The Scramble- II

Part II/III. This is a series, read my first post before moving on to this. You can check it here.

The tour was ensuing as expected. Things were going good. They both got well along. Their relationship fostered with plenty of love and camaraderie to blend in. Aaryan introduced her to all his mates. After all, he was proud of his spouse. Diya too was a kind girl and soon got be friends with them. Sammy, Aaryan’s alter ego. They both would never do without each other. May it be their practice sessions or just vagabonding around the city, they needed each other. Sammy was still trying his guts to get into the team. He was chosen, but the troop was packed. He had no place there and hence had to warm the benches for years. Meanwhile, Aaryan continued with his impressive cricket and soon became an important part of the team- the skipper.

Everything was perfect in Aaryan’s life. He got all that he desired. A great cricket career, extravagant lifestyle and a hot life partner, loyal too. Diya too was happy at the way her life blended. A caring husband and yes, a hero, what else did she desire?

Sammy would take her on a stroll around the city as he had visited it before. She too, as a mere pass time, accompanied him when Aaryan was busy in his games. Sammy was generous and kind hearted and treated her like his best buddy. Diya too liked being with Sammy as he was a great entertainer. His puns impressed her. The friendship grew, along with the pressure that started mounting on Aaryan as his side lost three consecutive games. Criticism flooded in through country and Aaryan, the skipper was held responsible for it. It made him lose his concentration. A couple of bad scores were added to his stats as he ended throwing his wicket on bad deliveries. His side ended up with a white wash and the idea of new team rooted in. The bad performers were to be axed. Fingers were crossed. Aaryan, being an outstanding player was given another chance despite his failure.

The decision made Vick lose his temper. He was disappointed at selector’s preferring Aaryan as a captain, overlooking his good performance. He was so not happy. He wanted Aaryan to be prosecuted at any cost. But, he was not entertained. He was given an ultimatum; play under his captaincy or bugger off. Vick was not meant to be silent. He was in search of fuel that would ignite a spark. He would then pour out his rage in that spark and set fire to everyone’s dream. He thought of a plan.

“You deserved place in the team buddy. I had lots of things in mind but as of now, I’ve no authority. My road is blocked but you still have hopes. I heard you’re in great terms with Aaryan’s chick, persuade her and you’re in the team.” Vick said, to Sammy. Vick was sure; Sammy would fall to his words and end up doing a stupid act. Sammy followed Vick’s instructions and pleased the wicked sire.

“I would rather die than not helping my best friend. I shall go straight away to Aaryan and beg him to include you in the team” Diya said, Sammy felt ecstatic. The joy of dreams coming true is altogether a different one.

She spoke to Aaryan about Sammy in so pleasant and pretty manner that Aaryan could not stop her. When she finished, Aaryan said that it was wrong to include Sammy in team just because he was a close friend. He also added that Sammy’s stats were so less impressive than other contemporaries to make it to the national team. However, Diya begged her husband to include him in the team in next match, or the next series at least. She told how hard working Sammy was. “He needs to do more to deserve what he desire. He’s my friend and I know how hard he is striving to put on the blue jersey.” Aaryan said. Aaryan was not convinced, in spite of her sweet words. Diya was very surprised that she had to beg so much for Aaryan to comprise Sammy who was so close to her.

Aaryan had a great match next day. A terrific win and a glorious ton to complement that. Yet again, a match that was lost in horizons of defeat was brought back by Aaryan. This time, with a little bit of help from Vick. Vick was the man who supported Aaryan till the end. Aaryan was impressed by Vick and called him for dinner at his place. Vick willingly accepted the proposal and soon prepared for a thrilling evening. Both of them went together at Aaryan’s house after celebrating the victory with other mates. When they reached there, they saw Sammy bidding good bye to Diya. Sammy waved hands at Aaryan and went. “I do not like this.” Vick whispered, loud enough for Aaryan to hear. Aaryan didn’t say anything. They all had dinner in sheer silence. Aaryan instructed Vick to be on ground early next morning.

Vick got up early next day and headed straight way towards ground. Aaryan was already there, he was not pleased with the delay. They had good time in nets, they hit the ball in right areas and managed to get their mojos back. Aaryan was pleased by performances of his mates. “Can we have a coffee together?” Vick asked Aaryan after their session was done. “Umm, okay sure.” Aaryan replied. Vick was a wise man. He had already influenced Sammy about the greatness of a local café, and in turn, to take Diya there so that she is impressed. He took Aaryan at the same café and about same time. Aaryan, as obvious was shocked to see Diya and Sammy.

“Sammy is not to be trusted.” Vick uttered. Aaryan was disappointed. The situation also made Aaryan remember Vick’s whispered words- ‘I do not like this’- when they saw Sammy bidding good bye to Diya. That put Aaryan in a deep mental trouble.