balance, Javed recovered from his momentary fluster. He reached out and grabbed her hand, pulled her into him. Her hair fell into his face as they stood there, catching their breath. Those brown eyes which had fear in them a moment ago now had a twinkle in them. He thought they looked relieved.

“I’m sorry. I didn’t see you,” they both blurted out at the same time.

Javed pushed the door open and they both went in. Near the door, a couch had been kept for visitors to sit. She sat on it, and Javed offered her a sip of water from his bottle.

“It’s fine. I was lost in my own thoughts. So were you, I guess,” he told, managing a smile.

She nodded.

“I’m Sr. HR Officer here. Actually, I used to be.”

The smile on his face faded.

“Of all the people to run into first, I pick the one I’m replacing,” he thought to himself.

“I don’t know why he’s doing this. Firing me, I mean. I’ve always turned in my reports on time. The clients are happy with the communication. I’ve not had a proper promotion in more than two years, but I’ve never complained. I’ve been here five years now. When I had the chance to move, I didn’t take it. I felt this was the place to, you know. It was a small company, but I was happy. I had time for my kids. I could even get them here when I wanted. Now I don’t know where to go, what to do. He’s not giving me the time to look for other opportunities…”

Javed just sat next to her and nodded. She wouldn’t take a breath, and he didn’t know what to say to her if she did. The guy who had taken his interview had mentioned something about special circumstances why he had to start immediately, but he hadn’t specified what those circumstances were. It wasn’t his place to ask, so he had kept quiet then.

“Stupid me, I’m blabbering all of this to a stranger. Maybe I do need to go to a psychologist. Feeling very weak-hearted… and that’s not who I am usually. I’m strong. Not physically of course. My friend feels I’m so thin that I might be blown away by a strong gust of wind. But I’ve never been flustered by these changes in life. I guess it’s because I’ve had time to take it in. Coming in early today to find out I’m fired was definitely not on the cards.”

She stood up, thanked him for saving her from a fall earlier, and walked out. He could hear her muttering to herself till she reached the ground floor.

Turning around, he came face to face with the new boss.

“What did Nina tell you?”

“What a grouch!” Javed thought, looking at the new man.

“Nothing… nothing at all. Just some blabber about her being fired and needing a psychologist and such. I didn’t understand at all. She didn’t even tell me her name,” he replied, and as an afterthought, he added, “What a dumb broad!”

The last line seemed to do the trick. He saw a flicker of a smile cross the boss’ lips, and throwing an arm around the shoulder, he led Javed into the office.

“This is Anamika. You might have met her after the interview. She’s my PA. Our PA, rather. With the market being as dismal as it is, we’re cutting costs and having one less PA helps that much into minimizing salary costs. She’ll make sure you are settled in at your office.”

The girl led him into an office, which still had the nameplate “Nina Sen” on the door. He saw Anamika quickly take it down and put it away. She turned around to face him, a sheepish smile on her face.

“Can I get you anything, sir?”

Javed nodded.

“Tell me everything about the previous HR officer. Nina Sen, right?”

The lady had intrigued him. In one conversation, he felt drawn toward her life. After all, she was his predecessor. But he felt a bit of hesitation on Anamika’s part.

“Nothing much to say, sir. I joined recently. She was a nice lady, quite efficient at her work. Only time I’ve seen her take leave is when the second child was born.”

Her voice turned into a whisper.

“She was like her name, sir. Strong minded and able to take anything the boss told. And he does have a mouth on him, sir. But she interfered in places she ought not to. I think that’s why she got jilted.”

Javed didn’t know what to think. Was it another omen? Another name not living up to its meaning. And was Anamika’s revelation a warning for him? Keep away from where you’re not wanted.

A pile of files was on the desk, and Anamika sat behind them on a chair, ready to explain their contents to him, so he could get started. The first file was of personnel details.

The first bio-data in it was that of The Boss.

To be continued…

(9th July 2014)

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Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

8 thoughts on “It’s All In A Name {Part 2}”

    • She could. I don’t really know yet da, Bhavz. 🙂 And now it’s all kind of snowballed na with my miserable week.

  1. Oh more suspense. I wonder why she got fired, also what is in that file. Am sure he will find something interesting there. Nina reminded me of some one though :P.

    • Yeah. Even I don’t know what to do in part 3 yet. A dismal week has left me marooned 4 days behind. 🙁 But the talkative lady is kind of like a non stop blabbermouth I have recently befriended, Jb.

    • That’s kind of obvious na, Aathira 🙂 His character has already taken that direction here. I too am waiting for the next one, but now tired.

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