Two Down Three to Go: Priya Bajpai
“I have killed a man!” Sitting on the couch, with her eyes closed, she calmly whispers.
I look at her hands to see if they are trembling. This is the first time I hear a murder confession. I tell myself that I need to tread cautiously. Disha has been visiting me for the last one year. She wakes every morning sweating and doesn’t remember her dreams.
It is her third hypnotherapy session. In previous sessions, she hasn’t provided any details. But today she has nonchalantly slipped into the past life.
I take a long pause and utter the most useless word in my dictionary, “Hmm”. I keep my notebook aside, as I know that I have to be focussed and trust my instincts. Nothing I have ever read can help me today.
“What do you see?” Recovering from the initial shock, I take a few deep breaths to prepare myself. However, I am well aware that it will require more than “a few deep breaths”.
“I see a man in his twenties lying on the floor. He is profusely bleeding.” She replies in her steady voice.
“Check his pulse” I almost call her by her name, but I remember that is against the fundamental rules of the past life regression hypnotherapy. She may have a different name in her previous life.
She hypnotically obeys. “No! He is breathing. But he continues to bleed.” She sounds upset as she gives the news.
“Argh! My dress is getting dirty.” She adds. I notice frown on her face. Disha sounds more worried about her dress than the dying man.
“What else do you see?” I try to get the details.
“I’m wearing a white dress, a bridal dress. He is wearing a tux. Oh my God! It is our wedding day.” Raising her eyebrow, she announces.
“How do you know you have assaulted him?” I ask managing to keep my voice calm like I am supposed to. Before she can answer, I offer “May be someone else did, and you are just a witness.”
“Nope. I am holding a knife. Besides, now I can clearly hear my thoughts.” She adds.
“What is it that you are thinking?” I ask.
“I am thinking. Two down, three to go.” She replies with a smirk. I feel sweat droplets on my forehead. I have been worried about her voice tone till now, but her spine-chilling smirk shakes me to the core.
With no more questions left to ask, I bring her back to the present. As she returns, she does not remember anything about her past life.
She asks, “How did it go? Did I see anything today?”
I know that her reason for coming to me is to be aware of her karmic lessons of previous lives and she wants her consciousness to be one with the previous ones. But I have to be wary of the repercussions. What if it unleashes the psychopath in her? What if instead of being psychotherapeutic, it ruins her life?
I look at her she is still waiting for my answer. I don’t want to lie, but I need time to process all the information, to prepare myself to deal with the situation.
“Umm” I respond and I show her my notebook.
She leaves with an appointment to visit me the next week. I notice a slight smirk on her face. Waving back at her, I most sincerely hope and pray that she is done with all five murders in her previous life.
Priya U Bajpai is an author, a poet and a freelancer. This Mumbai-based literature scholar is a versatile story-teller. She is adept at writing fast-paced and layered tales across genres.
When she is not reading or writing, she daydreams about multi-verses. Talking of dream- that’s often where she gets her inspiration from! Music is what feeds her soul. She loves to play the keyboard. Mother of a nine-year-old, Priya loves to create characters with superlative sleuthing skills which are put to test when she creates exciting treasure hunts for her son. She also loves driving and taking her husband for long drives.
You can read her stories here- http://priyreflects.com
This guest post has been written as part of my Second Blogiversay celebrations that started on Monday, 3 December, 2018.
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Keith Hillman – Fond Farewell: #FridayFotoFiction
Priya Bajpai – Two Down, Three to Go #Fiction